ORIGIN

A deep underwater canyon leads to the cave in the cliff, gouged out over eons of
time by trillions of tons of pounding surf. The surge of heavy ocean swells is
channeled through the canyon and forced beneath the surface into the narrow,
tunnel-like entrance of the cave. This phenomenon of nature has been a strong
influence in the tourist development of Punta Banda peninsula.

DESCRIPTION

This spectacular marine geyser explodes upwards sometimes as high as 80 ft.
above sea level, producing a tremendous sound. This is the reason for its name, La
Bufadora or "The Blowhole". The invading ocean wave collides with the air that is
drawn down in a pumping action caused by the force of receding waters after the
previous spout. For an instant, trapped air and water choke the cave, then the
compressed air and water explode through the only exit. This marine geyser is
considered as the second highest of the world, after Hawai. Other "Blowholes" exist
in Australia, Tahiti and one in Japan, but Japan's is artificial. "La Bufadora" is the
most spectacular of all of them, because it's situated on a rocky inlet near the tip of
the ruggedly beautiful Punta Banda peninsula. Its tremendous roar seems to come
from a huge angry animal at bay. Against this background of sound and fury,
exploding water and flying spray, a legend has come down through the years: "The
Legend of the Whale Jail". A century ago, within easy sight of The Blowhole, there
was a whaling station below the bluff close to the water's edge. The whalers spun a
yarn of a mother whale returning to the Arctic with her new-born calf from the
breeding grounds at Scammon Lagoon in Guerrero Negro, four hundred miles
south. One night the baby whale skipped away to explore a mysterious under water
cave in the cliffs of Punta Banda. A whale calf grows very fast - fifty pounds a day,
or more than two pounds an hour - and this "little" fellow stayed in the cave all night.
By morning he was too big to squeeze through the narrow, crevice-like entrance of
the cave. The following day the whalers in the camp saw a small spout rising
mysteriously from the cave and heard the frightened sobs of the trapped baby
whale. As years passed the spouts grew larger, his lamentations louder. And legend
says that the spout, accompanied by a tumultuous crash emerging from the
Blowhole today, is the spout and fulmination of a still-trapped but now full-grown
leviathan.

ACTIVITIES

There is a commercial area where you can find all kind of arts and crafts of the
region; the restaurants offers you an excellent selection of seafood plates. Don't
forget to try the famous "churros", a flour stick deep-fried and rolled in sugar. Near
La Bufadora is a little cove where professional diving is recommended. The little
Sierra along the peninsula of Punta Banda invites you to practice hiking, camping,
mountain bike riding and the observation of flora and fauna.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Climbing is not recommended due to the dangerous rocky area. Do take your
camera though and wear comfortable clothing. In winter use warm clothing.
Tours include:

Pick up from San
Diego Hotel or
Airport.

Beginning in
Tijuana, Fox
Studio tour,
Lobster Village,
Puerto Nuevo,
Roserito,
Ensenada and La
Bufadora includes
1 meal         
$125.00 per
adult        
$50.00 per child  
(2 - 14)

Infants under 2
are free.        
Call toll-free for rates
1 (866) 322-2561
or
(602) 602-476-2111

Fax (623)-505-2199
Entrance to La
Bufadora (The
Blowhole)
The "Blowhole"
Aerial View
At the beach
Enjoy a beautiful,
peaceful day at
"The Blowhole" and
"Punta Banda".
Beachfront
property rental
available here.
Punta Banda
Kayak Fishing