La Bufadora

La Bufadora blast

Located 17 miles south of Ensenada at the tip of the Punta Banda peninsula, La Bufadora (The Blowhole) is an amazing natural marine geyser that is capable of shooting water well over 60 feet in the air. La Bufadora is considered to be the second largest marine geyser in the world (the largest is located at Makapuu Point in Oahu, Hawaii) This marine geyser phenomenon is caused by ocean waves being forced into a partially submerged sea cavern, causing great amounts of air and water pressure to build. The air and ocean water are expelled through the only exit, launching it several stories into the air.

La Bufadora Sign

 

Getting to La Bufadora is very easy, and the drive provides spectacular views of both Bahia de Todos Santos and the mountain range on the southern end of the bay. Head south out of Ensenada on the Mexico 1 for about 25 minutes until you reach Maneadero. There are clearly marked signs for the exit to La Bufadora. You will proceed west along the base of the mountains and drive for about twenty minutes. The road is paved and well marked with signs that lead into La Bufadora. There are several parking lots to choose from, and it costs a couple of dollars to leave your car in a lot with an attendant on duty. Video of La Bufadora is below.