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Marietas Islands Tours

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Marietas Islands
The small, uninhabited Marietas Islands are located in the Bay of Banderas off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Making up a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve, the islands are famous for their abundant wildlife and provide a chance to escape the crowds of many Mexican beach resorts, hop on a boat, and explore the islands’ natural delights.
 
The Basics
The islands are a haven for creatures such as dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales, sea turtles, and blue-footed boobies. Boat tours allow you to see the wildlife, but visitors are only allowed to set foot on one area of the government-protected islands, a strip of sand dubbed the Hidden Beach. Snorkeling and scuba diving tours from Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta are the most popular ways to experience the islands and their coral reef, while whale-watching tours also run in winter.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Diving and snorkeling tours typically last three to five hours, but some longer options include other activities such as kayaking.
  • Diving tours often require PADI certification; if you are not certified, look for a beginner option.
  • There is a cap on the number of daily visitors, so book your tour in advance.
 
How to Get There
It takes about 45 minutes to travel by boat from Punta de Mita to the Marietas Islands. Due to strict government protections, you must take a boat tour from a licensed tour operator.
 
When to Get There
Whale-watching season runs from December through March. For snorkeling and scuba diving, June through September offers the best visibility and warmest temperatures.
 
Conservation in the Marietas Islands
The Marietas Islands are an MAB Biosphere Reserve, meaning they are part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere program to improve the relationship between humans and the environment. Because the islands have become increasingly popular, causing interference and possible damage to the ecosystem, the Mexican government authority known as the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) has closed the islands to the public in the past. Efforts may be made to prevent future damage in a variety of ways, so enjoy visiting while you can and keep in mind the fragile nature of this important ecological environment.
Address: Marietas Islands, Mexico
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

Explore the magnificent marine life of the Mexican Pacific and the Bay of Banderas on an exciting full-day tour from Puerta Vallarta. Snorkel to observe an incredible underwater wonderland; kayak in the warm waters of the Marietas Islands; and watch for exotic birds flying in their natural habitat. Look out for dolphins, whales, giant manta rays, and sea turtles as an experienced guide directs your attention to the wonders of nature on this eco-adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Fishing Charters & Tours

Private Fishing Trip 42' - 46' Luxury Boats

Set off on a 42-foot to 46-foot (12.8- to 14-meter) fishing boat to explore the waters of the Pacific on a private fishing charter. After departing either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, you'll have the chance to catch fish in Banderas Bay with the help of a guide and crew. Select the length of time you want to be on the boat when booking.
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  • 4 to 14 hours
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  • 4 to 14 hours

Dolphin & Whale Watching

ChicaFUN WATERSLIDES All-Inclusive 7-Hour Tour to the Marietas Islands

Witness the splendor of watching whales in their natural environment on a full-day whale watching and snorkeling tour from Sayulita. Climb aboard a stylish 60-foot (18-meter) vessel and set sail to the stunning Marietas Island, considered one of the world’s most beautiful areas. Don a snorkel and plunge into the iridescent waters in search of tropical marine life and colorful coral. Feast upon a gourmet lunch accompanied by cocktails and then partake in water activities like kayaking and paddle boarding. Scour the sea for sightings of whales before cruising back to Sayulita in the Mexican sun.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving Marietas Islands

Experience the thrill of breathing underwater on this half-day introduction to scuba diving at the Marietas Islands. Get comfortable with the equipment on a practice dive in a pool with a PADI-certified instructor. Then take a ride in covered panga to an offshore National Park, where you’ll be treated to excellent visibility, beautiful multi-colored fish, and vibrant reefs. Enjoy a small-group setting with complimentary refreshments and all entrance fees included.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Snorkeling

Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour

Set out on a snorkeling adventure tour in stunning Marietas Islands National Park. Depart Sayulita for the crystalline waters surrounding Marietas Islands in Banderas Bay, and jump into a sea filled with manta rays, sea horses and scores of tropical fish. You may even catch sight of the elusive blue-footed booby—a marine bird known for its colorful webbed feet.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Scuba Diving

Scuba Dive tour Marietas Islands

Go diving in one of Mexico's most popular scuba diving and snorkeling destinations: Banderas Bay along the Riviera Nayarit. Depart Sayulita for the fishing village of Punta de Mita, where you'll board a boat toward the waters of Marietas Islands National Park. Once here, delve into the sea for an underwater experience like no other. Swim among puffer fish and volcanic rock reef, keep an eye out for dolphins and take in the beauty of the trio of protected islands where birds such as the endangered blue-footed boobie reside.
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  • 4 hours
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Scuba Diving

Dedicated Dives for Certified Divers from Puerto Vallarta

Perfect your diving skills in Puerto Vallarta. Delve into the region's renowned waters to explore undersea tunnels, hidden caves and reefs brimming with tropical fish. Experienced certified divers have several dedicated dives to choose from, including the technical El Morro and a night dive at Los Arcos National Marine Park.
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

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Mexico: Fun & Adventures

ABOUT THE TRIP:Join our 9-day adventure Road Trip and experience Mexico you never thought about before: - 4 Mexican states (Zacatecas, Jalisco, Nayarit, Mexico City) situated in 3 climate zones; - top cultural & natural attractions: national park wit unique rock formations, 3 “Magic Towns”; 2 UNESCO Heritage Sites; culinary discoveries of each state etc.;- big choice of indoor & outdoor activities: tequila factory visit; hiking unique moon-like rock formations; visiting one of the most mysterious pyramids in Mesoamerica; surfing; snorkeling etc.HIGHLIGHTS:- Hike among unique moon-like rock formations of Sierra de Órganos National Park.- Visit La Quemada - one of the best conserved and most mysterious prehispanic cities of Mexico.- Visit the hometown of tequila & learn how this drink is made.- Take a boat trip to Marietas Islands’ beaches hidden in a small volcanic archipelago protected by the UNESCO.- Snorkel, surf & enjoy fine-sand beaches in Riviera Nayarit.
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  • 9 days
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