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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

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  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Snorkel cruise from Puerto Vallarta
  • Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, and SUPing in Marietas Islands
  • See local wildlife like bottlenose dolphins, whales, and manta rays
  • Lunch and an open bar are included
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What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Open Bar
  • Use of snorkel and kayak equipment
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Scuba Diving (additional fees)
  • Natural reserve federal tax ($100 Mexican Pesos)
  • A port fee of MXP$ 30 must be paid in cash before boarding your boat.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Puerto Magico
    Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

    Please contact Vallarta Adventures to confirm meeting details and instructions and always review the information sent through Viator messages center.

Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Depart from the Maritime Terminal in Puerto Vallarta to begin your aquatic adventure. Sail on a stylish vessel to the Bay of Banderas, and observe the sea for Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, and spinner dolphins, watching them frolic in their luxurious habitat. Listen as your knowledgeable guide offers a captivating commentary on these majestic mammals.

Sip refreshing beverages from the open onboard bar as you sail to the northern tip of Banderas Bay to encounter more diverse species of marine life; look out for whales, giant manta rays, and indigenous birds such as the blue-footed booby and red-billed tropicbird.

Continue to explore the rugged rock formations and fish of the Marietas Islands as you select your aquatic activity. Select from kayaking, snorkeling, and stand up paddling to ensure you thoroughly explore the intricate habitat beneath you. Your experienced eco-guides are always on hand to ensure the utmost safety and confidence during your adventurous cruise.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • An additional $100-peso conservation fee per person will be collected at check-in. A portion of the proceeds go toward local surveillance and conservation of the islands
  • Due to federal regulations, and in an effort to protect the flight path of endemic birds, drones are prohibited in this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please be advised that Mexico's Federal Maritime Ports operate a strict No-Drug Policy, including electronic cigarettes, vapers, and all kinds of drugs. Please be advised not to bring them to any of our tours. We cannot offer a refund or change of day for any guest to whom Federal Security has denied access.
  • Passengers arriving on a cruise ship cannot book this tour
  • There isn't a dock at any of the locations we visit in this trip so we jump off the boat and to get back on board we use small metal ladders.
  • We spend most of the duration of the trip on the boat, if you suffer from seasickness this might not be the best adventure for you, please contact one of our adventure advisors.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

The crew were great, it was well organised and worth every penny.
899 reviews
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Could have been nice, without the night club music and atmosphere.
Noreen_J, Jan 2023
We were in B4. The lunch was excellent, the drinks were nice. However, 3 BIG disappointments. The crew seemed to insist on a loud club party atmosphere all day when we thought it was a nature and environment focus. The music was horrible (aggressive, loud and night club-y, not calm and beautiful for a day on the ocean) the focus of the crew was not on nature, sea animals and wildlife ( too loud for the whales and birds to approach?) and several of the crew were inappropriate in their approach with my young adult daughter and made her feel very uncomfortable. They should have been more professional. I did this Mariates cruise twice before and the crew was much more professional and the music was beautiful and far more appropriate for a daytime family cruise on those other boats. I would no longer recommend.
Lots of fun cruising to the Marietas islands.
Judith_C, Dec 2022
Wonderful trip to the Marietas Islands aboard a comfortable boat with an exceptionally fun crew, always ready to help and entertain.
KEDAR_S, Dec 2022
The whales and dolphins we ran into, and the music-jam performance at the end. The crew was fantastic - working tirelessly to make sure every one was well taken care of.
Wish we had more time...
Sarah_F, Dec 2022
Overall a really fun experience- fantastic crew and service on the ship! The main downside was that the trip was kind of too full of activities to really get to enjoy any one thing for very long.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Snorkeling tour was...
Vladimir_Z, Dec 2022
Snorkeling tour was great! The crew was attentive, funny and very creative! Food was good! Had a great time
Meeting people, the party...
Pam_D, Oct 2022
Meeting people, the party on the boat and the adventures. Loved the rock show! Will do it again! Bye
1 traveler found this review helpful
A wonderful day
Sarah_N, Oct 2022
The rock and roll show by the crew was unforgettably good. Snorkeling conditions were amazing and the private beach was awesome.
Above and beyond Boat 1!
Asad_M, Aug 2022
Boat 1 on Friday 8/26/2022 was amazing. The staff went above and beyond to not only keep a large group of people safe, but to ensure we had a great time, complete with entertainment between the activities. The food was good and in general very impressed with the trip. Even my kids had a good time and that’s saying a lot!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not The Best
Mark_J, Aug 2022
Too much boat time .. not enough snorkeling .. didn’t do Secret Beach and the last beach was overcrowded with way too many tour boats. The music onboard was WAY TOO LOUD!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun filled day with many activities
john_g, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the islands and especially the bird watching portion. The whole day was well organized and a lot of fun for everyone in our family. It was nice to have many different activities to choose from. The captain and crew were fantastic and took care of all our needs Definitely recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun experience!!
Jessica_M, Jul 2022
Snorkeling was fun, the private beach was picturesque and the crew was friendly, professional and entertaining! It was a little difficult to follow in English what the guide would explain; maybe in the future it’s better to complete the sentences or topic in one language
You won't regret it!
Valerie_L, Jul 2022
Very energetic crew and knowledge guide made the experience. The snorkeling was great and saw tons of fish, the lunch was delicious and beer ice favorite part of the day was the beach and entertainment back to the marina. Fun time!
Not recommended
Jennifer_P, Jul 2022
We never went on this excursion because one of us was ill. When I tried to text, email and call to tell them and maybe get a partial refund I got no reply from any of my attempts. So I wouldn't recommend Vallarta Adventures for anything .
1 traveler found this review helpful
Just okay
thorntonneil93, Jun 2022
Bad: Islands are COVERED in bird poop so you swim with bird poop in water. A bit gross. Only snorkel for short amount of time. They take you to private beach but sand is terrible. Very long boat rides! About 2.5 hours total of boat ride which was exhausting.
Bailey_S, May 2022
The experience was unbeatable, however, while my wife and i discussed buying the pictures or not. The lady took my card off the counter and ran it while we werent looking. I see that as very disrespectful.
Soooooo fun <3
RuthEsther_A, May 2022
We loved it! We do recommend wearing wetsuits during jellyfish season. The water HURT but honestly it isn’t bad. The boys who were leading us were the best, they’re sweethearts and I had a great time watching them dance and perfom. Plus the drinks were strong and they knew how to have a great time. If you’re young and ready to have a good time, ask for group 4 and try to sit at the front of the boat if you don’t get seasick.
1 traveler found this review helpful
You MUST book with them!
Shuku_Y, May 2022
Highly highly recommend this tour! I mean that this tour company itself must be great. We had a wonderful time with the clues for 7 hrs. They really work so hard to entertain during the tour. So impressed their work!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Had a great time. Host...
Laura_L, May 2022
Had a great time. Host was funny and spoke both Spanish and English so everyone could understand. The rock and roll show was a fun surprise! I would do this trip again when in PV next time!
The water is WAY TOO COLD for snorkeling
Travis_N, Apr 2022
The crew were so amazing. Tons of fun, super friendly. I wish I could rate it higher, but unfortunately I just can’t. No one mentioned that the water is WAY TOO COLD and rough to snorkel. I’m not exaggerating when I say people appeared to be in shock when they struggled back out of the water. The snorkeling was terrible, bordering on dangerous. Then there was supposed to be kayaking. They talked about it earlier in the trip, then it never happened. I’m not sure why. The beach was nice, and again, the crew were great. But I would not recommend this activity.
Vallarta Adventures is the best there is!
Kell_K, Apr 2022
The entire experience from start to finish was absolutely wonderful. The operator, Vallarta Adventures, has been our go-to for numerous adventures over the years. We highly recommend any of their offerings to anyone and everyone that we can.


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