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Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas) Tours and Activities

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Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)
The small, uninhabited Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas) 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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23 Tours and Activities to Experience Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)

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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

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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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Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach

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Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach

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Only 116 persons by day are permit to get in to the hidden beach. Beacause in Eco Explorer we have more boats with permits than other providers, we have more spots available per day for this activity. 99% of our visitors get in to the beach with no problems. Our boats are fast, comfortable and safe, our guides know perfectly how to assist you on the boat, during the in water activity and hidden beach access. The information provided by our staff and their experience is unvaluable. Hidden beach access is available from Wednesday through Sunday only. Deposit (25USD) of hidden beach is not refundable if you do get to swim to it. (Only because of bad weather conditions or spots not available)
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Marietas Islands and Snorkeling Cruise in Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive

Marietas Islands and Snorkeling Cruise in Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive

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It is an amazing tour where you will know the wonderful World of the Marietas Islands and the habitat that lives in them. From marine species such as dolphins that sometimes follow us when we go to the destination, like exotic blue-footed birds that live on the Islands. The wonderful aquatic world that lives on the banks of the Marietas will surprise you. It is a tour you will never forget
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  • 8 hours
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Marietas Sail, Snorkel and Beach

Marietas Sail, Snorkel and Beach

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Marietas Islands National Park is an ecological refuge that has become a must-see attraction for its spectacular landscapes, reefs and clear waters. We head out enjoying the beauty of the waters until Marietas Islands National Park where our experienced guides will take you to snorkeling, watching for rare species of birds or just sit back with your favorite drink and take the beauty of the area. Relax on one of the secluded beaches and then catch the afternoon warm breeze as we all sail back to port. For those who enjoy snorkeling, you will find an amazing quantity of tropical fish as well as an excellent chance to see other marine creatures such as octopus, spotted rays and even seahorses and turtles! There are over 100 species of birds!. For those who are more into just enjoy sightseeing, there are stunning cliffs, beautiful isolated coves, caves and rock formations that indeed make the Maretas Islands a photographer's dream! Whales sightings opportunities from Dec 8th - Mar 15th
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  • 7 hours
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Marietas Islands - Escondida Beach

Marietas Islands - Escondida Beach

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To get to this legendary hidden beach in Puerto Vallarta, we will take you on a pleasant journey with a small group of people in an inflatable boat. On this tour you can snorkel through and around the caves and arches in the sea of this hidden beach in Mexico. Let yourself be surprised by this incredible paradise, home to more than 100 species of fish. We will also travel around the Marietas Islands so you can soak up the natural beauty of this place and admire the majesty and skill of the many species of seabirds in the region.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Marietas Islands snorkeling & hidden beach (with restriction)

Marietas Islands snorkeling & hidden beach (with restriction)

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If you are serious about snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters off Puerto Vallarta, this is the excursion for you. Visit the wildlife sanctuary of the uninhabited Marietas Islands, (Long Island and Round Island) by boat. Enjoy the beauty of the marine wild life found in abundance in the pristine waters. A boxed lunch, guided instruction and use of the snorkeling gear is all included.
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  • 5 hours
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Marietas Islands and Love Beach

Marietas Islands and Love Beach

On land, life is equally abundant and they are home to an immense colony of seabirds, such as the pirate of the sky: the magnificent frigate, egrets, herons, seagulls, pelicans, brown booby duck and the world famous Paws Booby blue Different species of corals are found in this area and, of course, many different species of fish enjoy the safety and richness of these waters. You can see fish such as the Royal Angel, Sergeant Major, Yellowtail Surgeons, Damsel, Moorish Idols, Butterfly Fish and Rainbow, among many more. Our tour is mainly snorkeling in different areas of the Marietas Islands and we focus on making known the natural beauties and marine life such as multicolored fish and birds like the blue-footed booby birds that can be seen on the cliffs. These beautiful islands have also been called "the Mexican Galapagos."
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  • 3 hours
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Sea Mi Amor Marietas

Sea Mi Amor Marietas

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Located north of Puerto Vallarta, Marietas Islands National Park is an ecological refuge that has become a must-see attraction for its spectacular landscapes, reefs, and clear waters. This archipelago is composed of two islands that serve as home to a great diversity of birds and marine species that can be observed as a simple sight. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, paddleboard, or kayaking by the island! This is the most economic tour to Marietas Island with the best value for its price. Please note that Love Beach access is upon request only and optional. Please let us know in advance. We are here to help you enjoy the best tours!
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  • 8 hours
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Scuba Diving with a 5-Star PADI Center in Puerto Vallarta

Scuba Diving with a 5-Star PADI Center in Puerto Vallarta

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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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  • 7 hours
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Scuba Diving Vallarta Undersea

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Scuba Diving Vallarta Undersea

Trips departure daily at 9am. Check in starts at 8:30 am. We offer trips as follow and could be changed for local conditions: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays: Los Arcos and Majahuitas (Begginners are welcome). Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays: Marietas Islands only certified divers. (Hiden beach available wednesday trough sunday extra cost of $25 if conditions allow) Divers must show certfication card. Sundays: Los Arcos National Park. We look always the best conditions acording with visibility, currents and waves for your convenience. All of our trips are all inclusive tours, we includes 2 tanks, full set of gear, guide, boat ride and permits for diving at the marine reserves. Our boats are fast, comfortable and safe, our guides know perfectly how to assist you on the boat, during the in water activity and hidden beach access. The information provided by our staff and theire experience is unvaluable. Hidden beach access is available from wednesday through sunday only.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Marieta Islands ECO Adventure Tour

Marieta Islands ECO Adventure Tour

Ideal for: Families, Couples, Adults. This exquisite and diverse sea, unique in the world for its vast marine fauna, is home to endless multicolored fish and dolphins; in addition to having the presence of humpback whales, which make the Marietas Islands their home between the months of December to March. This unforgettable experience is full of fun from start to finish, and you can recreate it in your mind every time you tell your friends about your trip. During the catamaran tour through the Marietas Islands in Nayarit our crew will take care of you as you deserve and be aware of your needs during the tour.
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  • 7 hours
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4hrs Luxury Boat Fishing

4hrs Luxury Boat Fishing

Our fleet of sport fishing is the best and largest in Puerto Vallarta, with the most experienced captains and sailors, our fully equipped boats will take you to the best fishing and diving places in the area. Our boats will provide you with a high level adventure. Sport fishing Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit in Banderas Bay is recognized worldwide for its infested waters of Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Goldfin Tuna. Fishermen travel thousands of kilometers from countries around the world just to try the deep sea fishing that Vallarta can offer. For large fishing we offer trips to the area of the Marietas Islands, El Morro, and El Faro. For the greatest of all, we offer trips to the legendary waters of Corbetena and El Banco. Maximum passengers: 18 Suggested fishermen: 8-10 Measurement: 46 feet Engines: 2 General Motors Detroit 400 HP Speed: 18 knots
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  • 4 hours
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Private Boat Fishing 6hrs

Private Boat Fishing 6hrs

Our fleet of sport fishing is the best and largest in Puerto Vallarta, with the most experienced captains and sailors, our fully equipped boats will take you to the best fishing and diving places in the area. Our boats will provide you with a high level adventure. Sport fishing Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit in Banderas Bay is recognized worldwide for its infested waters of Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Goldfin Tuna. Fishermen travel thousands of kilometers from countries around the world just to try the deep sea fishing that Vallarta can offer. For large fishing we offer trips to the area of the Marietas Islands, El Morro, and El Faro. For the greatest of all, we offer trips to the legendary waters of Corbetena and El Banco. Maximum passengers: 18 Suggested fishermen: 8-10 Measurement: 46 feet Engines: 2 General Motors Detroit 400 HP Speed: 18 knots
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  • 6 hours
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$1,186.67
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8hrs Private Boat Fishing

8hrs Private Boat Fishing

Our fleet of sport fishing is the best and largest in Puerto Vallarta, with the most experienced captains and sailors, our fully equipped boats will take you to the best fishing and diving places in the area. Our boats will provide you with a high level adventure. Sport fishing Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit in Banderas Bay is recognized worldwide for its infested waters of Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Goldfin Tuna. Fishermen travel thousands of kilometers from countries around the world just to try the deep sea fishing that Vallarta can offer. For large fishing we offer trips to the area of the Marietas Islands, El Morro, and El Faro. For the greatest of all, we offer trips to the legendary waters of Corbetena and El Banco. Maximum passengers: 18 Suggested fishermen: 8-10 Measurement: 46 feet Engines: 2 General Motors Detroit 400 HP Speed: 18 knots
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  • 8 hours
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$1,455.39
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Private Boat Fishing 10hrs

Private Boat Fishing 10hrs

Our fleet of sport fishing is the best and largest in Puerto Vallarta, with the most experienced captains and sailors, our fully equipped boats will take you to the best fishing and diving places in the area. Our boats will provide you with a high level adventure. Sport fishing Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit in Banderas Bay is recognized worldwide for its infested waters of Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Goldfin Tuna. Fishermen travel thousands of kilometers from countries around the world just to try the deep sea fishing that Vallarta can offer. For large fishing we offer trips to the area of the Marietas Islands, El Morro, and El Faro. For the greatest of all, we offer trips to the legendary waters of Corbetena and El Banco. Maximum passengers: 18 Suggested fishermen: 8-10 Measurement: 46 feet Engines: 2 General Motors Detroit 400 HP Speed: 18 knots
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  • 10 hours
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$1,725.13
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Fishing in luxury boat 6hrs

Fishing in luxury boat 6hrs

Our fleet of sport fishing is the best and largest in Puerto Vallarta, with the most experienced captains and sailors, our fully equipped boats will take you to the best fishing and diving places in the area. Our boats will provide you with a high level adventure. Sport fishing Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit in Banderas Bay is recognized worldwide for its infested waters of Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Goldfin Tuna. Fishermen travel thousands of kilometers from countries around the world just to try the deep sea fishing that Vallarta can offer. For large fishing we offer trips to the area of the Marietas Islands, El Morro, and El Faro. For the greatest of all, we offer trips to the legendary waters of Corbetena and El Banco. Maximum passengers: 18 Suggested fishermen: 8-10 Measurement: 46 feet Engines: 2 General Motors Detroit 400 HP Speed: 18 knots
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  • 6 hours
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$1,435.90
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Diving in Marietas Islands

Diving in Marietas Islands

Your Adventure begins on a boat that takes you 21 miles from the thing to the limits of Banderas Bay. Depending on the time of the year, you can see dolphins jumping in the water or humpback whales emerging from the water! The dive site, which is considered suitable for divers of all levels, will impress you with its visibility. In these crystal clear waters, a variety of volcanic formations, arches, pyramid towers and caves, create the perfect landscape for you to live an impressive diving experience. You can see tropical fish, giant manta rays and other creatures that will convince you that the Mexican Pacific is a wonderful place to dive.
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  • 6 hours
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Hidden Beach Tour

Hidden Beach Tour

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The tours we drive are small groups and the entrance to the hidden beach is guaranteed, do not miss this great adventure!
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Snorkeling in Hidden Beach on Marieta Islands

Snorkeling in Hidden Beach on Marieta Islands

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Take a walk on the iconic Lover's Beach in Banderas Bay. The Marietas Islands are an ecologically diverse sanctuary with a stunning hidden beach nestled just out of sight. Take advantage of a small group format as you journey to the islands in our comfortable boat transportation. Swim through cave formations and rock archways, admiring the extraordinary terrain and more than 100 species of unique birds and fish that call these islands home. On your return journey, watch for playful wild dolphins jumping out of the water and putting on a show. Get up-close to see these beautiful creatures from the sea-level perspective of our small boat excursion in an incredible and unforgettable experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Half Day Eco Tour to Marietas Islands

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Half Day Eco Tour to Marietas Islands

It is a fairly complete and fun tour, the best with a family atmosphere. Where you can enjoy the wonders of nature, always guided with the best equipment and staff. Visiting the Marietas Islands is a very amazing attraction for its incredible views, fauna outside and inside the water. Excellent for all those who love incredible photos.
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  • 7 hours
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Half-Day Trip in Isla Lover's Hidden Beach in Marietas Islands

Half-Day Trip in Isla Lover's Hidden Beach in Marietas Islands

☆ Introduced on that famous TV program!! ★ Puerto Vallarta, lovers beach ◆◆ Hidden Beach, a hideaway beach for lovers ◆◆◆◆ This is a wonderful beach in the Marietas Islands. Its name is Hidden Beach! You can snorkel outside and inside a magnificent arch shaped like a rock cave. Cruise around the island and discover nature. It will be an eco-tour where a guide who knows the island will teach while having fun. If you're lucky, you might come across a swarm of dolphins and whales on the way back from the walk, and you may jump!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Marieta Islands private fast boat: snorkeling experience

Marieta Islands private fast boat: snorkeling experience

Marietas Island is a national marine protected area that is why we have the best naturalists and biologists on boat. They will share their expertice with you. Our boat is comfortable, safe and fast. The hidden beach access is available from wednesday through sunday with some restrictions.
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  • 4 hours
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Whale Watching Experience in Puerto Vallarta

Whale Watching Experience in Puerto Vallarta

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We will take you to some of the best sea-level spots in Puerto Vallarta, where you are going to be able to get a closer look and take incredible photographs from this perspective hard to catch in the natural world. Whale watching season starts from December until March. Migrating from the arctic, traveling over 16,000 miles to tropical waters to breed and give birth. This is a one-time opportunity that you will not want to miss on your upcoming trip to Puerto Vallarta
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  • 3 hours
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$89.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

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