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Things to do in Islas Marietas National Park

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From Nueva Vallarta: Marietas Islands Hidden Beach Tour

1. From Nueva Vallarta: Marietas Islands Hidden Beach Tour

Join a day trip to Marietas Islands and Hidden Beach in the Bay of Banderas, the second-largest bay in America. Hop aboard a boat with a maximum capacity of 15 people and set sail from the public dock of Nuevo Vallarta. Start the experience with a continental breakfast on board. Get a brief description from the guides of the adventure that awaits you. Upon arrival at the Marietas Islands, swim through a tunnel for approximately 80 meters (with life jackets) to reach Hidden Beach. Spend 15 to 20 minutes to appreciate a beautiful national park. Next, explore more gorgeous spots on these Islands. Use the snorkeling gear provided to observe the colorful marine life around you. Then begin the journey back to the Pier.

From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

2. From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

Visit Marietas Islands National Park and enjoy the great submarine world great diversity of fish that find food and shelter in the reefs of the site, such as the king angelfish, the Moorish idol and giant damselfish, as well as various species of surgeonfish, butterflyfish, parrot fish and balloon fish. As part of the rocky reef we can observe several species of corals and sponges, as well as tunicates, starfish and sea urchins, among other marine invertebrates that your guide will point out. You can also watch, with a bit of luck and patience, dolphins or sea turtles resting or traveling near the place. On small groups the trip is focused on snorkeling and enjoying the beauty of the islands. Also you will have the probability to visit the hidden beach of Playa del Amor with restriction. Discover great beaches and beautiful scenery and wildlife.

From Puerto Vallarta: Catamaran Day Trip to Islas Marietas

3. From Puerto Vallarta: Catamaran Day Trip to Islas Marietas

Discover the beautiful landscapes and diverse marine life of the Islas Marietas National Park on this sailing day trip from Puerto Vallarta. Learn about local history and dive further into your natural surroundings with help from your bilingual guide.  Start this adventure by boarding the boat at the waterfront in Puerto Vallarta. Relax as you glide over the water, savoring a delicious continental breakfast or a refreshing drink from the boat's open bar.  Admire stunning landscapes as you head to the islands. See a sanctuary of migratory birds and a great diversity of marine life. Listen as your guide shares the history surrounding this sanctuary of this site that has been declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Once on the perimeter of the islands, have the opportunity to learn more about their whimsical rock formations and venture into natural caves and caverns. Continue exploring the area with the high-quality snorkeling gear.  Have the opportunity to appreciate more than 100 species of fish that inhabit this majestic and secluded place and tour the area on a paddleboard and kayak. Search for the dolphins that sometimes accompany the boat and from December to March keep an eye out for humpback whales. Return to your meeting point full of memories at the of your sailing experience. 

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 25 reviews

This tour was amazing. To start with, the website may say 6 hours, but it's definitely a full 8 hours depending on conditions. Secondly, don't bother with a whale tour. This boat goes out of its way to make sure you see plenty of whales. We saw so many more on this tour than the actual whale tour we paid for. They do an excellent job with breakfast and lunch. The lunch was definitely one of the better ones we had in Mexico. And let us not forget Hidden Beach. Gustavo et al, (forgive me for not remembering names) were such amazing hosts. Gustavo ran around the entire time on the beach making sure we had amazing pics. This tour was perfect.

We loved our trip to Las Marietas. Maggie is an incredible guide and a passionate protector of the Marietas ecosystem - we learned so much from her. This is not a glam tour (no bathroom on boat we took) but snorkeling and spending time with a knowledgeable guide that truly lives this unique and fascinating island chain make it great experience.

It was really fun! A great experience overall, the staff was amazing and very attentive. Chai and his crew members were great and made the experience a better one. I would definitely recommend this tour!

this was such a great day. from the guys who took us to the island, the snorkeling, the whales we got to see, and the great food. highly recommend

It was a fun day but be prepared as it's a long day. We got to see whales on the way out and back from the island.