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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.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle: Full-Day Marietas Islands Boat Tour

2. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle: Full-Day Marietas Islands Boat Tour

Sail to the Marietas Islands on a well-equipped Chica Fun Boat during this full-day, small-group cruise from Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Enjoy a top-deck jumping board and two waterslides, plus nets and gears for anyone interested in fishing. A continental breakfast, lunch buffet, and open bar are included, plus optional pickup and drop-off from Sayulita. The Marietas Islands is a small group of Islands often called the Galapagos of Mexico. Now a National wildlife and marine reserve, this amazing place is teaming with wildlife both above and below the water. It is one of the few places in the world you can spot Blue Footed Boobies! As we cruise out to the Marietas Islands you will enjoy a continental breakfast. Once at the Marietas’, you will have time to explore the main beach also known as Playa La Nopalera. After exploring the island you will have time to snorkel, swim and play in the water.

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

3. From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

Board your catamaran and ride out to the magnificent Islas Marietas National Park on a top-of-the-line catamaran. Explore the rocky caverns and archways by kayak or paddleboard. Get up close and personal with the many natural wonders of the Marieta Islands. Snorkel or scuba dive and see the rich marine life below the surface. Look for giant manta rays, sea turtles, and abundant multi-colored fish. Make use of complimentary snorkeling equipment, paddleboards, and kayaks. Sail to Majahuitas Beach. Swim and sunbathe at this white sand beach. Experience one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches along Mexico's Pacific coast.  Soak up the sun and relax on board a comfortable catamaran. Sip a drink from the open bar. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast. In the afternoon, you can sit down for a deli-style lunch. Your knowledgable onboard tour guides will see to it that you have a comfortable and safe journey. This Islas Marietas National Park eco discovery tour is a sea excursion designed to explore the ocean and wildlife around the Marieta Islands with various water activities. The Hidden Beach is not visited on this tour.

From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

4. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise with Drinks

5. Puerto Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise with Drinks

Embark on a boat tour from Puerto Vallarta to the Marietas Islands. Enjoy a boat ride, snorkel in the clear waters, kayak, or swim in the sea. Relax on the boat and savor some lunch and drinks in the warm sun. Start your tour with a boat ride from the marina in Puerto Vallarta. Admire the stunning views of the ocean and the beautiful city. Keep an eye out for the diverse marine life that inhabits the area, such as dolphins, sea turtles, and colorful fish species. Arrive at the Marietas Islands and snorkel to explore the reefs and observe the fascinating marine life. Relax onboard the boat with a tasty breakfast, lunch, and drinks throughout the day. You can also help yourself to some drinks from the open bar during the trip.

"Submerge into Adventure: Scuba Diving in Marietas Island

6. "Submerge into Adventure: Scuba Diving in Marietas Island

Immerse yourself in the captivating world beneath the surface as you explore the vibrant underwater realm of Marietas Island. Experience the thrill of diving into crystal-clear waters teeming with an abundance of marine life. Encounter colorful tropical fish, graceful manta rays, and perhaps even the majestic sea turtles that call this underwater paradise home. With each dive, you'll uncover the mesmerizing beauty of the coral reefs and be enthralled by the fascinating biodiversity that surrounds you. Let our experienced guides lead you on an unforgettable adventure, ensuring your safety and sharing their knowledge of the marine ecosystem. Dive into the wonders of Marietas Island and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Oceano Adventure's Mermaid Experience

7. Oceano Adventure's Mermaid Experience

Mermaid Adventure Itinerary: 1. Meet & Greet in Sayulita: ~ Begin your flipping mermaid adventure on land at Oceano Adventure's Sayulita shop. ~ Friendly team introduction, ensuring a warm welcome. 2. Scenic drive to La Marina: ~ Embark on a picturesque drive to La Marina, enjoying the beautiful surroundings. 3. Boarding & crew service: ~ Step aboard our speed boat, greeted by a professional crew. ~ Receive gear, essential information, and safety tips for a secure experience. 4. Briefing at dive spot: ~ Reach the mermaiding spot and receive a brief overview from experienced guides. ~ Learn about the activity and the surroundings, ensuring confidence before the dive. 5. Mermaiding exploration: ~ Embark on an enchanting mer fun with Oceano Adventure's PADI Mermaid trips. Jump into spectacular reefs and the colorful underworld of Bahia de Banderas with the expert guidance of our professional crew. ~ Mermaid Boat trip + Mermaid freediving + Coaching + Underwater photos/videos + Mermaid equipment tryouts. 6. Light lunch onboard: ~ Enjoy a delicious ham and cheese sandwich with cookies. ~ Savor your meal surrounded by breathtaking ocean views. 7. Return to comfortable marina: ~ As the mermaid adventure concludes, board the boat for a comfortable return. ~ Reflect on the experience while basking in the beauty of the return trip. 8. Unforgettable memories: ~ Create lasting memories between mystical and physical challenge. Experience mermaiding like never before with Oceano Adventure – a journey filled with exploration, enjoyment, and the beauty of the ocean's depths.

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What people are saying about Islas Marietas National Park

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(28 reviews)

This was a great adventure! More than expected! We found a pod of dolpins and our captain kept us in the middle of the pod so we could view the dolphins playing in the waves. Then we came upon several whales and enjoyed their majesty! Our guide, Margarite, was very knowledgeable and provided great information about these creatures! Then we had the priviledge of swimming into the hidden beach, an adventure for sure. Good snacks/lunch. Our captain did a great job showing us around the Marieta island as well. Highly recommend if you like a variety of adventures in one trip.

Great snorkeling and beautiful hidden beach. Swimming against the waves a bit tough at times but Cynthia our guide always kept a close eye on us and helped out when needed. An hour boat ride each way to and from Marieta Islands. Our captain Alex got us there easily and smoothly and stopped when there was any interesting sea life. We saw some stingrays and a turtle. Drinks and lunch were provided which was a nice treat. My 11 and 13 yo daughters had a great time.

My family and I had a great time on this tour. My nieces were the only two kids on the boat. The staff were very attentive and made sure the kids were safe at all times. We got to see numerous whales as well as blue footed boobies! Excellent experience!

We had a really fun time! The crew was amazing! They fully prepared performances for the guests. They offered snacks throughout the day, bar was fully open after snorkeling, the beach also had an open bar and just overall it was a blast. Great crew!

Best crew you could want!!! Loved the entire experience and hosts 🩷