Things to do in Islas Marietas National Park

Our most recommended things to do in Islas Marietas National Park

From Puerto Vallarta: Sailing Day Trip to Islas Marietas

1. From Puerto Vallarta: Sailing 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. 

From Nueva Vallarta: Marietas Islands Hidden Beach Tour

2. 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 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.

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What people are saying about Islas Marietas National Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 16 reviews

One of the best trips I’ve been on, and I’ve done a fair few. The crew of boat 5 were tentative and good fun. The day started with snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking, then we were taken over to a gorgeous beach we’re you could go on the banana boat or just swim or bathe, it was a gorgeous setting, all the food and drinks were included in the trip as well as the beach. The day was finished off with the crew putting on a show on our way home, the bar was open and it was a great fun atmosphere. 5 stars to Fernando(captain) and David(main Host) for a brilliant day

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.

I highly recommend this tour! Michael and Raphael were great! Be sure to go early to have a better chance of actually getting into the hidden beach. (: LOVED the snorkeling too! Overall, a great time. No complaints.

Excellent service ! The guides are super prepared and very professional

The crew make an already scenic adventure incredible.