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Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)
Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)

Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas)

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Marietas Islands, Mexico

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.

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Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach

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Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach
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$88.83 per adult
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Great experience
The boat ride to the islands offered wonderful views of the bay. The islands are gorgeous. The swim to the hidden beach was exhilarating. And it was very special to visit such a remote beautiful feature of Mother Nature.
DMH, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Puerto Vallarta

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Great fun had by all
Anthony_D, Aug 2021
Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
Plenty of fish to see. The crew was great. The bartender was not stingy with the drinks. Would definitely do again.
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Great Experience
SM_11, Aug 2021
Sea Mi Amor Marietas
Great service & great price. Two meals, drinks, and activities all inclusive. Everyone was extremely nice and felt like a very personal experience. Made friends with staff and was able to make great memories. Thank you for everything!
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Amazing!
Stephanie_M, Aug 2021
Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
The entire tour was fantastic! The crew was incredibly entertaining and attentive. We will definitely be back!
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SPECTACULAR!!!
Mari, Jul 2021
Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach
Carlos was AMAZING. I had a great time, I travelled by myself and he made me feel welcome. He is extremely knowledgeable and I felt safe. The Islands and the beach is absolutely STUNNING. A must see when you're in PVC.
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Great day at the hidden beach
Scot_W, Jul 2021
Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach
Our guides were so friendly and helpful. There was a delay so we got to see the blue footed boobies, and experienced a bonus snorkel to another hidden beach spot.
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Great Tour
Autumn_K, Aug 2021
Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
The crew was hilarious yet very informative. We enjoyed every minute of the tour. Our favorite part was the beach stop. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting PV!
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Highly recommend
Gabrielle_R, Jun 2021
Marietas Islands snorkeling & hidden beach (with restriction)
We had a great time, our tour guide Cynthia was very sweet and knew a lot about the wildlife. The boat ride was nice and calm and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. Lunch was included and very tasty as well.
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Unforgettable Fun!
Michelle_Q, May 2021
Day Ecotour Tour to Marietas Islands
I had a fabulous time on this tour! The food and service were excellent:) Emilio was extremely helpful, he helped my friend who is not a strong swimmer, make it to the hidden beach. I can’t thank him enough. The scenery is so beautiful. This is a must do excursion! You will have the best memories. Carolina is very informative on the islands history. You will see birds that you can’t see except for one other place on the planet!
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Best tour !
Team_leader, Jul 2021
Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
Great experience! The crew was awesome and super funny. And the banana boat ride was by far the best part! That and the open bar of course! Highly recommend!!!do the early tour so it isn’t as hot either.
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Marieta Island Tour
Susan, Apr 2021
Marietas Islands snorkeling & hidden beach (with restriction)
Great tour! Our guide Maggie was amazing. Very knowledgeable and took us to the best sightseeing. Captain Martin was also wonderful. Highly recommend taking this tour.
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Exiting adventure
Kama, Jul 2021
Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach
Visiting hidden beach. Beautiful beach and very exiting adventure. Carlos was a very good gide and told us a lot of interesting things about the island
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Great time
Randall_F, Jul 2021
Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach
Our capital and guide were great. Glad we finally got to see it. So excited that they let us bring our cameras and even took a great picture for us.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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