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Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach

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Safety measures
icon4 to 6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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Boat ride
Use of life vest
Bottled water
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Conservacy donation fee to Bahia Unida
CONANP (Federal gov) fee
Permits for national park
Snacks
Gratuities
Boarding fee must be paid in cash when check in. mx$50 (u$3.00)
Hidden beach deposit must be paid cash during check in mx$575 (u$25)

Departure Point

Proa 22, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

We are located at Marina Vallarta, just 2 blocks away from the Whale statue near by the airport.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age recommended 10 years
  • Minimum age to hidden beach is 10 years with an adult on the same group.
  • People under any influence of alcohol or any drug are not permitted
  • Max age recommended for hidden beach is 65 years
  • Not recommended for travelers under any drug or alcohol influence
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Eco Explorer Vallarta
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach.

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Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
125 Reviews

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star-5
Very good!!
devin_a
, Oct 2021
Absolutely amazing, great time going out to the island and great guide (Luis) was absolutely great! Beautiful views, great small groups.
star-3
Motets
Mike_R
, Sep 2021
Moter went out took 2 1/2 hour to come back was not fun coming back on one Morter long time wow woo wow wow
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
DMH
, Aug 2021
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.
star-2
Waste of Time and Money
asweseeit21
, Aug 2021
This was an extremely disappointing experience due to rainy season in Puerto Vallarta, late start from local tour operator, no boxed/bag lunch, but the ham sandwiches that were provided were in a box together, no chips or cookies to go with sandwich, and in spite of me disclosing in reservation that I am a pescatarian, no dietary accommodations were made. When we arrived at Marietas Island, the gate keepers to Hidden Beach told Carlos our guide that we needed to check back in an hour to see if we would be granted access to Hidden Beach, we were late; however, the group that left office before us, experienced the hidden beach. Thus, Carlos took us to what he deemed as "a good spot" near Marietas Island to snorkel, negative, the water was murky, only thing we could see was debris, i.e., twigs, branches, so we got back in the boat, and went to another spot near the small beach. When we arrived other people were in the water snorkeling and had swam to the beach. Finally, we were able to see various size fish that were all beautiful, we swam to the beach and took a few pictures, checked time with Carlos, we had gone over an hour, so we got back on the boat, and returned to Hidden Beach only to be denied access, the tide was too high. We basically paid to ride two (2) hours in a boat, a waste of time going to and getting in water that Carlos recommended for us to snorkel, the time was not carefully monitored to ensure we made it back, to the entrance of Hidden Beach, to see if we would be permitted to enter. Since were unable to enter Hidden Beach, the $25.00 entry fee was refunded, which was great, but we spent $98.00 to be disappointed.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for your time writing a review.. We sorry to read your experience were not the best one ever.. unfortunatelly there is some days in the ocean with high tide and waves, there are natural conditions out of our hands. We hope to have the chance to have you back in the near future and take you out there with no charge to get you in the beach.
star-3
Without Hidden Island access, not worth it at all.
Shenell
, Aug 2021
The host (Carlos) was awesome. However, we paid a lot of money to snorkel for 15 min and stay 15 min on one of the Marietas beaches. We couldn’t get access to the hidden beach but still paid well over $100 even after getting the hidden island fee refunded. We were told we had access to Hidden beach once we got there but then was told we couldn’t get in. My personal belief is that we could’ve but we would’ve had to wait but the company couldn’t wait because the boat had to be returned. That’s my personal belief. The only reason we chose this one is because of hidden island, so unless you want to take your chances (there’s a limit imposed per day on visitors), you can find another excursion for much cheaper just to snorkel and stay on a beach for 15 min to take pictures. Also our lunch included a small ham sandwich with a sliver of cheese.
star-2
It is not covid safe
jose
, Jul 2021
The guide and tour was awesome, but no one but me and my friend wear a mask during the trip. The snorkel equipment was not sanitized, just something to avoid fog in the goggles.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
SPECTACULAR!!!
Mari
, Jul 2021
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.
star-5
Great day at the hidden beach
Scot_W
, Jul 2021
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.
star-1
Poor communication between tour operator and guests
ALEX-MORALES
, Jul 2021
BEWARE, you are not guaranteed entrance to the hidden beach. The tour operator will collect entrance fee to the hidden beach before you board the boat, even when they know you will not be allowed to enter and you will be left in the middle of the ocean floating on a boat while the rest of the group swims to the beach. Tour operator only cares about filling all the spaces on the boat, not really about you making the full tour. Customer service is terrible. They don't give a rat's behind about your customer's satisfaction as long as they have already collected payment. While the tour operator does not have control over who enters and who does not to Marietas Island, they do have the obligation to notify guests and let them decide if they want to do the tour or re-schedule until access is confirmed. I will go back to Marietas, never with this company... be warned, you will regret if this happens to you, -and it happens a lot to many foreign tourists- ask questions, do not fall on this false advertisement and poor communication trap.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Exiting adventure
Kama
, Jul 2021
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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