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Marietas Islands Tours

The small, uninhabited Marietas Islands are located in the Bay of Banderas off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Making up a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve, the islands are famous for their abundant wildlife and provide a chance to escape the crowds of many Mexican beach resorts, hop on a boat, and explore the islands’ natural delights.
 
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.

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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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Marietas Islands Eco Discovery Snorkeling Adventure, Sayulita, null
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Marietas Islands Eco Discovery Snorkeling Adventure

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As a snorkeling spot, the Marietas Islands are considered to be one of the best locations in the region. Snorkelers are constantly amazed by the beauty of the ...  Read more

Location: Sayulita, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour, Sayulita, Snorkeling
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Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour

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Location: Punta Mita, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Marietas Islands National Park Excursion for Certified Divers, Sayulita, Snorkeling
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Marietas Islands National Park Excursion for Certified Divers

As a diving spot, the Marietas Islands are considered to be one of the best locations in the region. This is a small-group tour for certified divers with a ...  Read more

Location: Sayulita, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Whale Watching and Snorkeling in Marietas Islands National Park, Sayulita, Scuba Diving
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Whale Watching and Snorkeling in Marietas Islands National Park

Located at the north end of Banderas Bay, the Marietas Islands are the ideal spot for whale watching and snorkeling. Brought to the international attention by ...  Read more

Location: Sayulita, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Scuba Dive tour Marietas Islands, Sayulita, Snorkeling
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Scuba Dive tour Marietas Islands

Thanks to the beauty and depth of the Banderas Bay, Riviera Nayarit is one of the top scuba diving destinations in Mexico. Visibility and ideal water ...  Read more

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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Scuba Diving
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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

The Bay of Banderas and the Mexican Pacific offer a vast array of wildlife and are available for you to explore during this exciting day tour. You'll have the ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Discover Scuba Diving Marietas Islands, Sayulita, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Discover Scuba Diving Marietas Islands

If you are looking for the real experience to breathe underwater for first time this is your best option. While this is not a scuba certification course, this ...  Read more

Location: Punta de Mita, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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All-Inclusive Snorkeling Tour to the Marietas Islands, Sayulita, Scuba Diving
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All-Inclusive Snorkeling Tour to the Marietas Islands

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Location: Sayulita, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
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On this beach lover's tour, you will have the opportunity of discovering the best beaches of Riviera Nayarit. Our main destination will be Sayulita, not ...  Read more

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Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Dedicated Dives for Certified Divers from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Day Trips
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Puerto Vallarta is considered to be one of Mexico's top dive destinations. This scuba diving experience gives certified divers the chance to explore some of ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

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