Protected by the Mexican government, these islands offer sanctuary to many species of birds, turtles, fish and dolphins. Come ... More
Marietas Islands (Las)
Protected by the Mexican government, these islands offer sanctuary to many species of birds, turtles, fish and dolphins. Come to see the exotic animals that call these islands home. The rocky terrain also makes for great cave exploration. Water sports are also popular here because of the clear, calm waters. Snorkeling and scuba diving is a must for anyone who is able. These beaches are only accessible by boat, so there are many places that are still secluded and private. Local tour companies can arrange transportation. Come here to get away from it all.
This was an incredible tour that I took with Vallarta Adventures...and the coolest part about the tour was that there are no vendors at all on this tour...not a single person will come up to you and ask if you want to buy anything.....the tour guides...who are extremely well versed in diving and such....take you into the coves of the island and show you all about what the sea life is...and where to dive down...we got to see a bunch of cool stuff.....then we went to los arcos beach...again...a nature preseve that there are no vendors or anyone else besides our small group of 25....it was so cool.... I recomend dealing with Vallarta Adventures because they are very very good..
Water on the east side of the inner island is fairly clear but drops off to deep water very quickly and you are not allowed to touch or even near the small amount of coral. When someone on the boat throws bread into the water the fish will teem to it giving you a momentary treat.
The tour we took was, ok. Just ok. Definitely make sure you get a boat with shade. We almost went with a more expensive trip only to later notice there wasn't any shade on that boat. The hour snorkeling was NOTHING compared to Hawaii or the South Pacific, but the water was clear and warm. Not too many fish and the only ones that were there were lured by bread crumbs.
Group of volanic islands are 22 nautical miles from Puerto Vallarta to the north side of the bay. Several species of Sea
Birds such as Blue Footed Boobies (endangered),Pelican, Albatros make the Marietas Islands their home. Ocean Quest Dive Center offers excellent scuba diving and snorkeling tours in group of max.six people for added fun and safety. This is an exciting dive as there are many lava tubes and short cave formations to
scuba dive safely (you always see the other end).WExplore the reef and find schools of fish and encounter a sea horse. Between dives, the divers are able to visit Playa del Amor (Beach of Love) which is only accessible by swimming into a tunnel and observe the natural habitat of the Sea Birds. The boat ride to the islands gives us the opportunity to observe marine mammals such as Dolphins and Whales and also Giant Manta Rays, and Turtles. In the months of December through May the Banderas Bay is home to the
magnificant Humpback Whales which we always see on the way there and on the way back.
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