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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

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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 opportunity to discover the wonders of nature while looking out for dolphins, whales, giant manta rays, sea turtles and tropical fish, all in their natural environment! Complete with bird watching, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking in the warm waters that surround the Marietas Islands, this eco-adventure provides for an exciting itinerary on your Puerto Vallarta vacation!
You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • Pass by Nuevo Vallarta Beach
    Pass by Bay of Banderas
  • 1
    Marietas Islands
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 2
    Majahuitas Beach
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Tour the Bay of Banderas and the Marietas Islands on this full-day cruise
  • Take guided snorkeling and kayaking outings with equipment included
  • Breakfast, lunch, and open bar provided on the boat
  • Learn about the marine life of the Mexican Pacific from your guide
What to Expect
Meet your boat at Puerto Vallarta’s Maritime Terminal in the early morning. Travel light, since all recreational equipment, as well as breakfast, lunch, and beverages, are provided. Set out for the Bay of Banderas and the Marietas Islands. En route, take in the scenery and eat breakfast while your crew handles logistics. Keep watch for Pacific bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, and spotted dolphins. December through March, you may see humpback whales in the area, too. Learn about the local marine life’s biology and behavior, as well as Mexico’s conversation efforts, from your guide. Take guided kayaking and snorkeling expeditions throughout the bay and islands. Instruction and equipment are provided, so even beginners will feel comfortable. Learn about other Mexican Pacific inhabitants, such as blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, manta rays, and tropical fish. After enjoying lunch and an open bar, return to the Maritime Terminal in the mid-afternoon.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Puerto Magico, Avenida Heroica, H. Escuela Naval Militar 30, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
2: Vallarta Adventures, Las Palmas 39, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Lunch
  • Open Bar
  • Use of snorkel and kayak equipment
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Entry/Admission - Majahuitas Beach
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Scuba Diving (additional fees)
  • Natural reserve federal tax ($90 Mexican Pesos)
  • To depart from Puerto Mágico, Puerto Vallarta, there is a 28 Mexican peso per-person harbour fee.
  • Entry/Admission - Marietas Islands
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bring a bathing suit, shorts, a sun hat, sunscreen and a towel
  • IMPORTANT: Passengers arriving on a cruise ship cannot book this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • An additional $90-peso conservation fee per person will be collected at check-in. A portion of the proceeds go toward local surveillance and conservation of the islands
  • Due to federal regulations, and in an effort to protect the flight path of endemic birds, drones are prohibited in this tour
  • To depart from Puerto Mágico, there is a harbour fee of 28 Mexican pesos per person that shall be paid at check-in
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We booked this tour as a whale watching and snorkeling excursion. I do believe that that is not on Vallarta Adventures but the sales rep at the hotel. It was not at all what we thought we booked but big big but, we had so much fun. Isa and company are fantastic. They work so
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One of our group scuba dived , 3 of us snorkeled & 2 paddle boarded and one came aboard to just have fun. From beginning to end the trip was amazing. The host Chai and his team including Captain Milo were phenomenal. We saw at least 10 whales on way to our islands. We went to 2
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Overall a fun trip. The crew was very entertaining, which is great because most of the trip is on a boat. Snorkeling was fairly short and the water was somewhat murky. The beach they take you to afterwards, Majahuitas, is really nice.
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Luis and Antonio were our guides to Hidden Beach and whale watching. They were great. Very informative and helpful. The beach was truly beautiful and we were able to watch a family of whales. Excellent experience.
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We booked this excursion based on the description, as we love to snorkel as a family. The 60-90 minutes promised by the staff was actually about 15 minutes in the water at Islas Marietas. The highlight of the day was getting to see the Humpback whales in the bay...other than
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Response from TheAdventuresGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
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Dear Upland_Hunter13, Thank you for your review. We are happy to know you encountered Humpback whales in the bay. Our guests' feedback is highly valued, so many thanks for sharing how you felt about this adventure and rest assured your comments will be taken into consideration. If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to reach out to us at info@vallarta-adventures.com. We appreciate your time and look forward to the opportunity to make this up to you. Best regards,
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About the operator
By: Vallarta Adventures
Waterford, Michigan
Great Time In Puerto Vallarta
When we signed up for this excursion and read that bar service and appetizers were included, we expected beer,
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Kingston, Canada
Absolutely Brilliant
Cannot thank Captain Juan Carlos, Miguel, Alexis and Mar enough for another ‘Best day of our holidays’. Superb
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Donna P
Whale photo safari
Took the morning photo safari to see Humpback whales. They made sure we saw them. 1st site 2 different sets of
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Steve H
Sacramento, California
Absolutely incredible
Ok maybe not that tight rope walk. But seriously, everything Else about this day was astounding. Exciting,
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Taylor H
Amazing time
Had such a fun time doing this. I"ve been 3 times now over the past 5 years and each time I go they add something
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Provo, Utah
The most fun excursion I have done - ever.
We did the Adventure Zip Line tour with a group of about 18 people (9 couples). The group ranged from serious
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Not what we expected!
We booked this tour as a whale watching and snorkeling excursion. I do believe that that is not on Vallarta
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Yelapa Majahuitas tour
Our boat staff and tour guide were absolutely AMAZING! Could not have asked for anything more! David was
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Awesome Excursion
My husband and I went on this excursion and loved every minute of it. I would highly recommend it. We were a
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Sudbury, Canada
Rhythms of the Night
Anyone visiting Puerto Vallarta should not miss this adventure. We upgraded our tickets to VIP but I don't it was
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