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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 03/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Spend the day immersed in the marine life of the Marietas Islands and the Bay of Banderas on this full-day cruise from Puerto Vallarta. Even those with no experience can feel comfortable participating in guided snorkeling and kayaking tours, with all equipment included, to catch a glimpse of the Mexican Pacific’s abundant flora and fauna. Travel light lunch and an open bar are included on the boat.
Highlights
  • Tour the Bay of Banderas and the Marietas Islands on this full-day cruise
  • Take guided snorkeling and kayaking outings with equipment included
  • 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 lunch and beverages, are provided. Set out for the Bay of Banderas and the Marietas Islands. En route, take in the scenery 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
Puerto Magico, Blvrd Francisco Medina Ascencio, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico Vallarta Adventures Nuevo Vallarta, Las Palmas 39, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico
Duration
7h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Open Bar
  • Use of snorkel and kayak equipment
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Scuba Diving (additional fees)
  • Natural reserve federal tax ($100 Mexican Pesos)
  • A port fee of MXP$ 28 must be paid in cash before boarding your boat.
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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 $100-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
  • You must contact Vallarta Adventures immediately after booking to confirm the pick up location on your booking.
  • 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 100 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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Alma R wrote a review 3 May
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It was fun . Would like a better choice of food . But it was okay . I’ll try something different if I go back next time
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TheAdventuresGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
Responded 1 week ago
Hi F1250LJalmar Thank you for your visit and for your review! We will be more than happy to welcoming you again to any of our tour adventures! We are sure you will find a better menu that fits your culinary taste in a more appropriate excursion as the Rhythms of the Night or Las Caletas Beach Hideaway tour. The Marietas snorkeling tour has a simplified menu due to the type of activity and transportation that this entails. Hope to have back to try these options ar any other you like!
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swalsh22 wrote a review 3 May
San Mateo, California300 contributions75 helpful votes
I have done more than six total Vallarta. This was the first time I experienced something less than I am used to with Vallarta Adventures. I'm expressing a safety concern because I think a couple of changes could make it safer and more enjoyable when trying to snorkel in in
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Response from TheAdventuresGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
Responded 1 week ago
Hi swalsh22, We truly thank you for your review! We will definitely work on this as a team to keep improving so this situation will never happen again. We apologies for this unpleasant experience and hope that going forward we can have another opportunity to restore your faith in us and take you out on an adventure that you're sure to love. Please feel free to contact us back at this email: hello@headventuresgroup.com Wishing you the best, Vallarta Adventures.
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Lars T wrote a review Apr 2021
Hollywood, Florida4 contributions
The day on the boat and island was awesome! Cesar took great care of the guests, Bones always had a drink in my hand, and Daniella captured the day perfectly. The snorkeling was so fun and the water so clear. On the island we relaxed, until the banana boat ride! My wife did a
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TheAdventuresGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Lars P Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us, we couldn't be happier to have you join us on this incredible adventure. Thank you for trusting us to deliver an amazing experience. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon at Vallarta Adventures!
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Experience512039 wrote a review Apr 2021
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Positives: Good snorkeling, good crew. Wildlife was pretty cool. Dolphins, whales, (during the long boat ride) and fish aplenty. Negatives: Insufficient wetsuits provided for water temperature. We were only able to stay in the water for 20 minutes with the "shorty" provided.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TheAdventuresGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Experience512039, We thank you for your feedback and feel very sorry to find out that you didn´t enjoy the tour as we hoped to. It seems that unfortunately, this tour was not the best choice for you as we believe you would have enjoyed more Las Caletas tour instead. This tour has different kind of activities as cooking class, mezcal tasting, animal encounter, zipline and water slide among others that could have been a better fit for what, we now believe you were looking for. We hope that going forward we can have another opportunity to restore your faith in us. Wishing you all the best, Vallarta Adventures.
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Elian Burgoin wrote a review Apr 2021
Mazatlan, Mexico1 contribution
mi viaje a puerto vallarta fue especificamente para conocer la isla escondida de las islas marietas. quise hacerlo con vallarta adventure por que se que es la compañia mas segura e importante, pues he tenido varias experiencias en Los Cabos con esta misma compañia y siempre
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from TheAdventuresGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hola, Agradecemos mucho que hayas elegido Cabo Adventures y Vallarta Adventures en tus vacaciones pasadas y por supuesto nos apena mucho escuchar que en esta ocasión el tour que reservaste no haya sido el correcto. Estamos conscientes de que muchos visitantes tienen un especial interés por visitar la Playa Escondida, y es por eso que en la página del tour Islas Marietas Eco-Discovery especificamos que esta excursión no incluye acceso a la playa, tanto en párrafo titulado "¿Te gustaría ir a Playa Escondida?", como en la sección "FAQ". Nuestros guías también están mencionan este importante detalle antes de cada salida y sentimos mucho si esta información pasó desapercibida el día del tour. Nuestra compañía ofrece tanto la visita a la Playa Escondida, llamada justamente "Playa Escondida", como el tour para disfrutar de snorkel, paddleboard y kayak, llamada "Islas Marietas", que fue el que tú tomaste, así que es fundamental que cada cliente revise con detalle la descripción del tour antes de hacer su reservación. Agradecemos mucho tus comentarios. Hi, We are very appreciative that you chose Cabo and Valarta Adventures for your previous vacations, and are sorry to hear that your last tour with us was not the experience you expected. We understand that some guests are especially interested in visiting the Hidden Beach of Marietas, which is why we have ensured to mention on our website, on the Marieta Island Eco Discovery page, that this particular tour does not include access to the Hidden Beach. This information is also mentioned on the “Do you want to visit Hidden Beach?” and “FAQ” portions of the page. Our Guides also make sure to mention this important detail prior to every departure. We understand this it is unfortunate that this information went unnoticed on the day of the tour. We definitely offer both tours; The Hidden Beach tour, which includes entry to said beach, and the Marieta Islands Eco Discovery, which only includes snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding - this was the tour you experienced, so it is vital that every guest thoroughly reviews the details prior to booking their desired tour. We hope this information has provided further insight, and we welcome your feedback.
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kmatko
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LUXURY SNORKELING ON A CAT
Luxury Snorkel trip on a Catamaran DO THIS! If you're lucky, you'll get the same crew we had. Noah, Christian, Vi
blaker455
blaker455
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Challenging and Fun!
We had a great time doing the Extreme Adventure excursion with Vallarta Adventures when we stayed in Nuevo Vallarta
2nancyn
2nancyn
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Awesome extreme adventure!
Superman ! All of it ! Aturo, Messi, Eric , Noah , Lilly , Messi, Chewi, every single staff member was wonderful
J B
J B
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OK, Simply Not Enough Actual Beach Time for the Money
The pros: lots of fun wildlife; really good quality lunch; nice beach and reef for snorkeling; nice staff and thoug
mayamajors333
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Crazy Fun All Terrain Safari Excursion!
Our atv tour trip advisors, Tommy, Wunder, and Ronald, made the experience incredibly fun, safe, and unforgettable!
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jessicapG8104HA
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Fun ride
We were picked up in Nuevo Vallarta. It took us almost 2 hours to get to the location. It was very bumpy. Tommy set
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Coffee and tequila and a quaint little town
This was a relaxing and all-around fun trip! If you’re looking for something with minimal walking, great culture, a
509branb
509branb
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Awesome / 100%
Rhythm of the Night - awesome!! Show was great but the crew made the boat rides there and back fly - they were att
331leoh
331leoh
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Relaxing day sailing to the north end of Banderas Bay in May! Outstanding value and customer service!
Very relaxing day on the water sailing Bandera Bay! Fantastic customer service from Captain Juan Carlo and First m
760bridgets
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So fun!
Exhilarating! Challenging but so fun! The tour guides Fernando, Lopez, Arturo, Noe, Paula, Erick, Yoltic were all s
betzyn2021
betzyn2021
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SO MUCH FUN!!🤩
The UTV ride is my favorite!! I came while the river was dry, but the staff is so fun!!!! Noe and the crew made our
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Hangry tourist!!!!!!
The crew was amazing!! They were fun and upbeat. We had a lot of fun the boat and Majahuitas. The only problem with
Spencer D
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This was absolutely an extreme adventure!
Our tour guides were awesome! Arturo, Noe, Erik, Yoltic and Paula were great. Highly recommended. Very exciting.
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Awesome family fun
Awesome fun and some emotional challenging heights. Our teenagers had a blast. Now, Paula, Arturo and the whole c
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PLEASE EXPERIENCE THIS ADVENTURE!
soo so much fun!! your tour guides help you the whole time and push your limits in a good way! 10/10! 100% would do
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  • Bay of Banderas, Marietas Islands, and 1 more
  • Duration: 7h
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