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Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Ranked #16 of 54 attractions in Mazatlan
Type: Islands
Activities: Snorkeling
Description: Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

An array of activities including kayaks (that's what we did) as well as snorkeling. A pleasant getaway from the hustle and bustle of the resorts!

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Wonderful catamarran ride to the deer island beach with a crew to make lunch of salads, fruit, and grilled brochettes, and all the drinks anyone could handle. Activities included banana boats, kayaks, snorkling, and volley ball on a nice sunny day.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This tour is pretty terrible. I must say that the crew were great! The tour however was lacklustre, the "snorkelling" was so poor it's literally just go over to those rocks with this equipment every one else has used that didn't get cleaned! The food was super bland, but being that hungry everyone ate it. And the banana boat was... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Deer Island is a secluded beach within sight of the city. The waters on this beach are sheltered from the pounding surf, so there is some snorkeling opportunities. The tour providers also offered banana boat rides and sea kayaks. We only did the snorkeling, and it is certainly not the best. The rocks are very shallow and as you are... More

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Michigan
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86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

From start to finish, this is about a six hour activity. There is a great boat ride where they do some tourist stuff pointing out main sites, the bar is open and free, on the island there is good swimming, nice beachcombing, banana boat rides and mediocre snorkeling. They serve a good lunch and the bar remains open. The crew... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had a great time on Deer Island, seen dolphins on the way to the island, bananna boating was fun..definalty would do again, the island was very relaxing and listing to music that was being played..with great food and drinks

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Fort St John
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We went by boat to deer island and spent 4 hours lazing around suntanning and snorkeling. We were the only two on the island for the first couple of hours. Beautiful view of mazatlan. Saw over 30 types of fish including sting rays!

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Edmonton, Canada
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40 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I got to snorkel and it was not bad! Saw lots of rays. Nice to chill out on the beach. You can buy beers and a few food items and there is a bano. We went over on the amphibian vehicle for $15 each. Also can rent umbellas and chairs.

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Sparta Wi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

What a fun filled day!!! we snorkeled (first time) rode on the banana boat, had a fabulous lunch and music would defiantly recommend this trip

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I can't believe that the lack of washrooms aren't mentioned in the reviews! The bartending was great, I opted for beer out of the bottle however after seeing two cockroaches on the boat. I was the first person to use the toilet, when I finished there was a line up, I apologized for not flushing as I couldn't figure out... More

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