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Address: El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
Activities: Snorkeling
Description: Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off...
Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
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day trip to Deer Island

beautiful day, went with the boat to the island, banana boat ride, canoes, swimming,and snorkeling. this was followed by a bufet Mexican lunch, and all what you can drink.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

beautiful day, went with the boat to the island, banana boat ride, canoes, swimming,and snorkeling. this was followed by a bufet Mexican lunch, and all what you can drink.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Lovely catamaran ride from the Marina, chairs in the shade, calm water, one of the rare spots in Mazatlan where we can swim. Beautiful views of all Mazatlan hotels on the beach facing the island. The excursion provides fresh fruit, drinks and sandwiches. It leaves at about 10:00am and is back at the Marina at about 3:00pm

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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

My friend and I went to Deer Island with our beach boy friends on a hobie cat. It was so cold they loaned us their wet suits to wear on the way over. Once we got there, I got out of mine as the weather was warm, just the water was cold, but my friend couldn't get out of hers.... More 

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Boerne, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We booked a three hour excursion for $35 USD to Deer Island through Gustavo with Pronatours at the Riu Emerald Bay. We were picked up from the hotel around 9:15 AM and taken to the El Cid Marina. We went up the coastline all the way to the city center of Mazatlan, turned around, headed back to Deer Island, and... More 

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Winnipeg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Did this tour a few years ago - catamaran sailing to the island. Beach volleyball, sea kayaking, banana boats and snorkeling. Crew prepares a mexican lunch on shore. All you can eat and drink for about $35.00 canadian. How can you go wrong?

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

My mom and I decided to visit one of the Islands on our trip to Mazatlan and ended up going with Deer Island. We got picked up at the hotel we stayed at, the El Cid Marina in the morning, around 9:30 and we returned around 2:30. The crew of 3 took us all around the coastline with drinks and... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

we booked are tour through a little place next door to the el cid hotel they were cheap and a excellent help , we planned on snorkeling on the island . the guide had just us two and let us pick how long we wanted to stay and explore the island . they gave us a sun umbrella to keep... More 

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Mazatlan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Sail,paddle, great beach and good View of the Mazatlan skyline

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Calgary, Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

There really is not much here but the beach is nice and it is usually calm waters. Mazatlan is not known for snorkeling but there are fish to see. If you want to snorkel you need to go to Cancun or the Caribbean.

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Saskatoon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

We had a driver take us from our hotel to the Marina for departure, who drove like a nutcase and asked us for tips, without telling us where we had to go once he kicked us out his van, or even saying anything to us on the three-minute ride there. We had to learn on our own that the El... More 

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