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“It's ok but not for the price” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

Deer Island (Isla de Venados)
El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Ranked #31 of 85 things to do in Mazatlan
Activities: Snorkeling
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Owner description: Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
Monterrey, Mexico
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3 attraction reviews
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“It's ok but not for the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

During our last trip to Mazatlan we took the tour to Deer Island, you get on board a catamaran that sails around the most significant islands in Mazatlan. During your time on board there is open bar consisting of beer, tequila sunrise, pineapple vodka, soda and water. After 45 minutes or so we arrived at the island. There is not really too much to see, there are some palapas under which we stayed during all our stay. They organize banana-ride, kayaking and snorkeling. The sea at Deer Island is clear but not anywhere close to Cancun so it's not easy to see fish. The buffet consisted of Marlin tacos, which were Ok for me although my wife didn't find them that appealing.
As a conclusion, the experience was not bad at all but definitely not worth the time and money ($200 - 4 adults and 1 child)

Visited May 2013
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Mississauga, Canada
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“Not worth it..”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We took this excursion for about $50 USD and it was a rip off. They take you on a catamaran along the coast and then to the island for a 5 minute ride of banana boating. Then they tell you that you can snorkle and kayak... The snorkeling was awful! Can't see a thing in the Ocean! Then you sit around on the beach for a few hours. They do serve you lunch (fajitas) but I could have gotten that on the resort.
Then they take you back on the catamaran.... Not very fun at all.

I heard Stone Island has horse back riding and more fun things for cheaper! I think $32 USD. Allwell.

Visited April 2013
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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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“Deer Island Boat Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Skip the all inclusive tours offered by the hotels and take a short walk to Aqua Sports Center who are located a short walk from EL CID hotels where we stayed (El Moro Tower). They own a huge tire powered boat ( travels on land and sea) that takes you across to the island for $12.00 round trip per person. Check out their web-site they have lots of pictures and they bring the banana boat too...off course that is extra and they do have the food and rides for additional cost. Raul runs the place and his men are all qualified and courteous too. My husband took the boat ride with another older couple and their 6 year old grandson.
He even got to be up front with the driver! Their boat is too cool..kids love it.
The water is too murky to snorkel anyway and way to rough with huge rocks, but on the left side of the island as you are approaching it there is a lovely spot to swim..sand is great and not too deep. There are chairs to sit on and umbrellas too, but definitely pack a snack and skip the food on the island..sounds like its not worth it.
There was a small fee to use the bathroom $1.00! We spent two hours there and it was a perfect memory, collecting sea glass and shells and my husband even saw a large animal near the trash cans, which was harmless. He talked to the guy that lives on the island as a caretaker with his two black dogs who are friendly and one of them had just given birth to puppies.
No electricity, but heck you're on an island what do you want!!!
Enjoy the beauty and peace of nature...there's plenty of food and entertainment at your hotels, right?!?!?!

Visited May 2013
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“Don't waste your money.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Over all.. Terrible..
The boat ride there is not a catamaran, it's a small very poorly build boat.
Once you get to the island (about 20 mins), the beach is incredibly dirty- cigarette butts and garbage everywhere. The shore is filled with rocks, as well as the beach, so swimming isn't really an option.
The banana boat ride was less than 2 mins and you could only go once. And the kayaking/snorkelling.. You were given the tools but expected to find your own spot on your own and know what to do.
The food was the only decent thing- extremely salty Marlin fajitas.

Long story short, don't waste your money on this excursion.

Visited April 2013
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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“Not worth it - especially if you are staying at an All-In”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Not worth the money (approx. $125 for 2 adults and 1 child) for approx. 5 hours. We slow motored to the island for an hour and then we only got to ride the banana boat once, the kayak once and snorkel once for about 15 minutes. And the food was not good - sliced Marlin stew (for tortillas), rice and beans. And since we were staying in an All-Inclusive resort, the free drinks didn't matter to us. When we returned to the hotel, everyone on our tour from our hotel went straight to the hotel buffet. So......I would not recommend.

Visited April 2013
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