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MARIETAS ISLANDS ECOTOURS

Highlights
  • Spend roughly 5 hours snorkeling off a boat in a wildlife sanctuary

  • Groups are kept small to maximize personal attention from the instructor

  • If possible, visit Hidden Beach (access is limited by the government)

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MARIETAS ISLANDS ECOTOURS
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MARIETAS ISLANDS ECOTOURS
$110.00
Overview

If you are serious about snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters off Puerto Vallarta, this is the excursion for you. Visit the wildlife sanctuary of the uninhabited Marietas Islands, (Long Island and Round Island) by boat. Enjoy the beauty of the marine wild life found in abundance in the pristine waters. A boxed lunch, guided instruction and use of the snorkeling gear is all included.

What to Expect
In the round island is located the HIDDEN BEACH, that, to reach this secluded paradise, the swimmers need to go through a short tunnel and swim from the boat a distance of 200 meters.

How work the access to the hidden beach in the Marietas Islands?
Since its reopening, the Mexican National Park System (CONANP) has set a strong control and restrictions in order to assure the conservation of the Park.  
Entrance to the hidden beach CAN NOT be guaranteed and tour operators have to check availability the same day with Bahía Unida Association and with CONANP, since they regulate the spots per boat.  There are only 116 spots per day for 176 authorized boats. Our guide and boat captain have no control on this situation and hold no responsibility.  Booking in advance does not guarantee access to the hidden beach.

Regulations for visiting the Hidden Beach:

  • Closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
  • Age limit 10 to 65 years.
  • Allowance 10 minutes visit on the beach
  • Helmet and lifejacket are obligatory to enter
  • All participants must know how to swim
  • For safety reasons; NOT expecting mothers, high blood pressure, heart or neck problems. 
8:30 am - Meeting point at Ecotours office in Marina Vallarta
Check in and pay in cash directly at the booth $ 5 usd per person the Marine park entrance and conservation fee ( 2 brazalets not included)
9:00 am Departure time directly to the National park of Marietas Island. 
10:00 am Check in with the park ranger and then we will have 2.5 hrs to discover a vast colony of sea birds, such as the true pirate of the sky, the magnificent frigate bird, egrets, herons, sea gulls, pelicans, brown boobies and the world famous galapagos Blue-footed Booby. Different species of corals inhabit these areas and of course, many different species of fish enjoy the safety and productivity of the surrounding waters. You might spot King Angelfish, Panamic Sergeant Majors, Cortez Chubs, Giant Damselfish, Moorish Idol, Rainbow Wrasse, and many more.  
2:00 pm Back to the pier in Marina Vallarta                                   
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
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I really enjoyed the more private tour, it was a total of 6 people on the boat. Now be AWARE that there are jellyfish in the water and you will get stung it’s not excruciating but it does feel like a stinging sensation .We were...More

Thank Iris R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Long day at sea. Ability to stop and see sea life, turtles and dolphins

This tour is great if your looking for a long day at sea on a sailboat. The snorkeling was great, water was very clear. Tour guides were informative and friendly. Guides allowed time to stop and see the sea life, chase the dolphins and turtles....More

Thank Mary V
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile
Fantastic

Booked the tour recommended by my friend and it did not disappoint. Our tour guide was Michael and he was great. Very informative. We were able to go to hidden beach. 6 spots with 10 people. Hidden beach was not guaranteed and he made it...More

1  Thank jungahhhh
Reviewed June 24, 2018
Scuba diving 7K'S from puerto vallarta

Dove off of the Marietas Islands, very nice temps, good visibility. Our two dive masters provided by the company really were great. Two tank dive, about 18M's. The only thing is you have to take a big boat with open bar cruisers who were going...More

Thank KenSanFrancisco
Reviewed June 19, 2018
Great tour with snorkeling and visit to the Hidden Beach

My husband and I had a great trip out with EcoTours for snorkeling at the Marietas Islands. The majority of our group (that included 4 other couples) were even able to go on the Hidden Beach. My husband and I were lucky enough to go...More

2  Thank Schmermund
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Emily S
May 8, 2018|
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Response from radar60 | Reviewed this property |
We Saw a lot of humpback whales beginning of March. Not sure about May
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