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Whale Watching and Snorkeling in Marietas Islands National Park
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Whale Watching and Snorkeling in Marietas Islands National Park

By Sayulita Entourage
Recommended by 94% of travelers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Take a half-day snorkeling tour from Sayulita to the Marietas Islands to go in search of marine life such as whales, sea turtles, birds, and colorful fish. Pass by desolate volcanic islands protected by UNESCO and swim above reefs that giant turtles and tropical fish inhabit. Between December and April, watch for the humpback whales that come to Banderas Bay and the Marietas Islands to mate and breed.
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$85.00
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Ages 0-90, max of 8 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Lunch, drinks, and snorkeling equipment provided
  • Look for diverse wildlife at a protected UNESCO marine reserve
  • Hear live commentary from the guide
  • Good likelihood to spot humpback whales in season

  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Certified guide on board
  • Lunch
  • Transportation by authorized and licensed taxi from departure point
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Playa del Amor/Hidden Beach


Start:
  • Calle Miramar & Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez, 63728 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 19766P3

    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult and you must book their sit as well
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 19766P3

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    • Sayulita Entourage
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      Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
      Joined in October 2011
    • julianasA5370WW
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stefan is great!
      This was my first official dive in the ocean and was an INCREDIBLE one. Stefan made me feel very safe and comfortable! He also made sure to go everything and give us our dive plan. I definitely recommend to anyone who’s interested in diving!
      Written July 20, 2024
    • 356brianneh
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great company in Sayulita for dive trips
      What a great company. The customer service was amazing. Pick you up right in Sayulita at the dive shop drive you to the boat. Then bring you back after. The captain (Edgar) was a great driver. Very knowledgeable staff.. Palma the snorkel guide pointed out different fish in the water then told us the names. Stephen(the owner) was a wonderful dive master. Some newer divers on this trip, He made them feel safe under water. They gave us flashlights which helped to see under and in things. Saw an eel, a turtle and some very amazing fish. Definitely recommend booking with Sayulita Entourage. You won't be disappointed. Thanks everyone
      Written July 20, 2024
    • 428saarg
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Most epic diving experience in Punta Mita
      I stayed over the weekend with my two kids at Punta Mita. The three of us love to scuba dive whenever we can on vacation. I contacted several vendors and Sayulita Entourage got back to me promptly and with all the info. They were able to add us to an outgoing dive fairly last minute. The staff - Roberta for scheduling, Stephane as the dive master and instructor, and Palma for entertainment and everything else - were all amazing. We dived through caves and tunnels, we saw stingrays and eels, we had an overall great and memorable time! I highly recommend this vendor for your Vallarta/Mita dives.
      Written July 15, 2024
    • KEYSCRAZY73
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Scuba for the whole family!
      My 11 year old son completed his PADI open water referall dives. From beginning to end the entire experience was amazing. I give Stephane and Roberta my very best recommendation. Muchas gracias mi amigo!
      Written June 28, 2024
    • AshleySpiegs
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent staff!
      Stefan and the team were incredibly professional, patient, and helpful. As a newly certified diver they provided much needed support and answered all of our questions. Definitely recommend using this company if you are looking to take a dive trip! Lunch, equipment and transportation provided.
      Written June 4, 2024
    • jennig2020
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stefan is the best guide!
      I had THE BEST time learning to scuba with Stefan!! I was super nervous because I can panic when breathing feels weird and part of me was worried I wouldn’t be able to do it. Stefan was patient, kind and incredibly helpful in helping me stay calm and learn the techniques during a pre-dive pool session. During the first dive, I started freaking out on the way down. Stefan helped me breathe, stay calm, and get to the bottom where we had an incredible dive!! 10/10 would recommend Sayulita Entourage, especially Stefan as a scuba instructor.
      Written May 30, 2024
    • 164debrap
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful island and sea wildlife excursion—fun snorkel event!
      We took adult children for this boat excursion to explore wild life in national park and snorkel. We observed blue-footed booby, many other birds and sea life. We also spotted whales! It was a beautiful afternoon island tour. Palma and Edgar were great hosts. The boat and gear was new and well maintained. It was just the right length of time. I hope to do this again next year and highly recommend as family and friends outing,
      Written April 23, 2024
    • hagganh2024
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5++++Stars: Family Friendly
      Awesome tour! The team at Sayulita tours was professional, friendly, and went above and beyond to provide my family a great experience.
      Written April 7, 2024
    • Susan W
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic, Professional Staff at Sayulita Entourage!
      Sayulita Entourage is a fabulously well-run, professional and very friendly operation — from the first extremely-responsive contact with Roberta through all the office and dive boat team experts. Despite the cold at-depth start-of-April water temps at Marietas Islands, we enjoyed the whole scuba experience. Highly recommend!
      Written April 4, 2024
    • D7008VOisabellef
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun, knowledgeable group and lovely dive
      The team was very friendly and easygoing. You could tell all the guides and boat captains enjoyed being there and had a great time which made the trip fun. We had a group that spoke English and Spanish and they did a great job of keeping communication smooth for everyone. The dives themselves were awesome. On the trip out we saw whales (March is tail end of whale season here) and the guides did an awesome job of slowing the boat and pointing them out. At the end we had a delicious lunch with our new friends, the other diving group, we made on the boat.
      Written March 8, 2024
    • 449karid
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly Recommended Dive Shop!!!
      Stefane and his entire crew were amazing! We received assistance from each of them during our dives and enjoyed sharing stories with them. We will definitely return for more adventure when in the area.
      Written March 7, 2024
    • Q1639NSjohnb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The best of the best! 10/10
      Can’t say enough about Stephane and how wonderful he was to work with. I was not having it with the mask and different breathing technique at first but he worked with at my pace and got me comfortable as could be in the pool. Everything is fine through very throughly and in detail. The class was very knowledgeable and the dives were amazing. Manata Ray. Schools of tropical colorfull fish to the eels. Everything was amazing top to bottom. Would give 10/10 and would absolutely book excursions through the company again. PADI Scuba Diver Cert. completed.
      Written February 29, 2024
    • Travel27356109058
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good!!
      Very nice place. Instructors were really patient and kind. Had a very nice day with my husband. They took time to show us the Marietas Island while we were heading to our diving spot
      Written February 29, 2024
    • R5438SKchrism
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Sayulita day!
      Hector, Carlos and Edgar were super hosts- well versed in island ecosystem. Lots of whales, dolphins and lovely sand beach. The guys were great with all ages from very young to pretty old:)
      Written February 25, 2024
    • donnak445
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sayulita Entourage Snorkeling Adventure
      This experience was perfect from start to finish. The staff were knowledgeable, efficient and super friendly. Our guide, Palma and captain, Edgar went over and above to make this an educational and fun adventure. We saw so many whales, blue footed boobies and of course, many, many fish while snorkeling along the rocks of the Marietas. We thought we'd never see the day my sister-in-law would even get in the water, but Palma assured her he would be by her side to help and he was. Because of his expertise, she did not miss out on a great snorkeling adventure. This is a must do!
      Written February 25, 2024
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    Melody C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021
    We had an amazing time on this trip! Communication was prompt, and meeting up was very smooth. Manuel and Edgar were the best tour guides! They were very attentive and helpful in making sure we all felt safe and had the best time. They were also very knowledgeable of the area, and we learned so much about the islands and the bay. Not to mention, we saw so many whales, dolphins, birds, and even a sea lion! I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the Banderas Bay area. Thank you so much for the truly unforgettable experience!
    Written February 4, 2021
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    Jen D
    Boulder, CO39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022
    We had an amazing time on this tour! We saw whales, a manta ray, blue footed boobies, and all kinds of sea life. The Marietas Islands are beautiful and Manuel and Edgar were amazing hosts who clearly love what they do and are very knowledgeable! I’d highly recommend going on this tour!

    One word of caution: My partner got *very* sick the evening after this tour and the ONLY thing that we ate differently on this day and the days leading up to it were the veggies on the tacos at lunch - he ate them and I didn’t. It’s absolutely possible that it was something else that made him sick but I do think it is worth mentioning. As with anywhere in Mexico, be mindful of what you eat!

    Having said that, I still wholeheartedly recommend this tour if you want to see the Marietas Islands and all the cool wildlife that live there!
    Written April 1, 2022
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    TXCorgi
    Houston, TX109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    Manuel and Edgar were wonderful hosts. Even though it is late in the season they found several pods of whales. The snorkeling was scary for some in our group but Manuel took care of us, towing one of our group and making sure we all were safe and happy. At all times we felt safe and happy. Well worth the money!
    Written March 10, 2020
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    gursh74
    Surrey, Canada4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    Jamie, Egdar and........erm, oh damn what was his name, regardless of all that, I cannot rate this team highly enough - the experience and knowledge for what they offer you is immense. Well worth the money and the experience. We were part of a large group, so split up into smaller groups, our boat was of just 5 of us, and with 3 crew. Well, needless to say, we did things our way and not the structured tour, so had plenty of fun and adventure. Plenty of Whale Watching, together with the Dolphins and Manta Rays, this was the ultimate experience - not to be missed!!!!
    Written February 12, 2020
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    Christie J
    Toronto, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This tour was exactly as advertised and so much fun. The people who run/guide the tour LOVE what they're doing and it really shows. Jamie is such a lovely warm host with a lot of knowledge and the crew especially (do not remember our snorkelling guide's name, so sorry my bad) who led us for snorkeling was super friendly. We saw a sea turtle and so many beautiful tropical fish while snorkeling. Afterwards a stop on the most beautiful beach and then whale watching where we saw a few of them UP CLOSE and it was bananas!! I may go again before my time here is up! Thx everyone.
    Written January 10, 2020
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    Danielle M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Friends
    I would like to highly recommend these guys! Your safety matters first and foremost to them!! At all times they made sure you were safe getting in and out of the boat, while in the water, and on land. It was their main priority other than making sure you had a fantastic time. Very professional, courteous, and caring!!
    Infinity stars! Five is just not enough...
    Written February 20, 2020
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    Paul F
    Liberty Hill, SC4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Family
    Family of three enjoyed a good day on the water which included spotting whales, bird watching, and snorkeling. Captain and first mate/guide were both very professional and made the trip fun. Just as we were getting ready to return to marina we had a close view of a large whale coming completely out of the water. Special memory.
    Written February 14, 2020
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    anne r
    San Francisco, CA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    Hector, Carlos, and Edgar were amazing hosts and guides for our tour to Marietas National Park. We were a family group of 10 ranging in age from 1 to 68 and they patiently accommodated everyone. We saw lots of whales and even some dolphins. The snorkeling excursion was more fun than we expected and we got lots of wonderful photos of family time together. Both grandkids fell asleep on the boat ride back. They and their parents also stayed on the boat while we snorkeled.
    The dinner at the end was delicious! Much better than expected. The margaritas were great! Absolutely book this trip!
    Written February 25, 2024
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    Nicole D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Friends
    Went on a girls trip! Manuel and Edgar were in charge of our boat! They did an amazing job getting us to see the whales and amazing snorkeling views! We even saw a Pacific manta ray. Roberta was great too, organizing us! What a wonderful experience!
    Written February 18, 2024
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    tripq2018
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    The tour operators were nice, but the tour itself wasn't much different than the half dozen other operators doing the same thing. Seemed over priced for the experience and the lunch was cheap. Felt like a tourist trap. If you have no problem shelling out the money, go for it.
    Written January 21, 2020
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    Hi Jeff, unfortunately I cannot find anyone with this name on my January reservations and because you didn’t want to provide any info about the date you were actually with us, which I privately asked you, I am wondering about the reliability of this review in first place. Your complaints are kind of generic so it’s a bit difficult for me to understand where we failed in providing you the good experience most of our reviews talk about. You are right, what we do on this specific excursion, whale watching and snorkeling, is what half dozen other operators are doing out there, whale watching and snorkeling. The difference however lays in the way we do it: with small groups where a bilingual guide and captain cater to the needs of each client, answering questions, informing and providing the best customer care. I see you are based in Puerto Vallarta, I am sure you did your research online and in person before booking and I am sure you couldn’t find anything this convenient with all the following included: transportation by licensed van, fees to enter the islands, snorkeling equipment, lunch at the end…over priced, I don’t think so. Lunch as promised was fish tacos an ceviche with a beer, definitely not lobster and champagne (imagine how overpriced we would have been in that case jajajajjajjaja) but not a sandwich with fruit either right? We cannot make everyone happy unfortunately; anticlimactic this time, very good pretty much in every other occasion…DE GUSTIBUS
    Written January 23, 2020
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