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Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

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Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
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El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent the better part of a day on Isla de Venados during a recent trip. For 200 pesos per person we got a boat ride from the beach near the Holiday Inn out to the island (and back). Once there we enjoyed the white...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a day trip to snorkel at Deer Island since the surf is pretty fierce at our hotel. Had a great boat trip down the coast of Mazatlan and got to see two doliphins surfing in front of our boat, then saw a bunch...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bert V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you enjoy scuba diving snorkeling and kayaks and water sports you can find this on the catamaran sensation to take you to the best spots in all of Mazatlan

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gracie2153
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You take a catamaran tour through the bay area and then end up here. They serve you food and they have some activities like banana boat and kayak. There is some snorkeling, but not the greatest.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank El1Lobo
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Boat trip out to island and back including snorkel and fins only $30.00 each, amenities on island include a washroom and coconut sales and of course beer, Fun was had for all.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dave S
Reviewed February 3, 2019

The beach is not the most beautiful, the beaches on the mainland are better. The hike to the look out was beautiful and a lot of fun, a little hands on at the last section, make sure to have good footwear. I went snorkeling after...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Katana107
Reviewed January 26, 2019

The trip started with a boat ride around bird island. We did stop to watch a small group of sea lions floating in the water near the island. Once we moored near Deer Island, we took a small outboard motorboat to the island itself. After...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chuck E
Reviewed January 16, 2019

We took a sailboat across the water from the Golden Zone in Mazatlan to Isla de Venados (Deer Island). This island is definitely worth a visit to get away from the crowds and merchants and noise of the main beach. Our sailboat ride roundtrip was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ourconstantjourney
Reviewed January 15, 2019

great day one deer island sunwing guest recieve and meal and lots of extras well worth the trip for the day

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sheila Wolak K
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Super glad we went to the island. If we had planned better (not waited till our last full day) and the weather was warmer, I would have liked to stay longer - perhaps exploring the island on a hike, having lunch, etc. As it was,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 27, 2019|
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Response from CallieNative | Reviewed this property |
Our family is GF so we just stopped at an XOXO market and grabbed some snacks. In terms of the restaurant/bar on the island, my daughter only got a coconut drink (coconut milk/water in a coconut) which was so-so. We didn't... More
January 18, 2019|
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Response from ourconstantjourney | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! Yes, the main beach of Mazatlan usually has people all over offering the boat/sailing/jet ski ride over. We caught ours in front of Restaurant Pancho's, there's also quite a few beach front hotels near there. I... More
January 14, 2019|
Response from RalphRCole | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can rent kayaks on the beach by the hour and paddle over to Deer Island. It’s a good way to go!