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Marietas Islands
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4 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We always knew it was a way to get away from downtown, get out on the sea, and see some awesome places. We knew about the docking fee and the conservation fee. We knew they would try to sell us pictures. We knew the free lunch was going to be sandwiches or something like that. And for what we paid for we felt like we got a good deal. However, we had no idea about the private beach, the non-stop drinks and open bar, the Fantastic crew!!!, and even a show put on by the crew at the end. I understand some of the comments where people are frustrated that they didn't go to the Hidden Beach, because they bought the wrong Excursion. Most of them seem like they didn't read the description, or are really hurt about the $5-$7 extra "hidden fees." This trip was easily worth two or three times what we paid for it. The crew alone made it worth that! Our main tour guide's name was David, and he really made sure that we we're all engaged and having fun. The crew constantly refilled or drinks, picked up after us, smiled, and made us feel welcome! I was with my wife, mom and dad. Every one of us enjoyed it tremendously!
Written March 24, 2022
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Maple Ridge, Canada6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A friendly crew bright and early in the morning, whales, birds and dolphins all around us during our boat ride too the Bay of Banderas. We are now going to snorkeling the magnificent waters of the Marietas Islands to explore the eco system for a prolific array of sea life. Many beautiful colored fish turtles and birds. After discovering all the beauty we set sail on our catamaran to a secluded beach for lunch and drinks then home bound with a very funny entertaining show by the staff. Unfortunately I can only remember David name but his crew is extremely wonderful, fun and very cute. Highly recommend it for all vacationers. Thanks for a great experience.
Written March 4, 2020
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Heinz R
Dublin, United States6 contributions
Feb 2020
We had a delightful visit to Las Islas Marietas through Vallarta Adventures. The trip out was on a Zodiak outfitted for three crew and 14 passengers and our trip was one shy of the maximum. From the very start inside the port terminal, one of the crew Daniel, was available, engaging, informative, and extremely helpful. His up-beat enthusiasm set the stage for a very satisfying day. On board we met the rest of the crew, Gibran, photographer, and Noah, our stoic, silent, but very effective captain.

The weather was less than ideal, overcast and a temperature in the low 70s F. We would have benefited from swim shirts in retrospect, so that's something to bear in mind. But, we were first to the cave portal at the hidden beach just before 08:30 and made the swim without much fuss. There were some weak swimmers in the group, but they were aided and encouraged by Gibran so that everyone made the beach. It would be untruthful to suggest that it was effortless, because it was breezy and the tide was rising, creating strong (but not hazardous) surges through the cave tunnel both coming and going. But, we made it and it was an experience like no other we've had. Overhead the boobies, frigates, pelicans, and cormorants went about their business, as if we were just part of the scenery.

After the beach visit, we headed to the snorkeling zone, where we were treated with a sea turtle sighting. Daniel and Gibran were very effective at directing our routing to the most picturesque spots for photos and the pockets with the highest concentration of fish of many sorts. Again, as with the birds, the fish just took us in stride, allowing us to join in their schools for really close looks.

Then on to the backside of the island for another "donut" cave, but this time fully submerged but ideal for some good photos at the prow of our Zodiac. Noah positioned us skillfully and honored the priorities and readiness of the other boats in the photo-ready pecking order. Despite the traffic and jostling for the small ideal photo window, the mood stayed buoyant and light. Everyone got a good shot.

Then, back toward the mainland, with some serious whale sighting bonuses. We saw several of the humpbacks, including one doing about a 3/4 breach, albeit at about 150 m distant. We got safely close to what was likely a family pod of two adults and a juvenile, which we followed for some time.

Overall, it was an excellent outing. The crew were professional, efficient, but fun and engaging. This kind of outing isn't for everyone. It isn't cushy and passive. But, if it's you're kind of thing, go with this crew, as it will make for a memorable and fun day.
Written February 16, 2020
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Guillaume C
Los Angeles, CA36 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
Marietas-islands .net is not an actual cruise.

They are a third party that sells tickets and then dispatch the customers to actual cruise that will take you to the hidden beach .

The phone number listed on Google and their What’sApp phone number listed on their website are both permanently disconnected,

There is no way to call them to have any info about your trip. You can try to send them an email, no one will reply.

The day before my trip I received an email from «HoneyMom» giving me the sketchiest info about my departure.

The lady did not even give me an actual address that I could enter in my Uber destination.
She gave me the most vague indication , saying it s near this hospital that has actually changed name but clearly she doesn’t know and thank god I arrived one hour early and received the help of two locals to finally found the building where they register departures.

Once there I was asked by the port security agent which tour company I was going with, I had no idea since Marietas-islands .net. is not an actual cruise company.

I was only given the name of a man to find , after asking to the whole Marina, I finally found that man . I was told to purchase additional port tax ticket and also wrist bands to show I had paid to access to the hidden beach,

I wish this was explained in the email.

Before departure they told us no sunscreen can be used before accessing to the hidden beach ( thank god I am not too pale or I would have burned) and also that no water cameras or even water proof pouches for smart phone were permitted at the hidden beach .
it s a zero plastic policy .
I explained them I had no intention to litter my iPhone in the ocean . They said only Go Pros were allowed . I mean the whole point to go to the hidden beach is to make memories you wanna share.
At this point I was fuming .

I think marietas-islands .net should be forbidden to sell tickets to the hidden beach on behalf those tours .
Written December 27, 2020
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jean l
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Jan 2022 • Family
* Know what you are in for*
We signed up for this tour to get away from the resort bar scene and add education and variety to our trip. This excursion is just an extension of the resort bar scene. We were hoping to learn about, and enjoy the serene beauty of Mexico’s ecosystem - this did not happen. There is a lot to appreciate, but Below are things that really disappointed:

*people were throwing cigarette butts into the ocean and garbage was flying off the boat. Ironic since we were on this trip to appreciate wildlife. This is mostly why I’m giving a poor review.

*There was no bird watching. There was little to no educational element. Snorkeling was weak.

*the music on the boat is LOUD and there was a forced party entertainment with gimmicky entertainment. I can get on board with the party scene but wasn’t wanting it on this trip.

*There is little to no transparency as to how the trip would be broken down (80% of the trip was commute and the boat was crowded). We were told breakfast was included, it was not.

*This trip is not for kids or for folks who don’t swim well. The boat never docks, and you have to jump off into a crazy tide to get to the beach. This was not great for our 5 and 7 year old. Again,
transparency and information ahead of time would have been great. Some of the promised parts of the tour were cancelled and we found out while on the boat.

*We saw a few whales and stopped the boat to appreciate them which was great (!) but the guide never stopped talking or telling cheesy jokes on the loud intercom about the whales drinking too many margaritas. Funny for some, but not what we were looking for.

If you are looking to party the week away and dance/shout on a boat and see some cool things, you might like this! The crew works very hard to try to make you happy. They are young party people, but helpful and nice and wanting to please and make you happy. Be warned- not for the weak of stomach! Half the boat got sea sick. We just felt like the experience details were not clear when we booked the trip. Overall, I feel this kind of excursion contributes to the wear and tear on the environment instead of offering an educational appreciation and respect for it. I was just so sad to see drunk people abusing it with their garbage and cigarettes and extremely loud noise pollution.
Written January 15, 2022
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Feb 2022 • Couples
Beware of what you’re getting yourself into. They will tell you it’s $60 USD for everything but actually you don’t even go to the hidden beach. It’s an EXTRA $1000 pesos to go to the hidden beach. It is NOT worth it. Don’t waste your time. We spent the whole day disappointed. Also, there are two fees before you even get on the boat. There is a boarding fee and a ticket fee. It is not worth it unless you know someone who’s can personally take you there. Do not think you’re going to see the private hidden beach. It’s not included! BEWARE!
Written February 11, 2022
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Montgomery, TX195 contributions
Jan 2020
The Marietas Islands, especially the Hidden Beach, are a "must see" experience if you travel to the Puerto Vallarta area. However, only just over a hundred people a day are allowed to visit so you should plan ahead if you wish to see this Unesco World Heritage site. We booked our trip for four with Vallarta Natural Experience several months in advance and the trip exceeded our expectations. Alex picked us up at the Punta Mita pier for the approximately four mile boat trip out to the islands. (Trips can also begin in Puerto Vallarta, but the boat ride is longer.) We were so fortunate to be the first ones to swim in and see Hidden Beach - it is amazing. Then we went to another pristine beach and a snorkeling area. The islands are a great spot to see blue-footed boobies and other birds. On the way back we saw whales! I highly recommend adding Marietas Islands to your "list."
Written January 22, 2020
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Al M
Estevan2 contributions
Jan 2020
I booked this excursion at the adventure booking stand in the Paradise Village Mall. I requested an activity for myself and my wife to go snorkeling. The rep at the desk gave us a couple of options. Going through the options with the rep, he suggested this one that included paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkling. I said we were not interested in the other activites we just want to snorkel. His reply was no problem you don't have to do the others, you can just snorkel. They take you to a beach, supply you breakfast and lunch and a open bar all day. So I booked it. Well first off, they left some of us at the marina and had to taxi us in a fishing boat to meet up with the rest of the group with this excursion. Once we finally got close to the island, we anchored and got set up for snorkeling, which was out from the island & not on the beach. They then proceeded to instruct that if you were not a strong swimmer you should not go out in the water, some very important information that would have been good to know before I booked the activity. My wife is not what we consider a strong swimmer so she did not go. So snorkeling was not on the beach and the snorkeling activity was only for about 40 minutes tops, and I was then told to get back on the boat. From there, they started taxiing people to the beach via fishing boats, but again not recommeneded for people that were not good swimmers as you had to get out of the boat and swim 20 meters to the beach. This time I stayed on the boat with my wife and we discussed what we had gotten ourselves into. There was no breakfast, they started pushing apples later in the morning and into the afternoon. They later offered some chips and a pop.To add to this experience once out on the boat they offered us a special experience to the crator beach on the island.... for another $1000 pesos per person, and/or an eco tour for another $200 pesos per person. So just so I am clear I had one chance to snorkel though the day and that was it, no return to the water again for the day. Once all the taxi trips were done, we started heading back and that is when they opened the bar and we received lunch, approximately 3:00 pm. Thank goodness we had a very good encounter with some whales and dolphins on the way back. The crew did their best to make the day as good as possible but the day never even came close to the trip I was lead to believe we were paying for. Very dissapointed to say the least!!
Written February 9, 2020
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Bellevue, WA27 contributions
Oct 2020
We went on a private tour of Islas Marietas and Hidden beach with Recorridos Turisticos. I wanted to leave from Punta De Mita instead of Puerto Vallarta because I wanted less time on the water getting there (I get seasick sometimes). From Punta De Mita, it only takes 15 minutes to get to Islas Marietas and it's the shortest distance.

Captain Chopo and our guide did a great job and were careful with our safety. Our guide took tons of photos of us. Thank you so much! Swimming through the waves and shallow cave into the Hidden Beach is something we'll always remember. The whole tour was 3 hours (30 minutes of that being travel time on the boat). Prices were reasonable and less than advertised elsewhere.
Written October 29, 2020
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34 contributions
Dec 2019
A true spectacle of the bay. We took a sail to the Marietas and Hidden Beach expecting to have a great day and were blown away with the marine life, birds and of course the swimming around the islands and into the Hidden Beach. To know that not too long ago overfishing and a fire almost destroyed this gem, we never expected such beauty. Wow! I would go again as I don’t think we really experienced everything there is to see in a single visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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