Isla de Coral
Isla de Coral
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Charly M.
2 contributions
Jan 2020
we paid a trip to the Isla del Coral, which included Snorkeling, when we get there we got from the boat crew just the visor and snorkel not a life jacket, because life vest always remains on the boat so can keeping moving people around. when we ask for a life vest on the island they said 100 pesos per hour rental. This does not make sense at all, you always need a life vest , water is bit rough there and very poor visibility also strong currents can make feel tired and you can drown without life vest. I hope before you paid for your trip you arrange with the boat company your life vest. take care. enjoy!!
PS: Take your own food. the restaurant on the Island is terrible.
Written January 16, 2020
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TotenUnterhosen
Portland, OR1 contribution
Jan 2018 • Family
I suspect that Isla del Coral could be a decent trip if you hit the perfect conditions and/or you have low expectations. However, with facets of the trip being completely misrepresented (Kissing Beach, Tortuga Beach, glass-bottomed boat, restaurant semi-existent but not open, etc.) and the weather and tides not cooperating, this trip is a total bust. I'd not recommend Isla del Coral to anyone. Especially poor at the cost of $500pp MX.

TL;DR - The details…

Read about this place before heading out for our (now) annual Buceriás trip. We visited Isla del Coral yesterday, 23 January 2018.

Everything I'd read prior to visiting had been pretty darn positive. There were a few negative reviews tucked in there, but they seemed to be a small minority, so I wasn't too concerned. Whoops.

We were promised a visit to the "Kissing Beach", a glass bottomed boat with a tour of the smaller island and finally being dropped off as Isla del Coral which boasted snorkeling amongst the corals and fishes, and a small restaurant for cerveza and eats.

The day was overcast that there was some chop to the ocean. We boarded a very crowded boat over 60-minutes past the designated departure time and upon settling in realized there was no glass bottom-unless you count fiberglass. The life vests were in questionable state, many showing signs of mildew and without the male end of the clip with which they could be properly secured. This made them fragrant as well as unsafe.

The "Kissing Beach" we learned is "private" thus it was simply pointed out to us as we passed. Everything announced while on the boat was in fast Spanish so I've really no clue as to what was said. I relied on my wife who speaks Spanish to provide the translation about the Kissing Beach as well as any other proclamations made, of which there were few. The smaller island which we were promised held lovely views of fish, coral and crab were non-existent as the boat just plowed on by and, with no glass bottom, would have been pointless anyway. Tortuga Beach? Uh, did we miss something? Apparently as there was zero reference to it at all as we continued on.

We were soon deposited on the small dock on Isla del Coral with questionable snorkeling gear and walked over to the beach. For a national natural reserve, it is a disgrace. Overall, it feels in a state of disrepair and while there are many signs reminding not to litter, garbage abounds. The tables, chairs and umbrellas are all worse for wear. Crossing by to the beach one passes a rental hut and the path up to the restaurant. It smelled like a septic field.

Once one finally gets to the beach, it is very small. This will be exacerbated by the tides. It is very clear at this point that, in order to enjoy any snorkeling or time on the beach, you will need to ensure the seas are very calm and you go at low tide. Sadly, for us, we hit neither. The tide was high and the chop we experienced on the mainland carried over to the island making the turbidity quite great and navigating through the coral for an attempt at snorkeling perilous.

The amount of exposed beach was minimal due to the tides and occasional waves almost reached the walls of the island. We also noted that even had the tide been farther out, there is more rock covering portions of the beach than pictures previous of the beach seen online indicated. Combined together, there wasn't much sandy beach to be had.

You'll need to keep possessions on your person or find a ledge on the island's rock walls to place your stuff. As per another review, many of these rock walls are white with guano so careful what you touch or where you place your bags. Should you find a nice ledge sans poop on which to place your belongings, be careful should you use bare hands to brush off some of the dead leaves and other detritus. There are small ants in there with a very nice bite. Ouch!

After 40-50 minutes analyzing the situation and positioning our belongings, we gave up and decided to retire to the restaurant and have a few beers while waiting for the return boat as there was nothing else to do. We hiked past the decrepit tables and chairs for rent and up the path to the restaurant to discover that it was locked up and closed. While there did appear signs that it is still in use, at least occasionally, there were no hours of operations posted.

Returning down the path to the rental hut, we found that they sell snacks and beverages, including beer. Corona Light in a can is the sole option and $25 MX. We purchased our beer and trodded back to the restaurant to await the boat that would return us to the mainland. Half-way through our beers, we saw the boat approach and scurried down to the dock to hop aboard, happy not to have to wait any longer in this place.

At the dock, people were dis-embarking after an uneventful trip whale watching and we were initially told we would need to wait another hour on the island to return. Thankfully, my wife can be pretty convincing and with her grasp of the Spanish language was able to get us onto the boat and mainland bound. We had a good laugh on the boat about our (mis-) adventure while the boat pilot blasted local tunes over the speaker system.

We soon hit the mainland, left the boat and, after a long walk on the beach, grabbed better beer, tacos and settled into the car to return to Buceriás.
Written January 24, 2018
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Cesar Pablo
Santa Ana, CA476 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
The beach here is the best in the entire riviera,
The boat ride is only a few minutes away and is super cheap.
Be here before the crowds because is small, they offer activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. You can buy drinks but bring yours snacks.
The beach is incredible, white sand, multicolored waters and the best views of the mountains and jungle.
Written April 10, 2018
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chimerock8
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico211 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
This island has the best beach water in the Riviera Nayarit, it was super clear and a little bit cold. Just get to Rincon de Guayabitos and from there get one of local boats to take you there for $200 pesos per person. They will give you a tour of the nearby beaches and islands and then they will drop you here for a couple of hour or as you prefer, just coordinate with them.
They do have a restaurant onsite but I will suggest just bringing your cooler and beach umbrella and stay here about three hours.
It is very good to do snorkel and for the young kids.
Written April 5, 2018
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Chris P
San Francisco, Mexico16 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
I've kayaked to the Island several times over the last 10 years. Its a beautiful beach to sun on, but don't expect to have it to yourself. Good snorkeling - bring your gear. You can rent a guide to take you over for the day. But better to kayak over yourself, and paddle around the island and the bay.
Written May 1, 2017
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Al0haB0ulder
Haleiwa, HI22 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
It's easy to book a boat tour -- just walk down the beach until you find someone selling them. We found someone near Tonita's 1 beach restaurant, near the Laureles beach walkway. We paid 250 pesos each. Keep in mind that it's an hour time difference from Puerto Vallarta or San Pancho, so we had to wait over an hour before the first boat trip at 10:30 am (other companies might have earlier tours). One of our fellow boat riders got sick within 25 feet of shore, so I had to ask the captain to return (I was nominated translator despite my bad Spanish). We picked up more people while on the beach, a multi-generational group from Mexico, which included a young man who thankfully spoke better English than my Spanish. Then, just as I thought we were heading to the island, Jesus turned us back to shore on a different stretch of beach to pick up a sun shirt. Finally, we started the tour which included a cruise past a protected sea turtle nesting beach and past Crab Island. We really just wanted to go snorkeling, so some of our group got a bit impatient. Finally, around 11:15 we got off at Isla Coral, which was already fairly crowded. The water wasn't crowded, though, so we explored the reef with snorkel gear we brought with us from Colorado. Clarity was bad in front of the beach, but got better in either direction. It reminded me of snorkeling on the North Shore of Oahu -- more algae than live coral, but we saw trigger fish, pufferfish, spotted box fish, parrotfish, Moorish idols, and a moray eel, and lots of bright blue baby damselfish. The water was fairly warm, too, for late March. You could buy Corona Light from the beach shack for only 25 pesos (bottled water was 20, so it really wasn't a difficult decision). Someone was selling raw oysters and some sort of snack with salsa on it. There's also a casual restaurant on the island above the dock with a great view. The crowd was primarily families vacationing from other parts of Mexico and we enjoyed people watching on the beach. We stayed about 2 hours. There's an employee on the dock who will radio your tour company when you're ready to leave, then you wait for them to arrive.
Written March 27, 2019
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Kathy D
Salinas, CA305 contributions
Jun 2019
We took a boat directly to the island skipping any tours for 220 pesos each. Very quick boat ride. We were the first ones there and got a table & chairs under a netting of shade. I don't remember paying anything to have a table and chairs. The tide was up and the beach was very small. There are fish but the water clarity was not that great the day we were there.. I did see a small octopus being harassed by a couple of fish until the octopus swam under a rock. There is a gold statue out a way from the beach that is marked by a white buoy. Lots of good-sized triggerfish and damsels. There is a lot of dead coral in the sand. This would be a good place to try and recover the coral. Not long after arriving more boats came and more people! Most people were using the beach to swim and play and were not snorkeling. Mostly families. If you like people watching this is a good spot. Oh, we were harassed by a pelican. It came right up to one of us and acted like it was going to bite. We shooed it away and it got in the water and was harassing a swimmer! If you are in the area it's definitely worth a trip. Beautiful area--nice swimming in clear water. We did not try the restaurant or buy any snacks--we brought our own snacks and water. There is a person that calls your boat driver back when you want him. The boat driver gave us a tour around the backside of the island on the way out. I could have spent the whole day here but my family was ready to go eat someplace after a few hours.
Written June 29, 2019
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Johnnysmash78
Los Angeles, CA27 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Had an amazing time at Isla de coral. Went around noon and it was already kinda packed. But I went to get into the water not lounge and watch. The rest of the family rented some chairs and an umbrella. I would recommend snorkeling gear. You get to see some really neat fish below. Super warm waters. We did not eat the restaurant as we brought our own food. Go to enjoy yourself and try not to worry about the crowd. it is kind of busy but most are lounging so it makes it fun for the rest of us who like to go for a swim.
Written January 18, 2018
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Esther G
Calgary, Canada316 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Took a refreshing boat ride with a glass bottom boat from the beach, literally you step onto the boat from the water's edge, we took the tour from in front of the Decameron Los Cocos, in Rincon de Guayabitos, for $14 Canadian, to the Isla de Coral. The boat driver took us on a bit of a scenic tour past Los Ayala, Turtle Beach, and Kissing Beach and on to the destination. There is a dock at Coral Island and lots of helping hands to get off the boat. Having the glass bottom we did see fish in the water by the island. Once off the boat its a primitive path to the sandy beach, with rentals available for tables, chairs, umbrellas. Not much shade but we managed to find a shady corner of rock face on the beach. The entry into the water off the beach is sandy but also is full of rocks, and you have to float over the rocks to begin snorkelling. There were a small variety of fish to see, it was worth the visit. We brought our own water and sandwiches so we did not need to buy anything at the snack area which I'm not sure is open every day. The boat driver arranges with you a time for pick up, usually 3 hours after drop off and announces his arrival on a blow horn to take you back to Guayabitos. I am glad we were able to see the area for a reasonable price.
Written December 16, 2017
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Rocky R
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May 2016 • Family
Get on a boat and head out to Isla de Coral. Go and enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at the small island situated in the pacific ocean. You can enjoy the beautiful view from there of the ocean, Rincon de Guayabitos beach and all the glorious nature Nayarit has to offer.
Written April 21, 2017
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