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“Deer Island Boat Tour”

Deer Island (Isla de Venados)
Ranked #17 of 103 things to do in Mazatlan
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Owner description: Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Deer Island Boat Tour”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Skip the all inclusive tours offered by the hotels and take a short walk to Aqua Sports Center who are located a short walk from EL CID hotels where we stayed (El Moro Tower). They own a huge tire powered boat ( travels on land and sea) that takes you across to the island for $12.00 round trip per person. Check out their web-site they have lots of pictures and they bring the banana boat too...off course that is extra and they do have the food and rides for additional cost. Raul runs the place and his men are all qualified and courteous too. My husband took the boat ride with another older couple and their 6 year old grandson.
He even got to be up front with the driver! Their boat is too cool..kids love it.
The water is too murky to snorkel anyway and way to rough with huge rocks, but on the left side of the island as you are approaching it there is a lovely spot to swim..sand is great and not too deep. There are chairs to sit on and umbrellas too, but definitely pack a snack and skip the food on the island..sounds like its not worth it.
There was a small fee to use the bathroom $1.00! We spent two hours there and it was a perfect memory, collecting sea glass and shells and my husband even saw a large animal near the trash cans, which was harmless. He talked to the guy that lives on the island as a caretaker with his two black dogs who are friendly and one of them had just given birth to puppies.
No electricity, but heck you're on an island what do you want!!!
Enjoy the beauty and peace of nature...there's plenty of food and entertainment at your hotels, right?!?!?!

Visited May 2013
6 Thank Gumbas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Don't waste your money.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Over all.. Terrible..
The boat ride there is not a catamaran, it's a small very poorly build boat.
Once you get to the island (about 20 mins), the beach is incredibly dirty- cigarette butts and garbage everywhere. The shore is filled with rocks, as well as the beach, so swimming isn't really an option.
The banana boat ride was less than 2 mins and you could only go once. And the kayaking/snorkelling.. You were given the tools but expected to find your own spot on your own and know what to do.
The food was the only decent thing- extremely salty Marlin fajitas.

Long story short, don't waste your money on this excursion.

Visited April 2013
4 Thank Solotraveller224
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Not worth it - especially if you are staying at an All-In”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Not worth the money (approx. $125 for 2 adults and 1 child) for approx. 5 hours. We slow motored to the island for an hour and then we only got to ride the banana boat once, the kayak once and snorkel once for about 15 minutes. And the food was not good - sliced Marlin stew (for tortillas), rice and beans. And since we were staying in an All-Inclusive resort, the free drinks didn't matter to us. When we returned to the hotel, everyone on our tour from our hotel went straight to the hotel buffet. So......I would not recommend.

Visited April 2013
5 Thank hilburno
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Wallaceburg, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great catamaran ride to Deer Island”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Activities include Banana Boat rides, snorkling if the weather cooperates and horse back rides-did not see this. Lunch is on the beach-around 1 pm-wraps with warm meats and vegetables and fried beans -not wonderful-OK-all drinks on the island are included as well as drinks on the catamaran. Sounds like the Stone Island tour has better barbecue lunch.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Mary V
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Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Secluded beach”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

I went with my 3 x 30 somethings 1 infant, 1 x 60 something

Boat ride was cool, it took you to the local islands to see them, it was about and hour or hour and a half. The beach was secluded, no vendors harassing you, and it was quiet. All you can eat and drink included on the tour and the tour guides we had (Aries Fleet) were nice and helpful

The beach had a lot of shells and actually wasn't as clear as the beach by our resort. All you can eat and drink is great but we had that at our resort anyways. Snorkeling wasn't very clear as the water was murky, didn't really see any fish.

I'd recommend this tour if you're not already staying at a resort and maybe just staying in town or a condo somewhere in which you're not at the beach/pool all day and don't have all included food/drinks. If you're already staying at a resort where you're getting all this, I'd say you could probably save the $50.

Visited March 2013
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