The Marietas Islands: Snorkeling & Sea Birds
The Mexican Galapagos, great opportunity to snorkel on pristine islands. A bird’s Paradise above, a beautiful tropical reef fish below!
HIDDEN BEACH IT’S OPEN AGAIN !
Marietas Island is open to visit the great beaches with beautiful sceneries amongst blue footed boobies and other wildlife.
Marietas Islands, one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Mexico’s Pacific coast formed long ago by volcanic activity, the archipelago are two formations of uninhabited islands– long island and round island… Dominated by large caves and cliffs, that protects coral reef, multicolored tropical fishes.
These Islands are the home of a vast colony of sea birds, such as the true pirate of the sky, the magnificent frigate bird, egrets, herons, sea gulls, pelicans, brown boobies and the world famous galapagos Blue-footed Booby. Different species of corals inhabit these areas and of course, many different species of fish enjoy the safety and productivity of the surrounding waters. You might spot King Angelfish, Panamic Sergeant Majors, Cortez Chubs, Giant Damselfish, Moorish Idol, Rainbow Wrasse, and many more.
You are visiting a National Park and there are strict regulations that must be followed in order to protect the special wildlife and attractiveness of our park, so we can preserve it for future generations.
Our trip includes snorkeling in different areas of the Marietas Islands and focuses on enjoying the beauty of the island. You´ll discover great beaches and beautiful scenery amongst blue-footed boobies and other wildlife. Marietas islands are also known as “the Mexican Galapagos”.
The hidden beach is located in the round island, to reach this secluded paradise, the swimmers need to go through a short tunnel and swim from the boat a distance of 200 meters.
Regulations for visiting the Hidden Beach:
Closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
Age limit 10 to 65 years.
Allowance 10 minutes visit on the beach
Helmet and lifejacket are obligatory to enter.
Since its reopening, the Mexican National Park System (CONANP) has set a strong control and restrictions in order to assure the conservation of the Park. Since August 31, 2016, no tour operator can guarantee the entrance to the hidden beach ahead of time.
Entrance to the hidden beach CAN NOT be guaranteed and tour operators have to check availability the same day with Bahía Unida Association and with CONANP, since they regulate the spots per boat. There are only 116 spots per day for 176 authorized boats. Our guide and boat captain have no control on this situation and hold no responsibility. Booking in advance does not guarantee access to the hidden beach.
Thanks for choosing Ecotours de Mexico Marietas Island Adventure!
Ask for a Marietas private charter for 5hr, snorkeling gear and leader expedition included. Max. 10 guests for boat.
- 8:00 am Meet at Marina Vallarta (Ecotours office, Proa local # 20, Marina del Rey)
- Visit the Marietas Island for 2 1/2 hrs.
- 1:00 pm – Back to the pier Marina
• Cancellations 72 hrs in advance 100 % refund
• Cancellations 48 hrs in advance 50% refund
• Cancellations the day of tour or no shows or be late, forfeit the entire amount, No refund
• Activities may be changed due to weather conditions (hurricane, storm)
• All guests are required to sign an acknowledgement of risk.
• All tours are non-refundable once taken.
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Restriction for HIDDEN BEACH: The minimum age for entering the hidden beach is 10 years, and the maximum is 65 years.
Price per person
* Suitable for children over 6 years that swim.
Consider $5 USD as a special FEE, payable before boarding.
You will receive a bracelet from the environmental authorities.
All year around.
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Days subject to availability and minimum 4 passengers)
All participants must know how to swim. For safety reasons, not recommended for expecting mothers, high blood pressure, people with back, heart, neck or knees problems nor kids under 6 years old.
- Maritime Transportation and small boat ride to the Marietas Islands
- 2 Hours in the Island
- Expedition leader English-Speaking
- Snorkeling Equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, lifevest)
- Lunch style deli and Soft Drinks
- Small & Personalized Groups of Max. 10 guests per guide.
- Port fee
What to Bring:
Swimming suit, camera, sunscreen, hat, sandals, shorts and a light jacket. If you’re concerned about seasickness please consult your physician or pharmacist about preventatives that might be good for you.