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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta
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Overview

Explore the magnificent marine life of the Mexican Pacific and the Bay of Banderas on an exciting full-day tour from Puerta Vallarta. Snorkel to observe an incredible underwater wonderland; kayak in the warm waters of the Marietas Islands; and watch for exotic birds flying in their natural habitat. Look out for dolphins, whales, giant manta rays, and sea turtles as an experienced guide directs your attention to the wonders of nature on this eco-adventure.
  • Snorkel cruise from Puerto Vallarta
  • Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, and SUPing in Marietas Islands
  • See local wildlife like bottlenose dolphins, whales, and manta rays
  • Lunch and an open bar are included
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Lunch
Open Bar
Use of snorkel and kayak equipment
Stand-up Paddle Boarding
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Scuba Diving (additional fees)
Natural reserve federal tax ($100 Mexican Pesos)
A port fee of MXP$ 28 must be paid in cash before boarding your boat.
  • Puerto Magico , Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

    Puerto Mágico is the cruise ship terminal in Puerto Vallarta

  • Vallarta Adventures Nuevo Vallarta , Paseo de las Palmas 39, Zona Norte, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico

    Vallarta Adventures Office in Nuevo Vallarta is located in front of El Tigre golf course

  • 7:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    Depart from the Maritime Terminal in Puerto Vallarta to begin your aquatic adventure. Sail on a stylish vessel to the Bay of Banderas, and observe the sea for Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, and spinner dolphins, watching them frolic in their luxurious habitat. Listen as your knowledgeable guide offers a captivating commentary on these majestic mammals.

    Sip refreshing beverages from the open onboard bar as you sail to the northern tip of Banderas Bay to encounter more diverse species of marine life; look out for whales, giant manta rays, and indigenous birds such as the blue-footed booby and red-billed tropicbird.

    Continue to explore the rugged rock formations and fish of the Marietas Islands as you select your aquatic activity. Select from kayaking, snorkeling, and stand up paddling to ensure you thoroughly explore the intricate habitat beneath you. Your experienced eco-guides are always on hand to ensure the utmost safety and confidence during your adventurous cruise.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Bring a bathing suit, shorts, a sun hat, sunscreen and a towel
    • IMPORTANT: Passengers arriving on a cruise ship cannot book this tour
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • An additional $100-peso conservation fee per person will be collected at check-in. A portion of the proceeds go toward local surveillance and conservation of the islands
    • Due to federal regulations, and in an effort to protect the flight path of endemic birds, drones are prohibited in this tour
    • To depart from Puerto Mágico, there is a harbour fee of 28 Mexican pesos per person that shall be paid at check-in
    • Please be advised that Mexico's Federal Maritime Ports operate a strict No-Drug Policy, including electronic cigarettes, vapers, and all kinds of drugs. Please be advised not to bring them to any of our tours. We cannot offer a refund or change of day for any guest to whom Federal Security has denied access.
    • You must contact Vallarta Adventures to confirm the check in time & location on your booking. It may change according to our operation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Vallarta Adventures
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta.

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    star-3
    Just okay
    thorntonneil93
    , Jun 2022
    Bad: Islands are COVERED in bird poop so you swim with bird poop in water. A bit gross. Only snorkel for short amount of time. They take you to private beach but sand is terrible. Very long boat rides! About 2.5 hours total of boat ride which was exhausting.
    star-1
    Swiper
    Bailey_S
    , May 2022
    The experience was unbeatable, however, while my wife and i discussed buying the pictures or not. The lady took my card off the counter and ran it while we werent looking. I see that as very disrespectful.
    star-5
    Soooooo fun <3
    RuthEsther_A
    , May 2022
    We loved it! We do recommend wearing wetsuits during jellyfish season. The water HURT but honestly it isn’t bad. The boys who were leading us were the best, they’re sweethearts and I had a great time watching them dance and perfom. Plus the drinks were strong and they knew how to have a great time. If you’re young and ready to have a good time, ask for group 4 and try to sit at the front of the boat if you don’t get seasick.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    You MUST book with them!
    Shuku_Y
    , May 2022
    Highly highly recommend this tour! I mean that this tour company itself must be great. We had a wonderful time with the clues for 7 hrs. They really work so hard to entertain during the tour. So impressed their work!
    star-5
    Had a great time. Host...
    Laura_L
    , May 2022
    Had a great time. Host was funny and spoke both Spanish and English so everyone could understand. The rock and roll show was a fun surprise! I would do this trip again when in PV next time!
    star-3
    The water is WAY TOO COLD for snorkeling
    Travis_N
    , Apr 2022
    The crew were so amazing. Tons of fun, super friendly. I wish I could rate it higher, but unfortunately I just can’t. No one mentioned that the water is WAY TOO COLD and rough to snorkel. I’m not exaggerating when I say people appeared to be in shock when they struggled back out of the water. The snorkeling was terrible, bordering on dangerous. Then there was supposed to be kayaking. They talked about it earlier in the trip, then it never happened. I’m not sure why. The beach was nice, and again, the crew were great. But I would not recommend this activity.
    star-5
    Vallarta Adventures is the best there is!
    Kell_K
    , Apr 2022
    The entire experience from start to finish was absolutely wonderful. The operator, Vallarta Adventures, has been our go-to for numerous adventures over the years. We highly recommend any of their offerings to anyone and everyone that we can.
    star-5
    The best kind of fun.
    Alma_V
    , Apr 2022
    The staff was amazing. They catered to our every need. Drinks and food kept flowing throughout the entire excursion. The snorkeling could have been better, but the multitude dolphins, whale, and sea turtle we saw, made it a perfect adventure. Highly recommend it.
    star-1
    WARNING DO NOT USE VALLARTA ADVENTURES
    David_P
    , Apr 2022
    WARNING DO NOT USE VALLARTA ADVENTURES This was my fifth time using this adventure company. The first three times went as you would expect. the time before this was definitely a let down but I gave them the benefit of doubt that it might have been a one time bad outing. This time proved that wrong. I went on the snorkel tour at merietas islands by Puerto Vallarta. There was no instruction for any first time or inexperienced snorkelers, just here is your mask and snorkel that they handed out on the way off the boat, the water was so dirty and cloudy that you could maybe see 6 ft. and they started picking us up to go back on the boat after only about 45 minutes. Then we went to there private beach that was in an area of high surf and very steep drop going into the water that made it not enjoyable and definitely not a place to snorkel. While we were on the beach the crew picked up my wet suit and put it with there's. A mistake?? probably not as I made numerous requests to find it and called the company to have it returned with no results. This company is nothing but a ripoff and will rob you of anything that you don't carry with you . DO NOT USE THEM .
    3 travelers found this review helpful
    star-5
    Best Experience
    maryjean_g
    , Apr 2022
    It’s was an awesome tour, the crew & service is great. Had the chance to do some water adventure. Dance party was crazy hilarious that my belly hurts...shoutout to David & Kevin…
    star-3
    Too rushed...no entry inside island and not much time for activities
    J_T
    , Apr 2022
    Too rushed and not entry of island. Went o beautiful beach to do activities for a what felt like 30 mins...went to island no entry but did snorkeling...and didn't see much.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Fun Hosts!
    Ellie_P
    , Mar 2022
    The hosts were fantastic! Such a fun cruise. Bring towels as they are not provided on the boat. Hosts took photos during the whole trip with the opportunity to buy a photo package at the end. It was hard to see snorkeling, but the private beach and unlimited drinks were awesome!
    star-5
    Marietas islands are a treasure
    Jim_T
    , Mar 2022
    Snorkeling west coast not quite the same as East but a great time our host Vallarta adventures were great
    star-4
    Great service, great team! Did NOT go into the private beach to marietas island
    Elaine_L
    , Mar 2022
    What a great service! Ricky/Ricardo and the team were amazing! They did a great job keeping us in check and entertained. The only thing was I thought we were going to the marietas island hidden beach but we snorkeled near there, which you couldn't see a whole lot. I definitely recommend scuba diving if you can, they offer you a deal, but otherwise, you couldn't see anything. We saw dolphins and whales and the crew made an effort to spot them out for us and stopped to see!
    star-5
    Great family experience!...
    Vanessa_S
    , Mar 2022
    Great family experience! The staff are thoughtful and respectful with all of the guests. They made my family and I feel safe through the whole excursion.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great fun
    JasmineTorres
    , Mar 2022
    This trip was very fun and worth the cost. The staff was friendly and made the trip entertaining. I’d definitely recommend this trip.
    star-4
    Fun time
    Sarah_E
    , Mar 2022
    Crew was awesome, lots of dancing, good music, and open bar made for a fun way back! Snorkeling was a bit cold that early in the morning, crowded and cloudy water but still saw some cool fish. Private beach was awesome, super pretty and fun hammock beds to relax on! Bar at beach only served beer. Overall a very fun day! Definitely more adult oriented
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Awesome experience
    Mike_C
    , Feb 2022
    The snorkeling was the best in Puerto Vallarta that I’ve seen. The staff was fantastic. Was saw lots of whales and Dolphins. Nice beach and activities. The one thing that could have made it better is if the music wasn’t so loud.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Very knowledgeable guide...
    Molly_E
    , Feb 2022
    Very knowledgeable guide and friendly staff, great day on the water. We saw whales and dolphins too!
    star-4
    Fun and enjoyable!
    Eric_S
    , Jan 2022
    The secluded beach and water activities. Could have done without the machismo from the guides but everyone was super polite and nice.

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