Limited Spaces Available! For reservations call 888-558-3330. Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.
Marietas Islands Wildlife Preserve Snorkeling


  • Snorkeling in One of Mexico's Most Thriving Natural Wildlife Preserves
  • Catch Glimpses of Angelfish, Sergeant Majors, Damselfish, and Dozens of Other Species
  • A Focus on Snorkeling and Enjoying the Beauty of the Marietas Islands
  • Small Group Sizes

Tour Summary

The beautiful Marietas Islands are a nature enthusiast’s dream; they are home to an astounding array of plants and animals both above and below the water of Banderas Bay. A n array of sea birds nest on the isles’ craggy exterior, including frigate birds, egrets, boobies, herons, pelicans, and seagulls. The caverns and crevices of these islands, spawned by volcanic activity, provide the perfect environment for aquatic birds to nest. The bird-watching at wildlife sanctuary is well worth the excursion to the Three Marietas (Las Tres Marietas) for nature-enthusiasts; visitors can also explore the crystal-clear waters surrounding these while snorkeling. The Marietas Islands are home to some of the finest snorkeling spots in Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay), and perhaps, the whole planet. The expansive coral gardens in this area near the mouth of Bahia de Banderas provide a thriving habitat for a remarkable kaleidoscope of exotic fish and other marine species, including Olive Ridley Turtles, giant mantas, octopi, and sea horses. Banderas Bay is home to over 200 types of fish, including the Sergeant Major, the Angel-fish, the Rainbow Wrasse, the Cortez Chub, the Moorish Idol, and the Giant Damsel-fish.

What distinguishes this Marietas excursion from others is the method used to arrive at this island grouping at the mouth of Banderas. You will begin your adventure by riding in an air-conditioned van to the quaint and secluded fishing town of Punta Mita. You can experience the authentic charm of this hamlet on the north coast of the Bay. After dining on a scrumptious lunch on the beach, you’ll only have a 20 minute cruise out to Tres Marietas for some once-in-a-lifetime snorkeling.

It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.

  • There is a $5 per person fee to enter the Marietas that will be collected upon check in.
  • All participants must know how to swim and should have a general level of comfort putting their face in the water
  • ALL guests must wear the provided snorkel vests
  • Kids under 10 years old and adults over 65 year are restricted
  • For safety reasons expecting mothers, person with back, heart or neck problems are restricted
  • We require a minimum of 5 passengers to conduct this tour. Please call our offices for the most up-to-date schedule of confirmed tours
  • Meet-up in Downtown Puerto Vallarta is at 8:30AM
  • Meet-up in Nuevo Vallarta is at 9:00AM
  • Entrance to the hidden beach CAN NOT be guaranteed, and tour operators have to check availability each 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.

Vallarta Tour Center is always interested in your tour experience with us. We hope you enjoyed your tour and love to hear comments.

Bob Smith

I have been to the Bahamas many times, but Marietas Islands Wildlife Preserve Snorkeling is one of my favorite trips! It includes everything that everyone should do here. As a Bahamas veteran, I can say only the best about this experience!

Jim Peters

Thanks to the professional guides! I was a bit worried about kayaking because I had never done it before, but the instructions were great and I had such a good time!

Richard Dixon

The best way to discover nature! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)