Marieta Islands

There is no turning back, you have boarded a ship, bringing along your snorkel and fins, and are about to begin one of the most beautiful and surprising ecotourism adventures in Mexico. Enjoy the ride, because during the course of 45 minutes you will be able to see a landscape where there will be nothing but the tranquility of the ocean, and if you are lucky, you will be able to see some sunbathing sea turtles, dolphins and even whales.

In the horizon, the color blue no longer dominates, and before your eyes it will seem as if three islands emerge, this is actually the Marieta Islands National Park, located a few miles to the west of Punta Mita, Nayarit just outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Sharpen your sight as this park is home to various species of birds, among which the blue-footed boobies stand out.

The ship has stopped, it is time to dive. Surrounded by spectacular marine wildlife, the Marieta Islands are the perfect place to go snorkeling, and you will be able to see from sea turtles, stingrays and dolphins, to octopus and humpbacked whales. If you have been surprised by the diversity of species, you won’t believe what you are about to see. Follow the instructions of the specialized guides, they will be in charge of unveiling the greatest secret of the Marieta Islands.

You will have to be very cautious when you swim into a small space between the rocks of the main island. The strength of the waves will help you to more easily cross this natural tunnel. Get ready! You have discovered Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), a short stretch of beach half covered by a wall of rocks in the heart of the Marieta Islands.

Enjoy the tranquility offered by this beach. Let yourself go with the sound of the wind which blends with the crashing waves, while you watch hundreds of birds that fly over the beach. It is time for a break; back on the ship take a break and a light lunch to recover your strength. Several operators offer a tour around the islands, which is perfect for enjoying their beauty.

This group of islands is one of the most bio-diverse sanctuaries in Mexico, which makes them a natural beauty you have to see. Read a recent article about the island’s mystery.

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