Tours and Activities in Puerto Vallarta
The Marietas Islands are a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of the state of Nayarit, Mexico, located in federal waters approximately 7.9 kilometre southwest of the peninsula known as Punta de Mita, in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas.
The islands are a popular tourist destination because of the abundant marine life populations due to the islands being protected from fishing and hunting by the Mexican government.The ocean water depth around the islands is between 70 and 110 feet.
The Marieta Islands, a small archipelago located in the Banderas Bay, are about an hour offshore from the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. These rocky islands are known for their diverse marine life, bird-watching, and hidden beaches.
Las Islas Marietas (or the Marieta Islands in English) are a popular stop for people visiting Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit for a few reasons. First, they’re a breeding ground for the blue-footed booby, a funny-sounding bird with aqua blue feet. There are almost 100 different species of birds that call these little islands home, and many more varieties of marine life that live in the surrounding protected waters.
There’s also La Playa del Amor, commonly called Hidden Beach because it’s only visible from above. To reach this small sandy area, you must swim through a 50-foot tunnel at low tide until the earth opens up, revealing a large hole in the middle of the island that opens up directly to the sand and water below.