Whales, Wild Dolphins & Marietas Islands Snorkeling

  • Port

    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Ecotour, Local Sightseeing, 20, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Cost


    Price between $0-$50
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 6½ Hours

  • Meals Included


Banderas Bay offers a sanctuary for a great profusion of nature and sea life. A motorized catamaran carries you out to the sheltered waters of the Marietas Islands -- an ideal habitat for year-round dolphin encounters. These friendly, adorable mammals like nothing more than to swim alongside the boat and to show off their athletic prowess.

The catamaran will stop long enough to give you the opportunity to explore the rocky caverns and archways of Marietas Island. Snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding gear is provided, or you can take an eco-tour around the islands.

Humpback whales are also regularly sighted in the bay from December through March, leaping out the water or noisily slapping their enormous tails on the surface. Keep an eye out for giant manta rays, sea turtles and multi-colored fish as well.

Lunch is served on board the boat.


Tour operates approximately mid-December through April. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, reef-safe/biodegradable sunscreen and a hat. Bring a light sweater. Guests with heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes or asthma are not allowed to participate. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. You will not swim or snorkel with wild dolphins on this tour. You will not land on the islands. Tour does not operate on Saturdays.