Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta at the “Marietas” Islands Marine Reserve is one of the best places in Mexico for this water activity. The island marine reserve was originally called to attention by the one and only oceanographer Jacques Cousteau early in the 1970’s. In fact, the area has now become one of the most popular in Western Mexico for Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta from beginners to the more advanced.
One of the reasons for the Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta fascination specifically with the Marietas Islands Reserve is that it is the landmark entrance to Banderas Bay from the Pacific. Banderas Bay is the biggest by in all of Mexico, the 2nd in North America and the 7th largest worldwide. Therefore, the expectations for Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta are very high and the sights are truly astonishing.
Protection by the government has created an environment conducive to the development of the marine ecosystem at the Marietas Islands. Today, it is one of the favorite locations for Scuba Diving in all of Mexico. Divers will experience an enormous amount of aquatic life including sea turtles, manta rays, octopus, wild dolphins, and humpback whales during the winter months and literally thousands of species of tropical fish around the islands. Another interesting aspect to the Marietas Islands is that they are also home to thousands of birds, with species such as the “Blue-footed Booby”.
Included in Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta tours to the Marietas Islands are a mid-sized catamaran, light continental breakfast, deli-style lunch, open bar (after the scuba diving) bilingual PADI certified dive instructor, weights, a wet suit, and BCD! There are various tour provides and we are more than happy to recommend some of the best in the business for our renters, home owners and buyers.
We would also recommend that you bring a bit of money for extras, additional towels, a change of dry clothing and a backpack. The entire scuba tour in Puerto Vallarta and activity at the Marieta Islands consists of about 7 hours and is pure enjoyment throughout. If you love Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta, this is the “must-do” activity!