Island Snorkeling Adventure
Capturing the very essence of the bay of Mazatlan, this tour is a marine adventure to be enjoyed by all! Great scenery, wonderful wildlife, friendly guides and the best snorkeling around, makes this the perfect way to explore the bay and its majestic islands.
A scenic journey through Pájaros, Venados and Lobos Islands just for you, your couple, friends or family. On this adventure, you may have amazing encounters with playful dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and a myriad of coastal birds. Enjoy great scenery, and outstanding live commentary on board by our experienced crew of explorers and naturalists. Our fast, comfortable and well equipped fibreglass power boats will take you anywhere along the bay! Including some of the islands’ best reef locations for snorkeling and tranquil crystal clear beaches for swimming.
Venados, Lobos and Pajaros islands are Mazatlan´s most important natural icons. This small archipelago is part of the Natural Protected Area: Islands of the Gulf of California, and represent a major ecological reserve for the region´s marine and terrestrial biodiversity. These islands are home to several species of resident and migratory birds like brown booby birds, pelicans reptiles, and endemic plants. A myriad of tropical colourful fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other invertebrates inhabit the rocky reefs along their coastline, local marine ecosystems that sustain most artisanal fisheries and the livelihood of many local fisherman and families.
9:15 AM Pickup service at your hotel lobby (exact time according to your hotel location).
9:30 AM Welcome by our crew at the Marina. Briefing on island ecology and biodiversity, security measures and itinerary.
10:00 AM Expedition begins: We will navigate along the starboard coast of the islands starting at Isla Pájaros where we will perform our first snorkelling session. We will then continue along Venados and Lobos Island and all the way to the south portion of the bay to visit the Dos Hermanos islets for some great bird watching opportunities, past the lighthouse and through the mouth of the Port of Mazatlan to Isla Cardón, the southernmost islet of the bay, where we will try a second snorkelling session before returning to Isla Venados por an optional hiking or more snorkelling fun. There is also time to have lunch and refreshments, take a walk a long the beach or simply lay back and relax!
1:30 PM Back to Marina. Drop off at your hotel lobby
By far, the best snorkeling experience in Mazatlan! No other tour in Mazatlan gives you this kind of insight into marine wildlife and environment, and our guides will take you to places most tourists never get to see. If you’re looking for something truly off the beaten track, look no further!
Explorer ALL of Mazatlan’s famous islands: Venados (Deer Island), Pájaros (Bird Island), and Lobos (Wolf Island), as well as other islets like Dos Hermanos, Los Cardones, and the Sea Lion Colony at Roca Tortuga (sea lions are present only in winter)
Our boats provide a great platform to ensure a more intimate encounter with marine life and awesome photography opportunities.
Small groups and personal attention by our highly qualified crew allow for individual discussions about sea life as well as the Bay of Mazatlan marine environment and natural history.
1 to 6 passengers
Up to 7, 8, 9 or 10 passengers per boat
Departures: Daily at 10 AM
Duration: Approx 3.5 hours
Included in your adventure:
- Pick up and drop-off service at your hotel lobby or cruiseship terminal.
- Highly qualified bilingual expedition guides (naturalists & marine ecologists).
- Briefing on island ecology and Mazatlan´s natural and cultural history.
- Live commentary on board.
- Bottled water, soft drinks, refreshments & lunch.
- Basic Snorkeling Equipment (snorkel, fins and mask)
- Guided snorkelling sessions
NOT INCLUDED: Tips for captains and guides.
What to bring and wear:
- Bathing suit
- Rash guard or lycra shirt
- Hat or cap
- Sunblock (biodegradable & waterproof)
- Good attitude!
Level of activity: Easy
Minimum age: The minimum age to ride this tour is 4 years old. If you are travelling with smaller children or babies we suggest this same expedition on a bigger and comfortable CATAMARAN (5 hrs). Ask us!
Maximum capacity: We have 3 different boats with maximum capacities of 10, 8 and 7 persons. The boat we use will depend on your group size, with our smallest boat carrying up to 7 persons. However, minimum operational price includes up to 6 persons. If you are travelling with a group bigger than 10 persons, this ecotour can be arranged to fit your needs aboard a comfortable CATAMARAN with a capacity for 24 passengers.
School groups: Please ask us about our Island Ecology Adventure for students all ages!
Safety: For safety reasons this tour is not reccommended for expecting mothers or persons with heart conditions, neck and/or back problems.
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