Islas Marietas are a small group of ancient, uninhabited, volcanic islands just off the coast of Puerto Vallarta. They feature an abundance of snorkeling and birdwatching opportunities, as well as one of the most unique beach going experiences on Earth… The Hidden Beach also known as The Beach of Love.
In the early 1900s the Mexican government began using Islas Marietas as a military testing area. The islands were subjected to many years of bombings and other large explosions that had the unintentional consequences of creating a multitude of spectacular caves and rock formations.
In the 1960s, a campaign to save the islands was launched by the famous oceanographer and inventor of the SCUBA diving system, Jacques Cousteau. After finally acknowledging the spectacular and priceless ecological habitats represented by the islands, the Mexican government finally agreed to protect the area from excessive human activities, overfishing and most importantly, bombs.
Since then, the islands have become home to a number endangered bird species, including the Blue-Footed Boobie, as well as innumerable species of marine life. In 2005, the islands and surrounding area were officially designated a Mexican National Park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
If you would like to experience Islas Marietas; walk on the Beach of Love; explore the water caves and rock formations, and snorkel amongst the spectacular tropical marine life, there are several tour options available… But don’t wait until the last minute. Because of the ecological fragility of the island, a limited number of visitors are allowed daily, so book your tour as far in advance as possible. If you’re interested, let us know. We would be happy to schedule a tour for you.