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    6 HOURS

This certified, two-tank dive takes you to one of the best spots to scuba dive in Puerto Vallarta. Thanks in part to the efforts of conservationist Jacques Cousteau, the Marietas Islands Marine Reserve is a paradise of untouched tropical beauty, above and below the waves. When you scuba dive at the Marietas Islands, you will glide along an underwater mountain range that offers the perfect conditions for observing the fascinating marine creatures that call the reserve home.

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Diving at the Marietas Islands

Your adventure begins on a boat that will take you 21 miles from the shore out into the furthest reaches of Banderas Bay. Depending on the time of year, you may spot dolphins cavorting in the water or a humpback whale breaching! The dive site, which is considered suitable for all levels of diver, will wow you with its visibility. In these clear waters, volcanic formations, arches, spires, tunnels, and caves create the perfect setting for an amazing dive. You’ll see tropical fish, giant manta rays and other creatures that will convince you that the Mexican Pacific is a truly amazing place to dive.

Why the Marietas Islands are So Beautiful

These islands have no human residents and were actually the site of bomb testing in the first half of the 20th century. There’s no way to know for sure, but many of the most interesting features of the archipelago may be man-made! In the 1960s, Jacques Cousteau pioneered the idea of protecting this ecosystem though it took many decades for the islands to be officially christened Parque Nacional Islas Marietas. Today, the remarkable flora and fauna that can be found here are flourishing and eco-exploration helps fund the continued efforts to keep the Marietas Islands pristine and ensure that the wildlife can thrive.

Scuba Dive at the Marietas Islands as Part of a Private Excursion

You can scuba dive at the Marietas Islands as part of a private trip for your friends, family, business colleagues, school or dive club. Just let us know what kind of Puerto Vallarta vacation you’re dreaming of, and we’ll help you create it. The Marietas Islands aren’t just a beautiful dive spot; they’re also a beautiful spot for anyone who loves relaxing in nature. Non-divers love these islands because they can don a snorkel and explore gorgeous coral reefs, whale watch from a kayak drifting gently in the sea and then swim to a sandbank where there’s nothing to do but enjoy the warmth of the sun and take in all the beauty.

Get Certified to Scuba Dive at the Marietas Islands

Vallarta Adventures offers many dive certification courses designed to open up a world of opportunities beneath the surface of the sea, and many of our PADI certification courses can be completed while you are on your vacation if you do the book work before you leave home! Our PADI Scuba Diver Certification is one of the fastest ways to take a PADI scuba course administered by an experienced PADI-certified instructor. At the completion of the course, you will have a limited certification that allows you to dive in more locations as long as you’re in the company of a certified dive guide.

Certified Dive – 2 Tanks

  • Boat: Mid-sized Catamaran
  • Water Temp: 62-86°F/17-30°C
  • Average Visibility: 40 ft/12 m
  • Depth: 25-60 ft/7.5-18 m


  • PADI certified Dive Instructor
  • Diving equipment
  • 2 Tanks (Certified Divers)
  • Light Breakfast
  • Purified water
  • Wetsuit (upon request in winter)


  • Minimum age is 10
  • Expecting mothers are restricted
  • Based on PADI’s flying after diving recommendations, Divers shouldn’t fly within 18 hours after two or more dives in a day
  • At least one immersion in the 12 months prior to diving with Vallarta Adventures is required
  • Guests with respiratory, cardiovascular or ear problems are restricted
  • Good mental and physical conditions are required
  • Guests under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed


  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Valid Certification Card Minimum Scuba Diver Certification
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