Islas Marietas


This boat trip will travel to the Marietas Islands, an archipelago of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of the state of Nayarit. You will circumnavigate the islands scanning for the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Neotropical Cormorant, several species of gull, Royal, Elegant, and several other species of terns, Magnificent Frigatebirds; raptors are often circling overhead. This trip is often full of surprise bird species including Brandt’s Cormorant, Brown Noddy, Bridled Tern, and more. Your leader is a world-class shorebird expert so you’ll get plenty of tips on how to distinguish one from another.

This is an excellent photographic opportunity!

Itinerary: Depart the Hyatt Ziva at 6:30 am

Islas Marietas Biosphere Reserve – Boat trip

Leader: Richard Crossley
Leader: Cynthia Macuilxochitl Martinez

Date: Friday, February 24

Group Size: Limited to 18 people

Duration: 6:30 am – 12 noon

Language: English and Spanish

$1,650 MXN

Festival Registration Required

Explore Nature in a New Way

During the return trip, you will spend time scanning the waters for Humpback Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Olive-Ridley Turtles, and other marine wildlife. This is a good time to photograph the whales and marine life, and the panoramic view from the ocean side of the bay.

You never know what wildlife will turn up in these waters! Blue-footed Boobys, Brown Boobys, and several gull species typically fly and accompany the boat providing a good opportunity for flight photography. From the boat you will also see some of the unique and secluded beaches that line the Mexican coastline. Some are busy and some are small, but you are certain to see some of mother nature’s best work.

Payment Options

We will gladly accept online payment in the methods below, as well as cash in person.

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What to Bring

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Snacks
  • Anything else you will want or need on a boat for several hours (e.g., medications)
  • Warm Jacket for wind