Hidden Beach Island Discovery: Departure from Nuevo Vallarta
The Island Discovery Tour takes you to Playa Del Amor, commonly referred to as the Hidden Beach of Puerto Vallarta, located in the Marietas Islands, 22 miles west of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The beach features beautiful blue waters, all encased within an island cavern that only opens up to the sky above and the pacific ocean.
Searching for a breathtaking, secret beach? Mexico has many to offer. You have to know where to look. On our Marietas Islands Hidden Beach tour by the Pacific Ocean, we take you to one of the most beautiful, ecologically-diverse island paradises in all of Mexico. Take a walk on the iconic Lover’s Beach, snorkel and explore the waters, and glimpse humpback whales from our whale-watching boats. Read on to learn more about this unforgettable tour, and book with us now!
On the Marieta Islands, secluded beach escapes are everywhere. Our tour is specifically tailored to help you find them all. Please take advantage of our small group format as you enjoy a comfortable boat ride to the islands. Swim through cave formations and rock archways—some possibly created by military testing—admiring the extraordinary terrain and more than 100 species of unique birds and fish that call these islands home. Enjoy walks on the island’s world-famous hidden beach with friends and family as you soak in the sunshine.
ACTIVITYDURATION: 5 HRS Approx.
ACTIVITYAVAILABLE: Wednesday to Sunday at 07:30 AM. (limited admission)
Note: Please provide your hotel and preferred departure time in the ‘Special Requirements’ box upon booking, in case you need private or shared transportation to the departure point. * (extra fee)
People under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not allowed.
Lease be aware that you must be at the check-in point 30 minutes before departure. Boarding will be closed 10 minutes before departure time.
Minimum age: 12 years
Life Jackets Mandatory
Access to the hidden beach is not guaranteed and is dependent upon sea conditions.
Actual time in Hidden Beach is 15 to 20 minutes, due to federal regulations.
Use of sunscreen is prohibited in Hidden Beach.
Participants must be fit and able to swim 75m (200ft) from boat to beach. (Distance may vary based on sea conditions)
Very limited availability
People who suffer from heart disease, back or spine problems cannot participate in this activity.
Expectant mothers are restricted from this tour.
Due to federal regulations and to protect endemic birds’ flight paths, drones are prohibited in this tour. We appreciate your attention to this important policy.
An additional $100-peso conservation fee ($50-peso CONAMP + $50-peso Bahia Unida) per person will be collected at check-in.
Please be advised that Mexico’s Federal Maritime Ports operate a strict No-Drug Policy, including electronic cigarettes, vapers, and all kinds of drugs. Please be advised not to bring them to any of our tours. We cannot offer a refund or change of day for any guest to who Federal Security has denied access.
If the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before the reserved day, it will be refunded 100%.
If the cancellation is within 24 and 48 hours, only 50% of the total paid will be NO refunded, but you can postpone your tour or excursion.
If the cancellation is less than 24 hours before boarding, there will be no refund.
All date changes are subject to availability.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
The tour host company has adopted the necessary international COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols to guarantee our guest’s and staff’s safety and well-being.
Our activities are designed for small numbers of guests and occur in open spaces, which significantly reduces any risk of contagion. Our protocols cover all care guidelines and focus mainly on:
Extreme cleaning measures
Hygiene in food and beverage preparation
Healthy social distancing
We inform you of the security measures that are going to be implemented in our boats, to give security and protection to all customers, will be the following measures:
Temperature is taken upon arrival, and if it’s 37.5ºC or higher, staff will not be able to access the facilities and be sent to quarantine at home.
Face shields or safety glasses and face masks are mandatory for all Vallarta Adventures staff members.
Hands must be washed with water and soap every half hour.
Staff must maintain a healthy distance of 5 ft. / 1.5 mt between guests and other staff members.
Uniforms and footwear will always be cleaned and sanitized.
Cleaning and sanitation protocols apply in all areas.
Hand sanitizer is available in every area.
Sanitizing mats are placed at all access points.
Snorkeling, aquatic, and safety equipment are sanitized between each use.
The healthy distance of 5 ft. / 1.5 mt. Must be observed at all times.
Visual aids are displayed in key places to remind guests about hygiene protocols.
Temperature is taken upon arrival at our facilities. If a guest’s temperature is equal to or greater than 37.5ºC, they must return home or their hotel.
During the tours, we recommend using face masks.
Guests will need to sign a disclaimer that includes a health declaration.
Guests must maintain a healthy distance of 5 ft. / 1.5 mt between individuals outside your group.
Sanitizing hand gel is available at any time.
Bracelets are properly disinfected before being given to guests.
Playa Del Amor, commonly referred to as the Hidden Beach of Puerto Vallarta, is located in the Marietas Islands, 22 miles west of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The beach features beautiful blue waters, all encased within an island cavern that only opens up to the sky above and the pacific ocean.
Searching for a breathtaking, secret beach? Mexico has many to offer. You have to know where to look. Thankfully, our team at Vallarta Adventures is here to help. On our Marieta Islands Hidden Beach tour by the Pacific Ocean, we take you to one of the most beautiful, ecologically-diverse island paradises in all of Mexico. Take a walk on the iconic Lover’s Beach, snorkel and explore the waters, and glimpse humpback whales from our whale watching boats. To help protect this beautiful, natural area, our team here at Vallarta Adventures proudly donates a portion of each tour’s proceeds toward protecting and studying the Marietas National Park. Read on to learn more about this unforgettable tour, and book with us now!
What you will do
Starting Point (Vallarta Adventures Docks, Nuevo Vallarta)
Extra Stop at Puerto Mágico (Maritime Terminal) (30 min STOP)
Tour Marietas Island (STOP 30 min)
Protected Nature Reserve
Welcome to the Hidden Beach (STOP 2 hours)
Actual time in the Hidden Beach is 15 to 20 minutes, due to federal regulations
Return to the original departure point.
Entrance fee to the maritime terminal.
Transportation to maritime port.
An additional $100-peso conservation fee ($50-peso CONAMP + $50-peso Bahia Unida) per person.
Very High Intensity
Islas Marietas, Mexico
Is your meeting point within walking distance of the Carnival Cruise Terminal?
You are actually at the departure point, so you only need to wait for the departure time.
When am I allowed to take off my face covering?
Guests are allowed to take off their face masks during water-based activities such as swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Guests are also allowed to remove their face covering on the boat tours and privates’ beaches as long as a social distancing of 5 ft from individuals out of your party and crew members can be maintained.
What happens if I have a temperature of 37.5ºC or above?
If you or an individual in your party presents a temperature of 37.5ºC or above, you will be asked to return to your hotel and not be allowed to participate in the tour or excursions.
Are we guaranteed to visit the Hidden Beach?
Your safety is our priority, and access to the Hidden Beach depends entirely on sea conditions; reaching the Hidden Beach cannot be guaranteed on any tour.
What does the tour include if the Hidden Beach isn’t accessible?
Island Discovery is designed to explore the wonders of the Marietas Islands while snorkeling, bird watching, and more! In the winter witness one of nature’s most breathtaking spectacles as majestic Humpback Whales are spotted in the Bay of Banderas and experience an extraordinary up-close encounter with wildlife.