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Marieta Islands

Located just off the north end of Banderas Bay are the Marietas Islands. These small islands, seen above the bays surface, are the top peaks of an underwater mountain range rising steeply up from the deep blue waters of Banderas Bay. Made famous in the 70s by Jacques Cousteau, the Marietas Islands are world renowned to scuba divers for their fantastic underwater lava tubes and swim through cave formations. On the surface the islands are the roosting grounds to numerous species of rare sea birds.

For the angler, these protected banks of the islands offer the opportunity of all the big game fish, such as Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and more. The fish here are not regularly as large or as common as those at The Banks, or Corbetena, but they can often times be found and regularly caught by anglers. Only about 18 to 26 miles from the marina, and even though it is not considered the trophy destination that The Banks or Corbetena are, it is close enough to be targeted efficiently by pangas and smaller boats and it provides good action on seasonal migrators as well as resident fish.

The proximity is similar to "El Morro", so it is common for boats to visit either one, or both areas, on any given day, depending on where the fish are biting.

The Marietas islands / Punta Mita area can be fished well in 6 hours, however, if booking a tour with any of the available charters we would recommend an 8 hour trip to get the full benefits. The Marietas Islands take about an hour each way to reach.


29 kilometers (18 miles) SW of Marina Vallarta. Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour each way.

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