Recognized worldwide thanks to Jaques Ives Cousteau these islands are a favorite place for beginners and advanced divers due to its extensive biodiversity and geography also delivering unparalleled conditions for snorkeling which makes this a spectacular destination for all family.
Home to an incredible diversity of marine life including lobster, turtles, octopus, sharks, sea horses, dolphins, mackerel cat fish, yellow tails, swordfish, and larger eels and rays you’ve ever seen.
Located 6 miles west of the Marietas islands and the border edge of Banderas Bay, El Morro is a series of stone mounds at depths up to 150 feet. El Morro gives you the opportunity to dive between caves and tunnels 50 feet and explore their rocky walls which gives the most experienced divers a great opportunity to practice a more technical diving skill.
One of Mexico’s most popular marine reserves, Los Arcos is a cluster of granite islands that perch out of the water in the southern part of Banderas Bay. With depths ranging from 30-1600 feet, the waters surrounding Los Arcos are the deepest in the entire bay. You can discover the thrill of diving in the Devil’s Canyon and El Bajo, the fascinating underwater mountain range, while witnessing the abundant lobster, octopus, rays, eels, morays and a lot of other marine life.
Incredible drop-offs on each side of the table-top make for a unique diving experience and due to it’s location outside of the Bay visibility is often much better at El Sequial than at other dive sites closer to Vallarta. The name Sequial means a “dry area” indicating that it is one of the few shallow areas close to the Corbeteña island. Depths in this part of the bay go as far down as 1.5 miles and so it is an area popularly frequented by large marine life such as Tuna, Sailfish and sometimes Shark.
Majahuitas is a beautiful string of beaches located on the south coast of Puerto Vallarta accessible only by boat. The entire bay is made up of tiny coves that offer excellent sea conditions. Calm and mellow water is perfect for Scuba or Snorkeling. The dives can be as shallow or deep as the divers wish. One of the most remarkable inhabitants of this dive site is the Garden Eels. There is an abundance of sea life with endless schools of Parrot Fish, Cornets, Puffer Fish, Angel Fish, Damsels, Eagle Rays, Great Manta Rays and turtles.
Offering certified divers the chance to explore caves, arches and steep walls, Corbeteña is a great dive site with moderate currents and depths of up to 120 feet, with visibility ranging from 40-120 ft. Trips to this incredible dive site are limited to small groups of experienced divers.
El Chimo is a spectacular dive site about 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta along the southern coast of Banderas Bay. Here the ocean floor has formed into distinct and interesting formations. Torrecillas is an undersea plateau from which this mesa-like base a series of separate pinnacles rise like trees uprooted to gain light. Las Iglesias is a line of columns that also rise straight from the sea bed like supports for an ancient sunken cathedral. Huge schools of fish, healthy invertebrates, and Giant Manta encounters are typical of Chimo. The rock formations and corals are so impressive, that this makes it one of our favorite dive sites.