Snorkeling at Marieta Islands Mexico

Snorkeling at Marieta Islands MexicoSnorkeling at Marieta Islands Mexico  |  Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  |  Thank You Punta Mita Adventures for the photos of my half day tour to Marieta Islands, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Known as the Galapagos of Mexico, located at Banderas Bay, only 20 minutes sail from Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit. During my visit I was able to visit two times, one with a half day snorkeling tour, and the second on the Private Yacht of the Four Seasons Punta Mita, during our sunset sail and dinner. A haute experience without any doubt. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Sailing onboard Four Seasons Yacht

Sailing onboard Four Seasons Yacht   |  Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  |  What an amazing way to close my week stay at the Four Seasons Punta Mita at Riviera Nayarit, Mexico that onboard the Four Seasons Yacht sailing along Bahia Banderas, all the way back again to the Marieta Islands, and then sunset dinner along Anclote Beach, back to the marina over a fabulous dinner by the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Punta Mita. OH and the final touch, a school of Blottenose Dolphins following our yacht and jumping around like saying farewell, such a magical afternoon.

The Four Seasons Yacht is stunning. A luxurious 17-metre (55-foot) yacht for guests to charter privately on a daily basis. The spacious yacht features a living room and kitchen with dining table, a separate shaded relaxation area on the upper deck, and sunning areas on the bow, stern and rear upper deck. The ship also sports a Wave Runner for guests to ride when the yacht is anchored.

A private 10 guests group may charter the yacht for six hours during the day or for sunset. Each charter includes a catered assortment of snacks and drinks. Our private setting in Punta Mita – less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta – allows for an intimate journey that conveniently leaves from Marina La Cruz located 20 minutes from the Resort.

Charter options include snorkelling and diving along the pristine coast or cruises among the protected Marietta Islands, which boast a thriving bird and fish population; whale-watching during the months of December through March; and fishing in the bountiful waters of the Punta Mita area. Lounging on the yacht while soaking up the sun and breathtaking scenery is another popular option.

Without a doubt, the perfect way to close my visit to Punta Mita and Riviera Nayarit. Great new friends, Margaritas, MOET, food, music and the picture perfect sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Hope you enjoy the photos, and next time you visit Four Seasons Punta Mita, have a try sailing the yacht, you will love it. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Marieta Islands National Park Mexico

Marieta Islands National Park Mexico  |  Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  |  Today I spent my full morning exploring the area of Bahia Banderas, and Marieta Islands National Park in the state of Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, waters of the Pacific Ocean. A group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast with two main volcanic formations dating from 60K years ago, each called Redonda (Rounded) and Larga (Long). The photo above is an aereal photo (not taken by me) of the hidden beach located on the rounded main island. The access is only through a very narrow tunnel, since nobody is allow on the island anymore these days. Just SPECTACULAR. The beach was under a formation of volcanic rock which served as a sort of a roof, which collapsed long time ago, leaving this unusual beach out to be admired by all of us. Boats stop at the main entrance of the tunnel and you have to snorkel and swim your way into it.
Top destinations for the abundant birds and marine fauna populations due to the islands being protected from fishing and hunting by the Mexican government, since it became National Park. Nowadays nobody can disembark on the main island, and you may only access to the side beaches of the long island.
Other than seeing the Humpback Whales during the mating and birth seasons (not the time I was there), the other leading stars at the show of nature, are the beyond cute and adorable Blue footed Boobies, found not only in the Galapagos, as many think, but also here at the Marieta Islands, with a total population of approx. 30K among the different types of Boobies in the island.  The natural breeding habitat of the Blue-footed Booby is tropical and subtropical islands of the Pacific Ocean. Their range extends from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America to Peru. This bird if fully monogamous.
The Marieta Islands were originally formed many thousands of years ago by volcanic activity, and are completely uninhabited. The islands are about 20 minutes boat ride from my hotel the Four Seasons Punta Mita coast of Punta Mita and are visited daily by hundreds of tourists, yet no one can legally set foot on the islands. In the early 1900s the Mexican government began conducting military testing on the islands because no one lived there. Many bombings and large explosions took place on the islands causing amazing caves and rock formations to be created.
Thanks to Jacques Cousteau, in the late 1960s, the government eventually decided to label the islands a national park and therefore protected against any fishing, hunting or human activity.


One of the water activities and ways to explore the islands are by Paddle Boards, and so I did, or at least tried my best to and to stay on it. The big bonus of staying on top of the board, is that you will not have to deal with the hundreds of jellyfish in the water. Trust me a big big plus, and motivation to speed learning.
Scuba Diving or Snorkeling as most definitely some of the favorite activities to do around, inside and under the island. The underwater vision is pretty incredible and the marine fauna just overwhelming in such an amazing way. Unfortunately I was not carrying my underwater camera on this trip, but my guide has taken a few snapshots of me, which I will upload as soon as he send them to me. Again the Jellyfish made the experience a bit more limited, but FYI this only happens during the month of May and June, not the entire year.
The tour company used for this experience was Punta Mita Adventures, highly recommended by the Four Seasons Punta Mita. It was a private boat with me, my bilingual guide/instructor and the captain of the boat. The whole trip took approx. 2 hours with several stops and lots of interesting information. The tour departs right from the marina at the Four Seasons. Beverages, full scuba/snorkeling equipment included.
See why Jacques Cousteau fell in love with these islands and started the movement to protect them.  As the premier scuba diving and snorkeling location in the bay, you’ll have the opportunity to swim with more than 100 species of fish as well possible encounters with octopus, lobsters, rays, turtles and more – with colorful coral formations as your backdrop.
 Located just a few kilometers off of Punta Mita, these islands, formed by volcanic activity during the Cretaceous period, were designated as a National Park in 2005.  An important migratory bird sanctuary, they act as a refuge for at least 92 species of aquatic birds, including the colorful Blue-footed Booby – which also nest in the famous Galapagos Islands.
 During whales seasons, seeing and hearing a Humpback whale breach 25 yards away from your boat is like no other experience. It is truly a jaw-dropping experience that should not be missed. During the winter months, you are likely to see these whales during you ride to the islands. Our guides will work hard to locate the whales to add this experience to your already amazing day of nature. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. See more photos at Snorkeling the Marieta IslandsCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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Rosa Mexicano Traditional Cuisine

Rosa Mexicano Traditional Cuisine  |  Punta de Mita, Mexico  |  Tonight we decided to go local, and together with Jason S. – Four Seasons and Richard K – Tourism Riviera Nayarit, we showed up at Rosa Mexicano. Not only amazing, full of taste and fresh local and overall Mexican traditional dishes, but also an incredible setting at this outdoors restaurant over Anclote Beach, with a terrace right over the beach.
Yet another FANTASTIC dinner in Riviera Nayarit. This time at Rosa Mexicano at Anclote Beach in Punta de Mita fishing village, only minutes away from the Four Seasons Resort.
All my favorites Mole, fresh Guacamole, Green Ceviche all with typical Margaritas Jamaica, overlooking the waters of Bahia Banderas, right off the Pacific Ocean. The music of LIVE Mariachis playing in the background, while our waiter is grinding our sauces on a typical molcajete, is a stone tool, the traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle tool. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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