By Riviera Nayarit Conventions & Visitors Bureau ● April 2013
There is a common misconception that makes this destination even more surprising: it’s said that the blue-footed bobby can only be found at the Galapagos Islands. However, nothing could be further from the truth: The Marietas Islands in Riviera Nayarit are also home to this and many exotic species, both terrestrial and maritime, that’ll make your visit an unforgettable experience.
Located in the northern end of Bahia de Banderas, close to the exclusive zone of Punta Mita, the Marietas Islands are comprised of an archipelago with four formations: two islands and two islets that constitute one of the Biosphere Reserves protected by the UNESCO.
When traveling from Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, El Anclote or Sayulita – destinations in Riviera Nayarit where water taxi services are offered, including boats, yachts or guided tours to this privileged sanctuary of nature – one can realize why it has been placed under this classification.
During the winter, one can enjoy the display of watching humpback whales that arrive to Riviera Nayarit. During the summer, this route to the islands is the perfect excuse to come across one of the thousands of Olive Ridley turtles that lay their eggs on the beaches of our destination. Both experiences are worth spending a morning traveling to then enjoy basking in the sun.
There is one consideration, though: since the Marietas Islands are part of a Biosphere Reserve program, activity here is regulated and one can hardly explore them. This helps protect and preserve the habitat of countless species that have made their home there.
However, activities around the islands are sheer pleasure. Bird-watching from the boat will allow passengers to see the blue-footed bobby, and snorkeling in the nearby reefs will allow them to photograph and swim among giant rays, dolphins, turtles and an infinity of colorful fish.
The Marietas Islands are a reason to visit Riviera Nayarit, a destination where luxury blends in with nature and the magic of its landscapes becomes an adventure.