Enjoying a beginner's dive at Caletas or Marietas Islands will definitely be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the spectacular marine reserve at Marietas Islands, or dive on the reef at Las Caletas where you can see a great diversity of marine life. After your dive you'll have time to relax on the wonderful beaches.
Located next to the beaches of Banderas Bay; Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding towns all offer the diver warm, clear waters, fantastic weather and an abundance of diverse marine life. Marietas Islands and Las Caletas are two of the most popular areas, offering both beginners and certified scuba divers the opportunity to explore the mystery and wonders of the underwater world.
Originally made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970's, the Marietas Islands Marine Reserve has now become one of the most popular areas in Western Mexico for scuba diving and beginners diving. This site features a variety of tropical fish, manta rays, turtles and from December to April, whales. This is an area with a great variety of caves, reefs and caverns.
The underwater coves, the nearby natural reef and the diverse array of exotic marine life make Las Caletas one of the finest dive sites on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The reef is home to colorful tropical fish, turtles and sometimes manta rays. There are many good drop-off points, it's nice and shallow and the beaches are gorgeous. It is a great place to combine scuba diving with beach combing and lazing in the sun.
NOTES: To participate in our diving programs divers need to be certified and hold a valid certification card.
Non-certified divers can participate in dives at Las Marietas or at Las Caletas; however, they need to have completed a "Vallarta Adventure Discover Scuba pool lesson" before the day of their dive (extra cost). Beginner divers will only be allowed a 1-tank dive. Beginners dive to a maximum of 40 ft.
Certified divers who have not been diving in the past 12 months will be required to take a refresher course with "Vallarta Adventure" (extra cost). Certified divers are automatically entitled to participate in 2-tank dives. Certified divers dive to a maximum of 100 ft.
The minimum age is 12 years. For ages between 12 and 15 years "Junior" certification courses can be given (extra cost), but once reaching the age of 15, an up-grade certification has to be made.
RECOMMENDATION: It is not recommended that you dive within 24 hours before your flight home.
IMPORTANT: This tour is only available for clients staying at Puerto Vallarta hotels. Passengers arriving on Carnival Cruises must book activity with the cruise’s concierge.