Made famous by the Jacques Cousteau documentaries filmed here in the seventies, Marietas Islands Marine Reserve has become a very popular spot in the Mexican Pacific for diving. The area features an array of tropical fish, sting rays, turtles and whales (from April to December). There are many amazing caves, canyons and cliffs to explore.
The typical marine life found in the Pacific includes tropical multicolored fish, turtles and occasionally manta rays. You'll find excellent shallow areas, deep canyons, and extraordinarily beautiful beaches. It is an ideal place to combine a stroll along the beach and relaxing under the sun with scuba diving in the pristine clear ocean.
Six miles west of Islas Marietas, on the shores of Bahia de Banderas, you will find El Morro, which is a series of steep rock walls rising out of the blue Pacific Ocean. This area is a world renowned dive site that combines canyons, cliffs, caves and arches with a variety of marine life including manta rays, huge schools of fish, turtles and dolphins.
Los Arcos (Night Dive)
Los Arcos is a group of granite rock formations with caves that have been sculpted by the force of the ocean pounding against them for millennia. The underwater rock face of ''La Quijada del Diablo'' and the fascinating ''El Bajo'' underwater mountain are full of lobsters, octopuses and other marine species that are better appreciated at night.