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Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

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Address: El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off...

Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.

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Short Day of fun in the sun

You can charter a boat trip from the Marina or a kayak tour from the Golden Zone over to Deer Island. There are public bathrooms there and a volleyball net. It seems that there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Julie C
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took a private catamaran to Deer Island. Visibility wasn't great but enjoyed our time there regardless.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You can charter a boat trip from the Marina or a kayak tour from the Golden Zone over to Deer Island. There are public bathrooms there and a volleyball net. It seems that there are a few "tour" operators vying for rights - so it can be a little awkward. We paid $500 pesos for our family of 4 to... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Booked the Deer Island tour from the Riu Emerald Bay. Left from El Cid marina on a catamaran for the island. The boat anchors a few hundred feet away from the island, your choice to swim to it or wait for a smaller boat (life jackets required and provided). On the island you can ride the banana boat, snorkel, kayak... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We accidentally attempted a timeshare presentation,and this trip was given to us as a gift. It was a short boat ride to the island, and the view of Mazatlan from there is fantastic. Snorkeling is so so. If you are expecting the same snorkeling experience as in Hawaii, you will be disappointed. Be careful of the jellyfish.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great day on Isla de Venados. We left from El Cid Marina. The catamaran ride over was nice, the crew was well trained and focused on your needs and safety. Once on the island, their hospitality continued while we kayaked, snorkeled, went on the banana boat, and just relaxed. The lunch was great. Make sure to take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Snorkeling, a wonderful sailboat ride, calm bay with tons of sea life to see while snorkeling.. a must

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

If you're in Mazatlan, and you have never been ocean snorkeling or you're fairly new to snorkeling in general, this was a fantastic location. The water on the east side of the island is calm enough that you're not being thrown around by the waves and there's enough of a variety of sea life, that you get a really good... More 

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Mazatlan, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Deer Island is a great get away within arms reach. You can hire locals from many beaches in the Golden Zone to take you and later (at your direction) pick you up. The Hobie Cats are particularly fun to traverse the 15-20 trip to the island. You can bring a lunch (the locals stash everything in water-proof bags during the... More 

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Tualatin, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We got this tour from attending a timeshare presentation. You get on a catamaran with 30 other people and they serve drinks while you boat around the bay, and then land on Deer Island. Here you can swim, snorkel, kayak, banana boat or play on the beach. The water was great for swimming, but not many fish for the snorkelers.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Less than a mile over gentle waters from a crowded tourist beach, and you have to pay a private boat a nice sum to get there (easily swimmable if you are good at that). Nothing much there but some shacks with fish and Coca Cola. But it is a different world of glorious silence, unsullied white sand and great views... More 

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