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Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

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Fun Day Trip

Either taking the sailboat tour, or traveling yourself by kayak, it is worth a day trip to Deer... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great Day out

Our hotel arranged a trip for all of us, we had a great day there meditation, snorkelling, kayaking... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
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El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting Mazatlan in October, we wanted to try a new adventure. Deer Island was a fun day where we snorkeled, swam, and explored the beach. The bathrooms were nice and the beach was beautiful!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GlobalDaytripper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great trip to Deer Island, everything was clean and Leti, our guide, was AWESOME!! All of the food was delicious and we totally enjoyed kayaking and being in the water. The water was warm and delightful...wonderful day!!!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Either taking the sailboat tour, or traveling yourself by kayak, it is worth a day trip to Deer Island. The snorkeling is great and the beach is small but nice. For the more adventurous, hike up to the summit of small hill on the island....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alaska_Explorer
Reviewed 9 November 2018

Beach is great, snorkelling is great around the corner. The beach hut for lunch provided by El Cid for El Cid guests is great. The cruise over on the Kolonahe was really fun. Would definitely recommend!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Becky R
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This is a fun day at the beach for everyone of all ages! The fun begins as soon as you get on the boat! The beach is clean, the water is clear and warm, and there are plenty of activities for all. The lunch was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

Took the trimaran trip to Deer Island for snorkeling, kayaking and the banana boat. SO much fun and absolutely beautiful. Simple yet delicious local lunch was served with fresh coconuts (by request) prepped for whatever drink you want. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MichelleLyng
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We took a trip out to the island while on vacation to Mazatlan. It was really fun. We snorkeled, kayaked, and rode a banana boat. It was an amazing time.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour. First we took a catamaran ride along the bay, all the way to the lighthouse. We saw a sea lion, and our guides told us about the different islands we passed.. once at the island, the people that live/ work...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank nabundes
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Our hotel arranged a trip for all of us, we had a great day there meditation, snorkelling, kayaking and beach volleyball.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank sonny360
Reviewed 16 March 2018

We went to Deer Island on a catamaran when we visited Mazatlán and we enjoyed it. We got to see farther down the coast and this included the "Mexican icebergs" and a small island with sea lions. The beach on Deer Island was nice and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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22 March 2018|
Response from aborsuk |
When we were there, someone came on the island with 2 black dogs. They weren't part of the tour, but I think they were a private group because we saw the dogs get off a small boat. Hope that helps.
14 February 2017|
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Response from jPribs | Reviewed this property |
Probably way too late to reply, but I just saw this. Yes the catamaran will pull into shore. You will get out in ankle to shin deep water. I would not recommend to tour to the top of the island for it can be strenuous for... More
13 November 2016|
Response from jPribs | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the hotel, but you can get there everyday.