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Majahuitas and the Marieta Islands

Marieta Islands. Photo courtesy of Vallarta Adventures

Marieta Islands. Photo courtesy of Vallarta Adventures

One of the things that drew us towards a family vacation in Puerto Vallarta was being able to visit the Marieta Islands. I had a picture of “the hole” as my computer screen saver for many years dreaming about the day that I could see the “secret beach” in real life. When we first arrived at the Majahuitas Resort, they helped us to arrange a charter boat to bring our family and other guests at the resort to the Marieta Islands.

We started off our fourth day at Majahuitas with fresh fruit with yogurt and huevos rancheros. It was a protein packed breakfast to give us the energy we needed to swim around the Marieta Islands.

Fried Eggs and beans

Huevos Rancheros

Yogurt and fresh fruit

Yogurt and fresh fruit

Immediately after breakfast, the boat came right to the beach in front of our resort to pick-up all the families staying at the resort. We all boarded the boat for the adventure of a lifetime.

On the boat to the Marieta Islands

On the boat to the Marieta Islands

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Ella watching the dolphins splash in the water around the boat

Dolphins splashed in the waters surrounding the boat as we approached the majestic islands about an hour boat ride away from our resort. The islands were surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters with large beautiful fish swimming around the reefs below.

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Marieta Islands

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When we arrived at the islands, there were multiple large tour companies dropping visitors into the water to snorkel around the islands. It was a sea of bright orange life jackets as people were admiring the fish through their snorkels. Majahuitas had hired a small company with experienced divers to help guide us past the other tourists to the secret beach.

Seriously afraid of sharks, I let go of my fears and jumped into the ocean. Our guide helped our youngest son Tyler swim to the secret beach, and the rest of our family followed behind.

Snorkeling to the secret beach

Getting ready to dive into the water to swim to the secret beach

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Our kids swimming to the opening of the secret beach

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Yes!! This is the opening to the underwater tunnel to get to the secret beach

When we arrived at the opening, all we saw was a sliver of light, that would disappear for 3-4 minutes with each wave. The guide told us that we had to wait for a specific moment, dive under, and swim hard. My husband and I both looked at each other and said, “oh no way.” Just as we turned our heads, in a blink of a second, the guide dove under with Tyler. Of course I panicked and dove after him – and didn’t wait for the correct timing. I hit my head on the rocks a couple of times, but still managed to take a picture..of course. As I emerged from the water inside of the “hole” I started screaming. (A) I was in shock that I did it, and (B) I was overwhelmed by the beauty. Just as I screamed…bats came flying out of the cave causing me to scream even louder.

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A picture I took with the GoPro when swimming through the tunnel

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Our first sight of the secret beach, and where we got swarmed by bats

Minutes later, the rest of my family emerged from the water into the hole. We were all amazed and in awe of the beauty. The experience getting to the secret beach was an extreme adventure that we will all never forget.

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The beautiful secret beach (aka. the hole)

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We explored the beach with the other guests from our resort, and swam around the beautiful waters inside of the hole before the guide advised us that the current was getting stronger, and it was time for us to dive through the tunnel to get back to the boat.

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Trying to get a family picture..but the current kept knocking all of us over

Getting out of the hole was easier than getting in because the current added pressure to help push us through the underwater tunnel. After swimming back to the boat, we joined the other families who didn’t make the journey, and shared our experiences with them.

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The boys getting their gear on to swim back through the underwater tunnel

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Do you see that small crack of light behind the boys? That is the opening on our way back

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Almost out of the tunnel

After visiting the hole, we took a short boat ride over to the small beach that we called (dead bird beach). There were dead birds around the shore of the beach, and people sunbathing around them – I could not understand why? We were so spoiled from the beauty of the Majahuitas beach that we couldn’t wait to return back to the resort.

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The dead birds that covered the beach

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Guests who took other boats to visit the beach

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Our tour guide had caught a fresh tuna on their way to pick us up from Majahuitas, and made a fresh tuna ceviche for us right on the beach. You can’t get any fresher than that! It was the most delicious ceviche I have ever had in my entire life, and the kids also could not get enough of the freshly made meal.

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Tyler helping to serve the ceviche

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Ella enjoying her ceviche

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serving the ceviche to the other guests on our tour

The kids ate the snacks and swam in the waters before boarding the boat to return to Majahuitas. On our way back to the resort, we stopped at a small fishing village to drop-off a guest who was continuing their vacation at another part of Puerto Vallarta. Our kids exchanged emails with the other kids, and were sad to see the two boys leave.

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Tyler taking a nap on the way back

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A small fishing village in Puerto Vallarta

Awaiting us upon our return to Majahuitas was another lavish lunch complete with homemade sushi, fresh octopus, ham quesadillas and fried shrimp.

Fresh octopus

Fresh octopus that was caught in the waters in front of our beach

Ham and cheese quesadillas

Ham and cheese quesadillas

Fried shrimp

Fried shrimp

handmade sushi

handmade sushi

After lunch, we relaxed on the beach before it was time for dinner.

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relaxing on the majahuitas beach before dinner

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The crabs that hang out on the beach in front of the Majahuitas beach

That evening, there was a small thunderstorm, so we dined together inside of the resort. For dinner, they set-up a taco bar buffet where we were able to custom make tacos for dinner.

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Getting ready for dinner

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The dinner table where all the guests of the resort come together to eat

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Homemade tortillas for the taco bar

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Tyler making a salad at the taco bar buffet

We ended the day playing board games with the staff, and writing in our travel journals with the children by candlelight before drifting off to sleep.

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The kids favorite staff members at Majahuitas

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The kids playing games with the staff

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and having a little fun

Missed a story? Read the day #1 of Majahuitas, Day #2 visiting the Quimixto waterfall and Day #3 exploring the Majahuitas beach.

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Writing in their journals back at the house

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Giving the dogs a belly rub before bed

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5 Comments

  1. Looks like such a beautiful place!

  2. The secret beach is amazing! I can’t imagine visiting somewhere that I have had as a screensaver – you must have been thrilled!

  3. What a spectacular trip. I love that you tied in a healthy recipe to share with your family’s experiences.

  4. I can’t get over how blue the water is! It looks like you guys had a spectacular time!

  5. Wow! What a cool experience! Looks like an absolutely gorgeous location well worth visiting!

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