The Marieta Islands were originally formed many thousands of years ago by volcanic activity, and are completely uninhabited. The islands are about an hour long boat ride west-northwest from the coast of Puerto Vallarta, yet no one can legally set foot on the islands. In the early 1900’s the Mexican government began conducting military testing on the islands because no one lived there. Many bombings and large explosions took place on the islands causing amazing caves and rock formations to be created. After a massive international outcry started by scientist Jacques Cousteau in the late 1960’s, the government eventually decided to label the islands a national park and therefore protected against any fishing, hunting or human activity.
The Hidden Beach remains cut off from rest of the group of islands, and for those who stumble across the place the surprises held are immense. The beach is considered to possess an abundance of reef fish, with about 103 different species moving around in the clear blue waters of the beach. Humpback whales can be viewed in their magnificent glory, and for some lucky travelers they may even get to experience the ‘whale music’ – a unique sound made by these huge creatures as they dive deeper into the waters.
The Marieta Islands – Hidden Beach