Diving with Oceano Adventures Sayulita: Marietas Islands, Los Anegados, El Morro, and more!

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Why dive with Oceano Adventures Sayulita?

Oceano Adventures is our trusted dive center in Sayulita. They only don’t do dive trips but they also do PADI certifications, surf trips, snorkeling tours, and whale watching. What made us work with Oceano Adventures Sayulita in this project is their super cool crew – during the trip, we felt that we were taken care of. Sebastian and Frankie are really cool people and will make sure that you will have a good time!

Laura’s personal experience diving with Oceano Adventures Sayulita

While I was visiting Sayulita a few months ago, I had the opportunity to dive with Oceano Adventures Sayulita. I was pretty nervous about it since I hadn’t dived for almost five years. I almost decided against it altogether, but a few of my friends that I was traveling with said it had been a while for them too, so we’d all quite literally be in the same boat.

We arrived at the Oceano office in Sayulita where the team fitted us for flippers, weight belts, and BCDs (buoyancy control devices, or those vests you wear to stay afloat and hook your air tank onto). They were laid back, but thorough and were fluent in both English and Spanish. I still felt a little bit nervous, but they answered all of my questions with patience and knowledge.

Then we hopped in the van and drove to the pier where we would take the boat out to the stunning Islas Marietas and where we met the man who would truly put my nerves at ease, our divemaster for the day, Frankie. Frankie was the perfect divemaster. He knows these waters perhaps better than the fish that swim in them each day. He’s a local to the Punta Mita area and has been diving in these waters for most of his life. He helped with all of our equipment, made sure we felt comfortable before getting in the water, and he took it slow and steady for that entire first dive, constantly checking in with each of us about our oxygen levels, how we were feeling, and of course, stopping to show us all of the incredible underwater life on show beneath the surface.

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Our day out included two dives in different areas around Islas Marietas. We also stopped into different caves, toured around the islands to do some bird watching, and learned about the conservation efforts that are being undertaken to improve the reefs and the animal life around Islas Marietas. These islands are famous for their caves and secret beaches. They are also one of the few places in the world where you can spot the blue-footed boobie. Our boat driver made sure we got as close to the island as was safe to do so that we could see those famous blue feet.

As for the diving, I’m so glad I overcame my fears of getting back in the water.

Frankie was so knowledgeable about the area and his passion for its conservation and protection was clear. There’s nothing better than exploring a place with a local who loves their home and enjoys showing it off to visitors and that’s exactly how it felt both above and below the water with Frankie and the entire team at Oceano. Between the two dives, we spent almost two hours underwater swimming along with the reef networks, spotting eels and colorful fish.

We headed back to land as the sun was beginning to set behind the islands. It was a day that reminded me just how magical the underwater world can be, especially when you’re sharing it with good friends and a passionate local.

Oceano Adventures Diving Packages: our favorites

Please note that you need a PADI certification if you dive with Oceano Adventures. They do not allow people to dive if you are not certified. Of course, you can always get your certification with them! They have more dives than the list below but we are only putting our favorite dives in this list.

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Diving with Oceano Adventures Sayulita in the Marietas Islands!

Marietas Islands Diving: from $73 USD

A world-famous diving spot perfect for beginners and advanced divers. Islas Marietas is rich in biodiversity so there’s a lot to see! The waters are also perfect for snorkeling which makes this activity perfect for families!

  • Tanks 2 (certified divers)
  • Vessel: OCEANO II 27’ 150hp
  • Water temperature: 62-86 °F/17-30 °C
  • Average visibility: 39 ft/12 m
  • Depth: 25-75 ft /7.5-23 m
  • Tu, Th, Sa, Su. / 9am-2pm
Los Anegados: from $76 USD

Home to an incredible diversity of marine life including lobster, turtles, octopus, sharks, sea horses, dolphins, mackerel catfish, yellowtail, swordfish, and larger eels and rays you’ve ever seen.

  • Tanks: 2 (certified advanced divers)
  • Vessel: OCEANO II 27’ 150hp
  • Water temperature: 62-86 ° F/17-30 °C
  • Average visibility: 39 ft/12 m
  • Depth: 25-75 ft/7.5-23 m
  • Wednesdays and Fridays
El Morro: from $81 USD

Located 6 miles west of the Marietas Islands and the border edge of Banderas Bay, El Morro is a series of stone mounds at depths up to 150 feet. El Morro gives you the opportunity to dive between caves and tunnels 50 feet and explore their rocky walls which gives the most experienced divers a great opportunity to practice a more technical diving skill.

  • Tanks 2 (certified advanced divers)
  • Vessel: OCEANO II 27’ 150hp
  • Water temperature: 62-86 ° F/17-30 °C
  • Average visibility: 39 ft/12 m
  • Depth: 29.5-130 ft/9-39.6 m
  • Mondays and Fridays
Are you a certified or an avid diver? What are your favorite diving spots in the world? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in the comment box below and let’s chat!
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  • Hi Laura. Thanks for the post! Do you have information on how much is it to get an open water certificate?


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