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Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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A good excursion.

We went to Deer Island on a catamaran when we visited Mazatlán and we enjoyed it. We got to see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
first_timersWinnipeg
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Winnipeg, Canada
Sucks A Lot, I Would Never Pay For This Tour

As part of the El Cid free package to attend seminars, the KOLONAHE DEER ISLAND TOUR sucks. The... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
Loretta P
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Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“banana boat” (49 reviews)
“boat ride” (22 reviews)
“el cid marina” (14 reviews)
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El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank first_timersWinnipeg
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

As part of the El Cid free package to attend seminars, the KOLONAHE DEER ISLAND TOUR sucks. The trip out was ok but once we got there, it was all down hill. There is nothing to see when you snorkel, so why offer it? There...More

5  Thank Loretta P
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

We took a catamaran over to the island and it was perfect for a getaway for a couple of hours. The beach wasn't quite as clean as I would have expected but it was cool to look across the water to the city.

3  Thank Katie M
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

The boat tour was about an hour from the Marina dock to Deer Island. It was nice to boat past all the resorts and see the beach from the ocean. The tour guide was friendly, funny and kept the drinks flowing even though it was...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We signed up for the cruise and bbq on the beach. The staff were so friendly and fun. Drinks were unlimited. Would recommend for a group or couples. Please tip well. Thank you.

1  Thank Patrick P
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Deer Island or Isla Venado can be enjoyed if it is warm and if one can stay a few hours there. Unfortunately most tours go from the Marina along the coast line to the sea lions rock and then they stop at Deer Island for...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I enjoy a nice day on the beach, so if you don't expect more than that, you won't be disappointed. The food was really not good...think runny refried beans. The snorkel equipment was faulty and we saw like three fish, so don't be excited to...More

Thank Janette W
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Reviewed 19 January 2018

They make it sound like Deer Island is a special place. Don't bother going. There is nothing there. The day we went there were tons of jelly fish in the water and on the beach. One young man in our group got stung. There's no...More

1  Thank Lorraine A
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

The number one activity our family of youth wanted to enjoy was snorkeling, but high jelly fish count limited us to a small area on the leeward (downwind) side of the beach on Deer Island. Additionally, visibility was poor because of the recent storms, so...More

Thank Karen P
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We rented a catamaran to the island, 900 pesos for 8 of us to head there and back. We then just explored the island ourselves, including doing the short (10mins) hike to the top for absolutely stunning views. Worth going on our own, not sure...More

1  Thank Shelly I
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LindaE1970
23 March 2018|
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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.
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keg5776
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
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suekucey
13 November 2016|
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Response from jPribs | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the hotel, but you can get there everyday.
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