Rob’s Ramblings: Sailing to Las Islas Marietas

After a busy 3½ day Spay & Neuter Clinic in Rincón de Guayabitos, with 243 animals sterilized and consultations performed, the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Team took the day off to unwind on Islas Marietas (Marieta Islands) in Banderas Bay on Monday, November 18.

Thirty-five team members sprung for a day on the “Ally Cat,” a 56-foot catamaran based out of La Cruz, for a day of snorkeling, paddle-boarding and swimming, followed with a great beam-reach sail back to home port at the La Cruz Marina and Yacht Club. A pair of humpback whales even gave us an up-close showing on the way to the islands.

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Brian and Tosia with backdrop of a great snorkeling and paddle-boarding site.

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“Pets for Life” vet tech Paulina on the bow of the “Ally Cat.”

The Islas Marietas are a protected wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary, so no one is allowed to hike above the high watermark. It is home to many bird species such as the Blue, Yellow and Brown-footed Boobies, frigate birds and many others. Any time you get a chance to snorkel with tropical fish it makes you wish you had an underwater camera. Even stopping to catch your breath near the reef allows small neons and other colourful fish to get close enough to check you out as well. The highlight swim takes you through a cave and onto a sandy beach. This beach is open air, with birds circling over head. There are also two side caves to wade through to get to more interesting photos.

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Riding the Main: A few people wanted to try something fairly common to old sailors.

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This is a great trip for those wanting something different to check out in our area. If you haven’t been to Las Islas Marietas, this might be a good trip to add to your bucket list.

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Brian enjoying the port-bow-rail with some great tunes on the stereo.

You can learn more about Ally Cat Sailing Adventures on our sister site,

by Rob Erickson

About Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR): Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) was established in 2003 by Lin Chimes of Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico. Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue advocates humane and healthy practices for animals in the Jaltemba Bay area by promoting health, education, spay and neutering, adoptions, foster care and positive relationships with animals and their owners. JBAR also works to find homes for street dogs and cats. This effort has significantly improved the overall health and enjoyment of life on Jaltemba Bay for human visitors, residents and also our four-legged friends.To learn more or to make a donation, visit Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR).

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