Bahía de Banderas

Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Banderas) is an extensive bay of more than 1,000 km2 located in the Mexican Pacific, between the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. It is believed that this was the original point of union with the southern cape of the Baja California peninsula before it was separated from the North American plate a billion years ago. Its waters house an abundance of marine wildlife, such as humpback whales, giant mantas, and several species of fish, corals, and sea turtles. It also houses a small group of volcanic islands, called Marieta Islands. Declared a National Park in 2005, these islands are an important feeding and breeding site for seabirds, like the blue-footed booby and the brown pelican.