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Bahía de Banderas

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Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islets Private Snorkeling Tour

1. Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islets Private Snorkeling Tour

Discover a snorkeling site and see beautiful saltwater species of fish, corals, and rays on this snorkeling tour from Puerto Vallarta. Explore Los Arcos and swim in the warm waters of Bahís de Banderas. Watch Puerto Vallarta from the sea and see its diversity of marine and coastal birds. Depart Puerto Vallarta and set out in Bahía de Banderas for this exciting tour. Relax on board the boat while traveling to snorkeling sites in the bay. Explore the bay and swim in its waters while snorkeling. Take in the scenery of the site and watch the various species of marine and coastal birds who rest and nest in the rocks and vegetation, such as brown pelicans, frigatebirds, seagulls, and herons, among others. Enjoy swimming with the bay's important diversity of marine life, since dozens of fish species live here, such as the Moorish idol, the king angelfish, the giant damselfish, balloon fish, and even manta rays. Observe corals, sponges, and many other marine invertebrates and, with a bit of luck, sea turtles can be seen resting among the bottom rocks.

Puerto Vallarta: Responsible Whale Watching Experience

2. Puerto Vallarta: Responsible Whale Watching Experience

Sail off the coast of Puerto Vallarta on a 3.5-hour boat excursion looking for whales and other marine animals. Upon arrival at the pier, meet your marine biologist guide who will give you important safety information and an introduction to what to expect during your trip. Once out on the bay, begin your search for the whales and enjoy a detailed explanation from your guide. Get as close as possible whilst remaining respectful of the whales and their environment. Your captain and guide will ensure you get as many whale sightings as possible, whilst also taking in views of the coast. Around noon, enjoy lunch and get the opportunity to listen to a whale singing with specialized equipment before making your way back to the pier.

Puerto & Nuevo Vallarta: The Hatteras 58’ Luxury Yacht Trip

3. Puerto & Nuevo Vallarta: The Hatteras 58’ Luxury Yacht Trip

Treat yourself right on this eloquent and wood finished yacht while spending the day exploring the picturesque Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. Receive some much needed rest and relaxation in private, air-conditioned cabins. Discover hidden beaches of the bay snorkeling amongst serene marine life. Sail home at sunset and enjoy unlimited drinks, delicious paninis, and fruit platters, perfect for a girls night out, bachelorette party, or birthday celebration.

Puerto Vallarta: Bahia de Banderas Dolphin Encounter Trip

4. Puerto Vallarta: Bahia de Banderas Dolphin Encounter Trip

Begin your sightseeing excursion in Puerto Vallarta, where you’ll meet your marine biologist guide for the day. Hop on-board the boat and learn about the marina from your guide as you cruise around Bahia de Banderas. Be on the lookout for dolphins as you cruise through the territory as there have been three families of bottlenose dolphins who have been living in Bahia de Banderas for several years. Once dolphins have been spotted your guide will assess their behavior and decide when it is safe to start swimming. Because the dolphins are wild and fast swimmers, you’ll be getting in and out of the water to help ensure there is a successful interaction. After several opportunities to swim and see the dolphins, you’ll head back to Puerto Vallarta by boat. Enjoy your provided lunch and soft drink as you cruise back to port.

Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Snorkeling Excursion

5. Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Snorkeling Excursion

Start your journey to Los Argos in Puerto Vallarta and journey by boat to Los Argos. Meet the boat captain and be filled in on all safety measures. As you travel to Los Argos, your guide will let you know about the diverse marine life in the region and the history of the bay and its inhabitants. Snorkel through the waters of Los Argos at your own pace. Your guide will provide information on the sea life, what to look out for and what you will see along the way. If the water conditions allow, you will swim through the natural arches of Los Argos. If time allows for it, after snorkeling around Los Argos, you will get back on the boat and travel to Mismaloya to snorkel through the region. Relax and enjoy your provided lunch on the boat trip back to Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Watching Cruise with a Biologist

6. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Watching Cruise with a Biologist

Cruise from Puerto Vallarta in search of dolphins with a team of biologists and naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast and snack onboard and stay hydrated with soft drinks. Snorkel through the protected waters of the Los Arcos Marine Park. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office in Marina Vallarta. Start with an informative talk about the biology and ecology of these incredible creatures. Embark on your dolphin-watching adventure in Banderas Bay. Sail in a small craft that allows you to get close to the dolphins while ensuring their welfare. Feel confident knowing that the staff is respectful of marine life and will work to ensure that the welfare of marine life is a top priority during your trip. Have the chance to spot female dolphins with their newborns or observe groups swimming calmly, bow surfing, or frolicking playfully. Depending on the behavior of the dolphins, you may have the option to swim with them. Stop to snorkel through the colorful marine life in the Los Arcos Marine Park. Look for eels, rays, trumpetfish, and sea turtles in the turquoise waters before ending your tour at Marina Vallarta.

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What people are saying about Bahía de Banderas

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Absolutely recommend this trip, it really is a responsible tour, unlike lots of other tours that just chase boats and in my opinion hound the whales, this is peaceful and respectful to the wildlife, no other boats in sight,we just stopped in the middle of the ocean and waited, the Whales came to us ,we were not disappointed. Tour guide and captain were very knowledgable and made the trip with the information about the whales and their patterns of behaviour. We had great views and even saw a male breach! Plus we saw turtles, mantas and dolphins. Hearing the whales sing was a wonderful and Memorable Experience .Hope the guide sends me the photos and video as Promised ??

we saw and tracked several whales. Victor was very attentive to our needs. Thank you!

The crew was very knowledgeable and very fun to be with! We saw many whales!♥️