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Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

1. Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

Depart from Puerto Vallarta and set off on a boat cruise towards the tropical paradise coves of Yelapa and Majahuitas. Admire the picturesque coastal scenery, where dolphin encounters and humpback whale sightings (in winter) are common occurrences.  Make your first stop at the breathtaking shores of Majahuitas Cove. With its untouched sandy beach and crystal clear water, it's the perfect hideaway for a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking with an expert guide. Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Cove features spectacular marine wildlife protected from the human hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel here with all equipment included by the crew. Then, head over to Yelapa, which offers another incredible option for a scenic beach retreat. Nestled in a stunning natural cove, this tiny community is free of any roads and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This tour gives you the opportunity to relax on Yelapa beach and explore the surrounding area, where stunning tropical wildlife and a hidden Yelapa waterfall lay just minutes from the shore. Stroll through the charming fishing village to the cascading, Cola de Caballo waterfalls and jump into the refreshing water, or simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty. Browse through the native artisan handicrafts along the way, then kick back in the sun at Yelapa's expansive beach where the river streams into the ocean, surrounded by an incomparable green mountains landscape. Whether you hike to the waterfalls, snorkel, or bury your toes in the sand, you’ll be struck by the idyllic beauty of these tropical retreats. As you cruise back to Puerto Vallarta with an open bar and onboard fiesta, wrap up a perfect day with some great music, dancing, and unforgettable entertainment provided onboard.

From Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Yacht & Snorkeling Tour

2. From Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Yacht & Snorkeling Tour

Depart from Puerto Vallarta and set off into the Bay of Banderas, which is home to some of the most spectacular waters in all of Mexico. During this luxury sailing trip, you'll get to do more than just relax on a boat. You'll also get the chance to swim, snorkel, and paddleboard at some of Vallarta's most amazing coastal destinations. First, head to the iconic Majahuitas Cove, a hidden beach located just south of Puerto Vallarta and surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest. There, get the chance to glimpse some of the region's most amazing marine life, including dolphins, whales, sea turtles, tropical fish, and more. With amenities like an open bar, delicious hors d'ouevres, comfortable lounge seating, and unparalleled service, this tour takes smooth sailing to a new level. If you're looking to glimpse the natural beauty of Vallarta firsthand, this is the perfect yacht and snorkel tour for you.

Puerto Vallarta: Sun Buggy Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

3. Puerto Vallarta: Sun Buggy Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun while learning about Puerto Vallarta's most famous points of interest. See how tequila is made, visit the filming location of a famous movie, shop for local souvenirs, and enjoy lunch at a secluded beach. Start with a scenic drive down the coastline to Puerto Vallarta's lush Botanical Gardens. Wander through the many terraces and admire tropical flowers, jungle trees, and colorful birds. Pick up a souvenir or try a local snack at the onsite restaurant. Next, cruise down the southern coast to the historic El Baston Del Rey tequila factory. Learn a thing or two about how the finest tequilas are made and pick up a few bottles to take home. After, discover one of the best kept secrets of Puerto Vallarta, the secluded Mismaloya beach. After lunch at Mismaloya, take a short hike out to a lookout point to snap a picture with the 15-foot iguana statue, erected as a tribute to the 1961 movie Night of the Iguana that was filmed in this village. Afterwards, cool off with some body boarding or snorkeling at Los Arcos or just kick back with a cocktail at the beach.

Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Snorkel & Beach Private Boat Tour

4. Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Snorkel & Beach Private Boat Tour

Meet your guide at the City Center Los Muertos Pier and let them whisk you away on your private boat tour to the famous natural landmark “Los Arcos”, where you will be given time to snorkel at this amazing site.   Then, enjoy lunch at Puerto Vallarta’s secluded beach on the south shore of “Las Animas Beach”. These unique and secluded locations, which can be accessed only by boat, are an absolute must-see while visiting Puerto Vallarta.   After an amazing snorkel adventure, you will be taken to Las Animas Beach, where there are many restaurants to choose from for your beach lunch. You will also visit secluded beaches along the way, where you can hop off and enjoy the hidden crystal-clear waters south of the bay before returning to the pier.   

Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

5. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

Upgrade your vacation by visiting this exclusive, private beach hideaway. Accessible only by sea, Las Caletas is surrounded by a steep, jungle-clad mountain backdrop, making it a truly secluded tropical sanctuary. On the Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Las Caletas and all of the incredible natural wonders it has to offer. Spend time out at sea on a kayak or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding. Take a guided nature walk and meet some of the permanent residents of Las Caletas, including playful monkeys and beautiful parrots. You can also learn more about the culture and traditions of the region by participating in hands-on activities like clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking. No matter what your interests, Las Caletas Beach Hideaway has something for you.

From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

6. From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

Visit Marietas Islands National Park and enjoy the great submarine world great diversity of fish that find food and shelter in the reefs of the site, such as the king angelfish, the Moorish idol and giant damselfish, as well as various species of surgeonfish, butterflyfish, parrot fish and balloon fish. As part of the rocky reef we can observe several species of corals and sponges, as well as tunicates, starfish and sea urchins, among other marine invertebrates that your guide will point out. You can also watch, with a bit of luck and patience, dolphins or sea turtles resting or traveling near the place. On small groups the trip is focused on snorkeling and enjoying the beauty of the islands. Also you will have the probability to visit the hidden beach of Playa del Amor with restriction. Discover great beaches and beautiful scenery and wildlife.

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

7. 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: Luxury Day Sailing Tour of Bay of Banderas

8. Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Day Sailing Tour of Bay of Banderas

Experience a unique sailing tour of the Vallarta coastline aboard a luxurious sailboat or catamaran. Designed for maximum comfort and maneuverability, the sailboats and sailing catamarans in the fleet give you a luxury-level atmosphere and are staffed by an expert crew. Escape the hustle and bustle of the nearby city and discover the region's peaceful waters and secret coves. Enjoy the chance to jump into the water yourself. Swim, snorkel, or paddleboard with complimentary equipment at some of Vallarta's most beautiful hotspots. You can even take the helm and try sailing for yourself!

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

9. From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

Board your catamaran and ride out to the magnificent Islas Marietas National Park on a top-of-the-line catamaran. Explore the rocky caverns and archways by kayak or paddleboard. Get up close and personal with the many natural wonders of the Marieta Islands. Snorkel or scuba dive and see the rich marine life below the surface. Look for giant manta rays, sea turtles, and abundant multi-colored fish. Make use of complimentary snorkeling equipment, paddleboards, and kayaks. Sail to Majahuitas Beach. Swim and sunbathe at this white sand beach. Experience one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches along Mexico's Pacific coast.  Soak up the sun and relax on board a comfortable catamaran. Sip a drink from the open bar. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast. In the afternoon, you can sit down for a deli-style lunch. Your knowledgable onboard tour guides will see to it that you have a comfortable and safe journey. This Islas Marietas National Park eco discovery tour is a sea excursion designed to explore the ocean and wildlife around the Marieta Islands with various water activities. The Hidden Beach is not visited on this tour.

Puerto Vallarta: Yelapa and Majahuitas Beach Adventure

10. Puerto Vallarta: Yelapa and Majahuitas Beach Adventure

The Bay of Banderas is home to two of the most picturesque coves in all of Mexico: Yelapa and Majahuitas. Immerse yourself in sandy beaches, warm ocean waters, and tropical wildlife both on land and in the sea during this trip from Puerto Vallarta. Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Cove features spectacular marine wildlife protected from the human hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Hike to a hidden waterfall, enjoy the natural pools, and stroll through the charming fishing village. Browse through the native artisan handicrafts along the way, then kick back in the sun at Yelapas expansive beach where the river streams into the ocean, surrounded by an incomparable green mountains landscape. On the return trip to Puerto Vallarta, enjoy an open bar, music, and dancing with the boat’s crew.

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What people are saying about Puerto Vallarta

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

One of the best trips I’ve been on, and I’ve done a fair few. The crew of boat 5 were tentative and good fun. The day started with snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking, then we were taken over to a gorgeous beach we’re you could go on the banana boat or just swim or bathe, it was a gorgeous setting, all the food and drinks were included in the trip as well as the beach. The day was finished off with the crew putting on a show on our way home, the bar was open and it was a great fun atmosphere. 5 stars to Fernando(captain) and David(main Host) for a brilliant day

The day before the trip one person in our party got a bit too much sun, and we were concerned about them being exposed, but the crew directed us to the back where we were able to enjoy the ride without any additional discomfort. The crew was super friendly and helpful, and they also took care of us when one person in our party got a bit seasick (the waters were definitely more choppy than usual). We didn't end up snorkeling, but the trip was still worth it, especially the stop at the private beach. We would absolutely take this trip again.

Chema & Lorenzo were fantastic. They were timely, meeting up with them was easy, and so knowledgeable and personable. When the water conditions in one area weren't awesome for snorkeling that day, they took us to another location to try it there. Their recommendations for our time in Las Animas were also great. We enjoyed a tasty meal at a place that had shower access, which was a nice touch after snorkeling!

Absolutely wonderful day and the staff on Board were phenomenal

The crew make an already scenic adventure incredible.