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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.

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

2. 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: Responsible Whale Watching Experience

3. 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 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: Dolphin Swimming and Aquaventuras Park

5. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Swimming and Aquaventuras Park

Play and swim with well-trained dolphins with this attraction ticket in Puerto Vallarta. Have fun with the thrilling attractions at the Aquaventuras Park. Renergize yourself after your swim with a free soft drink and an item of your choice from the delicious 'Swimmer's Menu.' Check in at the Aquaventuras Park and begin a detailed safety briefing to ensure the comfort of you and the dolphins during your water experience. Hop in the water and meet these joyful creatures. Try activities like the foot push, where two dolphins will push you from your feet to the above the surface of the water. Next, hold on to two dolphins' dorsal fins and be towed through the water. Get a fin handshake and a peck on the cheek from a dolphin. Have full admission to Aquaventuras Park Vallarta, where you splash around in the swimming area and the kid's playground. Ride on 10 water slides or go for a trip on the river. Enjoy one pass on the extreme climbing wall, challenge and zip lines.

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 Nayarit

Loved this trip! Was not sure what to expect and they did not tell us ahead of time what the plan was. 1st island you have a choice of snorkeling first or going straight to the island to do whatever you want ie. kayak, banana boat, order drinks, lounge, explore. Second island options: to hike to a waterfall first or hang at a different beach with shopping and a restaurant. The waterfall was AMAZING! and refreshing with a little bar to order drinks. I recommend you bring your $$ to souvenir shop. Wish I would have planned for shopping on Yelepa out of all places. Also eat breakfast before going if you need it. They don't really have a continental bk, just juice and coffee. Lunch was cold sandwiches and salads with fruit and was good. The trip back was entertaining with music and dancing and open bar. The crew was amazing and took great pictures for us to purchase if we wanted. I would definitely go again more prepared with plenty of pesos on hand.

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 ??

If you are thinking of doing this tour, STOP and just book it. We had such a fun time! I will do it again next time I am in PV! I do want to point out though, that the first beach you visit (after the snorkeling) you have to swim too from the boat. Then when you are done, you have to swim back to the boat. It was fine, but not what I expected! We did the walk to the waterfall at Yelapa, it was fun. Get the Crazy Coconut from the bar at the top! It was very cool! The staff were all great, we got some terrific pictures to bring home.

Everything was wonderful, tightly timed, but so you had enough time on every beach to enjoy everything, eat something or go swimming. I'm absolutely thrilled, it was a fantastic day tour and I can only recommend it!

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