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From Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Yacht & Snorkeling Tour

1. 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.

Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

2. 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

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: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

4. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

Join a team of professional biologists to see bottlenose dolphins up close, not in a pool or artificial environment, and watch these intelligent animals play and interact with each other in the open ocean. The adventure starts with a light continental breakfast. While enjoying your meal, listen as researchers share their experiences with the dolphins and learn about their natural behaviors and habitats. Next, hop on a boat to find PV's resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for marine turtles, birds, and giant mantas along the way. From Dec to March there's also a possibility of seeing spinner dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins, and, with a bit of luck, even humpback whales and orcas. Listen to the dolphins communicate through an onboard hydrophone. The guides are specialists in cetaceans and marine ecology and will have a lot of information to share about these ocean habitats. Depending on the mood of the pod, the guides may judge that it's possible to go for a swim with the dolphins. This is a truly special experience, as the juvenile dolphins are very curious about humans. Those who wish may take the opportunity to participate in the guides' research project. These tours are what make this research possible and it's thanks to the data collected that dolphin sightings are 100% guaranteed. After 2.5 hours of observing and learning about these playful cetaceans, the group will return to Puerta Vallarta by boat.

Puerto Vallarta: Responsible Whale Watching Experience

5. 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

6. 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: Whale Watching Cruise

7. Puerto Vallarta: Whale Watching Cruise

Get a close-up peek of Puerto Vallarta's larger-than-life humpback whales on this exclusive whale-watching cruise. Enjoy onboard entertainment and an informative commentary from your local guide. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the boat, where you will sit down to a delicious breakfast before heading out to the Bay of Banderas. Spend some time admiring the majestic creatures in their natural habitat before enjoying a tasty Mexican buffet lunch. During the tour, sip on your choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink from the unlimited onboard bar, which stocks everything from vodka and rum to cocktails and fruit juice. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the cruise.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Swimming and Aquaventuras Park

8. 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: Private Speedboat Tour

9. Puerto Vallarta: Private Speedboat Tour

Take in incredible views, beaches, and scenery during a boat tour of Puerto Vallarta. Meet your captain on the Marina Vallarta and board the 26-foot speedboat. Put any snacks and drinks you have brought in the small cooler to enjoy during your tour. Admire the incredible scenery of luxury hotels, sandy beaches, and yachts as you leave the marina. Take extraordinary photos. Follow the coastline of Puerto Vallarta, visiting several beaches with excellent views, such as the Malecón and downtown Puerto Vallarta. Take in the Zona Romantica and Los Muertos Pier. Marvel at Los Arcos de Mismaloya National Marine Park and its stunning rock formations before heading back to the marina.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Watching Cruise with a Biologist

10. 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 Puerto Vallarta

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

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.

Such an amazing experience! Our guide was so knowledgable, helpful and friendly. We were lucky enough to see many whales, some with their young, and getting into the sea with the dolphins was just awesome. An unforgettable experience. Wow, just wow! Thanks so much - wonderful memories made.

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!

It was a great day tho I would have enjoyed going in earlier when many dolphins were around us and seemed delighted we were there. Overall, it was great fun!

Absolutely wonderful day and the staff on Board were phenomenal