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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 Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

2. 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.

Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Snorkel & Beach Private Boat Tour

3. 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.   

From Puerto Vallarta: Marieta Islands Snorkeling Trip

4. 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 Vallarta: Sun Buggy Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

5. 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.

From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

6. From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

Get picked up at your hotel in Puerto Vallarta, and set off on the 1-hour drive to San Pancho, your first stop. When you arrive, have the opportunity to admire the Huichol crafts by the streets, see the beautiful beaches, and walk around the little beach town at your own pace. Next, head a few minutes along the coast to Sayulita,  a little picturesque surfer town loved by travelers and locals. Here, enjoy your favorite drink at the beach while you look at the surfers and soak up the sun. Use a buggy board to unlock your adventurous side and take on the waves. Also, have some free time to walk around the place and shop for handicraft souvenirs made by local artisans.  Before heading back to Puerto Vallarta, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. At checkout, you will have the option to include lunch in your ticket price.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

7. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the natural landscapes around the Mexican countryside on this guided tour on horseback. Ride along beaches and through jungles, and discover charming towns like Higuera Blanca. Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaws, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting, and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

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: Los Arcos Islets Private Snorkeling Tour

9. 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.

From Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Yacht & Snorkeling Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Puerto Vallarta

My wife and I took the horseback riding tour, and it was one of the best parts of our honeymoon trip. We were picked up in Sayulita, and taken to the Villa Paraíso ranch in Higuera Blanca. Our guide Micho took the tour to the next level. He told us all about the flora and fauna in the area and happily answered all of our questions. All of the staff were very friendly and accommodating. We were able to take pictures at the ranch but not during the ride for safety, which is understandable once you get on the horses. The photographer was great, and we were able to purchase a USB with the pictures for $800 pesos/about $40 usd. Pesos are easier, but they will take usd/cards with a fee. The food was great as well. You have to try the limonada! The ranch is truly a piece of paradise, and we really enjoyed are time there. Highly recommend Villa Paraíso!!

Our instructor, Cynthia, and our boat driver, Rafael were amazing to work with! They were extremely knowledgeable about the fishies, wild life, and towns around us! They made us feel extremely safe the entire time. They even took pictures of us on our phones, free of charge! Most other adventure companies would charge for that. I really appreciated the knowledge and the professionalism of both of them. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking to explore Yelapa and snorkel to see colorful fish! We even saw a huge sea turtle! 10/10!

Very professional drivers and tour guides. This tour was one that kind of let you do your own this g so we really enjoyed that. We arrived back at our hotel The Grand Mayan in good time. Would use again on another stay.

Our guide was excellent. Eric was very knowledgeable and entertaining!!!

The crew make an already scenic adventure incredible.