Puerto Vallarta
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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.

From Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Yacht & Snorkeling Tour

3. 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.

From Vallarta: Marietas Islands Snorkel Cruise

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

5. 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: Los Arcos Snorkel & Beach Private Boat Tour

6. 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.   

Isla Majahuitas: Pirate Ship Tour with Kayaking and Lunch

7. Isla Majahuitas: Pirate Ship Tour with Kayaking and Lunch

Meet the group in Marina Puerto Vallarta and hop aboard the Galleon for breakfast “Under the Sea” in the pirate tavern. Cool off with a swim or snorkel stop or take a kayak or banana tour around Isla Majahuitas. Challenge yourself to a game of beach volleyball and even take part in a pirate-themed treasure hunt.  Enjoy the pirate show and marvel at the acrobatics, dancing, and special effects. When hunger strikes, choose from 8 different meal options and enjoy lunch onboard. Relax with your favorite drink prepared at the deluxe open bar, where national and international alcoholic beverages will be served. At the end of the day, the ship will dock in Marina Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideway Day Trip

8. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideway Day Trip

Enjoy both pure relaxation and thrilling exploration on this Las Caletas trip from Puerto Vallarta. The day is yours to hike through the tropical forest, spend time out at sea on a kayak, or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding just offshore. After hopping on board and taking off from the port, head to the hidden beach of Las Caletas. Upon arrival, choose to 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 including clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking classes. No matter what you’re looking to do, this Las Caletas has it all. A light breakfast, lunch, and open bar are also included in your trip.

Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Day Sailing Tour of Bay of Banderas

9. 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!

Puerto Vallarta: 3-Hour Snorkeling and Sailing in Los Arcos

10. Puerto Vallarta: 3-Hour Snorkeling and Sailing in Los Arcos

Discover everything that Puerto Vallarta has to offer on a sailing and snorkeling trip with a certified guide and instructor. Set sail from Marina Vallarta, a beautiful place to take extraordinary photos to post on social media. Enjoy perfect views of the beaches along the coast no matter what time you head out. Take in the sea breeze as you sail to Los Arcos de Mismaloya, one of the most impressive tourist spots in Puerto Vallarta. Marvel at this National Marine Park, consisting of a group of 5 giant rocks. Admire incredible views and spot diverse species like pelicans, gulls, and swallows, as well as a great variety of marine species under the surface of the water. After snorkeling, sail back to Marine Vallarta, passing again through the different beaches of Puerto Vallarta until reaching the port. Once at port, you can rinse off and change clothes at the store.

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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!

Do this trip. The crew was outstanding and very attentive. The food was good and the drinks were never ending. I would do this trip again.

Absolutely wonderful day and the staff on Board were phenomenal