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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.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

2. 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: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

3. 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: Luxury Day Sailing Tour of Bay of Banderas

4. 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

5. 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: Snorkel & Beach Club Experience with Lunch

6. Puerto Vallarta: Snorkel & Beach Club Experience with Lunch

The experience begins from either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, depending on the option chosen. Embark on a sightseeing cruise along the shoreline heading towards the snorkel spot at Los Arcos de Mismaloya. As you sail, marvel at magnificent views of the coast then enjoy a refreshing dip in the water and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. During the cruise, treat yourself to a drink or two at the open bar which includes beer, spirits, wine, and cocktails. After about an hour, head towards the vibrant Quimixto Beach for a delicious buffet lunch at the local partner’s beach club. Dine on a selection of freshly prepared dishes including chicken fajitas, Cambray potatoes, caprese salad, and much more. Once you’re full up from lunch, spend some free time relaxing in a hammock and soak up the glorious Mexican sunshine. If you’d rather something a little more adventurous, make use of the onsite water park or have a go at kayaking and paddle boarding in the beach's crystal clear waters. At the end of an unforgettable day of fun, sit back and relax on the return journey to Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, admiring the last of the coastal views along the way.

Puerto Vallarta: Scuba Dive in Las Caletas

7. Puerto Vallarta: Scuba Dive in Las Caletas

Las Caletas Beach Hideaway is a private, protected beach located on the Southern shore of Banderas Bay. This shore dive will put you eye-to-eye with garden eels, jawfish, rays, large schools of colorful tropical fish, and a resident sea turtle. Explore one of the finest dive sites on the Pacific Coast of Mexico famed for abundant marine life, and it's vibrant natural reef. Join a dive if you’re an experienced diver, or even learn to scuba dive in Las Caletas with PADI certified instructors. This beachside underwater paradise is a truly wonderful place to breathe underwater for the very first time. Certified divers who’ve completed their PADI training, and have scuba diving experience will enjoy two dives with guides. Enjoy more time to observe the marine life, explore the shipwrecks, and check out the interesting drop-offs that are part of this site.

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: Half-Day Speedboat Tour with Snorkeling

9. Puerto Vallarta: Half-Day Speedboat Tour with Snorkeling

Departing from Nuevo or Puerto Vallarta aboard a high-speed speedboat we will head south of the bay until we reach Los ARcos de Mismaloya where we will stop for a couple of minutes to take pictures, then we will continue south where we will snorkel in 2 different points (these can vary depending on weather conditions, to ensure good snorkeling) where we can find a great diversity of marine fauna; lobsters, turtles, starfish, octopus and a wide variety of colorful fish.

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What people are saying about Nuevo Vallarta

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

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!

It was the most amazing experience EVER!! Our guide, Micho was wonderful! Request him! Even our transportation drivers were so awesome. Do yourself a a favor and BOOK THIS EXPERIENCE! You will not regret it!!

The crew make an already scenic adventure incredible.