"Snorkeling around Puerto Vallarta" Water Sports Tip by toontown

Water Sports, Puerto Vallarta: 7 reviews and 6 photos

  Taking a break from snorkeling at Yelapa
by toontown

Instead of going with a tour, we took a bus south to Marina Vallarta from where we were staying in Nuevo Vallarta. At the marina we hunted around for a boat who would take us out for the day and rent us snorkeling equipment. Eventually we found someone who drove us to another harbour and got us on a very nice small boat with a couple of guides for several hours. The beauty of hiring your own boat is that you can go wherever you want. We headed south first, past Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Corrientes, and did some snorkeling in a secluded cove in the vicinity of Mismaloya Beach. It was surprisingly cold water but the fish sightings were good and the water very clear. Downsides: because the boat wasn't really set up for snorkeling there was no ladder or dive platform, so getting back on the boat meant being hauled unceremoniously up over the back. We went to Yelapa beach for lunch, where we had a couple of cold drinks relaxing at a beach cafe before heading to Los Arcos to snorkel some more.

Equipment: Bring your swimsuit, sunblock, hat, towels and camera (underwater if you can get one!) Bring your own fins and snorkel or it's easy to rent them. We haggled quite a bit over the cost for the day. It cost us about $120 US for the day, including beer and lunch. The operator actually offered us a great deal in exchange for a timeshare presentation but we opted to pay instead!

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Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 10, 2004
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