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Puerto Vallarta by Sea

August 16, 2017

One of Puerto Vallarta’s biggest draws is its warm, crystal sea waters. If you’re hoping to “sea-ze” the opportunity to do more than dip your toe in, here are a few aquatic activities to enjoy while in Puerto Vallarta.

Fishing -- If fishing is something you want to sink your teeth into, you’ll be happy to know Puerto Vallarta is world-renown for its marlin, sailfish, tuna and dorado. Visitors travel thousands of miles from countries all over the world just to get a taste of the deep sea fishing. Be sure to ask our staff for tour operator recommendations.

Snorkeling -- Puerto Vallarta offers some superb snorkeling. While mingling with marinelife is available year-round, summer tends to be the primary snorkeling season because it provides the clearest waters. The reefs in the Banderas Bay are teeming with species like puffer fish, damsels, parrotfish, lobsters and octopi. Snorkelers may also get a glimpse of soaring eagle rays and sea turtles, and maybe even dolphins and whales. Operators like Puerto Vallarta Tours and Vallarta Snorkeling offer excursions to Los Arcos and Las Marietas, as well as to other destinations around the bay.

Sunset Sail -- If a less active water activity is more your speed, opt for a serene sunset sail. Puerto Vallarta is famous for its dramatic sunsets, and watching from the water is one of the most peaceful and romantic ways to see the spectacle. Marvel as the fiery hues meet the azure Pacific waters while gliding along the shoreline near the Malecon. Be sure to have your camera on hand while looking back at Old Town, which glistens in the dusk light brilliantly.

Whale Watching -- Winter visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to witness whales making their annual migration.  A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, from mid-December to the end of March, Banderas Bay boasts memorable whale watching excursions that can include humpbacks and Bryde’s whales, and various kinds of dolphins, including orcas. Because of its geographic location, weather and oceanographic features, Banderas Bay is an important breeding ground by many species, particularly whales.