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Whale watching and snorkling

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Whale watching and snorkling

Can anyone suggest the best arrangements or tours one could take in the Nuevo Vallarta area that one could take for either whale watching or snorkling? Is there a place near to Nuevo Vallarta for snorkling?Is the water clearer than the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta?

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1. Re: Whale watching and snorkling

We have never done a whale w/tour but I can tell you to leave the snorkel gear at home. We never take ours when we go to PV

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The Marietas Islands located off of Punta de Mita offers good snorkeling. The islands are located about 12 miles off the northernmost point of the bay and a favorite area for whale watching and fishing. Most boats offer snorkeling as an option but if you are going on some of the half day whale watching tours their focus will be on whale-watching only. There are other options including private "pangas". Typically these boats are between 24 and 30 feet twin engined open boats or you can take a high speed Zodiac and you can even charter your own boat on an two hour minimum. These boats are equipped for snorkeling and fishing as well. For visitors wanting to spend about six hours on a bigger catamaran or sailboat there are several good boats going there daily on day trips leaving from Nuevo Vallarta..The islands are home to a wide variety of wildlife including the rare"Blue Footed Booby". There is no commercial activity on the islands and its great place to visit for snorkeling and scuba diving too.

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3. Re: Whale watching and snorkling

Here is a link to whale watching tours: www.jdtoursvallarta.com/whalewatching.htm . Unfortunately, most tours go out of the Marina in Puerto Vallarta. There is a couple tours that leave out of the Paradise Village Marina in Nuevo Vallarta, but they aren't whale watching tours...just snorkelling tours.

Have a great trip!

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If you are looking for whale watching tours departing from Nuevo Vallarta there are currently five half day whale watches departing Nuevo Vallarta on a half day basis. You can choose either morning or afternoon trips. There are several snorkeling half day trips as well that visit the Marietas Islands departing Nuevo Vallarta as well. The odds on seeing whales near the Marietas are very good.

Vallarta Adventures Marietas Island trips leave daily from their Nuevo Vallarta docks but the tour is not half a day,its more like six and one half hours and combines both snorkeling and whale watching.. Pegaso yachts also makes day trips to the Marietas with departures from Paradise Village. In the case of Vallarta Adventures and Pegaso breakfast,drinks and lunch plus,snorkeling are included. In the case of Vallarta Adventures Nuevo Vallarta is a departure point for several of their most popular trips,including Rythmns of the Night,LasCaletas Day Tour,Yelapa and Majahuitas. All boats are permitted for whale watching. Additionally private charters leave from Paradise Village.

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Regarding half day snorkeling trips from Nuevo Vallarta to the Marietas Islands, how much of the half day is spent just getting there?

Bucerias, Mexico
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The trip on our 14 passenger avon with twin 200 h.p. Yamahas takes one half hour in fair weather. Typically the mornings offer the calmest water. Boat speed is adjusted to water conditions for the comfort and safety of the passengers. There are some private little beaches and caves accessible only by smaller boats which is a big advantage. The islands protect you from the waves once you have arrived.

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7. Re: Whale watching and snorkling

thanks..just to make sure, you mean one and a half hours right? How much snorkel time is there?

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8. Re: Whale watching and snorkling

Hey is this "the" Scott in Bucerius?

Bucerias, Mexico
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The snorkeling trip takes a total of 3 and a half hour hours minimum. You head directly from Nuevo to the Marietas. You will have access to a great protected beach and have time to check out the beach an natural little cave structures as well as snorkel. You have plenty of time to snorkel-an hour and a half or more since there is nothing else on the itinerary. Most of the big cruise boats have a hundred passengers or more if they are headed south of Vallarta. Many visitors who take the south bound trips with snorkeling at Los Arcos and subsequent stops at Las Animas beaches are day trips on a tight schedule and only allow 30 to 35 minutes snorkeling time. Thats a dissappointment for avid snorkelers who are looking for more time. In the case of snorkel only trips they are more like scuba diver only trips with one focus and few distractions with few people aboard.. Boat speed,departure location and weather conditons factor in actual transport time.The fastest way to get to the Marietas is to depart Punta de Mita directly to the islands. Up to six persons can rent a boat and captain on a flat hourly rate. Not all boats are the same, Its best to reserve in advance to make sure the boat is equipped for snorkeling.The fastest boats leaving Nuevo for the Marietas are high powered inflatable rafts.

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10. Re: Whale watching and snorkling

Which place is closer for browsing bucerias or puerto vallarta