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snorkeling in Bucerias?

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snorkeling in Bucerias?

Would it be worthwhile to bring a snorkel and mask to Bucerias? Just wondering if there would be much to see in the way of reefs, sea life?

Would you be able to see much close to shore, or are their glass bottom boat type tours?

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1. Re: snorkeling in Bucerias?

There isn't much to see close to the shore. There is snorkelling at Los Arcos and the Marietas Islands. There aren't any glass bottom boats that I'm aware of here. You can check out snorkelling tours at this website: jdtoursvallarta.com/snorkelingboatcharters.h…

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Theres really not much to see along the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta including Bucerias. There is very little rock structure along the ten miles of beach. Bringing your own mask and snorkel is something many people prefer to do. If you do bring your own gear make sure its marked in some manner so the boat crews dont pick it up accidentally or put it in your own bag. There are full and half day tours available.Snorkeling from the shore could have some hazards as well with passing jets skis or boats coming to shore.. Its best to go on a guided trip. For a small group of six to eight persons you can go on a private trip to the Marietas quite inexpensively as well. The average snorkeling time on the biggest catamarans usually alot a half hour to snorkeling at Los Arcos. If you want to go on trips that offer more time there are several boats,public and charter that spend more time snorkeling..Los Arcos and Marietas Islands are good recommendations. There are a few other spots without the crowds like Majahuitas and Los Colomitos on the southside of the bay that have a lot less traffic as well and good snorkeling too.If you are walking down the beach from Royal de Cameron just before town you may see black tire inner-tubes floating off shore about 100 metres-thats the local- free divers below harvesting octopus, lobster and fish. Not to be confused with snorkelers these guys can stay down a few minutes going to more than 30 feet to some reef structure. Bucerias is named for diving based on the verb buceo for diving. The popular tour snorkel spots offer a view of colourful fish just under the surface-depending on the tide-often times boat passengers can see them from above as well.

Edited: 17 November 2012, 11:14
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3. Re: snorkeling in Bucerias?

I bring regular lap swimming goggles in a hard case , even when we bring the full gear as a backup or as a primary option in areas of fair to poor snorkelling and visibility . Bucerias can be great for excercise swimming with an occasional sighting or maybe some exceptionally clear visibility one morning . I love seeing any underwater life , fleeting or otherwise . Give it a try . There may be some inexpensive shore based trips out of Rincon De Guayabitos to a small island close to shore that may suit . Try that forum for more . cheers

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The first reports of whale sightings came yesterday from captains and tourists who spotted three whales. The sightings were from the area surrounding the Marietas Islands. That is no guarantee that you should expect to see whales in numbers and that normally would be mid December through March. Authorized whale watching will begin at that time on designated and permitted boats. The Marietas Islands are the most likely spot to see whale activity. Its also a beautiful place to snorkel,dive and enjoy the wildlife.

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5. Re: snorkeling in Bucerias?

There is a lot of wave action and so as such the water is extremely murky and you'd be unable to see much of anything. I did the Marietas tour one year and although it was a nice day out on the boat and the lunch was nice, the snorkeling was very poor. Was worth the cost at the time as they were sure to take us whale watching on the way out and back. They also went to a lovely private beach for an hour or so during the day before heading back. It was not an expensive tour so I thought it was good value for the money.

In addition I've also done the Las Caletas day trip and the snorkeling was a bit better and the whales again were worth the price of the tour. The lunch was also exceptional and it was a nice location to sit and enjoy the beach area. This was also a really nice day out with some snorkeling thrown in.

I understand Yelapas is also a nice spot to snorkel and is calmer in a secluded area - this is quite a distance from where you are staying - you being far north, and this being far south. You could probably hire a water taxi from Los Muertos beach to take you there (located by the Malecon). Good luck!

Edited: 18 November 2012, 16:19
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