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  • Address: Malecon, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Admission: Free

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Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas) Tours

Located near Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas) is famous for its 42-mile (68-kilometer) stretch of picturesque coast. Jungle, sandy beaches, and rich aquatic life define this area, which is ideal for watersports and land adventures alike.  


The Basics

Most tours exploring Banderas Bay’s terrestrial and aquatic offerings leave from Puerto Vallarta. Explore the bay’s waters on a snorkeling excursion, some of which also include kayaking and a visit to Marietas Islands National Park. If you’re a certified diver, you can opt for a scuba diving tour to explore undersea tunnels, hidden caves, and reefs brimming with tropical fish. Sailing tours are another option for experiencing the picturesque bay. On land, you can pedal along the coastline on a biking tour, delve into local culture on a taco-tasting tour, or explore the jungle on a day trip to nearby Las Caletas. 


Things to Know Before You Go

  • Banderas Bay is a must-see for nature and beach lovers. 
  • Remember to bring sun protection and plenty of water for outdoor excursions.
  • Proof of PADI certification is required for certified dives.
  • Be careful not to touch or disturb aquatic or terrestrial wildlife.


When to Get There

April through June is the best time to visit Banderas Bay, when rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists. January through March is the best time for whale watching, although the area tends to be crowded during this time. 


How to Get There

Part of the Pacific Ocean, Banderas Bay borders Puerto Vallarta and stretches between Punta Mita in the north and Cape Corrientes in the south. Puerto Vallarta is the main jumping-off point for tours and activities in the area. The closest international airport is Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, located roughly three miles (five kilometers) from downtown Puerto Vallarta. 


Whale Watching in Banderas Bay

Among the most popular outdoor activities in Banderas Bay, whale watching tours provide an opportunity to see humpback whales, which travel to the bay in early December for mating and calving. Most of these excursions leave from Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta.

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Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour, Sayulita, null
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Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour

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Marietas Islands National Park located in front of Punta de Mita village is one of the best destination to practice snorkel and visit the natural environment ...  Read more

Location: Punta Mita, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Scuba Dive tour Marietas Islands, Sayulita, Snorkeling
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Scuba Dive tour Marietas Islands

Thanks to the beauty and depth of the Banderas Bay, Riviera Nayarit is one of the top scuba diving destinations in Mexico. Visibility and ideal water ...  Read more

Location: Punta Mita, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.00
Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Scuba Diving
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Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

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The Bay of Banderas and the Mexican Pacific offer a vast array of wildlife and are available for you to explore during this exciting day tour. You'll have the ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Las Caletas Day Tour from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Las Caletas Day Tour from Puerto Vallarta

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Explore Mexico's answer to the Garden of Eden on this Las Caletas day trip from Puerto Vallarta. This day trip to the exclusive and enchanting coastal haven ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.99
Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Day Trips
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Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay

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Puerto Vallarta is known for beautiful sunsets and there is nothing more tranquil and romantic than sailing across Banderas Bay as the crimson sun dips into ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, Sailing Trips
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Day Sailing on Banderas Bay

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This wonderful sailing tour is the perfect way to spend a day in Puerto Vallarta! Relax on board, sail into the wind, swim in crystal clear blue water and ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.00
Dedicated Dives for Certified Divers from Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Sailing Trips
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Dedicated Dives for Certified Divers from Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta is considered to be one of Mexico's top dive destinations. This scuba diving experience gives certified divers the chance to explore some of ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.00
Puerto Vallarta Sunset Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show, Puerto Vallarta, Scuba Diving
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Puerto Vallarta Sunset Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show

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By night, Las Caletas is transformed into a magical paradise and the perfect setting for this exclusive evening excursion. Rhythms of the Night is an amazing ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Signature Taco and Street Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Sunset Cruises
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Signature Taco and Street Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta

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Our Signature Taco Tour is perfect for people who want to dive deeper into Mexican Culture and eat a wide variety of the everyday food the locals eat. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Tacos After Dark: Evening Food Walking Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Food Tours
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Tacos After Dark: Evening Food Walking Tour in Puerto Vallarta

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The sheer amount of restaurants, street food and taco stands in Puerto Vallarta can be overwhelming. Let a guide choose for you on this nighttime food tour of ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.00

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