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Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas)

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.

Address: Malecon, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Admission: Free
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Day Trips

Puerto Vallarta Sunset Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show

Immerse yourself in the magical mysticism of Las Caletas by night with an enchanting evening excursion from Puerta Vallarta. Watch the sun sink into the shimmering sea as you sail to a secluded beach surrounded by rugged rock formations. Dine upon a gourmet 3-course meal by candlelight before watching the renowned Rhythms of the Night show, a stunning spectacle that promises to transport viewers to a spiritual land that time forgot.
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Marietas Islands: Snorkel Cruise from Puerto Vallarta

Explore the magnificent marine life of the Mexican Pacific and the Bay of Banderas on an exciting full-day tour from Puerta Vallarta. Snorkel to observe an incredible underwater wonderland; kayak in the warm waters of the Marietas Islands; and watch for exotic birds flying in their natural habitat. Look out for dolphins, whales, giant manta rays, and sea turtles as an experienced guide directs your attention to the wonders of nature on this eco-adventure.
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Las Caletas Day Tour from Puerto Vallarta

Discover the secluded and sublime Las Caletas nature reserve on an enchanting full-day tour from Puerto Vallarta. Venture to Mexico’s answer to the Garden of Eden during your excursion to the coastal haven of Banderas Bay; stroll through the atmospheric jungle on the hunt for diverse wildlife; experience an authentic cooking class; or let the stress slip away on the golden sands of the beach. Enjoy a light breakfast, fulfilling and flavorsome buffet lunch in addition to an open bar on this family friendly adventure.
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Day Cruises

Whale Watching Cruise in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta doesn’t just have great beaches. It’s also a renowned birthing hub for humpback whales. Get a close-up peek of the larger-than-life marine mammals on this exclusive whaling cruise, which includes entertaining onboard commentary from your guide. You’ll also enjoy free onboard alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus a tasty buffet lunch spread.
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Dining Experiences

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Pirate Ship | Night Tour | Satisfaction Guaranteed | Best Tour in Town

The Puerto Vallarta Pirate Ship Night Tour is definitely a must when visiting Puerto Vallarta, If you want to enjoy a dinner at the sea to taste a delicious lobster tail combined with filet mignon, if you want to sail with Live Music and delights the best and unique night show, you will definitely have to board our amazing 700 ton Galleon and set sail through Puerto Vallarta´s Bay of Banderas.
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Day Cruises

Hatteras 58' Luxury Yacht in Puerto & Nuevo Vallarta

Explore beautiful Banderas Bay on a classic motor yacht. After boarding your 58 foot (17 meter) Hatteras at Opequimar Marine Center or Paradise Village Public Pier, explore the natural beauty of Jalisco and Nayarit. Enjoy secluded beaches, unlimited complimentary drinks from an open bar, a delicious buffet lunch, and access to snorkeling gear, a kayak, and a paddle board.
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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Shared Fishing Trip in Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta

Go sport fishing in Puerto Vallarta with a small group of up to eight fishermen on this shared fishing trip. Drop your line in the deep waters offshore with the possibility for catches like sailfish, dorado, skip jack tuna, and wahoo. All bait and tackle is included and the boat has a whale watching permit in case you catch sight of humpback whales and want to get a closer look.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private Fishing Trip Dora 28' Boat

Hop aboard a 28-foot (8.5-meter) fishing boat to explore the waters of the Pacific on a private fishing charter for up to four passengers. After setting off from Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, you'll have the chance to catch fish with the help of a guide and crew. Tour is flexible; select the length of time you want to be on the boat when booking.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Day Cruises

Full Day Snorkeling and Beach Club Tour With Buffet Lunch and Open Bar

This snorkeling tour is about way more than just swimming with fish. In addition to taking you to top snorkeling locations near Puerto Vallarta such as Los Arcos, this cruise includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch with fresh seafood, and an open bar, meaning that your time on board is every bit as fun as your time under the water.
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Snorkeling

Marietas Islands Snorkel Tour

Set out on a snorkeling adventure tour in stunning Marietas Islands National Park. Depart Sayulita for the crystalline waters surrounding Marietas Islands in Banderas Bay, and jump into a sea filled with manta rays, sea horses and scores of tropical fish. You may even catch sight of the elusive blue-footed booby—a marine bird known for its colorful webbed feet.
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Day Cruises

Half Day Sightseeing and Snorkeling Tour With Buffet Lunch and Open Bar

Experience the waters and sights of Banderas Bay overlooking Puerta Vallarta during this sightseeing cruise that includes multiple watersport activities, buffet lunch, and unlimited drinks. Take in the coastline from the boat as it glides over the waves to Arches National Park where giant rock formations jut out from the sea. Here, snorkel, swim, paddleboard and kayak, and then refuel with fresh dishes like ceviche. 
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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Private Fishing Trip 42' - 46' Luxury Boats

Set off on a 42-foot to 46-foot (12.8- to 14-meter) fishing boat to explore the waters of the Pacific on a private fishing charter. After departing either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, you'll have the chance to catch fish in Banderas Bay with the help of a guide and crew. Select the length of time you want to be on the boat when booking.
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  • 4 to 14 hours
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Sailing Trips

Day Sailing on Banderas Bay

Explore the curvaceous coastline and iridescent waters of Banderas Bay on a half-day sailing tour from Puerto Vallarta. Sail upon the shimmering sea; swim in crystal clear blue water; and discover the incredible natural wonders of Banderas Bay. Snorkel in a secluded cove and enjoy complimentary beverages and delicious lunch as you cruise on your luxurious vessel. Combine the unadulterated pleasure of sailing with pampering on this delightful excursion.
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Food Tours

#1 Tacos After Dark Food Walking Tour in Puerto Vallarta

On this 3.5-hour evening walking tour of Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, have your your fill of tacos and other delicious street food. Accompanied by a professional foodie guide, you’ll get a taste of fish tacos along with ‘al pastor’ (marinated grilled pork) and ‘de cabeza’ (beef cheek). Savor traditional specialities like quesadillas and meet a local master of ‘churros’ (Mexican fritters). Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience during this leisurely tour. 
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City Tours

5-Hour Puerto Vallarta City Tour

See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta: the rich history, beautiful architecture, and stunning scenery that has made it a tourist hotspot for many years. Visit the seaside Malecon and celebrated Lady of Guadalupe Church. You will stop at several lookout points for spectacular views of the Bay of Banderas and Los Arcos before lunch and the return trip to your hotel.
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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Private Fishing Trip 38' - 42' boats

Head out on a private fishing charter to explore the waters of the Pacific on a 38-foot to 42-foot (11.5- to 12.8-meter) boat. After setting off from either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta, you'll have the chance to catch fish with the help of a guide and crew. Choose the length of time you want to be on the boat when booking.
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  • 4 to 14 hours
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Scuba Diving

Scuba Dive tour Marietas Islands

Go diving in one of Mexico's most popular scuba diving and snorkeling destinations: Banderas Bay along the Riviera Nayarit. Depart Sayulita for the fishing village of Punta de Mita, where you'll board a boat toward the waters of Marietas Islands National Park. Once here, delve into the sea for an underwater experience like no other. Swim among puffer fish and volcanic rock reef, keep an eye out for dolphins and take in the beauty of the trio of protected islands where birds such as the endangered blue-footed boobie reside.
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Scuba Diving

Dedicated Dives for Certified Divers from Puerto Vallarta

Perfect your diving skills in Puerto Vallarta. Delve into the region's renowned waters to explore undersea tunnels, hidden caves and reefs brimming with tropical fish. Experienced certified divers have several dedicated dives to choose from, including the technical El Morro and a night dive at Los Arcos National Marine Park.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Bike Tour from Puerto Vallarta to El Tuito

Leave the beaches of Puerto Vallarta behind on an advanced-level mountain bike tour to El Tuito. This challenging 53-mile (86-kilometer) ride takes you from the coast to the mountains and back again, and includes lots of climbing. Enjoy incredible views as you climb into the mountains from Puente Horcones to the town of El Columpio. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Vallarta is included.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Bike Tour from Puerto Vallarta to Las Palmas

Hop on a bike and see the Mexican countryside from two wheels. Set out from Puerto Vallarta for the 70 km ride to Las Palmas. Pass through several picturesque towns along the way and enjoy a yummy lunch. If you have your own gear (pedal/shoe system, helmet, snacks for your specific nutritional needs) please bring it. If not, your gear will be provided.
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  • 4 hours
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