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Los Arcos
At Los Arcos Marine Park in Puerto Vallarta there are islands to visit, reefs to dive, tunnels to swim through, and caves to explore, providing plenty of the arches that give Los Arcos (the Arches) its name. This protected area is famous for its abundant wildlife, both above and below the ocean’s surface, and is a popular snorkeling spot.

The Basics
Los Arcos is reachable only by boat, and most visitors arrive as part of a Puerto Vallarta day cruise that includes relaxing at sea and snorkeling in the caves of Los Arcos. The marine life is stupendously varied, from clown and puffer fish to rays and sea turtles. Sightseeing cruises typically also visit other must-see Puerto Vallarta attractions, such as the malecon (waterfront promenade), Romantic Zone, and Mismaloya Beach. There are also small-group snorkeling tours and popular South Shore private sightseeing cruises. Puerto Vallarta city highlights tours let you view Los Arcos from the shore and include hotel pickup and drop-off. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Los Arcos is a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers, and first-time visitors to Puerto Vallarta.
  • Bring sunblock and a hat or sunglasses, as there’s little shade out on the bay. Also wear comfortable clothing, and tote a bathing suit, towel, and change of clothes.
  • Snorkeling gear is provided on most Puerto Vallarta boat tours; bring your own if visiting independently.

How to Get There
Los Arcos lies off the coast of Mismaloya, in the south of Banderas Bay. The easiest way to reach Los Arcos is on a snorkeling or sightseeing tour. Cruise boats head out to Los Arcos from the Puerto Vallarta malecon and Marine Terminal. 

When to Get There
Los Arcos Marine Park is lovely year-round. Arrive early if you want to beat the crowds, especially during Puerto Vallarta’s high season (winter). Spring and fall strike a nice balance between pleasant weather and manageable crowds. Wet weather is likely from July through September. 

Mismaloya Beach
A small sandy beach on a picturesque jungle-fringed cove, Mismaloya sits just south of Puerto Vallarta along the coast of Banderas Bay. In 1964, John Huston’s movie The Night of the Iguana put this now-famous beach town on the map. A popular day trip from Puerto Vallarta, it offers several seafood restaurants, thatched-roof palapas, and one large resort.  
Address: Malecon, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Puerto Vallarta Zip line deal! Introductory price, best zipline in town

If you are not sure which meeting point is the best option for you, select any option and write on "special requirements" the name or address of your hotel or house, we will assist you by changing the meeting point for you, submit a valid phone number to get in touch.This is a unique experience of adrenaline with 10 amazing zip lines and the beautiful views that you can observe while gliding with the zip lines across a beautiful river and the dense Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The price is also unique! Take advantage of it.DURATION: 1.5 hours of ziplining (40 minutes transportation time each way) Or you may decide to stay longer at no cost to enjoy the facility.SHUTTLE: We offer free transportation from several pick-up locations strategically located for you to pick the closest one to your place of lodging. (Only for guests with a booking voucher, we do not accept cash or credit cards at the pick up locations, all bookings must be made in advance)
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Up to 7 People Private Boat Tour to Las Animas with snorkel at Los Arcos | 4 hs

Our beautiful Bay of Banderas has an uncountable number of things to do, and renting a boat and go out sailing is definitely one of the best options! On this tour you will be able go to Los Arcos to practice snorkeling, a must activity when visiting PVR, right after that you will be heading one of the prettiest beaches of the area, Yelapa, where you can rest on the white sand and disconnect from everyday stress for at least a moment by being in direct contact with nature. It is also great place to have lunch and taste the delicious Mexican food (optional and not included).
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Up to 7 People Private Boat Tour to Yelapa with snorkel at Los Arcos | 5 hours

Our beautiful Bay of Banderas has an uncountable number of things to do, and renting a boat and go out sailing is definitely one of the best options! On this tour you will be able go to Los Arcos to practice snorkeling, a must activity when visiting PVR, right after that you will be heading one of the most paradisiacal and exclusive beaches of the area, Yelapa, where you may have lunch or to hike though the town to a beautiful waterfall (both of these two activities are optional, you can just relax at the beach if that is what you are looking for).
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Cultural Tours

Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta on a full-day tour that explores downtown, Los Arcos, and Mismaloya Beach. With an expert guide to lead the way, you’ll stroll the Malecón, see gorgeous coastal scenery, and visit a tequila distillery for a tour and tasting. This Puerto Vallarta tour is a great choice for first-time visitors, and it includes pickup and drop-off at local hotels.
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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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Private Sightseeing Tours

South Shore Private Sightseeing Cruise in Puerto Vallarta

Take some time to relax and see the beauty of Puerto Vallarta’s south shore from a private yacht. Cruise by Los Arcos, the rocky arches that are a Puerto Vallarta landmark, weigh anchor and splash over the side to snorkel (equipment is included,) or simply enjoy your time aboard the yacht with a cold drink and your friends and family.
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Day Trips

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all day experience

a fun local company that seeks to show the real face of the banderas bay with local people and that seeks to give you an experience not just a boat ride if you want to know puerto vallarta you need to come with us
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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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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 included 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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Day Trips

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BEACHBOYS CRUISE TO LOS ARCOS AND ANIMAS BEACH

If you are looking for adventures, landscapes and three amazing places, then this tour is for you.South of Puerto Vallarta are Las Ánimas and Quimixto, two typical fishing villages that retain their charm and can only be reached by boat. Just before arriving, there are the iconic Los Arcos de Mismaloya, a protected area where visitors can practice snorkeling to observe a huge variety of marine species.Our boat departures in the morning to visit these enigmatic places located in the south of the bay. Since the sea, you’ll have the privilege to observe incredible views of Puerto Vallarta and our experienced guides will explain you about its history, weather, traditions and the better places to visit.
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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La Bonita Fishing Boat Charter

Half Day Fishing Trip – To North or South In Banderas Bay.During a fishing expedition, local expertise on board makes the difference. Our friendly and bilingual crew is passionate about showing you the best fishing locations in the Bay of Banderas. With over 40 years of combined fishing experience and award-winning championships, our captain is the perfect guide whether first-time fishing, sport fishing or deep sea fishing.
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  • 4 hours 40 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Private Tour: El Eden ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

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Snorkeling

Snorkel Los Arcos departing Puerto Vallarta

Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Los Arcos on a full-day snorkeling expedition from Puerta Vallarta. Discover the scenic surroundings of the ocean as you cruise on a stylish catamaran, enjoying a fresh and fruity onboard breakfast. Marvel at rugged rock formations and natural sculptures as you glide over the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy local specialties on a beautiful beach as you experience one of the areas most popular tourist activities.
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Snorkeling

Small Group Snorkeling in Los Arcos, Puerto Vallarta

Snorkel through Los Arcos and have an up-close experience with the diverse marine life in the waters off Puerto Vallarta. Your marine expert guide will teach you all about the sea life in the area. You may see angelfish, eels, manta rays, sea urchins and many more! The tour includes a visit to the beach at Mismaloya and the chance to ride behind the boat on a giant inflatable.
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Dining Experiences

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Pirate Ship | Morning Tour | Book with 30%, balance due at check-in!

Experience Mexico’s Pacific Coast on this pirate ship cruise to Majahuitas. After boarding a 700 ton galleon in Puerto Vallarta, savor a delicious complimentary breakfast en route to Playa Majahuitas, a gorgeous white sand beach on the Jalisco coast. Enjoy activities like snorkeling, kayaking, banana boating, and beach volleyball, as well as a pirate performance with acrobatics, music, and dancing.
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Day Trips

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Walk in Quimixto and snorkeling in Los Arcos

Quimixto is one of the most emblematic beaches to visit during your stay in puerto vallarta, our guides will take you to know this place and its beautiful waterfall where you can swim and eat something in your restaurant, including snorkeling in Los Arcos
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  • 5 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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La Bonita Tour In Los Arcos

This short adventure trip will make your day special. The friendly, the local, bilingual crew is passionate about showing you the best Snorkeling and Swimming locations in the Bay of Banderas. Navigate by Los Arcos National Park and admire the amazing wildlife, as you begin your snorkeling adventure. Enjoy it in two different schedules A.M or P.M! It's perfect to explore and find a relaxing area to make a difference beyond the conventional city life.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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La Bonita Tour In Los Arcos

This short adventure trip will make your day special. The friendly, the local, bilingual crew is passionate about showing you the best Snorkeling and Swimming locations in the Bay of Banderas. Navigate by Los Arcos National Park and admire the amazing wildlife, as you begin your snorkeling adventure. Enjoy it in two different schedules A.M or P.M! It's perfect to explore and find a relaxing area to make a difference beyond the conventional city life.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trips

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Cielito lindo, Snorkeling, Beach time tour

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  • 5 hours 45 minutes
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  • 5 hours 45 minutes

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Sierra Madre Jeep Adventure Tour

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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

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Yelapa Private tour

Yelapa is a tiny village located at the most southern point of bay of Banderas and doesn´t have any cars as the road stops a couple of km before the village. It is only reachable by boat and with its calm bay of transparent water you´ll find an oasis of peace and tranquility. We include time for yourself to relax with a refreshing margarita or eat a delicious local ceviche at the beach!
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  • 7 hours
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