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Snorkel Los Arcos departing Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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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.
  • Enjoy a leisurely snorkeling adventure at Los Arcos from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Breathtaking scenic views and surrounds
  • Indulge in a delicious breakfast on a catamaran with views of downtown Puerto Vallarta
  • Snorkel in a remote environment and gaze at colorful fish and steep rock walls
Professional crew
Coffee and sweet rolls at the pier
Fruit and yogurt
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Use of beach volleyball and kayaks
Lunch on the beach (Chicken fajitas, fish, roast beef, quesadillas or hamburger)
Open Domestic Bar
Hotel pickup and drop off
Drinks at the restaurant
Additional Services or Activities
Pier tax, $25 Mexican Pesos ($2USD)

Departure Point

Blvrd Francisco Medina Ascencio 814, Área Militar de Vallarta, 48314 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from the Puerto Vallarta Marina onboard your stylish catamaran. Feast upon a delicious breakfast of sweet rolls, fresh fruit and aromatic coffee as you cruise the curvaceous Puerto Vallarta coast. 

Stop approximately 330 feet (100 meters) offshore in the scenic and shimmering bay of Los Arcos (The Arches). Admire the gorgeous granite rock formations of the arches, marveling at how the ocean has skillfully sculpted the rugged rock. Don your snorkeling gear and submerge to explore an underwater wonderland of brightly colored fish and magnificent marine life. 

Next, sail to the luscious Las Animals Beach to sink your toes into soft sand and enjoy a leisurely swim. Dry off in the warm sunshine and savor a fulfilling local lunch; choose from spicy chicken fajitas, fresh fish, cheesy quesadillas and a selection of soft drinks. There's an option to visit Quimixto for horseback riding and additinoal beach time. Return to your catamaran and enjoy a smooth sail back to Puerta Vallarta Marina, where your tour concludes.  
Stop At:  
Los Arcos
Departing from the Puerto Vallarta Marina, your friendly crew will have breakfast ready for you, with views of downtown Puerto Vallarta. Snorkel approximately 330 feet (100 meters) offshore in the warm and scenic bay of Los Arcos, otherwise known as 'The Arches', where granite rock formations of arches and caves have been sculpted by the force of the ocean. All things natural are protected here so that you can have the amazing opportunity to snorkel in a rare environment and explore the brightly colored fish and steep rock walls that engulf this marine area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Playa Las Animas
Stop for lunch. Beach activities such as parasailing, jetski or banana ride available for an extra cost.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
(OPTIONAL) Choose between spending time on the beach or horseback riding to the waterfall. (Horse rent not included)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Note: It is recommended that you bring cash to pay for the pier tax ($25 Mexican Pesos)
  • It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit, cash, a towel, sandals and biodegradable sunscreen

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Snorkel Los Arcos departing Puerto Vallarta?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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This was terrible it was the worse...
Juan Q
, Apr 2017
This was terrible it was the worse experience we ever had. We didnt get to snorkel long maybe like 20 minutes. They told us we were eating lunch at 2 we didnt eat lunch til 3. Thank goodness I had some snacks to get us by. They also said contenional breakfast was included yeah right just fruit yogurt.
Some of these are problems with the...
lindsay n
, Jun 2016
Some of these are problems with the Viator booking service, not the operator. 1. The directions provided to me were terrible-- there are numerous tour operators in there and I was not given any clue about which operator to use. The voucher says that Olympus tours is the contact, but they are not the operators or even at the marina. There is no way to know where to go. 2. I asked a question when I was booking and the answer did not answer my question. It was an answer to a different question. 3. During the entire board ride there and back, there was a guy yelling into a microphone line a sports announcer the entire time. It was so grating that I would have left if I had any way to get off the boat.
On the whole a very good day. Crew...
Steven L
, Jun 2016
On the whole a very good day. Crew was especially nice and worked very hard. Raphael led the crew, and he was terrific. There was a little too much hurry up and wait in the morning boarding process for my taste, and the snorkeling, though beautiful, was very short 30 minutes only and had to be done as a whole group of the participants. Drinks on board the boat were plentiful, though predictably not very strong. The beach they took us to was very nice. Lunch that was included was served there. It was okay.
Worst experience of our whole...
Kirk E
, Mar 2016
Worst experience of our whole vacation. From start to finish it was confusing, crowded, stressful, awful and horrible. We paid for a water taxi 100 usd to take us back from the beach so we didn't have to step food back on the boat
Too crowed, the food quality was poor...
Maria Victoria M
, Mar 2016
Too crowed, the food quality was poor and no place to seat. I won't recommend it.
It really was pathetic to say the...
, Aug 2015
It really was pathetic to say the least - the boat operator Vallarta by Boat - just packed us like sardines on a big boat - left the dock almost 40 min late, and the worst part - snorkeling which was supposed to be the highlight was a byline - we got to spend about 15 min before we were herded back to the boat.
Awful awful awful! do not book...
Laurie S
, May 2015
Awful awful awful! do not book! gross muddy water and thousands of jelly fish. they also abandon us on a little beach when we requested to get off the boat due to the fact that we could not snorkel with children in jelly fish central. they did not help us find a taxi back or anything. left stranded! run from this tour!
We had such a great time. Water was...
Shonda A
, Mar 2011
We had such a great time. Water was unseasonably cold but only mother natures fault! Crew was amazing. The kids had fun! Adults had fun...drinks flowed freely. Can't beat the price vs. the Cruise ship deals! Thank you!
The crew was very friendly. This was a...
Kim H
, Aug 2007
The crew was very friendly. This was a fun and relaxing tour. The lunch was satisfying and the alcoholic drinks were free flowing on the catamaran. We snorkeled in 2 different spots - one of which was Los Arcos. When we got there we were the only boat there which made it a pleasant snorkeling experience. It wasn't overcrowded and there was a variety of fish to see. In addition, we went parasailing and jet skiing - additional charges applied for those activities. The only negative was that we were also expecting fishing which was advertised in the tour but was not actually part of the tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2007
This boat has this fishing gear on board but it is not a fishing trip. The fishing done here is merely a short trolling on route to the snorkeling site. The rods are at both ends of the boat and if any fish is caught, they offer anyone on board the chance of pulling it in. Once we near the snorkeling site, these lines have to be pulled out for no type of fishing is allowed at the site due to national parks rules. If luck has it and if it is a good eating fish, they will prepare a ceviche which is a Mexican version of sushi, cooked with lime, mixed with sliced tomatoes and onions and seasoned with salt and black pepper. People will then have a chance of tasting this Mexican snack.

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