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Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

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.
  • Sailing adventure on Banderas Bay
  • Swim and snorkel with all equipment provided
  • Chance of seeing humpback whales, wild dolphins, manta rays and sea turtles
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages included
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Lunch
Snacks
All Beverages
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
A port fee of MXP$ 28 must be paid in cash before boarding your boat.

Departure Point

Las Palmas 39, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nay., Mexico

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from Marina Vallarta and begin your aquatic odyssey on the iridescent waters of Banderas Bay. Listen to an informative safety briefing before you board your stylish sailboat and discover the spectacular selection of activities available throughout the day.

Sail around the blissful Banderas Bay, admiring rugged rock formations and feeling the gentle ocean breeze on your skin. Stop at a beautiful beach and plunge into the transparent waters to see the magnificent marine life with your experienced guide. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the protected waters of a secluded cove before lying on the soft white sands of the beach.

Lie back on a cushioned onboard mattress as you sip an ice-cold beverage and awaken your senses to the serene sounds of the sea. Observe the water for dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays and turtles as you cruise gently across the ocean. Feast upon a delicious lunch during your return journey to Marina Vallarta, enjoying the scrupulous service of the courteous crewmembers.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Vallarta Adventures Office in Nuevo Vallarta is one of the meeting locations available for this experience. When departing from this office, you'll be cruising by Nuevo Vallarta Beach.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vallarta Adventures
Vallarta Adventures Office in Marina Vallarta is one of the meeting locations available for this experience. When departing from this office, you'll be cruising by the Marina towards Bahía de Banderas Bay.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bay of Banderas
The cruise will navigate along the Bay of Banderas towards the south of Puerto Vallarta. The route will be entirely determined according to the sea conditions of the day.
Pass By:  
Muelle de Playa Los Muertos
We may pass by Los Muertos pier according to the sea conditions and route of the day.
Pass By:  
Los Arcos de Mismaloya
We may pass by Los Arcos according to the sea conditions and route of the day.
Pass By:  
Malecon Boardwalk
Malecon Boardwalk is located in the south of Puerto Vallarta and while cruising through the Bay, you'll enjoy a beautiful view of this iconic location from the sea. We may pass by according to the sea conditions and route of the day.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bring a bathing suit, a light sweater, sunscreen and a towel with you
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Important: passengers arriving on a cruise ship cannot book this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • You must contact Vallarta Adventures immediately after booking to confirm the pick up location on your booking.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vallarta Adventures

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Sailing on Banderas Bay?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Day Sailing on Banderas Bay.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Sailing on Banderas Bay?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Sailing on Banderas Bay.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Sailing on Banderas Bay?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Day Sailing on Banderas Bay.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Sailing on Banderas Bay?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Sailing on Banderas Bay.

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Just okay 👌🏽
TONI_T
, May 2021
Amazing day in the water. They used the motor to go out and sail in. Wish it were all sail. I also did not enjoy the number of people on the boat. It was too crowded for everyone to enjoy front of boat. Staff were attentive. Overall 7/10
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I enjoyed this sailing trip! The...
Shannon G
, Apr 2018
I enjoyed this sailing trip! The staff on board were informative but didn't overly explain things. We were lucky enough to see dolphins and whales playing and jumping out of the ocean. The food was surprisingly really good. The drinks were great too. I was skeptical about the quality about the included bar selection but was very satisfied. I did not snorkel at our stop but others did and most said it was just OK that the water wasn't very clear and was cold so I didn't take that chance but I did paddle board and it was fun.
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There were good, bad and ugly. The...
Carol R
, Mar 2017
There were good, bad and ugly. The good is that the vessel's captain and crew were great, very helpful, cheerful and upbeat. Also good were the refreshments, as much of the limited assortment of drinks you wanted, and lots of quacamole and chips early, then a nice lunch, bento-style, of shrimp, maki rolls, pasta salad, ham chunks stuffed in rolls, jicama, cucumber, melon and berries. More moderately good was the swim stop, not really in a sheltered bay and windy so the only possibilities were to swim tethered to the boat or to use the four swim motors supplied. The sand beach was an impossible swim away so no one went there. Those who did jump in and used the appliances seemed happy to have done so. Also good, the sail back to the marina across the bay was nice, sailing with the wind and waves under jib alone. Some reviewers mentioned the difference in marinas for embark/debark. I think Vallarta Adventures heard this and provided transport to those who were closer to the embark marina back to that marina. The bad began with delays in embarkation we were to told to arrive at Vallarta Adventures by 9 am, but we did not actually leave the marina until 10, with a 30 minute wait at their office, which was nice and had a great large aquarium set up where four dolphins played and we could photograph. More bad we were expecting a 40-45 foot monohull with a small group, but instead were given a 40 foot catamaran with around 20 people aboard, what I would call a party boat experience, and not what was pictured in the Viator advertising. The ugly after the late embarkation, we motored, did not sail, across the bay for most of the way to the swim/lunch area. There were others aboard who also complained of the switch from small group monohull to party catamaran at the outset, and were told we could go to the office and ask for a refund and not take the trip. Since we were all aboard and had planned this day this way, we just took it and went on the trip.Luxurious swimming/snorkeling was impossible as we were not anchored in a protected bay, but in open water, at least 150 meters from the beach and windblown at around 15 knots. The only swimming possible was in the lee of the boat. As for wildlife, some said there was a pod of dolphins nearby, but we did not see them, nor did we see any whales, rays or other wildlife except for the omnipresent seabirds, which one among us took great joy in feeding. So, unless some changes are made in the way this trip is represented, I would not recommend this trip to any sailor or any other person wanting a semi-private sailing experience on Banderas Bay. For others, though, who are not indisposed to taking a party cruise in sun and wind and water, you might like this a lot. And, it is a lot of trip for the money I will say.
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star-4
terrific day. good food, saw whales...
jodi w
, Jan 2017
terrific day. good food, saw whales and lots of wildlife, and we were lucky to have beautifl weather. however, the boat was fairly crowded, and we departed from one port marina vallarta and came into a different one nuevo vallarta, a 20 minute drive away. while vallarta adventures did then drive those of us who boarded in marina back to nuevo, people on the other sailing that day were sailed all the way back to marina....we weren't iven a choice of boats, AND we weren't told this was going to happen until over 5 hours into the sail and i only knew becaus ei was sitting chatting with our captain, who was fabulous, and asked him why we were not going towards the port we had come from!
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Crew were fantastic. Food was good...
Mike S
, Mar 2015
Crew were fantastic. Food was good, drinks flowed. Unfortunately the didn't cooperate for snorkeling but saw whales and dolphins. Unfortunately fellow passengers much heavier than pictured. :
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Enjoyed the day sailing. Our guide...
Aurea C
, Oct 2014
Enjoyed the day sailing. Our guide was very knowledgeable, courteous and attended to our every need. Saw lots of beautiful fish when we went snorkeling. Very relaxing day.
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Fun all around! Fantastic food...
Rhonda L
, Apr 2014
Fun all around! Fantastic food, drinks, and sights. Sailing was so relaxing and beautiful. The staff was very attentive and took care of all our wants and needs.
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The service was good and the staff...
Michael S
, Mar 2013
The service was good and the staff on and off the boat were great. Our crew was Johnny, Julio, and Carlos and they took very good care of us. I think they should encourage travelers to bring motion-sickness medicine with them. After 4 hours of rocking, most of the people were longing for dry land. Still, the tour provided great up-close visits with whales, great swimming at Los Arcos, and (as advertised) sailing only on wind power. I would definitely recommend this tour (Vallarta Adventures)
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What a great experience. We had a...
Natasha H
, Jul 2012
What a great experience. We had a wonderful crew both by the name of Carlos. They were quick, attentive, nice and showed our group a great time. We ended up needing two boats to accommodate our group and their crew was equally as great. We saw dolphins right away, and had a great day of sailing. The food was beautifully presented (while I am weary of seafood - they served shrimp and some sushi rolls). The chips and guac were great and the rest of lunch was nice. There are no complaints - the entire process was seamless - the check in desk was friendly and quick. OVERALL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! worth the money.
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I had an absolute blast! Great food...
Alana M
, Jul 2012
I had an absolute blast! Great food and drinks, great weather, awesome crew! Actually got to see dolphins and sea turtles!
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