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Los Arcos National Marine Park Tours

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Los Arcos National Marine Park
At Los Arcos National 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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29 Tours and Activities to Experience Los Arcos National Marine Park

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Small Group Snorkeling in Los Arcos, Puerto Vallarta

Small Group Snorkeling in Los Arcos, Puerto Vallarta

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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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  • 4 hours
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Private Snorkeling Tour to Los Arcos

Private Snorkeling Tour to Los Arcos

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Explore the shallow reef at Los Arcos Marine Reserve on this personalized snorkeling excursion from Puerto Vallarta, a great choice for nature lovers and first-time visitors. Snorkel in and around the caves at Los Arcos with the possibility of seeing angel fish, puffer fish, parrot fish, damsels, and moray eels. Your captain can adapt the itinerary to fit the needs of your group, so kids can enjoy this excursion too.
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  • 3 hours
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$272.73
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Up to 7 People Private Boat Tour to Yelapa with snorkel at Los Arcos | 5 hours

Up to 7 People Private Boat Tour to Yelapa with snorkel at Los Arcos | 5 hours

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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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  • 5 hours
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$348.06
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Full-Day Experience in Banderas Bay

Full-Day Experience in Banderas Bay

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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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  • 8 hours
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Luxury Yacht & Snorkel in Puerto Vallarta

Luxury Yacht & Snorkel in Puerto Vallarta

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The Bay of Banderas and the coastline around Puerto Vallarta are home to some of the most spectacular waters in all of Mexico. On our Luxury Yacht and Snorkel experience, you get to enjoy these scenic seaside destinations in style. Hop aboard a luxury, French-made catamaran and set sail to some of the area’s most beautiful hotspots. Along the way, enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres served by our bilingual and friendly crew, and relax on the deck while we take you on a sightseeing tour unlike any other. We’ll stop at some of the region’s best snorkeling spots, so you and your group can get out and take a dip, snorkel, or paddleboard. Be on the lookout for marine life such as dolphins, turtles, and tropical fish—you never know what you might see! From December through March, keep an eye out for the awe-inspiring sights of humpback whales in the Bay.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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8 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour

8 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.00
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Walk in Quimixto and snorkeling in Los Arcos

Walk in Quimixto and snorkeling in Los Arcos

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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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Private Tour: El Eden ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

Private Tour: El Eden ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

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This fully customizable private half-day ATV tour takes you through Puerto Vallarta to El Eden for a jungle adventure. With just your family and friends, enjoy a variety of landscapes as you drive your all-terrain vehicle through downtown, along a highway and into the woods of El Eden. Choose from a variety of stops: to swim in rivers, visit a charming fishing village and see a filming location for the movie ‘The Predator.' Experience a different side of Puerto Vallarta with this tour ideal for riders with previous experience on ATVs.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.50
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Up to 7 People Private Boat Tour to Las Animas with snorkel at Los Arcos | 4 hs

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$269.10
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Arcos-Animas Eco-Tour / Snorkeling Kayaking & Paddleboarding Tour

Arcos-Animas Eco-Tour / Snorkeling Kayaking & Paddleboarding Tour

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CRUCEROS BEACH BOY IS BACK! We have developed comprehensive, enhanced cleanliness and sanitation plan that consists of added precautionary measures throughout all aspects of the guest and team member experience. We will continue to offer information about this subject. Our number one priority is your health while you enjoy your boat trip with us, we'll take all the necessary hygiene precautions to keep you safe and well informed. Spaces subject to availability. We are working under the protocols and security measures COVID-19. In the south of Puerto Vallarta, there's a place called "Las Ánimas", a typical fishing village that retains its 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 wide variety of marine species. You can enjoy the beach in "Las Animas" you will have enough time to do some kayaking and paddleboarding with us! The restaurant "Las Brisas" where you are going to stay, will attend your needs, they will call you when your food is ready! The crew will make sure you'll get the best experience of your lives.
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  • 7 hours
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Ocean Pacific Snorkeling

Ocean Pacific Snorkeling

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LOS ARCOS & ANIMAS If you are looking for adventures, landscapes, and three amazing places, and most economic tours with the best value for its price, then this tour is for you. South of Puerto Vallarta, we stop at the iconic Los Arcos de Mismaloya, a magnificent natural aquarium of the pacific coast, and protected area where visitors can practice Snorkeling to observe a huge variety of marine species of tropical fish. You´ll have many sights opportunities, that will become one of the main attractions. Keeping going south, are Las Ánimas a typical fishing village that retains their charm and can only be reached by boat. 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 to you about its history, weather, traditions, and the better places to visit.
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  • 8 hours
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$57.15
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The Best of Puerto Vallarta Walking Tour

The Best of Puerto Vallarta Walking Tour

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Discover the best of Puerto Vallarta! Gaze at the one of the most beautiful spots on the Pacific Mexican Coast. Enjoy the cultural and iconic attractions of interest. Puerto Vallarta is full of joy, peace and fun. It has so many great locations, each with its own fascinating tale. You will see the most important Puerto Vallarta’s sights: Caballito Monument, Malecon Puerto Vallarta, Arcos Monument and Mirador La Cruz del Cerro. Discover the local and authentic side of the famous beach town, located at the most privileged point on the Pacific Coast. * Discover the secrets of the trendy city of Puerto Vallarta. * Hike to Mirador La Cruz del Cerro. * Walk and relax with Puerto Vallarta’s seaside vibes.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Arcos - Animas - Quimixto. By Bahia Shipping Group (Shambala II)

Arcos - Animas - Quimixto. By Bahia Shipping Group (Shambala II)

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This tour is a great opportunity to visit semi-virgin beaches that can only be accessed via sea, with a pleasant trip admiring beautiful landscapes and enjoying the local flora and fauna with the best boat and crew which will do the impossible to May your trip be an unforgettable experience and a great party from beginning to end.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Learn to Dive - Puerto Vallarta Beginners Scuba Course

Learn to Dive - Puerto Vallarta Beginners Scuba Course

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Start your undersea adventures in Puerto Vallarta with a beginners scuba course. Learn the basics of diving in the waters of Las Caletas, home to intricate reefs, sunken caves and ample sea life, including magestic manta rays. Your trip includes instruction from a PADI certified divemaster, as well as lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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$179.00
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Jet Ski Safari in Puerto Vallarta

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Jet Ski Safari in Puerto Vallarta

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Jet Ski safari Single (1 pax) book Adult Jet Ski safari Double (2 pax) book Senior Jet ski or wave runner tour in Puerto Vallarta, this guided tour is scenic and you´ll be able to have the best views of the bay and town from the ocean,stop by the malecon and admire the old town and the history of Puerto Vallarta. Ride your own wave runner in Puerto Vallarta to combine the snorkel activity. Dolphins, turtles, mantas and more wild life is out there waiting for a full nature contact Departs from Marina Vallarta in 3 different schedules. Your tour guide will provide all the logistics, signals, formations and instructions to learn how to drive your own Jet Ski and use your snorkel gear. Down town, romantic zone, the sierra and the best reefs to swim after the first hour driving (if conditions allowed) and then you´ll drive back full speed to the marina riding through the waves and having fun. OPTIONS: Jet Ski safari Single (1 pax) book Adult Jet Ski safari Double (2 pax) book Senior
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  • 2 hours
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$130.50
$145.00
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14 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour

14 Passenger Vallarta Private City Tour

Once You do this tour You will feel like a local. See Vallarta´s intimacy and surrounding areas on a private and comfortable air conditioned van.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$380.00
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South Shore Private Sightseeing Cruise in Puerto Vallarta

South Shore Private Sightseeing Cruise in Puerto Vallarta

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$435.07
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Scuba Diving Puerto Vallarta Undersea

Scuba Diving Puerto Vallarta Undersea

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Get your own boat and crew, avoid crowds and promote social distance and enjoy private and personalized service. Our passion to our job is the difference, the visitors for us are not clients or custommers,once you are on te the boat become our family. We provide personalized attention and custom tours.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$550.00
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Scuba Diving Experience Los Arcos Puerto Vallarta

Scuba Diving Experience Los Arcos Puerto Vallarta

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Los Arcos marine park provide diving for begginers until more skill divers, We Split the groups in order on the level of experience you need.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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Tour Animas, Los Arcos & Quimixto

Tour Animas, Los Arcos & Quimixto

In this incredible trip, you will go to Los Arcos National Park where you will have the opportunity of do snorkel in this beautiful area with several tropical fishes. Las Animas beach is a small fishers town that is also called "The beach for kids" because of the calm water for the little ones who likes to swim. After this, you can enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant and use the facilities and services. Other actitivitie that you can do is going to Quimixto Town, you will be able to hike to the beautiful water fall where you can refresh yourself in the lake below.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Los arcos Animas,Quimixto

Los arcos Animas,Quimixto

In this incredible trip, you will go to Los Arcos National Park where you will have the opportunity of do snorkel in this beautiful area with several tropical fishes. Las Animas beach is a small fishers town that is also called "The beach for kids" because of the calm water for the little ones who likes to swim. After this, you can enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant and use the facilities and services. Other actitivitie that you can do is going to Quimixto Town, you will be able to hike to the beautiful water fall where you can refresh yourself in the lake below.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Tour Los Arcos, Las Animas & Quimixto

Tour Los Arcos, Las Animas & Quimixto

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In this incredible trip, you will go to Los Arcos National Park where you will have the opportunity of do snorkel in this beautiful area with several tropical fishes. Las Animas beach is a small fishers town that is also called "The beach for kids" because of the calm water for the little ones who likes to swim. After this, you can enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant and use the facilities and services. Other actitivitie that you can do is going to Quimixto Town, you will be able to hike to the beautiful water fall where you can refresh yourself in the lake below.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Trimaran Cielito Lindo In Puerto Vallarta

Trimaran Cielito Lindo In Puerto Vallarta

Sail to the beach, surrounded by palm trees and a beautiful bay, enjoying the view and the sun, and dive to see the underwater world up close, we will stop at some of the best places in the region, so you can take a swim, the first visit is the marine national park "Los Arcos" for snorkeling, in this place we will all put on the equipment and go into the water to enjoy a natural aquarium, we will find lots of marine life such as starfish, puffer fish, rays and hundreds of colorful fish. Then we will arrive to Colomitos and its crystal green waters where we will enjoy the beach and the stream that is kept in the jungle, all this with party and fun throughout the tour is a tour you will never forget.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.00
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$88.00
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Trimaran Tour In Vallarta With Open Bar

Trimaran Tour In Vallarta With Open Bar

Sail to the beach, surrounded by palm trees and a beautiful bay, enjoying the view and the sun, and dive to see the underwater world up close, we will stop at some of the best places in the region, so you can take a dip, the first visit is the marine national park "Los Arcos" for snorkeling, in this place we will all put on the equipment and go into the water to enjoy a natural aquarium, we will find lots of marine life such as starfish, puffer fish, rays and hundreds of colorful fish. Then we will arrive to Colomitos and its crystal green waters where we will enjoy the beach and the stream that is kept in the jungle, all this with party and fun throughout the tour is a tour you will never forget.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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$89.00
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