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Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas)
Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas)

Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas)

Free admission
Malecon, Puerto Vallarta

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.

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Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
$119.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Just okay 👌🏽
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
TONI_T, May 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Puerto Vallarta

star-5
Sunset Cruise
Gary_B, Mar 2020
Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay
The crew was excellent. Attentive yet professional. Their craft was emasculate. They diffidently provided more than was expected with a sunset cruise.
star-5
Very nice experience. No cheese but...
send2cassie, Apr 2018
Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay
Very nice experience. No cheese but appetizer tray to share with just my spouse. Five items. Drinks good and replenished at request and even when not.
star-4
Crew were fantastic. Food was good...
Mike S, Mar 2015
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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. :
star-5
Enjoyed the day sailing. Our guide...
Aurea C, Oct 2014
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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.
star-4
It was a beautiful trip with a great...
Leann D, Jan 2018
Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay
It was a beautiful trip with a great tour guide. The only reason for 4 stars vs 5 was language barrier.
star-4
I had an absolute blast! Great food...
Alana M, Jul 2012
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
I had an absolute blast! Great food and drinks, great weather, awesome crew! Actually got to see dolphins and sea turtles!
star-5
Fun all around! Fantastic food...
Rhonda L, Apr 2014
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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.
star-5
Really fun experience with a great...
roesner.j, Aug 2018
Sunset Sailing on Banderas Bay
Really fun experience with a great selection of food to sample...and wine to cap it off!
star-5
I enjoyed this sailing trip! The...
Shannon G, Apr 2018
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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.
star-4
terrific day. good food, saw whales...
jodi w, Jan 2017
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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!
star-5
What a great experience. We had a...
Natasha H, Jul 2012
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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.
star-4
The service was good and the staff...
Michael S, Mar 2013
Day Sailing on Banderas Bay
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)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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