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Los Arcos National Marine Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islands Boat Tour and Snorkeling

1. Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islands Boat Tour and Snorkeling

Snorkel in the beautifully warm waters to discover the underwater marine life and corals of the protected Los Arcos National Marine Park on a guided boat cruise from Puerto Vallarta. Observe birds nesting in the caves of the sanctuary's five islands. Meet in the old center of Puerto Vallarta and take a public bus to Mismaloya, a beautiful town 25 minutes south of Vallarta. At the beach, board the boat to start your journey to Los Arcos. Discover five beautiful islands in a protected natural area and a sanctuary for birds. In the incredible caves, learn about the fauna of the natural reserve, including the great variety of birds who nest on the islands. Next, the captain will take you to a special and safe area where you can snorkel and learn about the great variety of marine fauna that call the coral home. Before returning to Vallarta, visit an iconic location that played a key role in the history of the city.

Mismaloya: Los Arcos Bioluminescent Waters Kayak & Cave Tour

2. Mismaloya: Los Arcos Bioluminescent Waters Kayak & Cave Tour

Your tour guide will welcome you 30-minutes before your scheduled departure at our shop in Mismaloya. Once you arrive, we will gear up for a brief paddle from Mismaloya Beach to the neighboring islands of Los Arcos National Marine Park. Either along the way or once in Los Arcos, we will experience the magic of the bioluminescence algae. And, from there, you will spend some time exploring the caves and grottos of the area while receiving historical and biological information from your guide. You will get an opportunity to experience the park before or after the business of the daytime crowds, and have a chance to swim or snorkel—if you choose. Our Bioluminescence experience lasts for about three hours and logs a total distance of about 2-3 nautical miles.

Puerto Vallarta: Canopy Tour with Zipline and Speedboat Ride

3. Puerto Vallarta: Canopy Tour with Zipline and Speedboat Ride

Let the thrill of your adventure tour begin, either by our Jungle vehicles or our Apex boats. If you are traveling on our Apex boats you will leave from the Puerto Vallarta marina or Paradise Village Marina on board our large speed boats known as an APEX boat. The boats are very comfortable and are built to glide on the water at speeds up to 40 mph - usually, you can’t even feel a ripple. As you jet across the bay you will be able to admire the beautiful views of Puerto Vallarta, the world-famous Los Arcos Islands, and Marine Preserve. You can also enjoy your adventure tour with our land-only transportation in our open-air jungle trucks or vans. Select one of our several pickup points in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. The canopy course you're about to tackle is Puerto Vallarta's original zipline circuit and has consistently been ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers as one of Puerto Vallarta’s Top Outdoor Activities. Los Veranos Canopy is now the largest zip line system in the world with 19 separate zip lines! Soar over thousands of feet of cable above the jungle and the Los Horcones River. From treetop to treetop, you will zip line the most incredible and highest lines. Dare to fly on our longest zip-line which is more than 1,800 feet long, above the mountains and the raging waters of the beautiful Horcones River below. You will walk between some of the platforms, giving you a chance to capture more vivid jungle landscapes from the ground up. Our highly trained zip-lining experts make safety a priority while still having fun. Our guides explain the layout of the canopy course and show you the top-of-the-line gear used, including our easy-to-use braking system. After the canopy, enjoy an optional lunch at our riverfront restaurant Los Veranos Café. Try our various accompanied with a fresh tropical drink (own expense). Celebrate sampling a variety of our tequila: Los Veranos Tequila and Los Arcos Tequila. You have this one opportunity to taste perfectly crafted tequilas some with unique flavors. Slide down our water slides and swim in the natural pools of the river, where kayaks and water toys are waiting for you (weather permitting). Relax on our golden sand-groomed river beach that captures the sun’s rays and offers a perfect toasty warm place to rest. Discover several exotic species such as marmoset monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, boas, iguanas, and macaws in our fantastic rescued animal sanctuary. An excellent shore excursion with something fun for people of all ages, the perfect way to spend the day with friends or family, sharing a memorable canopy adventure.

Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Snorkel & Beach Private Boat Tour

4. Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Snorkel & Beach Private Boat Tour

Meet your guide at the City Center Los Muertos Pier and let them whisk you away on your private boat tour to the famous natural landmark “Los Arcos”, where you will be given time to snorkel at this amazing site.   Then, enjoy lunch at Puerto Vallarta’s secluded beach on the south shore of “Las Animas Beach”. These unique and secluded locations, which can be accessed only by boat, are an absolute must-see while visiting Puerto Vallarta.   After an amazing snorkel adventure, you will be taken to Las Animas Beach, where there are many restaurants to choose from for your beach lunch. You will also visit secluded beaches along the way, where you can hop off and enjoy the hidden crystal-clear waters south of the bay before returning to the pier.   

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Watching Cruise with a Biologist

5. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Watching Cruise with a Biologist

Cruise from Puerto Vallarta in search of dolphins with a team of biologists and naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast and snack onboard and stay hydrated with soft drinks. Snorkel through the protected waters of the Los Arcos Marine Park. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office in Marina Vallarta. Start with an informative talk about the biology and ecology of these incredible creatures. Embark on your dolphin-watching adventure in Banderas Bay. Sail in a small craft that allows you to get close to the dolphins while ensuring their welfare. Feel confident knowing that the staff is respectful of marine life and will work to ensure that the welfare of marine life is a top priority during your trip. Have the chance to spot female dolphins with their newborns or observe groups swimming calmly, bow surfing, or frolicking playfully. Depending on the behavior of the dolphins, you may have the option to swim with them. Stop to snorkel through the colorful marine life in the Los Arcos Marine Park. Look for eels, rays, trumpetfish, and sea turtles in the turquoise waters before ending your tour at Marina Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islets Private Snorkeling Tour

6. Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islets Private Snorkeling Tour

Discover a snorkeling site and see beautiful saltwater species of fish, corals, and rays on this snorkeling tour from Puerto Vallarta. Explore Los Arcos and swim in the warm waters of Bahís de Banderas. Watch Puerto Vallarta from the sea and see its diversity of marine and coastal birds. Depart Puerto Vallarta and set out in Bahía de Banderas for this exciting tour. Relax on board the boat while traveling to snorkeling sites in the bay. Explore the bay and swim in its waters while snorkeling. Take in the scenery of the site and watch the various species of marine and coastal birds who rest and nest in the rocks and vegetation, such as brown pelicans, frigatebirds, seagulls, and herons, among others. Enjoy swimming with the bay's important diversity of marine life, since dozens of fish species live here, such as the Moorish idol, the king angelfish, the giant damselfish, balloon fish, and even manta rays. Observe corals, sponges, and many other marine invertebrates and, with a bit of luck, sea turtles can be seen resting among the bottom rocks.

"Unforgettable Dive Expedition: Exploring Los Arcos Mismaloy

7. "Unforgettable Dive Expedition: Exploring Los Arcos Mismaloy

Embark on an extraordinary diving adventure at Los Arcos, where an underwater paradise awaits. Located near Puerto Vallarta, this magnificent diving destination offers an abundance of natural wonders to explore. Prepare to be immersed in crystal-clear waters that reveal a vibrant world beneath the surface. As you descend into the depths, you'll discover a mesmerizing array of marine life. Swim alongside graceful sea turtles as they glide through the water, their movements serene and captivating. Marvel at the colorful tropical fish that dart between the intricate coral reefs, creating a lively and dynamic underwater ecosystem. Keep an eye out for the elusive seahorses and the playful dolphins that occasionally grace these waters with their presence. Los Arcos is known for its stunning rock formations that emerge dramatically from the depths. These geological wonders provide a breathtaking backdrop to your underwater exploration. Marvel at the towering arches and majestic caves, each with its own unique beauty and charm. Swim through narrow passages, revealing hidden nooks and crannies where marine life thrives. With each dive at Los Arcos, you'll be captivated by the beauty and diversity that surrounds you. The underwater world offers an endless array of discoveries, from vibrant coral gardens to fascinating underwater canyons. Whether you're an experienced diver or a beginner, the knowledgeable dive guides will ensure your safety and enhance your experience, sharing their insights and pointing out the most intriguing sights. After a day of diving, take a moment to reflect on the awe-inspiring encounters you've had. Share stories with fellow divers and bask in the sense of fulfillment that comes from exploring the underwater wonders of Los Arcos. This diving adventure is an experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Embark on a journey to Los Arcos, where a magical underwater world awaits. Dive into an ecosystem teeming with life, encounter majestic sea creatures, and witness the beauty of the rock formations. Prepare to be enchanted by the splendor of this diving paradise, where adventure and wonder await at every turn.

Mismaloya: Stand-Up Paddleboard & Snorkeling to Los Arcos

8. Mismaloya: Stand-Up Paddleboard & Snorkeling to Los Arcos

Our adventure begins at Playa Mismaloya, a beautiful town south of downtown Puerto Valllarta with a brief lesson on safety and use of our equipment. We will begin a journey of approximately 5 kilometers on a Sup board in which we will pass through the arches of the national park where you will be able to observe birds and marine fauna that live in this beautiful place. Later we will take 30 minutes to rest or swim in the area equipped for swimming and snorkeling. To finish our activity returning to the starting point.

CityFunTastic: Fall in love with Puerto Vallarta!

9. CityFunTastic: Fall in love with Puerto Vallarta!

Get ready for a day full of excitement while discovering Puerto Vallarta! You'll live a series of brief experiences that will give you a taste of what makes us such a unique tourist destination. All experiences include a part of induction, a part of experience, and a part of interaction. We select them so that as a whole they express the identity of our tourist destination, its traditions, and its present. Our itinerary may vary without prior notice due to weather or other conditions, but normally includes these areas: (1) Marina Vallarta: for passengers who begin the tour in Marina Vallarta, we will take a tour of this area of luxury hotels and homes, along with its exclusive lifestyle. (2) North Hotel Zone: In this section, we will pass through the El Salado estuary, we will cross some commercial and gastronomic areas and we will see the maritime terminal for cruises and sea tours. (3) Downtown & Boardwalk: The soul and essence of Puerto Vallarta is concentrated in the downtown streets, its boardwalk, squares, and the icons of the city. (4) Romantic Zone: The authentic flavor of the Mexican town is found in the romantic zone and its streets, with its typical adobe houses and red tile roofs, in combination with new tourist attractions such as the tile plaza or the Olas Altas pier. (5) South Hotel Zone: Tour along the beautiful coast between the majestic mountains and incredible views of Banderas Bay. (6) Jungle & Restaurant: A brief immersion in our unit through the lush tropical jungle, its endemic life, and the lifestyle of its inhabitants, ending in a comfortable restaurant next to the river. The tour includes hotel pick up (most hotels are listed but please check if your hotel is on our list); All entrances & tastings; Air-conditioned vehicle; Bottled water; Travelier (an expert on Puerto Vallarta news, activities, events, and lifestyle). The tour does not include the lunch at the restaurant (our last stop with a very well-earned rest). The tour is family-oriented, with a low difficulty level. We include short walks through pedestrian areas, access to bathrooms, a few stairs, access to hydration, and a climate-controlled vehicle, so please assess whether your physical condition will allow you to keep up with the rest of the group. Make your reservation soon: Our tour is a success and is in high demand. We suggest you make your reservation in advance to secure your space. In any case, when we have spaces available, we warmly welcome all last-minute passengers.

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What people are saying about Los Arcos National Marine Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We really enjoyed our snorkeling tour to Los Arcos National Park. The boat ride was quick and our guide was a wealth of information about the history of the surrounding area, he was great. I would recommend to anyone looking to snorkel on a fun half day adventure.

Snorkeling excursion was fabulous. Loved getting to ride city bus and hang on mismaloya beach for a bit. Saw lots of diverse and beautiful fish snorkeling. Andres was super easy going and created a relaxing environment. Perfect getaway.

Great tour. Fun zip lines with very helpful guides. Lunch (extra cost) was delicious . The kids (ages 12 & 13) had a great time. Enjoyed the animals and the water slides in the river. Nice variety.

Great fun. Friendly guide. Such a great experience! I highly recommend it.

André is incredible, knowledgeable, the tour is awesome for the value!