Snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta is a popular activity that everyone can enjoy. You can snorkel off a beach or take a boat tour. There are many snorkeling tours to choose from that can take you to the best snorkeling areas or take a private charter to one of the National Parks. Whatever you decide, you are sure to enjoy snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta.
About Snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta
You can snorkel all year round because of the warm Pacific Ocean waters. Most people prefer to snorkel between June through December since the water temperature is 78-85 degrees Fahrenheit and the average underwater visibility is 30-100 ft. However, January through May is still nice for snorkeling with average water temperatures of 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit and underwater visibility of 15-45 ft.
What You Can See While Snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta
There is an abundance of marine life in Puerto Vallarta that will amaze even the veteran snorkeler. When you are snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta it is very possible that you will see dolphins, giant manta rays, sea turtles and various schools of tropical fish. Keep your eyes open for some brightly colored fish such as; puffer fish, cornet fish, angel fish and parrot fish. Starfish, moray eels, spotted eagle rays and seahorses might appear as well.
Whale season starts in November in Puerto Vallarta so you could see humpback whales jumping around the Banderas Bay waters while snorkeling. Sometimes you can hear the sounds they make underwater.
Where to Snorkel in Puerto Vallarta
Los Arcos, known as the most popular place to snorkel in Puerto Vallarta, is a protected marine park located near Mismaloya. You will find underwater tunnels and huge rocks which are great for snorkelers.
Another great place to snorkel is a group of small, volcanic islands known as the Marieta Islands. It is a protected wildlife sanctuary and marine preserve made famous by Jacques Cousteau. The waters around the Marieta Islands are as clear-as-can-be and the marine life is abundant. This island is home to a rare species of bird: The Blue-Footed Booby.
Majahuitas is a protected cove located on the beautiful Bay of Banderas, situated between Quimixto & Yelapa just 15 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. This is where the Sierra Madre Mountains spill into the ocean. This combination creates an ideal snorkeling location with a protected habitat for marine life and tropical fish.
Playa Los Colomitos is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most secluded beaches, where you can snorkel in a hidden bay. Located in the southern curve of the Banderas Bay, between the Horcones River (Boca) and Los Caballos beach (just before Las Animas) Colomitos offers crystal clear water and is an ideal place for snorkeling.