Marine life is rich and plentiful in the clear Mexican Pacific of Banderas Bay. Sharing these waters with grey and humpback whales in the winter and with wild dolphins all year are schools of exotic tropical fish, flying fish, giant manta rays, and sea turtles.
Las Marietas Islands is just a short boat ride away from Villa Amor. These islands have been preserved as a bird sanctuary by the Mexican government, so you can’t walk around on the islands themselves, but you may enjoy the many wonderful snorkeling and windsurfing spots around the islands and you can enter the beach through the caves.
A series of islets just south of Puerto Vallarta, Los Arcos has become a favorite spot for snorkelers and divers. This protected marine park offers reefs, tunnels, caves and the eponymous underwater arches that lie on the edge of an underwater canyon. A wide variety of sea life, such as spotted eagle rays, green moray eels, octopus, lobster, angelfish, puffer fish, needlefish, clownfish, and more can be found in abundance. For divers there is a vertical wall that starts around 80 feet and goes down 1,800 feet. The water here has been very warm around 84 degrees and the clarity has been close to a hundred feet.
Our guides will cater to your specifications and take you to the ideal location for your level of expertise to see caves, fish, or feathered friends indigenous to Mexico such as blue footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and some of the planet’s last remaining green macaws. Don’t forget your binoculars!
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