Trip Report: Puerto Vallarta (part 5) Marine Safari

 

Puerto Vallarta (part 1)  American Airlines & American Eagle MKE-DFW-PVR
Puerto Vallarta (part 2) The Centurion Lounge Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
Puerto Vallarta (part 3) Sheraton Bunganvillas Resort and Conference Center
Puerto Vallarta (part 4) St. Regis Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 5) Marine Safari
Puerto Vallarta (part 6) Street scenes of Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 7) The food scene
Puerto Vallarta (part 8) American Airlines economy PVR-DFW-ORD
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Marine Safari

For a bit of adventure we went on an ocean safari with Punta Mita Expeditions.  We booked this through the St. Regis for $125 per person however if your able to book through the website they may offer a lower fare. There are two ocean safari’s (one at 10am and one at 3pm) and we chose the earlier one which starts at 10am and went till 1pm.  There was another couple from the St. Regis with us and two other couples already on the boat when they picked us up.  The maximum is eight people per trip which is nice since you can get some individual attention if need be.  There was also a captain and two other employees on the boat. One employee went with a couple that was actually diving and another employee Joshua accompanied the six of us on the safari.

It was very fun as we got to snorkel and paddle board.  We snorkeled through a small cave like opening that you actually have to swim under water for a brief second in order to get to a small  “secret beach”.  Its best to go early as we beat two other boats that had 50 people each!!!! We also got to see the blue footed Booby bird which only resides here and the Galapagos Islands. Punta Mita Expeditions have GoPro cameras and as part of the service, provide you with free pictures of you throughout the trip. To obtain the pictures you simply need to like them on Facebook and save the pictures you want to your computer.

I will say compared to our Maui trip just the month before that the snorkeling is not as good.  When we snorkeled Molokini it was crystal clear and amazing! While here it was more murky and after about 25-30 feet it was harder to see in the water. A nice touch is that Joshua would dive down and find some sea life for our group and bring it to us to hold or touch! He grabbed a huge puffer fish and my wife got to touch it and we got a close up look of that and an ocean spider like creature!

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Our boat for the adventure

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Snorkeling

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Swimming under the cave to get to the “secret beach”

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The secret beach

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Lots of fish

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El captain
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My wife’s first time paddle boarding

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Notice Puerto Vallarta Adventures boat has many more people

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Good luck

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Blue footed booby

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Blue footed booby

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Lots of birds on the islands

We really enjoyed our ocean safari and the staff on the boat were super. We would both recommend this excursion as its a fun way to see some of the wild life and fish!

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