Sea Kayak Tours in Puerto Vallarta
By Griffin Page
Naturalist ~ Eco-guide
Sea kayaking, in itself, is a great way to
enjoy the ocean while admiring the panorama offered by the
landscape. It’s also a good way to reach certain areas
otherwise difficult to attain, such as small isolated beaches
or islands. Personally, I love the peacefulness the open sea
offers and I will often stop, just to listen at the water
brushing against the side of the kayak. The immensity and
quietness of all that open space puts everything back into
perspective. It shows us how infinitely small we are and how
awesome nature is. Closing your eyes, taking a deep breath
and letting yourself be rocked by the gentle motion of the
water is like going back to the cradle. Back to when our life’s
little problems hadn’t begun yet. It’s a good
place to let it all go and just be.
Kayaking in the south part of the bay can
sometimes be less challenging and hence enjoyed by a greater
majority of people because of the calmer waters found there.
Due to the usual ocean currents and prevailing winds, the
south part of the bay offers a little more shelter from the
waves usually found in the north side where surfing is often
A good starting point is the small fishing
village of Boca de Tomatlán, located more or less 30
minutes south of Puerto Vallarta where the Horcones River
flows into a little cove. From there, as you enter the bay,
it’s best to head west as the current usually goes east
and you’ll probably want a little help on the way back.
short trip (20 – 30 minutes of kayaking) will take you
to the beautiful cove of Colomitos where you can, more often
than not, stop at the beach and enjoy some snorkeling. A longer
trip will take you further along the coast where numerous
beaches of different sizes are found. Some where you can stop,
others not. Of course, stopping on a beach is always relative
to the effect of the tide and the waves encountered at the
moment of your trip. An experienced guide who knows the area
can be of assistance in helping you decide whether it’s
a good idea to stop on a particular beach or whether you should
continue enjoying the sea a certain distance from the shore.
Sea kayaks are great for the beginner or
the expert. Since you are sitting on top of the kayak rather
than in it, should you fall out, you can simply swim to your
kayak and get right back on with relative ease. You may even
just choose to jump out for a quick refreshing dip..
As you glide on the water, you will enjoy
an incredibly beautiful sub-tropical jungle that grows between
and above huge boulders that form most of the coast on this
side of the bay. Waves splash and create miniature rivers
flowing in the cracks of the moss ladden rocks of the shore.
Huge crabs with bluish bodies and orange-reddish legs crawl
on or even jump from rock to rock.. Flocks of brown pelicans,
preparing to nose dive the waters in search of fish, can be
seen flying in formation. An occasional hawk, carrying its
prey, may be observed flying back to the forest to enjoy its
meal. A spotted eagle ray may swim near the surface and pass
right by your kayak.
other words, every day on the ocean is different. Every trip
reveals unexpected treasures, new memories are created and
stored in the everlasting book of our life’s experiences.
And all it takes to add another page to this special book,
is for us to be out there, looking at and enjoying the marvels
Come kayak with us. Come and discover the
south side of the bay from a different angle, a different
perspective. Let the water rock you gently and forget everything
else. Take a break from your normal life and allow yourself
to just be, even if for just a moment.
Let’s not forget to protect ourselves.
It’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen, UV protection
sunglasses (with a neck strap to avoid losing them should
you drop them accidentally) and a hat. The water and breeze
tend to multiply the harsh effects of the suns rays.