Scuba Diving and Snorkel Tours
in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is part of the beautiful
Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), on the Mexican Riviera.
It serves as host to the curious giant manta rays, the magnificent
humpback whale, loggerhead and green turtles (to name just
a few), and also our year-round guests, the bottlenose dolphin.
There is a fascinating variety of tropical fish - among
them the angelfish, sergeant major, damsel fish, parrot
fish, trigger fish and many more. The bay has multiple excellent
diving sites...you'll want to dive them all!
Most dive trips depart
at 9:00 am and return by 3:00 pm. Night dives also available.
Travel time varies by dive operator...Griffin will be glad
to help insure you get the dive trip that's right for you
based on your desires, experience, and hotel location. Quality
operators will supply refreshments and snacks during your
trip. Two-tank daytime dives typically start at about $75
(usd) per person. Non-divers and snorkelers in your group
are welcome to come along for a nominal charge.
VALLARTA MEXICO DIVE SITES
1: Los Arcos (The Arches) Underwater
National Park: Granite formations
rising from depths that vary from 25 feet to 60 feet, through
millions of years carved by the force of the ocean forming
arches and caves which is how they became to be named Los
Arcos. Out of the main arch the continental platform begins
on a wall 1800 feet deep, a magical dive beginning on the
edge (60 feet), divers will experience the "Abyss"
feeling. It is also home of several species of Rays, Mantas,
Eels, Morays and lots of other marine life.
Scuba diving at Los Arcos can be the equivalent
of dipping into a large aquarium... filled with friendly,
tropical fish. With multiple sites ranging from 30 to 60
feet, and deeper, divers will encounter interesting and
varied terrain. With it's rich marine life and interesting
underwater topography, Los Arcos offers something special
for the snorkelers and all levels of divers
2: Colomitos is a small,
picturesque cove, located just around the bend from Boca
de Tomatlan, and offers an up-close (seclude from the crowds)
dive experience with a sharply-sloped underwater hillside...
where we can observe a variety of aquatic creatures dwelling
amongst the embedded rocks and boulders that are precariously
perched along its walls.
A great dive experience day or night from 30 to 120 feet.
Majahuitas Beach Paradise: Located on the south
side of the Bay and only reachable by boat, the most beautiful
beach in Vallarta, Majahuita Beach offers beautiful clear
water for snorkel enthusiastic and great dive sites. After
enjoying water sports, people can sunbathe or play volleyball
and Frisbee without being bothered by beach vendors or crowds.
Spend a wonderful day in the sun having fun.
Majahuitas is a coved area, close to shore, with a gradual
slope and is populated by friendly schools of tropical fish
and is a favorite amongst snorkelers and divers alike due
to its shallow depths and abundance of aquatic life. Majahuitas
is a popular and easy dive with something for everyone.
Dive depths go down to approximately 120 feet.
4: Chimo: This dive site is located near
the southern end of the Bay of Banderas and is considered
to be one of the most fantastic dive sites in the entire
bay. The remote area is usually teeming with aquatic life
of every description - from giant mantas, dolphins, whales
and turtles... to the beautiful Moorish Idols, Sargeant-Majors,
and the delicate sea-horse.
The diving depth ranges from 15 to 120
feet and it's not uncommon to encounter currents... making
Chimo a choice for the more experienced divers
5: The Las Marietas Islands
are located near the northern end of the Bay of Banderas
and is a protected wildlife sanctuary. This trip takes you
to the magical islands, home of several endangered species
of birds like the Blue Footed, Boobies, which are only found
in the Galapagos islands and the Islands of the Sea of Cortez.
Great diving through caves and tunnels and visiting Lovers
Beach which is accessible by surface swim through an archway.
All of these formations are volcanic. The boat ride out
offers the opportunity of viewing dolphins, giant mantas,
turtles and Humpback Whales (seasonally).
With its variety of caves, reefs, and drop-offs this is
one of the most popular and visited areas, for scuba diving
and snorkeling, in the Mexican Pacific.Dive depths go down
to approximately 75 feet.