• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Puerto Vallarta Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: 7 days ago

Puerto Vallarta is a beach resort city in the state of Jalisco. It is a popular tourist destination with a more authentic Mexican feel than Cancun. It is well known for its abundant beaches, marine life, watersports and nightlife.


Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed are when booking for a single adult and are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.

Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta on a full-day tour that explores downtown, Los Arcos, and Mismaloya Beach. With an expert guide to lead the way, you’ll stroll the Malecón, see gorgeous coastal scenery, and visit a tequila distillery for a tour and tasting. This Puerto Vallarta tour is a great choice for first-time visitors, and it includes pickup and drop-off at local hotels.'


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10am

Price

  • $29 per person without lunch

  • $45.90 per person with lunch

Alternative

Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour - $20 per person


Private Tour in El Malecon Boardwalk Bike Ride

Cycle along Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon boardwalk on this private 2.5-hour bike tour. With just your family and friends, soak up gorgeous views of Banderas Bay and check out landmarks along the way, including the Cathedral, lighthouse and the pier. Visit local-favorite eateries for lunch and ice cream (own expense) and learn about the city’s history and architecture from an informative guide.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am and 4pm

Price

$38 per person


VIP Nightclub Tour in Puerto Vallarta

Party like a professional in the cosmopolitan clubs of Puerto Vallarta on a VIP nightclub tour. Slink past the velvet ropes of three of the city’s most exclusive bars and clubs and immerse yourself in the vibrant and vivacious atmosphere with a lively local guide. Dance to prominent Mexican DJs; sip cocktails at reserved private tables; and unwind with an evening of completely unlimited drinks.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10pm

Price

$89.99 per person

Vacation Photo Shoot Tour

An Instagram-worthy photo shoot is the best way to commemorate your travel to Puerto Vallarta. We'll enjoy a relaxed walk in some of the most iconic places, as well as some hidden quaint streets. Up to 5 nearby locations for a variety of beautiful backgrounds. Your vacation photos will have a candid story-telling touch.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Monday – Friday at 5pm

Price

$140 per person


Cruise and Candlelight Dinner Show

Immerse yourself in the magical mysticism of Las Caletas by night with an enchanting evening excursion from Puerta Vallarta. Watch the sun sink into the shimmering sea as you sail to a secluded beach surrounded by rugged rock formations. Dine upon a gourmet 3-course meal by candlelight before watching the renowned Rhythms of the Night show, a stunning spectacle that promises to transport viewers to a spiritual land that time forgot.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30pm

Price

$139 per person without open bar

$149 per person with open bar

$179 per person with open bar and VIP Seating


Day Sailing on Banderas Bay

Explore the curvaceous coastline and iridescent waters of Banderas Bay on a half-day sailing tour from Puerto Vallarta. Sail upon the shimmering sea; swim in crystal clear blue water; and discover the incredible natural wonders of Banderas Bay. Snorkel in a secluded cove and enjoy included beverages and delicious lunch as you cruise on your luxurious vessel. Combine the unadulterated pleasure of sailing with pampering on this delightful excursion.


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:30am

Price

$119 per person plus a $1.50 dock fee paid on arrival

Alternation

There is a version of this tour on a luxury yacht that offers more value for $129*** per person plus $1.50 dock fee paid on arrival

Pirate Sailing Cruise

Ahoy Matey! Are you looking for a shore excursion that's fun for the entire family? Next time you're in port in Puerto Vallarta, book a pirate sailing cruise along Banderas Bay. Set out for the remote shores of Majahuitas Beach aboard a replica of Columbus's Santa Maria with a cast of costumed pirates accompanying you. Once at the beach, there's time for kayaking, snorkeling, and beach volleyball (or simply relaxing); then it's back on the ship for lunch and plenty more pirate antics as you return to your port of call.


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Monday – Saturday at 9am

Price

$130 per person


Los Arcos, Animas and Quimixto Snorkel All Inclusive

Take this amazing tour where you will know the wonderful World of Los Arcos (for snorkeling), Las Animas (A beautiful rustic town on the beach) and Quimixto (a beautiful waterfall). From marine species such as dolphins that sometimes follow us when we go to the destination, as well as exotic birds that live in the arches The wonderful aquatic world that lives on the banks of the Arches will surprise you. It is a tour you will never forget. Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.


Duration

8 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8:30am

Price

$42 per person plus $1.50 dock fee paid on arrival


Marietas Islands Snorkel & Hidden Beach

Only 116 people a day are permitted to get into the hidden beach, so come experience this treasure while you can. On your way to the beach, the Ameca river provides great views and is the perfect spot to find some dolphins having breakfast. The ocean provides great wildlife life dolphins, turtles, mantarays and whales. When you arrive on the island, you'll get to snorkel and swim on the beach.


Duration

4 - 6 hours

Availability

Wednesday - Sunday at 9am

Price

$98.71 per person plus a dock fee and hidden beach entrance fee of $28 paid on arrival

Dolphin World

Come have a vacation of a lifetime at Dolphin World! Choose between:

  • Sea Lion Discovery: Learn all about sea lions and watch them show off amazing tricks.

  • Dolphin Encounter: Perfect for those who can’t swim, you will have an amazing interactive encounter with dolphins.

  • Dolphin Swim: Interact, swim and have a ride with one dolphin.

  • Royal Dolphin Swim: Interact, swim and have a ride with two dolphins.

Other than interacting with dolphins there are several other activities to choose from with complementary admission to Aquaventuras Park. Swim tickets include lunch and a soft drink, Zip lining, Wall Climb Challenge, and Sea Lion Show.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Tuesday – Sunday at 11am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

Price

  • Sea Lion Discovery: $59 per person

  • Dolphin Encounter: $99 per person

  • Dolphin Swim: $129 per person

  • Royal Dolphin Swim: $159 per person

Alternative

Dolphins in the Wild - $80 per person


Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkeling Tour from Puerto Vallarta

Spend hours at your leisure in the forests, bays, and beaches outside Puerto Vallarta. This relaxing day trip takes you to the nearby villages of Yelapa and Majahuitas. A light breakfast and buffet lunch are served on the boat where you’ll have access to sandy shoreline and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 8am

Price

$79 per person


Los Arcos One Tank Dive For Beginners

Are you ready for your next diving adventure? The expert team of PADI Five Star Dive Center is excited to bring you to one of the best scuba spots in Puerto Vallarta on your next getaway! Nestled in a cluster of granite islands rising out of the waters of the southern part of Banderas Bay, Los Arcos is a truly thrilling place to explore. There are the Devil’s Canyon and El Bajo, plus a fascinating multitude of beautiful fish, lobsters, octopuses, rays and eels.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8am

Price

$88 per person. If you've never scuba dived before, you'll need to take Discover Scuba class first for an additional $39 paid on arrival.

Alternative

All Inclusive Whale Watching

This specialized excursion is designed to capture the magical moment when you have an encounter with the beautiful dolphins and the majestic humpback whales in Banderas Bay. The essence of this Tour is to observe marine life and enjoy beautiful moments when you can calmly contemplate whales and dolphins while playing, jumping and enjoying their natural habitat. Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages provided.


Duration

4.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8:30am and 12:30pm

Price

$54.35 per person plus a dock fee of $1.50 paid at check-in


Parasailing

Get an unparalleled bird’s eye view of Puerto Vallarta. Come experience Vallarta from the Air! The best view in the city, guaranteed! For your convenience, your taxi to the parasailing location will be covered!