The Best Snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta // Life in Puerto Vallarta Vlog

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This blog post accompanies our Youtube video by the same title. These vlogs document our daily life here in Puerto Vallarta. For more information on great things to do in town, check out this post!

Today, we went snorkeling at Los Arcos, enjoyed the beach at Mismaloya, took a (glorious) nap, and explored the Malecon. Below we have detailed all of the information to easily explore and snorkel the Los Arcos rocks near Mismaloya! As always, if you have any questions or need any additional information, shoot us an email at


⇒How to Get There

Catch the orange bus that is just outside the Oxxo on the corner of Baslio Badillo and Constitucion. Ride the bus to Mismaloya, about a 20-30 minute ride depending on how many stops the bus makes along the way. Note: simply tell the bus driver as you are getting ON the bus that you would like to get off at Mismaloya. The stop is hard to miss as it is one of the more popular/busiest stops, but a heads up to the driver will ensure he/she will let you know when you are there.

⇒Finding a Snorkel Charter

As you exit the bus, walk down a winding road directly to the left of the big hotel, Barceló. Along that road, you will come across a dive shop on the left, Mismaloya Adventures. We have snorkeled with this company a few times and have been really happy. Note: you are able to customize your snorkeling/boating experience how you like. This is the bonus of booking a private trip vs. a shore excursion with other people. We requested one hour of boat time-30 minutes of snorkeling and 30 minutes of riding the boat around the rocks and along the shoreline.20170715_104234

⇒The Cost

The cost is negotiable. We paid $1,000 pesos (about $58 USD) for four people on the boat, only two snorkelers, and one hour of boat time total. We tipped $200 pesos at the end of our trip. The boat captain did a great job and made sure we all had a great time. The price may differ depending on demand, time of year, etc.

⇒The Beach at Mismaloya

After snorkeling and exploring the coastline, we highly recommend spending some time at the beach at Mismaloya. With no waves, the water is pristine and calm. There is only one hotel on the shoreline, so it is typically not as crowded as other beaches in town. There are a few restaurants for when you get hungry (or need a margarita). Note: There is a river flowing into the ocean which offers ice cold, fresh water. This is great for rinsing off salt water before heading home!20170715_105028

⇒Getting Back to Town

This part is a breeze. Simply walk back up the winding road you walked down to get to the beach, and cross the street. Directly across the street is a covered bus stop. Catch the orange bus that says “Centro, Mismaloya, Boca” back to the Oxxo where you started your snorkeling journey. Enjoy your day!

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