During my stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico I went on Vallarta Adventures excursion to Majahuitas and Yelapa. This excursion takes the better part of a day and for me, that meant a 7:45 pick up at the resort to get to the marina on time.
Once we left dock, the crew put out a self-serve continental breakfast. There was a delicious banana bread, other pastries, fruit, coffee and orange juice.
About half way to Majahuitas we came across a momma humpback whale and her calf. This isn’t a whale watching tour, so it was an unexpected bonus. We stopped to watch for a bit then headed on to Majahuitas for some snorkelling and sea kayaking.
This was the first time I have ever snorkelled from a boat, I’ve only ever done it from the beach before. Jumping into deep water kind of freaked me out, but I could already see so many cool fish that I needed to muster my courage. The water wasn’t too cold and was pretty clear where we stopped to play. We had an hour here to snorkel and kayak… I stuck to snorkelling. I saw all kinds of fish and even a nasty eel-type thing – I’ve seen The Little Mermaid, those babies are evil! I even saw a very small stingray! Apparently they are harmless that size, but I’m a total chicken (it’s my first time, remember?) and decided to swim on over a little closer to the boat.
Between Majahuitas and Yelapa, lunch is served on board. There were make your own sandwiches and some salads and fruit available, as well as drinks (alcoholic and non).
On to Yelapa!
When we arrived at Yelapa, we had the option of getting off the boat and going for a hike to the waterfall and through the village (about 40 minutes – hilly, but not strenuous) ending up at the beach, or stay on the boat and go directly to the beach. I wanted the full meal deal, so I got off at the first stop. The village of Yelapa and its waterfall are gorgeous, and my pictures will describe it better than my words ever could…
You might think that the hour long boat ride back to Puerto Vallarta would be boring after such an incredible day, but you’d be wrong. This is when the excursion hits party mode. With hilarious performances by the crew and an open bar and even desserts – what a talented group of guides we had! They, along with their fearless leader ‘Poncho’ kept us safe, fed and well entertained the whole day long.
If you want to see the natural beauty of the Pacific coast of Mexico in a safe and fun environment, I think this excursion is a must.
For more information on Vallarta Adventures, their day trip to Yelapa or other excursions, you can visit: http://www.vallarta-adventures.com/