Cruise across the gorgeous waters of Banderas Bay for a fun-filled day in a remote coastal retreat, the spectacular cove of Las Caletas. You can experience a variety of water sports, like scuba diving (if you are certified), snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. If you are in the mood for simply relaxing, we also offer spa treatments at our hilltop resort, learning to cook paella, strolling along the beach or forest paths, or simply sunbathing on the shores of one of the most picturesque coves you'll ever see.
Your tour will begin as you board one of our luxurious motorized catamarans on a cruise across Banderas Bay. Be sure to be on the lookout for local wildlife as you travel to Las Caletas. Pods of Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins are often spotted off the bow. During the winter months, Humpback Whales may be seen breaching the surface of the Bay in a spectacular fashion. As you approach the rocky coastline, be sure to look for Sea Lions as they warm themselves in the tropical sunshine along the shore.
Upon arriving at Las Caletas, you may select from a wide array of activities. Be sure to take advantage of the amazing underwater coral reefs beneath the crystal-clear waters of the cove. You can strap on the snorkeling equipment or scuba gear to explore the amazing habitat teeming with sea life. Or, you may choose to explore the cove on top of the placid water in a sea kayak.
Las Caletas also has plenty of land-based attractions, including a natural amphitheater that you will discover on a guided nature hike into the lush jungle. You'll be amazed by the beauty of the orchid gardens and delighted with the parrots in the aviary. You can even learn to cook a local specialty, paella, in a rustic-style kitchen. After working your muscles hiking or snorkeling, be sure to take advantage of the facilities at our hilltop Spa Center.
Las Caletas has quite an interesting history. This legendary location was once the holiday estate of John Huston, the celebrated film director. Huston shot his movie, The Night of the Iguana, on location in Puerto Vallarta. Huston loved the area so much that he built a vacation home on the most beautiful remote place he could find, beside the beach of Las Caletas. The worldwide exposure of Puerto Vallarta by Huston's film drew developers and vacationers alike. Puerto Vallarta's Puerto Vallarta as a vacation destination resulted in an explosion in popularity in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta continue to draw new visitors every year.
Q: Where is Las Caletas?
Las Caletas is a private cove approximately 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta in the Bay of Banderas. You can only get there by sea as there are no roads in the last 3rd of the bay from Boca de Tomatlan to Yelapa.
Q: How do I get to Las Caletas?
The only way in and out is by boat, and because it is a private cove, the only boats allowed in are those owned by Vallarta Adventures. This means that there are no street vendors or other tourists there, making it a true paradise hideaway.
Q: What tours go to Las Caletas?
The day tour "Las Caletas" and the evening tour "Rhythms of the Night".
Q: Can I book both the day tour and Rhythms of the Night on the same day?
You could but you would have to come back to Vallarta on the boat in between tours. Unfortunately we don't allow guests to stay at Caletas after the day tour has finished as the area must be cleaned and prepared for the evening show.
Q: What activities are available at Las Caletas and how much do they cost?
The activities are only available during the day time tour and most are included in the price of your day:
Other activities cost extra:
Q: How big is Las Caletas?
Caletas has approximately 3/4 mile of coastline and over 1,000 hectares of tropical forest. It has a pier, 4 beaches, a hill top spa, 4 dining areas and a 1.5 mile nature trail in the forest. There is also the open-air amphitheater tucked away in the forest with seating for 500 people.
Q: Drinks are included in the price - but does that mean everything?
Open bar includes bottled water, fruit juices, sodas, beer, Bacardi, tequila, Smirnoff vodka, margaritas and wine during your meal. You don't need to pay for any drinks. In the evenings, we also have a wine list so that you can choose a special bottle of wine to accompany your dinner with prices ranging from $25 USD and up per bottle. However, the table wine is free, so you don't have to pay extra for wine if you don't want to.
Q: I'm a vegetarian, will there be anything for me to eat?
Of course! Our buffet style lunch includes a large selection of salads, pasta and grilled vegetables, as well as seafood paella during the day and grilled fish at night. For carnivores there is also grilled chicken and steak or ribs. You can help yourselves as many times as you like and the food at Caletas really is delicious!
Q: Is Caletas wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately not. The nature of the area means that there are a number of inclines and some steps. Caletas is a very natural place and most of the paths are sandy or with an uneven surface. Wheelchairs would not be able to get over to the beaches, spa or to the areas where we have activities.
Q: It looks as though everything is included in the tour - what should I bring and are there any lockers to leave my gear?
Bring a towel, your swimming gear, sunscreen and a hat. You may want to bring some money to leave as tips for the crew or staff or if you want to take a massage. There is also a small gift shop at Caletas where you can buy waterproof cameras, t-shirts and things like that. There are lockers at Caletas so you can store your things safely while you go snorkeling or kayaking - you will need to leave an ID or hotel key as deposit for this.
It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.
Puerto Vallarta Snorkeling is always interested in your tour experience with us. We hope you enjoyed your tour and love to hear comments.
I have been to the Bahamas many times, but Las Caletas Day Adventure is one of my favorite trips! It includes everything that everyone should do here. As a Bahamas veteran, I can say only the best about this experience!
Thanks to the professional guides! I was a bit worried about kayaking because I had never done it before, but the instructions were great and I had such a good time!
The best way to discover nature! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)