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“Amazing Group Day Charter” 5 of 5 stars
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Humu Humu Day Charters
39 Jacarandas, Nuevo Vallarta 63235, Mexico
322 221 0114
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Owner description: The real beauty of a Catamaran Charter Vallarta sailing Vacation is the freedom to go anywhere! Your captain and crew know all the great spots to sail in Banderas Bay - close to Puerto Vallarta - or along the Costa Alegre to Barra de Navidad
San Francisco, California, United States
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“Amazing Group Day Charter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We truly enjoyed our day charter - it was perfect for our group, who wanted a private experience separate from some of the other tours (which are also enjoyable but a very different experience).

Here is a recap - Earlier this month, we got married in Puerto Vallarta and had a week long celebration with friends and family. We definitely wanted to show our 50 guests a great time and decided to charter a catamaran for our group (ended up being 30 adults and 6 kids who came on the boat). After looking around at our options, the Humu Humu proved to be the most flexible and tailored for what we wanted for our group.

From the get go, Barbro, the owner, was very informative and willing to work with us on our many requests (we booked early - in February for a June trip) including finding us a photographer (who stayed with us all day and took great photos that captured the essence of our trip). Another request we made was to start our trip from Boca de Tomatlan (20 minutes from where we were staying on the south side of PV at Garza Blanca) instead of Nuevo Vallarta (1 hour away) which Barbro and the crew accommodated. We were scheduled for an 11 am departure (since the night before was a late night) and the charter arrived right on time (even a few minutes early) which was great.

We then spent 6 amazing hours on board, exploring Banderas Bay and taking a couple of snorkeling stops before settling on a private beach for a couple of hours. The humu humu itself is an impressive vessel, with a ton of space for everyone to lay around (and rest in some shade too). Captain Alvaro and the staff were extremely nice and on top of everything and it seemed someone was always there to refresh our drinks. The boys in our group are heavy beer drinkers and we never ran out, plus they made us special skinny margaritas (made with splenda instead of sugar) which I requested since the following day was after all, my wedding day. The staff also made the kids in our group special fruit smoothies, which we dubbed as their mocktails :) Lunch of sandwiches (vegetarian and deli meats) was great and we had a ton of guacamole, chips and salsa which was equally delicious.

A couple of people in our group started to get a little seasick, and the staff was on top of it with helpful advice, cold water, etc. When it came to snorkeling, the guides were super helpful, and even fed the fish so they would come around us. In addition to all the snorkeling gear, there were also 4 kayaks on board which we put to good use.

Overall, we had an amazing time and felt like rockstars with the treatment we were given by the whole crew. Our whole group is still talking about the trip. I would definitely recommend the charter for any group heading to Vallarta... this was a truly special and memorable day that was all the more better because it was private and tailored made for us!

Thank you so much to Barbro, Penny (who made sure everything ran smoothly), Captain Alvaro and the crew for an unforgettable day.

Visited June 2012
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Kansas City
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“Best. Wedding. Ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

We were married aboard the Humu Humu on New Year's Eve day, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The captain and crew ensured the boat was decorated beautifully, somehow even managing to include my favorite flowers - Birds of Paradise. The crew was very attentive to the needs of our elderly Moms who have some mobility issues. Our entire party of 18 had a fantastic time on our 7 hour cruise of the bay. The food and drinks were very delicious, especially the pina coladas. They even served our champagne and cake for us! I wish I could rate this trip a 50. Five stars does not do it justice. We will definitely book future excursions on the Humu Humu. I want to try an overnight trip next year for our anniversary!

Visited December 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Fun and Relaxing Day on Banderas Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the Puerto Vallarta area. I charted Humu Humu for a large group (20) of us, and we left the marina at around 1 and sailed until after we saw the beautiful Sunset. The folks who helped me plan / set up the afternoon were very helpful and accomodating, and the crew itself was fantastic...very friendly and cool.

We sailed, snorkeled, spent time at a secluded beach, had Sunset toast and then chased the dolphins and whales on our sail back to the Marina..what a gorgeous day. Good music, plenty of cocktails and refreshments all day long, and the snacks were delicious too. Fun time all around!

Visited December 2011
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Alameda, California
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“An awesome sailing to Marietas – worth twice the price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Sailing to Marietas islands on this boat was awesome. We started a bit early, so the full breakfast was a very nice surprise. We had the best luck and saw 4 whales spouting and jumping, on the way over, even though it was early in the season. What a show! Afterwards we caught some rays and a beer stretched out on the nets before arriving at the Marietas Marine Reserve. The crew couldn’t do enough for us and they were a lot of fun too. Lunch prepared onboard by Chef Javier was delicious and then it was time to don the snorkel gear to see the prettiest the tropical fish or get into the kayaks – both activities ending up on an eerily quiet white beach inside a big cave with a “skylight”. It was a fantastic feeling to become a cave explorer knee deep in water and seeing sunlight in the far distance. On the way back HumuHumu went really fast with all sails and a billowing spinnaker and we got back to the Marina way too soon for me. We’ll be back on HumuHumu soon.

Visited November 2011
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Carlsbad, California
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“Experience of a lifetime - a catamaran charter out of Puerto Vallarta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

This is a great trip - most people might not think of it.

Sailing out of Puerto Vallarta to the Costa Alegre was a dream trip. The captain and crew of Humu Humu know the waters in the area and the exotic destinations like the back of their hand.

I think we paid half of what a Caribbean charter would have.

Good prices, turquoise waters and margaritas... perfect!

Visited September 2010
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