Ally Cat Sailing Adventures

Ally Cat Sailing Adventures

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Come experience an unforgettable adventure aboard our Catamaran "Ally Cat" a 56 ft, Luxury Yacht. We are a family run business, Sailing, Snorkeling, Fishing & Whale Watching, in Banderas Bay since 1985. The trips have been TONS of FUN for the whole family!!!! We are lucky to have a fantastic crew that has worked together for the past 25 years (except Noah the Captain, (Pancho's son), who is only 25 yrs old), but has been with this crew since he was born :-) With our new boat ...... "Ally Cat".... our family has created a genuine sailing adventure that is great for all ages & occasions....... A True Adventure To Remember! From the moment you step aboard you will be greeted by the Captain & crew. Sit back & relax on one of our many comfortable deck seats, sink into one of our marine bean bags, or sun bathe on our two front large trampolines, as we whisk you off to paradise. "Ally Cat" provides top of the line snorkeling equipment, 4 kayaks, 2 paddle boards, "Boom Netting," fishing gear, and a refreshing outdoor fresh water shower. There is a beautiful cabin with 2 sofas for lounging, and a full bar area. With built-in stereo speakers all throughout the boat, Day Trips include: Light Breakfast, Snacks, Mexican Lunch prepared on the boat, Open Bar, & all the boat toys for the day. Our Main trip is from the La Cruz Marina to Las Marietas Islands, where it is home to the Blue Footed Boobie birds & beautiful reefs full of colorful tropical fish. We also will sail anywhere in the bay that you would like to go. Trips are from 9:30 am - returning around 4-5 pm. There is no substitute for quality and experience. Fun...Smiles...Exiting...Memorable... that's what we're all about... TO LIVE THE DREAM!
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

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2022

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enduroduane
Santa Monica, CA11 contributions
Mar 2022
An unforgettable experience!
The best part of our Mexico vacation was on the Ally Cat soaking in the Sunset on the Banderas Bay, watching whales breach, music, drinks and topped it off with a delicious dinner.
The Crew Captain Noah, Buoy, Christian, Sergio and Pancho attended our every need. They were very knowledgeable and informative about the bay, history and the local wildlife.
The dinner of consisted of pico de gallo, Guacamole, quesadillas, grilled fresh fish and coconut shrimp, rice and steamed veggies.
The fish and shrimp were exceptional!
These guys really know how to create an amazing atmosphere and take the experience to the next level, TOP NOTCH!
I highly recommend any of the boat tours through Ally Cat, we've experienced several of the tours and come back every time we visit the area.
Absolutely the best part of our vacation.
Thank you Ally Cat and Crew!
Written April 18, 2022
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JayBart
Huntington Beach40 contributions
Aug 2021
The wife & I wanted to get out of the city one day during our trip to Sayulita, so we took a trip aboard the FatCat & loved it! First off, the communication/booking was quick & easy. The day of the excursion everybody meets at a small restaurant in town & gets bussed to the port (approx 45min-1 hr). There were about 40 of us aboard including the crew & did not seem any bit crowded whatsoever, as this is a huge double decker boat. The crew are amazing at their jobs & really make this excursion what it is! Always upbeat, joking around, easy to talk to, & always made sure we had a full drink! There were a few passengers that had gotten somewhat sea sick right after departure & the crew really went out of their way to help in any way they could to assist them in feeling better. The food was very good, fresh, & plentiful throughout the day starting with different fruits & pastries in the morning, nachos, quesadillas, & quacamole for snack & chicken fajitas with veggies, rice & beans for lunch. The all day vibe is great, fun & relaxing. Trust me the 5 star reviews are accurate many times over & I would highly recommend during your stay in Sayulita. Tip- if you get any bit sea sick, take precaution before getting on the boat as the swells can be rough in the mornings. Also be sure to tip the crew at the end of the day. They work their a**es off to make sure everyone has a great time!
Written August 19, 2021
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John
Dallas, TX1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
My friends and I booked a private sunset cruise with Ally Cat in September - it was THE BEST part of our trip in Puerto Vallarta. My friends and I constantly tell everyone how much fun we had. The customer service from booking to boarding sailing to docking was AWESOME! We had an amazing time with the crew. They were fun, funny, attentive, kind, and made my birthday trip the best ever - we loved them! We went during the rainy season, and although it rained a few minutes during our cruise, they made sure we had a great time - and we still saw the sunset! When we go back to PV, we are definitely booking with Ally Cat again. Thank you to everyone at Ally Cat for the unforgettable and wonderful experience!
Written January 30, 2022
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Mone1725
3 contributions
Mar 2021
Words can not describe how amazing the tour was. Ally Cat staff went above and beyond to make our trip memorable. We rented out the sunset Fat Kat tour with about 60 guest, (the day after our wedding) and boy did they make it one of the best experiences ever. Great music, great food, and they truly know the definition of customer service! They staff recreated a mini wedding ceremony that was soooo amazing, even made me cry like a baby all over again. We saw whales and got to swim and play! Please do not hesitate and just book, you will NOT be disappointed. To this day, my guest talk about how they want to go back to PV just to rent the Fat Kat and staff!!! We plan to book with them again this coming July!
Written April 27, 2021
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Armando D
10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
So I wasn’t sure what to expect from Ally cat sailing. We found them online and had never even been to Sayulita. My wife and I were planning a wedding and decided to do it at Villa Amor ( which I highly recommend, ask for Karen) and wanted to do something for the guests the day after the wedding. We booked a Sunset cruise, 4 -7pm so everyone could sleep in and have the energy for the boat ride.

Everyone meets at the Ally Cat office and they shuttle you down to the marina. About 30min drive which is super easy with a beer in hand. When we got there we were greeted by “Buoy” a very friendly and charismatic guy. You’ll love him! Once on the boat the party gets going. The crew is there for you! Food, drinks, questions, tequila shots , whatever is on your mind they are there to get your party going.

We decided to do swimming activities first and then whale watching for the end. They have all the cool float devices, paddle boards, and a high dive if you’re on that type of boat. It became one of the best boat trips of my life. As the sun was setting a whale breached the water and amazed us with its power. Music playing, people cheering , and drinks going down easier than a beer on a Friday night. I highly recommend this company! With the right group of friends/family you’ll remember this ride for the rest of your life!

Added is a picture of my friend and his wife taking a selfie right at the moment the whale came up!

Cheers!

Armando
Written March 22, 2020
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Hola Armando, Congratulations! What an adventure your wedding guests were able to experience while whale watching and decompressing from the wedding activities the day before. Our Sunset Cruise was definitely the way to go the next evening, and we are sure the sunset didn't disappoint. Wish we could see your photo on this page, I'll bet it was amazing! We look forward to seeing you on your First Anniversary for an all day trip on Banderas Bay! Pancho, Noah, and the Ally Cat Crew
Written April 5, 2020
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Jess M
Saskatoon, Canada86 contributions
Apr 2022
I went on the Fat Cat with my wife and 14 year old son. The trip was awesome and an amazing value!
We departed from La Cruz Marina at 9 am. We sailed to the Marietas Islands. Along the way we spotted many whales and their calves. The main host / guide Buoy is a very well educated marine biologist and was a wealth of knowledge about whales, fish, Blue Footed Boobies, and ecology / conservation. On top of this he was hilarious and the whole crew made everyone feel welcome, comfortable, and ensured a great time.
We got to swim and snorkel and explore around on the beaches and caves of the island. At the end we stopped to high dive, swim, and paddle board near La Cruz beach.
Drinks and food were delicious and abundant. The staff was very attentive and made sure everyone enjoyed themselves, but were not overly pushy.
Unfortunately my wife got really sick because of something she ate elsewhere for breakfast. The staff was very concerned and respectful, letting her rest and offering her ginger pills, etc. They even turned the music off on the upper deck when we were the only ones up there and the rest of the group was having a rocking time on the main deck / bar area.
I really hope to go on this tour again when I am in the area
The tour is 6-7 hours in total
Written April 16, 2022
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MaryAnn
Cranbrook, Canada1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
This whale watching and visit to the Marietta islands experience was outstanding. The staff couldn’t have been more friendly, fun and professional . We are 65 + and went with our 30 something children and at the end of the day we all agreed the trip was worth every penny . Thanks to Ally Cat for such a great day.
Written February 27, 2022
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Goly
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
this company really Deserves to have every wonderful thing said about them! First of all I must have asked them 200 questions over 2 weeks over email and they were so incredibly kind and answered every single one. They took the time to talk to me and help me find the right boat for my group without trying to up sell me. I didn’t have my final headcount until 3 hours before we were setting sail and they were so kind and understanding even though this definitely was an inconvenience to them (due to having the right amount of food and drinks for us).
We got the 60 ft catamaran and it was gorgeous and clean and the service was incredible. The chef made a delicious array of snacks and foods for us as well as the other gentleman who was constantly attending to us and getting us any drinks we wanted. The service from every member of the staff was seriously impeccable. I could talk about the phenomenal service for days. Truly one of the highlights of our trip and I can’t wait to book again!
Written June 17, 2022
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hikeralberta
Alberta132 contributions
Mar 2022
Ally Cat catamaran tour is excellent. The staff is fantastic and so informative. We were lucky enough to see a great whale show. A mother and baby played in the water for at least 20 minutes. Our 12 year old grandson had possibly one of the best days of his life. He drove the boat, was taught all about how everything works and danced, sang, partied and swam. I highly recommend this trip.
Written March 3, 2022
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jmillard2018
Salt Lake City, UT2 contributions
May 2021
Our family of 11 chartered a private sailing trip last week on the Ally Cat and it was one of the best days of our entire week. Captain Noah, Armando, Victor, Sergio and the entire crew sailed us around and anchored near a beautiful cove where we played in the water, paddle boarded, snorkeled and enjoyed the WONDERFUL food and drinks the crew made for us (so much food!!!). We will definitely be doing this the next time we are back in Sayulita. Highly recommend!!!!
Written May 18, 2021
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