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Rent a Panga for Snorkeling?

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Rent a Panga for Snorkeling?

Any suggestions on how to go about renting a panga in Punta Mita to snorkel out in the Marietas? Names of captains, companies, prices? Thanks in advance!

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I've got a similar question, so I'm topping this (which never got a response...but we'll try again...)

I am also curious about renting a panga out of Punta Mita for birdwatching around the Marietas. There are some organized trips but they are full day excursions, with snorkeling etc and we really don't want that...just want to get out to the islands for a couple of hours to shoot (with a camera!) the boobys etc.

Is it possible to hire a boat for two or three hours, and approximately what would it cost?

We'll be coming from Marina Vallarta and will have a car.

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Hi. The fishing cooperative does this kind of thing, but the question is how to book. in advance. I'd suggest you check with Scott of Scott's tours in Bucerias. (google Scott's tours Bucerias). I'm sure he has a phone number or two. You could also ask on the Nuevo Vallarta forum. The problem with the Punta Mita forum is, at the moment, there is only the one hotel (the Four Seasons) so, as you can see, it's pretty quiet.

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I was in Punta De Mita last year,we rented a panga with a guy named Rudy,he was not mexican but has lived there for quite awhile.He took us out on his panga for about four hours with no real time limit,he didn't even have a watch.I would recommend going with him but i don't have a contact number for him.He hung out at the southern end of little beach bars.He toured us around the marrietas,showed us birds,crabs and he had scuba gear also.We fed some fish out of hands it was good.The cost was $30.00 per couple,we had three couples.Bucerias has some info but watch out for jorge the time share and fishing bandit.There is a good restaurant there also,good fo lunch,they are in the square and are the only ones with parrots.Prawn salad is superb,lunch on the beach is also very good,the orange bar and the one right beside it are very good,if you want to walk ther beach there go to los picos for lunch,walk north up the beach you can't miss it,you will see palapas in front.sorry i can't remember names,cheers,have fun,


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You can find some great information on bird watching at the Marietas and several other nearby habitats if you google birding the americas. The author Blake Maybank has done extensive birding in this are and has some terrific maps and birdlists from recent trips.

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