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“Personalized adventure”
Review of Vallarta Explore

Vallarta Explore
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Owner description: Vallarta Explore we offer personalized service for your day outing into Puerto Vallarta and the Banderas Bay. Private snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, whale watching, leisure do what you want cruise, beach day or sunset trip....we got it all. All trips take place on a private panga boat equipped with top of the line engine to make the most out of your day at sea. All trips are serviced by English speaking captain and mate, we have water, soft drinks and snacks on board for you. Fresh ceviche is one of the surprises, if we get lucky fishing. Bring your smile, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a towel plus extra cash for additional items (food, drinks, souvenirs, gratuities, etc.) and we will take you for a day in the sun you will not forget. Be sure to bring your waterproof camera as you will want to share your experience with your friends & family for many years to come
San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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“Personalized adventure”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We found this charter panga boat from a hawker on the beach at the Marriott and quite frankly didn't know what to expect. After checking their Facebook page we took a chance. Our day exceeded our expectations in every way. We had planned to go snorkling at Los Arcos for four hours and ended up spending six hours with Captain Sammy and his boat Aromi. He was professional, knowledgeable, helpful and made the trip fun. It was a great value. Amenities were sparce but his service was all heart. Pangas are bare, wide, open boats with benches and a shade cover. It uses an outboard motor which allows beach landings which is a handy plus. We boarded on the beach at our condo and stopped at a hidden beach midway through the trip for lunch at the worthy and famous Ocean Grill. Having our own boat (instead of booking into a group trip) with a skilled seaman such as Sammy made our vacation extra special. Bring your own ice chest and beverages plus towells. Sammy provides the snorkles, masks, fins and life jackets. Wear a swim suit so that you can make beach landings. Trust Sammy's judgement as he is a man of the sea.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“BEST MEMORY OF OUR VACATION!!”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

This has got to be the absolute best tour I have ever taken! I take a lot of tours and work in the travel industry and this is by far the best! Our guide for the day SAMMI was so informative and he was so go with the flow like our family is. We had six people and this was a private boat tour just for our family where we went snorkeling at three different spots which were all extremely beautiful and caught a fish which was served to us on the boat in our favorite style...SASHIMI!! It was so delicious. Sammy took very good care of us and catered to our every need which made us feel so special. We all got really hungry and ended up pulling into a restaurant where the food was the absolute best food we had on our entire trip. We were stuck there for a bit due to a storm but were treated to some very special home made moonshine that was a very special treat. We did hit the storm on the way back and very rough seas but it was so much, we didn't care!! Sammy even took the extra step of driving us in his own car to take us back to the ship so that we wouldn't have to catch a taxi back from the dock. HOW SPECIAL IS THAT? We love Sammy and if you are looking for an excellent tour and tour guide on the beautiful shores of Puerto Vallarta, Vallarta Explore is the absolute way to go! You will not regret it! We are already excited to go back so that we can see Sammy again, it was definitely the highlight of our vacation, without a doubt.

Visited September 2012
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Excellent Private Boat Excursion”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

This is it! The most friendly crew that will take you on a laid back boat ride you will never forget. Very authentic and easy going. We started at 9AM in marina los Peines and 1st went to Los Arcos for snorkeling. There is always good snorkeling at Los Arcos and when you arrive early it is not packed, well worth it. Then it was on to Quimixto where we hiked to the waterfall and my brother was dare enough to jump from the cliff. Adrenaline pumped for sure. On the way the crew fished and made fresh ceviche which was truely a gem. Will come back many times for sure! Vallarta Explore in Puerto Vallarta is the bomb!

Visited May 2012
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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AMAZING!!!”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

If you are looking for a tour of your choice, where you will be treating like absolute royalty, with your every desire and wish taken care of, then this is the company for you! Samy took our family out (family of 13!), anticipating and meeting our every need, and having the flexibility to meet our every want! We could not be more impressed. I felt like absolute royalty, and we would never consider using any other operator. If you want the best experience on the water in Vallarta, call Samy. You will never be disappointed. We own time in Vallarta, and so we are there at least once per year, and we would not consider going with anyone else, ever. Samy = accommodation to the tee!! The very best, forget the rest. From an honest Canadian family.

Visited April 2012
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