Travel & Outdoors | February 2008
|Explore the South Shores on a Sea Safari|
Laura Gelezunas - PVNN
A whale breaking the surface or a school of dolphins just off the bow of your boat are some of the wonders of the ocean that make themselves available to explorers on Vallarta Adventures' new tour, Sea Safari.
|A whale breaking the surface or a school of dolphins just off the bow of your boat are some of the wonders of the ocean that make themselves available to explorers on Vallarta Adventures' new tour, Sea Safari. Click HERE for more Vallarta Adventure's videos.|
Conducted on Vallarta Adventures APEX inflatable speed boats to ensure a safe and comfortable ride, the Sea Safari is an intimate adventure with personal service and attention.
"It's a small group, the boat isn't huge and everything about the tour was smooth and nice," says adventurer Debbie Smith, "We got to see the shoreline of Puerto Vallarta at a leisurely pace, it was just wonderful."
The boat cruises slowly south along the coast, allowing time to stop and view the wildlife. If there is something interesting to see, the boat slows or stops so you can take a look - or a swim. Your guide points out some of the most interesting animals, tells you about their habitat and gives fun facts about the fauna.
"We saw lost of wildlife out there, whales were breeching, tail slaps, spouts, some giant manta rays, a sea turtle and all kinds of birds," exclaims Tim Teegardin who just loves the ocean, "We saw lots of fish, beautiful tropical fish out there, we got to swim with them and had a great time, we just didn't want to get out of the water."
The Sea Safari continues along the southern shores of Banderas Bay, where steep jungled mountains have preserved the coast's isolation since long before the Spanish came. Most of this coast, from a few miles south of Puerto Vallarta to the tip of the bay at Cabo Corrientes, remains accessible only by sea.
The voyage stops in Pizota, a small fishing village south of Puerto Vallarta. There you can relax on the beach, hike to the waterfall or even go kayaking along the pristine shores.
"I can say that I have snorkeled almost all over the world and this was just as good as anything I've seen," says Debbie Smith, "We ran into some great fish with beautiful colors and the water was clear and comfortable."
After enjoying a freshly prepared buffet lunch, including catch of the day grilled to perfection and many local favorites, you can take a walk on the wild side through the neighboring jungle, or explore the village to get a glimpse of how the locals live.
The people of Pizota are largely Mezistado (of mixed Indian and Spanish ancestry), a part of a larger indigenous community called Chacala that have lived on this land for longer than anyone can document.
Today, Pizota remains a true indigenous village of about 85 inhabitants who make their living by fishing, a little tourism, and the odd job at some of the larger resorts up the coast.
Sea Safari is a complete day of fun in the sun. So, if you are the kind of person who wants to get the most out of your Puerto Vallarta vacation, you'll love this multi-activity eco-adventure!
For more information or to make a reservation, visit Vallarta-Adventures.com or call 1-888-303-2653 toll-free from the U.S. or Canada.