Do you know the weather conditions there? October through May are generally the driest months; during the peak of the rainy season (June-September), it may rain for a few hours daily. But the sun often shines for the rest of the day, and the off-season rates may well compensate for the reduced tanning time.
The Bay of Banderas and the Mexican Pacific are just waiting to be explored! Hop in a kayak for close-up views of rocky caverns and archways. Come face-to-face with fantastic marine creatures-including manta rays and tropical fish-as you snorkel or scuba. Indigenous birds like blue-footed boobies and red-billed tropic birds are also found in this unique ecosystem. Pacific bottlenose, spotted, and spinner dolphins live in the warm waters year-round. And, from December through March, be on the lookout for humpback whales! Knowledgeable, bilingual guides are on hand the entire tour to help, advise, and entertain. Once you've explored the island, kick back for an afternoon siesta on the white sands of the secluded beach.
Between several days resting on a beach, take one of these cruises - Pirates of the Bay Sunset Cruise or Pirate Land Day Cruise.
Pirates of the Bay Sunset Cruise. Enjoy a sunset cruise like no other. Pirates crew the Spanish galleon replica Marigalante and then, once the ship has left the marina terminal, perform a show for passengers while dinner is being prepared. Games with prizes, fireworks, and a mariachi band also are a part of the evening's festivities.
Pirate Land Day Cruise- Come aboard the Marigalante, an authentic replica of a 15th-century Spanish galleon, for a special cruise around Banderas Bay. Highlights include a Mexican breakfast, snorkeling and kayaking at Las Cargatas, passenger participation in the sailing maneuvers, and performances-including a water-balloon naval battle-staged by the pirate crew.
The rocky bay at Quimixto, about 32 km (20 mi) south of PV and accessible only by boat, is a good spot for both snorkeling and diving. Punta de Mita, about 80 km (50 mi) north, has Las Marietas Islands, with lava tubes and caves to be explored. In winter, humpback whales are spotted; the rest of the year, divers look for manta ray, sea turtles, and schools of brightly colored fish. A bit beyond, big fish lurk around the underwater pinnacles and caves around El Morro islands -- areas for experienced divers only.