When taking out kayaks into Banderas Bay, it’s always advisable to depart early in the morning before the wind picks up and the sea becomes choppier. The best places to kayak around Banderas Bay are the calmer waters north of Puerto Vallarta in the neighborhood of Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos, as well as south of Puerto Vallarta near areas such as the secluded Colomitos and the islands of Costalegre, as well as near other small coves along the bay. In Puerto Vallarta there are not many tour operators who specifically offer kayaking tours. Instead many tour operators will integrate the activity of kayaking into the tours they offer such as going out on catamarans to a particular destination in the Bay. These tour operators include: Vallarta Adventures, Ally Cat Sailing, the Pirate Ship, etc.
Right on Flamingos Beach
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
Right on Flamingos Beach between the Samba Resort and the Acqua condo complex in Nuevo Vallarta is an independently-owned and operated rental shack that is open daily and offers kayak and Hobie Cat rentals in addition to jet ski rentals.
EcoTours de Mexico
Ignacio Luis Vallarta 243, Col. Emiliano Zapata
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, 48380
Mexico Phone: 322.209.2195
This tour operator offers a sea kayaking and snorkeling combo. This tour departs in the morning from four pick-up locations: Nuevo Vallarta, Marina Vallarta, downtown PV, and south of Puerto Vallarta. This excursion is offered year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The tour is about 6 hours long, with 1.5 hours of kayaking and the remainder dedicated to snorkeling. Paddle toward Colomitos Cove, a gorgeous soft-sanded cove. In the clear waters of this area you will see multi-colored fish, and possibly starfish, manta rays, eels, and sea urchin. This sea kayak tour is ideal for any type of paddler from beginner to expert kayakers. This is also a good option for family trips. Package is $80 and includes equipment, transportation and lunch.