THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED: APRIL 2014
With over 500 miles of surface area, beautiful and serene Banderas Bay is a sailing dream come true. Looking across this expansive bay, sailboat passengers are treated to exquisite panoramic views of gorgeous beaches and jutting volcanic rocks along portions of the shoreline, as the lush jungle-laden hills of the Sierra Madre mountain range provide a breathtaking backdrop. Lucky spectators will view dolphin pods, sea turtles, or during the wintertime, humpback whales.
Alley Cat Sailing Adventures
Main Office: Avenue Revolucion
Between Town Plaza and Oxxo
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Mexico Phone: 329.291.3549
Departs Sayulita at 9:30 a.m.
Departs La Cruz Marina at 10 a.m.
Adult Pricing: $85 USD
Child Pricing (age 6-12): $60 USD
This wonderful family-operated business with a friendly, bilingual staff offers day-time sailing, private party cruises and sunset cruises aboard their spacious catamaran. Their first- class service includes fabulous food, drinks, activities, state-of-the-art surround sound system, and plenty fun for all ages. Ocean toys include: 4 kayaks, 2 paddle boards, boom-netting, snorkel gear, fishing gear, and reef rider. Their main office is in Sayulita, but conveniently their catamaran is docked at the La Cruz Marina which is a 15-18 minute drive north of Nuevo Vallarta. Their rates are also slightly cheaper for those picked up from the La Cruz Marina.
Paseo de las Palmas #39-A
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, 63732
Mexico Phone: 297.1212
Offers premier sailing adventures, to include sunset voyages aboard their luxury sailing yachts. Day-time tours enjoy a lovely catered lunch and drinks. Sunset tours include delicious snacks and beverages. Let tropical winds carry you over the emerald waters of Banderas Bay and beyond. Snorkel in protected coves.
Nuevo Vallarta Marina
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
Mexico Phone: 044.322.133.0522
- 6-Hour Tour: $1,200 USD for 1 to 10 guests; $120 USD for each additional passenger up to our 20-person capacity
- 4-Hour Tour: $ 900 USD for 1 to 10 guests; $ 90 USD for each additional passenger up to our 20-person capacity
This tour operator offers two daytime sailing excursions a 4-hour sail (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and a 6-hour sail (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), as well as sunset sailing cruises. They offer fully customized sailing adventures as well as 5-star service. Daytime sailing adventures include breakfast, lunch and alcoholic beverages. Cocktails are available for $5 USD. Pick-up service is available from La Cruz and Marina Los Peines near the Naval Hospital in Puerto Vallarta.
Captain Alberto Diaz & The Lucero
Los Peines (by the Naval Hospital)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mexico Cell Phone: 322.229.7150
When dialing from a Mexico land line phone: 044.322.229.7150
Days of Operation: 7 days per week, 365 days a year
Passenger Pick-up Fees
Puerto Vallarta: No charge
Nuevo Vallarta Marina: $30 USD
La Cruz Marina: $40 USD
Boating Excursion Fees
The cost for all excursions is per hour, not per person
All fees can be paid in USD or the equivalent in pesos
4 Persons or less: $40 USD per hour
5-8 Persons: $50 USD per hour
Minimum Rental Time Requirements
Fishing: 4 hours minimum (fishing is best with 4 persons or less)
Combination of Activities: 6 hours minimum
Snacks and Drinks
Will be happily provided at cost, or you are free to bring your own.
Ice and cooler are provided.
The friendly and knowledgeable Captain Alberto, who speaks excellent English, offers exciting private charters and custom tours aboard the Lucero, a lovely and well-maintained 28-foot panga with full bow cushion, comfortable cushioned seats and plenty of shade from the elements. With a long line of family in the area spanning back well over 100 years, Captain Alberto grew up along the beautiful Bay of Banderas so his deep familiarity with the area and the bay makes him the perfect tour guide for your upcoming excursion. The stories and historical information he loves to share are truly fascinating. And it must be said that he is a bit of a comedian! But that just makes his tours that much more lively, fun and enjoyable for everyone.
As well as being fully insured, this responsible tour operator has up-to-date licenses with all applicable permits for all activities offered aboard the panga. The Lucero can accommodate 8 passengers and a crew of 2. A wide range of services are offered to include: fishing, snorkeling, sightseeing, whale watching (seasonal), lunch on specific beaches depending on accessibility (there’s no beach accessibility on the north side of the bay due to shallow water and rocks), or a custom combination of these activities. All equipment is furnished. Captain Alberto prides himself on being able to provide personalized attention for each of his guests, helping them to create special and lasting memories of their time spent on the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay, Mexico.
UPDATE: Captain Alberto no longer provides the service of grouping of various tourists together for outings as recently too many persons have been no-shows, leaving the remaining passengers alone to cover the cost of the excursion.