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Hi Everyone-

I am looking for reccomendations for our Cruise to the Mexican Rivera.

We are porting in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

We are interested in Snorkeling, and Swimming with the Dolphins.

This is our first cruise and I do know that I would like to book with an outside tour company. Reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, secretv2:)

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We booked with them for zipling in PV last year and had great service. I know many people who use them in Cabo with great results as well.

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Hi Everyone- these are the tours we are considering. Has anyone did any of these? What about the tour companies? Just to tell you about us we are married couple no childres and we are in our 30's....All of your help and reccomendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, secretv2:)

Puerto Vallarta-

Yelapa and Majahuitas

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/yelapa-majahuitas-snorkeling.htm

Dolphin Encounter

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/dolphin-encounter-sea-life-park.htm

Las Caletas

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/las-caletas-snorkeling.htm

Krystal Hotel

Mazatlan-

Looking for ideas? Maybe a day at El Cid for the Beach or Stone Island?

Cabo San Lucas-

Santa Maria Bay & Chileno Snorkeling

http://www.cabosanlucastours.net/Chileno-Bay-Santa-Maria-Snorkeling.htm

Lover's Beach Tour

http://www.cabosanlucastours.net/Lovers-Beach-Cabo.htm

Santa Maria Bay Snorkeling With Pez Gato

http://www.pezgatocabo.com/Sailing_tours.html

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We booked with them for an excursion in Cabo September 2007. We didn't get to go, but I would book with them again. A hurricane prevented us from going to Cabo that day, and they promptly, with no fuss, refunded our money.

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Hi Everyone- these are the tours we are considering. Has anyone did any of these? What about the tour companies? Just to tell you about us we are married couple no childres and we are in our 30's....All of your help and reccomendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, secretv2:)

 

Puerto Vallarta-

 

Yelapa and Majahuitas

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/yelapa-majahuitas-snorkeling.htm

 

Dolphin Encounter

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/dolphin-encounter-sea-life-park.htm

 

Las Caletas

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/las-caletas-snorkeling.htm

 

Krystal Hotel

 

Mazatlan-

 

Looking for ideas? Maybe a day at El Cid for the Beach or Stone Island?

 

Cabo San Lucas-

 

Santa Maria Bay & Chileno Snorkeling

http://www.cabosanlucastours.net/Chileno-Bay-Santa-Maria-Snorkeling.htm

 

Lover's Beach Tour

http://www.cabosanlucastours.net/Lovers-Beach-Cabo.htm

 

Santa Maria Bay Snorkeling With Pez Gato

http://www.pezgatocabo.com/Sailing_tours.html

We hAVE DONE THE DOLPHIN SWIM AT SEA LIFE PARK IN PV. You can do it all on your own, just grab a cab off the ship and it is 20 minutes away. pay for a dolphin swim and it includes admission for the day to the water park.

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Hi Everyone- these are the tours we are considering. Has anyone did any of these? What about the tour companies? Just to tell you about us we are married couple no childres and we are in our 30's....All of your help and reccomendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, secretv2:)

 

Puerto Vallarta-

 

Yelapa and Majahuitas

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/yelapa-majahuitas-snorkeling.htm

 

Dolphin Encounter

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/dolphin-encounter-sea-life-park.htm

 

Las Caletas

http://www.puertovallartatours.net/las-caletas-snorkeling.htm

 

Krystal Hotel

 

Mazatlan-

 

Looking for ideas? Maybe a day at El Cid for the Beach or Stone Island?

 

Cabo San Lucas-

 

Santa Maria Bay & Chileno Snorkeling

http://www.cabosanlucastours.net/Chileno-Bay-Santa-Maria-Snorkeling.htm

 

Lover's Beach Tour

http://www.cabosanlucastours.net/Lovers-Beach-Cabo.htm

 

Santa Maria Bay Snorkeling With Pez Gato

 

Cabo - do the Lover's beach on your own. Hire a tender at port (after negotiating of course and yes there are a lot of them) and you will be just fine. If you are dead set on snorkling, have the tender take you over to Chileno bay as well. It will be a lot cheaper on your own.

 

Mazatlan - Again, Stone Island on your own is great. The directions on the Stone Island postings work great. If you want to go to El Cid, hire a taxi at the port or find a time share to take you there (I don't do the time share thing myself but others have and had no problems).

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We are sailing 9/21 and we've booked the wild dolphin swim in Mazatlan through J&S in large part because it is an eco-tour and our guide will be a marine biologist. I like J&S so far because they're prompt and seem well organized and their prices are really great.

 

I was looking at Las Caletas for our stop in PV, too, but just wasn't sure. The swimming with sea lions thing sounded so cool. I went onto trip advisor and searched puerto vallarta attractions, then las caletas. I would seriously recommend reading the reviews there. After reading it all, I decided against that tour and will probably do the geronimo catamaran instead. btw, i am a dink (double income no kids), too.

 

Also check out the fifth most popular attraction on that site, too, which is wildlife connection in PV. Swimming with dolphins in the wild just sounds so much more appealing...maybe for you, too.

 

Good luck and i'll keep an eye on this thread as I am still stumped on exactly what to book in PV. Oh, we are doing the Wild Canyon Monster Zip in Cabo...there's a great you tube video on it.

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Thank you so much!!! I am going to look into everything you have just mentioned...Thanks!!!!

 

Have fun,

secretv2 :-)

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We are sailing 9/21 and we've booked the wild dolphin swim in Mazatlan through J&S in large part because it is an eco-tour and our guide will be a marine biologist. I like J&S so far because they're prompt and seem well organized and their prices are really great.

 

I was looking at Las Caletas for our stop in PV, too, but just wasn't sure. The swimming with sea lions thing sounded so cool. I went onto trip advisor and searched puerto vallarta attractions, then las caletas. I would seriously recommend reading the reviews there. After reading it all, I decided against that tour and will probably do the geronimo catamaran instead. btw, i am a dink (double income no kids), too.

 

Also check out the fifth most popular attraction on that site, too, which is wildlife connection in PV. Swimming with dolphins in the wild just sounds so much more appealing...maybe for you, too.

 

Good luck and i'll keep an eye on this thread as I am still stumped on exactly what to book in PV. Oh, we are doing the Wild Canyon Monster Zip in Cabo...there's a great you tube video on it.

 

Hi Ren,

 

I've looked at the same excursions as you. We went to Las Caletas about 5 yrs ago and it was wonderful. There were probably 25 ppl in our group. Unfortunately, it appears to have gotten much more crowded...too bad.

 

As for the sea lions, I did a swim in Oct07, in St. Thomas and it was incredible. It was one of the best experiences ever. I'm not sure if there were poor reviews for the one in PV, if so, it's a shame. I've never done the dolphins because it's usually very crowded. Several years ago on another cruise, some ppl who swam with the dolphins swore by it.

 

I spoke to the tour co today regarding the trip on Geronimo, she said it holds only 35 so it's a smaller group. Great. The trouble is when you get to where you're going, there may be a few other tour companies there.

 

If I can pass along 1 thing I've learned, apparently not all tour companies refund for "no port, no pay". So I've made sure to ask everyone I'm interested in booking with about their refund policy.

 

Annette

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Hi Annette & Secretv2 and everyone else LOL!

 

Well I changed up in Cabo, too. Now, we're going to roll the dice and go with Cabo Expeditions on their 2.5 hr Waverunner & Snorkel tour for $75/pp. Figure riding a waverunner will be funner than being stuffed into a boat to go see Land's End and tour the coastline. Comes with the guide and snorkel equip, so dollar for dollar, it is the better deal than just renting a waverunner for $75-80 an hour.

 

In PV, I think we're going to go with the tour guide friend of Mazatlan Frank for the 4 hour sights tour. I don't want to spend much time in a van, but it is a must that we go to Mama Lucia's for their almond tequila as we have to bring back an entire case + of the stuff for family/friends.

 

have either of you finalized your tours yet?

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Hi Annette & Secretv2 and everyone else LOL!

 

Well I changed up in Cabo, too. Now, we're going to roll the dice and go with Cabo Expeditions on their 2.5 hr Waverunner & Snorkel tour for $75/pp. Figure riding a waverunner will be funner than being stuffed into a boat to go see Land's End and tour the coastline. Comes with the guide and snorkel equip, so dollar for dollar, it is the better deal than just renting a waverunner for $75-80 an hour.

 

In PV, I think we're going to go with the tour guide friend of Mazatlan Frank for the 4 hour sights tour. I don't want to spend much time in a van, but it is a must that we go to Mama Lucia's for their almond tequila as we have to bring back an entire case + of the stuff for family/friends.

 

have either of you finalized your tours yet?

 

Hi Ren-

What is the name of the tour company you are going with in Cabo for the Wave Runner and Snorkel Tour. Do you have a link? That sounds awesome!

 

This is what I have so far-

 

Puerto Vallarta-

Dolphin Swim at Sea Life Park (I hope I can find one not at a Water Park)

Krystal Hotel & Resort Massages and Beach Break (On Our Own)

 

Mazatlan-

Stone Island on our Own

or

El Cid for the Beach

 

Cabo San Lucas-

Snorkel Tour with Lunch to Santa Maria Bay with Pez Gato or Sunriders

(Still deciding which company to go with...

I definitely want to look into the one you mentioned above :-)

 

Thanks for keeping in touch!

 

Have Fun,

secretv2@aol.com :D

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i'll email you with the info. I bookmarked it on my home computer. There is a wild dolphin swim in PV, too. I'll send that as well. :D

 

Thanks! :-) :rolleyes:

 

secretv2:-)

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Hi Annette & Secretv2 and everyone else LOL!

 

Well I changed up in Cabo, too. Now, we're going to roll the dice and go with Cabo Expeditions on their 2.5 hr Waverunner & Snorkel tour for $75/pp. Figure riding a waverunner will be funner than being stuffed into a boat to go see Land's End and tour the coastline. Comes with the guide and snorkel equip, so dollar for dollar, it is the better deal than just renting a waverunner for $75-80 an hour.

 

In PV, I think we're going to go with the tour guide friend of Mazatlan Frank for the 4 hour sights tour. I don't want to spend much time in a van, but it is a must that we go to Mama Lucia's for their almond tequila as we have to bring back an entire case + of the stuff for family/friends.

 

have either of you finalized your tours yet?

 

Hi Ren,

 

I looked at the website for Cabo Expeditions and the price on line is $150 pp:eek: Did I read it incorrectly? Yhis looked like fun, but can't afford it. We'll probably hang at Medano Beach and rent waverunners from JT Watersports.

 

PV - I think we're going to be adventurous and go to Sayulita. Here's the thread I started: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=821725

Since we're there from 8AM-10PM, I figure we'll have lots of time...just in case we get off course:o

 

Mazatlan - We're going to take the ferry to Stone Island andenjoy the $1 Pacificos and seafood lunch.

 

If you get a chance, please let me know about Cabo.

 

Thanks,

Annette

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Hi Ren,

 

I looked at the website for Cabo Expeditions and the price on line is $150 pp:eek: Did I read it incorrectly? Yhis looked like fun, but can't afford it. We'll probably hang at Medano Beach and rent waverunners from JT Watersports.

 

PV - I think we're going to be adventurous and go to Sayulita. Here's the thread I started: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=821725

Since we're there from 8AM-10PM, I figure we'll have lots of time...just in case we get off course:o

 

I tried looking for the link for the Cabo Expeditions can you fwd it to me! :-) Renting a Waverunners from JT Watersports sounds like a good deal too...What do they usually cost?

 

Thank you,

secretv2:confused:

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Good luck booking with Cabo Expeditions. Their prices are great but I couldn't get anyone to ever respond to my emails. I must have emailed them at least 3 times but got no response. I had questions that needed answering before booking. I finally gave up and booked a snorkeling tour on the sailboat Yael. Super nice guy named Gil. They also have a "no port, no pay" policy which I liked.

 

Kristy

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Good luck booking with Cabo Expeditions. Their prices are great but I couldn't get anyone to ever respond to my emails. I must have emailed them at least 3 times but got no response. I had questions that needed answering before booking. I finally gave up and booked a snorkeling tour on the sailboat Yael. Super nice guy named Gil. They also have a "no port, no pay" policy which I liked.

 

Kristy

 

Hi-

What is the link for the tour co. "Yael"?

 

Thanks,

secretv2:confused:

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Hi-

What is the link for the tour co. "Yael"?

 

Thanks,

secretv2:confused:

 

The website is www.cabosail.com. They have a private snorkeling tour (expensive but I guess if you had enough people it wouldn't be) and then they have a public tour. It is $57 per person includes open bar, food, snorkeling equipment and it's a 3 hour tour. The sailboat is a beauty. You can even help with the sailing if you want.

 

Kristy

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The website is www.cabosail.com. They have a private snorkeling tour (expensive but I guess if you had enough people it wouldn't be) and then they have a public tour. It is $57 per person includes open bar, food, snorkeling equipment and it's a 3 hour tour. The sailboat is a beauty. You can even help with the sailing if you want.

 

Kristy

 

Thanks Kristy! :D

What Beautiful pictures!!! OMG did you see the one of the White Tip Shark? YIKES:eek: Thanks again...I am going to look into it further...

 

I have looked into Pez Gato and Sunriders. They are both $45 and included everything!

 

Mahalo,

secretv2

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I tried looking for the link for the Cabo Expeditions can you fwd it to me! :-) Renting a Waverunners from JT Watersports sounds like a good deal too...What do they usually cost?

 

Thank you,

secretv2:confused:

 

Here's the link for Cabo Expeditions: http://caboexpeditions.com.mx/

 

Here's the link for JT Watersports: http://www.jtwatersports.com/

This gentleman, Uvaldo Carrillo, is the Sales Mgr and replied to my emails immediately.

 

Have fun.

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Thanks Kristy! :D

What Beautiful pictures!!! OMG did you see the one of the White Tip Shark? YIKES:eek: Thanks again...I am going to look into it further...

 

I have looked into Pez Gato and Sunriders. They are both $45 and included everything!

 

Mahalo,

secretv2

 

I opted for the Yael partially due to the size of the boat. It only accommodates 15 people max. I much prefer not to be in the water with 50 other people running into you and over you. The other thing is that Gil customized the times for me to accomodate the times our ship is in port. We are sailing with him from 12pm to 3pm rather than his usual time, 10am to 1pm. A 10am departure didn't work for us. He is extremely nice and accommodating. I actually called and spoke with him on the phone. We felt that the extra service and consideration warranted the extra cost of $12 per person. It all depends on what kind of experience you are looking for. Some people might prefer the boats with large groups of people. Good luck in whatever you choose.

 

Kristy

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Hi Secret, Annette, Kristy, et al,

 

Secret: I just sent you the Wildlife Connection link for PV Wild Dolphins.

 

Annette: The price for the Waverunner tour is $150 per waverunner or $75 per person from everything I've read. So with a tour guide and snorkel equipment it is cheaper and safer than just renting a Waverunner and going on your own but.....(read on)

 

Kristy: You are exactly right. No luck getting word back from Cabo Expeditions. It's a shame. Thanks for the Cabo Sail Tour info. We prefer smaller tours, too, and this tour sounds peaceful and uncramped. I sent them an inquiry just a bit ago.

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