Nuevo Vallarta Journals

Puerto Vallarta/Nuevo Vallarta Week

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An August 2005 trip to Nuevo Vallarta by Ram1983

Quote: We stayed at the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta. In Puerto Vallarta, we went scuba diving at Los Arcos with Ocean Quest Dive Shop and did the zipline Canopy Tour. Two of us went to the El Tapatio Tequila Factory for a tour.

The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Nothing is close to the resort.Best Things About the Resort:The pool complex at the resort, especially the lazy riverResort Experience:We had reservations for ourselves and a gift certificate for a friend so that both of us could stay at The Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta. When we arrived, one of the weeks had been upgraded to the Grand Mayan. When we explained that we wanted to have both units in the same resort, they upgraded both to the Grand Mayan. When you first walk in the entry, you are in a dimly light room surrounded by eight Mayan statues that are 20 feet high. It is very impressive. The Grand Mayan is very exclusive. As a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta
Avenida Paseo de las Moras
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico 63000
322-2264000

Ocean Quest Dive Center

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Attraction | "Ocean Quest Dive Shop"

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Ocean Quest Scuba Diving Center is a small dive shop run by a German transplant named Klaus Bosbach. The shop is located in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta, a short cab ride from the resorts in Puerto Vallarta. We took the bus from the Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta for about $1.50 each. It took about 45 minutes and required changing buses. When we arrived at the shop at 10am, Klaus’s assistant, Lutz, was there and fitted us for our equipment. The shop was big enough for four of us to stand inside. Klaus arrived at about 10:30am. We were doing four dives (in 2 days) and getting our full certification for six people. The cost was $220 each for a total of $1,320 (this included all equipment)...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Ocean Quest Dive Center
Lazaro Cardenas 230
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+52 (322) 2234103

Vallarta Adventures (Canopy Tours, Scuba, Snorkel, Whale Watching)

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Attraction | "Canopy Tour"

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We made our reservations through the Vallarta Adventures desk in the Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta. The cost is about $70 each. The AIR-CONDITIONED bus to the Canopy Tour picked us up at a hotel that is a short taxi/bus ride from the resort. It took a little over an hour to get to the Canopy Tour location. It was about 25 minutes from downtown PV. On the return trip, the bus dropped us each off at our resorts. At the location, they have lockable lockers that are about the size of a standard water-park locker. We were fit for our harnesses, and then they gave us about 5 minutes of instructions. Eduardo gave the instructions. He was very personable and funny. It was fun to watch his safety...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Vallarta Adventures (Canopy Tours, Scuba, Snorkel, Whale Watching)
Edificio Marina Golf Local 13-c, Calle Mástil, Marina Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48354
+52 322 297 1212

Ocean Quest Dive Center

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Attraction | "Scuba Diving"

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We dove with Ocean Quest dive shop. For info on them, see my Ocean Quest Dive Shop entry. We went out on a small 10-person motor boat with six divers and two guides. On the first day, both of our dives had visibility of 80 to 100 feet! I was amazed at how good the view was, especially since it was the rainy season. Los Arcos is in the south part of Banderas Bay. The streams that flow into the bay on the south side come straight out of the mountains. The north side of the bay looked like 0 to 5 feet of visibility due to the muddy river that flows into the north side. On our first two dives, we dove the "aquarium," which runs 25 to 60 feet deep. We saw many large schools of colo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Ocean Quest Dive Center
Lazaro Cardenas 230
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+52 (322) 2234103

Tequila Distillery Tour

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My 20-year-old daughter and I went to the El Tapatio Tequila Factory for their tour. The distillery is in El Pitillal, which is located about 1 mile behind Wal-Mart. We took the bus to Wal-Mart and then took a taxi to the distillery. The taxi cost 30 pesos (about $3). They have tours at 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm every day (I don’t know about holidays). They have three different types of tours. For 75 pesos, you get the 30-minute tour, a welcome margarita, and tequila tasting. For 125 pesos, you get the same, plus the tour is 45 minutes and you get snacks (chips, salsa, guacamole, and tacos). For 250 pesos, the tour is 60 minutes and you get a Mexican buffet. We made reservations...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Tequila Distillery Tour
El Tapatio Tequila Factory
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico