Ecotours. A PV–based operator (with the main office at Marina Vallarta) whose offerings include hiking, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, bird-watching, whale-watching, and turtle tours. Proa 20, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, 48335. 322/209-2195. www.ecotoursvallarta.com.
Puerto Vallarta Tours. This company offers tours that are available from other area operators, but we recommend it for its all-in-one website, English-speaking operators and crew, and the convenience factor: through this one operator, you can book everything from canopy tours, ATVs, deep-sea fishing, and mountain biking to cruise tours, cultural tours, and bullfighting. El Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. 322/222–4935; 866/217–9704 Toll free USA; 866/464–6205 Toll free Canada. www.puertovallartatours.net.
Sociedad Cooperativa Corral del Risco. Local fishermen at Punta Mita (aka Punta de Mita) have formed this cooperative, which offers reasonably priced fishing trips, surfing, whale-watching excursions, diving and snorkeling outings. Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita, Nayarit. 329/291–6298. www.puntamitacharters.com.
Tours Soltero. Canadian expat Ray Calhoun and his wife Eva rent mountain bikes, snorkeling equipment, and boogie boards ($10 per day) and lead active tours from their base in San Patricio Melaque, a town next to Barra de Navidad south of PV. Typical excursions are snorkeling in Tenacatita with boogie boarding at Boca de Iguana, from 10 to 5 ($32), and a day trip to the state capital, Colima, which includes lunch and a stop at a typical hacienda-cum-museum ($60). Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. 315/355–6777. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildlife Connection. Based in Puerto Vallarta's marina, this Mexican-owned company does what its name implies: it connects you with wildlife (specifically birds, turtles, dolphins, and whales) on seasonal trips. It also leads snorkeling and photography outings as well as cultural tours. Without a doubt the most popular tour is the one where you can swim with wild dolphins in the bay. Oh, and unlike in most other tours, most of these are led by real biologists. Paseo de la Marina Sur #214, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, 48300. 322/225–3621 or 322/227–1645. www.wildlifeconnection.com.