One delightful way to explore the area’s sea life and abundant natural wonders is by paddling a sea kayak in the waters around Punta Mita. You just might view humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles or some of the ocean’s other delights. After a day of discovery along the Pacific and Bay of Banderas, ride the waves back to the Punta Mita beach.
Pacific Coast Sailing
View the glimmering horizon from the deck of a luxury sailboat (or atop your windsurfer). Navigate around the rocky landscape of the Marietas Islands. Enjoy views of migrating humpback whales (December-April), dolphins, sea turtles (summer months) and more.
Banderas Bay, with uncharted depths of over two miles and a circumference of 60 miles (diameter is 25 miles), provides some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world. Within and outside of the bay in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean, sport fishing enthusiasts can do battle with marlin, amberjack, sailfish, wahoo, mahi mahi and tuna—just a sampling of the dozens of varieties of fish roaming these waters. Charted boats and expert captains are available to guide both experienced fishers and novices to the best spots in the area.
The waters off the coast of Punta Mita are replete with colorful marine life, ensuring that your underwater experience will be nothing less than extraordinary. As you glide through the water, you may see turtles and dolphins, lobsters and mantas, and plenty of tropical fish, even pods of visiting humpback whales (December-April).
Dating back at least to the 1970s, the waves off Punta Mita’s peninsula were a serious surfer magnet. It’s easy to see why: Punta Mita provides more than a dozen year-round spots to climb atop a board and ride the waves. There are both long, easy-going breaks and more demanding reef breaks with faster waves—challenging to both novices and accomplished surfers. Nearby beach towns such as Sayulita offer alternate sites for surfing, as well as a mellow surf culture.