Airports: (Airport Code PVR): Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport is an international airport located at Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco in Mexico.
Currency: The Peso is the official currency of Mexico, although the US Dollar and other major currencies are widely accepted as well.
Climate: The average year-round temperature is 78F. During high tourist season, October to April, the temperature is typically 80F during the day and cools to the 60′s at night. The low tourist season, May to September, the temperature will go up to 100F+ during the day and stay in the upper 70′s and low 80′s in the evening. The winter months (December-February) bring the averages down with daytime temps in the mid 70s and night temps in the high 50s.
The climate is arid with over 300 days of sunshine, with some reports of over 350 days. Average annual rainfall is 10 inches (25.4cm), most with occurring during the months of September and October.
Water Temperature: The water temperature Puerto Vallarta is mid 70s to mid 80s.
Language: Spanish is the official language of Mexico, but English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.
Signature Dive Sites:
Los Arcos: Excellent for all levels, from novice divers, to advanced. This national marine park consist of four rocks or islets, shallows and a deep sea canyon. The dives in this area can be enjoyed from 10 to 90 feet. The view from the wall into the canyon that exceeds 1500 feet of depth. This site is characterized by its great variety of fish, turtles and numerous other sea creatures. Located at a short 30 minute boat ride from Marina Vallarta.
Islas Marietas: Located near Punta Mita (North tip of the Bay), this archipelago consists of two large islands, shallow areas and a few rocklets. This Marine Protected Area (declared in 2005) and most recently Biosphere Reserva, houses over 90 different species of resident and migratory marine birds. Volcanic in origin, the barren islands show signs of erosion as multiple caves and caverns. The underwater diversity is one of the greatest within the Bay. Numerous species of mollusks, nudibranchs, sponges, echinoderms, gorgonians and sea fans, with significant hard coral coverage. The boat ride to this dive site is about 70 minutes. Majahuitas: It is a beautiful beach located in the South coast of Puerto Vallarta, accessible only by boat. Calm and mellow, perfect to practice SCUBA or snorkel. The dives can be as shallow or as deep as the divers wish. One of the most remarkable inhabitants of this dive site are the garden eels. The boat ride to this dive site is about 45 minutes. Mismaloya : Located about 6 miles from old Vallarta. It is famous because the 1970s movie “The Night of the Iguana” was shot there. It is reachable both by land or sea. This area is frequented by schools of eagle rays. The boat ride to this dive site is about 35 minutes.
El Morro: A small rock located north of the bay. Is considered part of the protected area of Islas Marietas. Recommended only for experienced divers, this site might have currents and strong sea conditions, which also make it incredibly rich and diverse. The rock is densely covered by invertebrates such as gorgonians, sea fans, sponges and ascidians. Giant manta encounters are frequent here. The boat ride to this dive site is about 95 minutes. Las Viudas: This dive site is located very close to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Even though it is a common ground for commercial fishing, the numbers of fish that can be observed is considerable. The great numbers and species of invertebrates that live in this area are very unique (some sponges and nudibranch molliusks). This is the only dive site with muddy-sand bottom. The boat ride to this dive site is about 50 minutes. El Chimo: Chimo is a small fishing village located south of the bay. The above water views of the tropical rain forest are breathtaking. This area is better enjoyed by divers with some level of experience. The rock formations and corals are impressive. Giant mantas are often seen here. Huge schools of fish and healthy invertebrates coverage make this one of our favorite dive sites. The boat ride to this site is about 90 minutes El Malinal: A small sea mount located outside the bay on the Nayarit side. Seldom visited by divers, this site has large schools of fish. The land mark of this dive site is a tunnel that crosses the rock from side to side. The boat ride to this site is about 90 minutes. La Corbeteña: A far from shore rock located northwest of Puerto Vallarta, this place is considered as one of the best sites for pelagic encounters and clear oceanic waters. This site is recommended only to divers with experience since it is far away and can have challenging currents. The boat ride to this site is about 2 hours.