Essentials of Our Destination: Snorkeling at Los Arcos de Mismaloya
Banderas Bay is home to incredible beauty that delights residents and visitors alike. One of the Puerto Vallarta’s most interesting natural sites to visit is Los Arcos de Mismaloya, impressive rock formations of solid granite that contain various tunnels, as well as beautiful reefs that allow you to appreciate a great diversity of marine species.
Several thousand years ago, Los Arcos de Mismaloya did not exist as such, being part of the adjacent mountain. With the passage of time and the waves, erosion contributed to defining the four boulders that today are seen as islands.
A unique feature of this site is its vertical underwater wall that extends 820 feet deep on the west side of the rocks, where there are several ideal descents for professional divers, such as El Cañón and La Quijada del Diablo. Although diving in this area is exclusively for experts, activities such as SUP and SUP yoga are possible.
In addition, this is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful sea through snorkeling. Each arch has a mysterious, naturally created tunnel that offers an excellent opportunity to observe the movement of the waves as they collide with the rock formations, either from a distance or up close. It is said that some of Banderas Bay’s deepest waters are around Los Arcos de Mismaloya, reaching more than 3,280 feet in depth.