By Madeline Milne
Every time I have friends come to town, we head to downtown to enjoy the sunset usually with a couple of cocktails. And every time around 9pm the sky lights up with fireworks and I say, “Oh, I ordered these special for you.” And we all laugh, because even though it’s not the funniest joke I tell, we don’t care because we’re on the beach, drinking cocktails, watching fireworks.
In truth, the fireworks are the victory shots from the pirate war that is waged three nights a week in the Bay of Banderas aboard the Marigalante galleon, one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular attractions. The Marigalante is an exact replica of Columbus’ Santa Maria. She was built in Veracruz, Mexico to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the voyage to America. Today she sails the Bay of Banderas twice a day, thrilling children and adults alike with her swashbuckling activities.
Daytime for the Family
Leaving the Puerto Vallarta Maritime terminal at 9:30am, the all-day activities begin right away with a light breakfast, games, contests, music and more. Beach activities at the famous Majahuitas Beach south of Puerto Vallarta include volley ball, banana boat rides, kayaking, snorkeling and buried treasure hunts. Activities really focus on bringing delight to the children and young at heart. A three course lunch is served and then everyone enjoys the exciting pirate show. Designed to engage the audience, this show has visitors returning year after year. Once back aboard the boat you return to Vallarta by 4:30-5pm. Running everyday but Sundays, the tour is $84 usd for adults and $42 usd for children under 12.
“Great Experience! In the last 10 years we’ve been on this trip 6 times and it is definitely a great trip for the whole Family! We’ve been on this trip in a group of at least 15 or more and everyone has had a great experience. We definitely recommend this trip to everyone looking to have a good time!” – Rita P. Bakersfield California
Nighttime is for the Adults
In the evening things are little more intimate. This sunset cruise around the bay includes a delicious menu of beef medallions or cordon blue, served in the below deck dining room. Free-flowing drinks and personal attentive service y your own pirate add a festive touch to the evening. There is the exciting pirate show, contests with hilarious audience participation and the aforementioned fireworks. A great event for groups or couples, the energy of the audience is as much a part of the cruise as anything. Service is regularly applauded on sites such as Trip Advisor. Be
It is a four hour cruise that leaves just before sunset at 7pm from the same Puerto Vallarta Maritime terminal on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Be sure to arrive early to get the best seat. Everyone is invited. The cost is $84 usd for adults and $42 usd for children under 12.
“We recently went on an evening excursion, and we had a fabulous time! From my experience, the evening shows are definitely “adults only” … Our personal pirate was great, very attentive, never went without a drink in our hands. All of the staff on board were excellent. The food was really good, and cruising around the bay at night while firing canons, letting off fireworks, dancing and singing was incredible! What a great experience, I suggest it to anyone visiting and interested in a tour. Bravo!!” – Lisa E. Nanaimo, BC
You can book tickets online at http://pirateshipvallarta.com or through your hotel concierge or any of the many tour operators around town.