Puerto Vallarta Water Excursions - FAQs


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Puerto Vallarta FAQs

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Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Puerto Vallarta area, fishing and other activities. The sportfishing boats in Puerto Vallarta Water Excursion's fleet, and what kind of fish you can expect to catch on one of our fishing charter outings. If you have more questions CONTACT US - or, if you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, call Fausto Joya at (521 Country Code) 322-143-4968.

Will I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

Unless you have a valid United States Visa, or you can proof that you are a lawful permanent resident of the USA, Canada, UK, Japan or Schengen, you should obtain a visa to travel to Mexico.

Will I be able to use my credit cards, and can I draw cash from the banks using my credit card?

Yes, most major credit cards are widely accepted. Ideally, you should check with the restaurants first before you order. 

Are the beaches safe?

As with all other countries, beaches are generally safe, although there are places where you should be more careful. There aren't many lifeguards, and during the summer, swells can be large, even in Puerto Vallarta. It is always a good idea to swim with a friend, and to tell people where you will be and when you expect to return.

Where will I get fresh drinking water?

Puerto Vallarta's water is the cleanest in all of Mexico. It is purified and treated, but unfortunately the distribution system is less perfect. However, you will be able to get purified water in most hotels or restaurants.  Alternatively, you can simply buy bottled water.

Are there doctors and hospitals?

Puerto Vallarta has some of the best doctors in Mexico, and most of them speak English. You could always ask your hotel reception for names of English-speaking doctors. If you need any medical assistance while you are here, and you are unsure of anything, please check with your doctor at home. 

What are taxi rates like in Mexico?

The rates depend on your routes. Taxi fares are set, and most drivers abide by the set rates. Your hotel desk should be able to give you the correct fares. 

Is it safe to walk around Puerto Vallarta at night?

Absolutely! There is very little crime in town, and most of that is petty compared to other countries. You will also find the tourist police to be very helpful. Of course, it is important to use common sense, and to leave expensive jewelry at the hotel, don't flash large amounts of money, and don't wander on the beaches far. Also stay on the main streets after dark.

What is the legal drinking age in Mexico?

The legal drinking age is 18, and clubs often stay open until the early hours of the morning. 

Will we be able to get married in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes! PV is one of the most romantic places to get married, but you need to hire someone who speaks English and understands all the legal procedures and requirements, to save you time.

Will my laptop be able to connect to Internet?

Sure. Simply get in touch with a local ISP to get temporary access. However, you will have to ensure that your modem can bypass the hotel's PBX system. If the hotel has a data port on the phone, simply set your modem to dial for an outside line, followed by the ISP's access number. You can also access the internet from one of the many internet cafe's in Puerto Vallarta.

Will my mobile phone work in Mexico?

Yes there is a local cellular service, few outside services will allow you to roam in Mexico. While most cell phones will work, they have to be reprogrammed by the local provider, which is done by calling USA CELL at 222-6633. You will have to have your phone reprogrammed again before you return home. Some people prefer to just rent a phone. 

Will my electrical appliances (toothbrush, hair dryer, portable iron) work in Mexico?

If you're from the U.S. or Canada, your appliances will work, as Mexico uses the same voltage. However, if you're from a country that uses 220 volts, you will need adapters.

Will I be able to buy Cuban cigars and take them home with me?

Yes, you can buy Cuban cigars, although they are very expensive, and unfortunately, you cannot take them home to the U.S. However, you can take them to Canada. Just be careful of counterfeits!

Are there nude or topless beaches in Mexico?

No, it is illegal, although it is not always enforced. Your best bet would be to see what others are doing, and decide whether it is locally accepted.

More on Puerto Vallarta Fishing and our Boats

When is the best time to fish for sail, marlin, tuna, etc?

See our Fishing Calendar (coming soon!).

Can we fish for specific species?

It is possible to fish for specific species...but there are several factors to determine...time year, location, water temperatures, barometric pressure, currents and the fishing gear being used all determine what can be caught. It's always our goal to meet your requests.

Can we target a specific fish like wahoo for example?

Certainly, but wahoo for example are a supplemental catch, usually caught while trolling for other fish species, it is difficult to predict where these individual and non-schooling type, fish will be found. We do have wahoo lures to try, or you can bring your own.

Do you have or support a catch and release angling program?

Naturally, and we encourage all fisherman to follow conservation when at all possible. Just inform our crew that you would like your fish released, and we are more than happy to accommodate you.

What fishing gear will be supplied on our outing?

Our fishing charters are fully equipped with excellent gear to make sure we land what we hook.

If I damage any equipment or lose any equipment is there a charge?

Yes, we will only charge the replacement value of the damaged or lost item[s].

Is a Mexican or local fishing license required? Does it come with the charter?

To fish in Mexico, you require either an US issued Salt-Water Fishing License, or a Mexican Salt-Water Fishing License, the License can be purchased from us for $12 USD per person.

Do we have to pay if we don't catch any Fish?

Yes. However, our Captains and Crew are all Local guides with years of experience in this area, if the fish are there we will help you catch them.

Can I bring and fish with my own tackle/gear?

Certainly you can, and if you like with our supplied tackle as well.

Is it possible for me to hook and bait the fish myself?

Anything is possible as long as it's safe and adds to your enjoyment, tell the crew what you like and we will assist you.

What if I am unsatisfied with anything during my charter?

When you return the owner of Puerto Vallarta Water Excursions is Fausto Joya, and Fausto is always available to discuss and possible issues and settle them.

Is there live bait included with my fishing trip?

Typically locally caught Mullet is on board daily, and is incorporated in the cost of your charter. If you would like a different baitfish, it will be charged as an extra (if available).

How does my fish get cleaned?

Your fish will be fully prepared for you by the crew.

Can I take my fish home?

You certainly can, freezer packets and coolers are available locally to package your catch for the trip home. Bringing fish fillets to the US or Canada is not an issue with customs or the airlines, just confirm the quantity allowed or freight charges before you fly.

What if I want my fish mounted?

We work with local Taxidermists and we can arrange to have your fish prepared and mounted. Ask the Crew for details.

Is it possible to reserve a specific boat or Captain?

Yes it is, let us know at the time of the reservation. As long as the vessel and Captain are available they are both yours. 

Are Crews fluent in English?

Yes, all of our Captains are bilingual and some of the crew are still learning.

Are your large game fishing boats equipped with fighting chairs?

Yes, but some people prefer their own style with rod belt and harness, it's up to you.

What time do the typical trips depart the marina? Is it possible to leave earlier?

Typical departure time is around 7am. Earlier or later departures can be prearranged.

What time do the charters return?

This is dependent on the type of trip you reserve and how many hours and how far you decide to go offshore. Water and weather conditions are also taken into consideration.

What about bathrooms? 

The boats doing the shorter Bay of Banderas trips do not but the full day trips have an enclosed head.

What is a common value for a tip for the Crew?

Normally its similar to a restaurant tip of 10-20% and like a restaurant based on your satisfaction with the Crew and their performance.

What are your fishing trip rates?

Please review our Services & Rates (Coming Soon).

Do you know what airlines fly into Puerto Vallarta?

Most major airlines service the Puerto Vallarta region.

Do I need identification of that a passport to come to Mexico?

No, but bring your typical picture ID . When you enter the country you receive a Tourist Card...keep it safe it's required to exit the Country.

What happens if we cancel the trip?

Please review our Cancellation Policy (Coming Soon).

Is it possible to reserve with no deposit?

Sorry but all charters require a reservation deposit. When the deposit is received, we will confirm your reservation by return email, the remaining balance is due on arrival in Puerto Vallarta.

When is it necessary to pay for the trip?

A deposit is required to make and hold your reservation and full payment is required before boarding your boat for the fishing outing. The payment can be made in Pesos, US Dollars, Canadian Dollars or Traveler's checks.