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Panga charters with Rudi

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Whether its a fishing trip, a cruise around the Marietas Islands, or a quick lift to a surf break, renting a panga boat couldn’t be easier. In Punta de Mita, a local fisherman’s co-op locates all of the boats together in one convenient location, and then bookings are rotated to ensure all of our local boat captains have a steady flow of customers. It’s found on Ave, Anclote, where the jetties are located, just beyond “Restaurant Row”.

We think the town has a great group of captains–any one of which can take great care of you. But we admit to being partial to Rudi, who is not only multi-lingual, but has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area pertaining to sea life, birds and local gossip (which we call chisme)! He also has a great sense of humor.

Rates at the co-op are a standard $70 US per hour.

If you book with Rudi and mention you heard about him through LivePuntaMita.com. he’ll give you the rate of $60 USD per hour. To reserve, call him at: (cell) 322-228-7274.

One extra special way to spend the day is a cruise to the Marietas Islands, just offshore of the Punta de Mita peninsula. These uninhabited islands are a great place for bird-watching, diving, snorkeling, or just exploring. Blue-footed booby birds (found only here, and in the Galapagos) can be spotted all along the islands’ rocky coast, and giant mantas, sea turtles, and colorful tropical fish swim among the coral cliffs.

The islands are honeycombed with caves and hidden beaches––including the stunning Playa de Amor (Beach of Love) that only appears at low tide. You enter a shallow passageway to access this semicircular stretch of sand. There’s also a cave 12m (40 ft.) below the surface with an air pocket where divers can remove of their regulators and have an underwater conversation! Humpback whales congregate around these islands during the winter months, and so pangas can be rented for a do-it-yourself whale-watching excursion.