The guided tour business is big in PV, so there are lots of companies to choose from. The advantages to using a tour company rather than doing it on your own are obvious — they know the area, they can arange the best transportation, and it all comes in a tidy package. While it is generally more costly than a self-guided tour, you also often end up meeting great fellow travelers and the group dynamic adds to the fun.
Cool Rentals is one that will take you on your own individual tour, on an interesting vehicle, like a Hummer or a Side by Side.
Vallarta Adventures is one of the best companies, providing high qualify tours and a large variety of experiences, from trips out to the Marietas to the Rhythms of the Night Experience. Its tours tend to be a bit more expensive than others, but the boats, the food and the guides tend to be better as well.
Wet and Wild Gay Cruises caters to the LGBTQ clientele.
Los Veranos Canopy Tours has its own zipline through the jungle canopy, and is family friendly.
Pirate Ship Vallarta has day and evening tours, with entertainment and meals, as the ship sails around Banderas Bay.
Diana’s Tours are more understated day cruises of Banderas Bay for the LGBTQ crowd.