I’ve been to Puerto Vallarta several times. We’ve never really adventured too much around the area though.
One thing I’ve always wanted to do was visit the Marieta Islands. We can see them in the distance from our hotel and always talked about visiting, but never actually did. This year though, I was turning 21 and wanted to go for my birthday. It worked because we went.
The hotel was selling tours through Vallarta Adventures for around $85 a person. We didn’t like that, so we decided to do it our way. Another family on our trip had gone to the islands the previous summer, so they felt experienced enough to do it solo.