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Los Arcos de Mismaloya (The Arches)


Los Arcos de Mismaloya National Marine Park is located in the Southern Zone of Puerto Vallarta in the Bay of Banderas, 11km / 20 minutes from the Main Square of Puerto Vallarta along Federal Highway 200, you exit the Romantic Zone along Insurgentes Street (5.5 nautical miles south of PV), very close to Mismaloya (hence the name). It is a protected area that over the years has become a wonderful place for diving, swimming, snorkeling, Stand-Up Paddle (SUP), Yoga SUP, kayaking and tourism in general.

A beautiful series of five rocky granite islets jutting out from the surface of the sea, it is also the deepest part of the Bay and is teeming with life, especially since it has been protected from fishing and hunting for so long. There are many articles online that say there are 4 islets, but when you visit them you will realize that there are five and you can see it clearly in the satellite photos as well, the fifth islet is small, but it is also worth. The three biggest islands are called Roca de Los Arcos, Roca de la Tortuga and Roca del Diablo, the last one has a dark shadow on the cliff on one side that people say looks like the devil.

There is a great diversity of birds on the surface of the park itself, as well as a wide biodiversity of marine fauna, which makes it very attractive for scuba diving and snorkeling. Underwater there is an abundance of multicolored fish and other species, which, if the season is good, can be clearly seen through the clear water. Some vertebrates and invertebrates that you can enjoy watching are puffer fish, octopus, eels, moray eels, parrot fish, parrot fish, cornet fish, lobsters, angelfish, rays, clown fish, marlin, anemones, nudibranchs and others such as sea turtles.

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