Boogie Boarding at Playa Miramar
This family-friendly beach is often crowded...but for good reason. The waves are perfect for swimming and boogie boarding, strolling mariachi bands provide entertainment, and locals sell freshly caught seafood and refreshing drinks.
The PADI Bubblemaker program is for youngsters--kids ages 8-11. It introduces young adventurers to the thrill of breathing underwater. In a shallow pool, kids take the plunge to experience another world--the underwater world, including lots of fun and games. Start your youngster out on the right fin, and let them join in on the family fun. $35 Minimum 2 children.
Notes: Kid Friendly
Cuyutlan Salt Museum
Cuyutlan is about 40 miles from Manzanillo. Buses leave roughly every half-hour from the bus station in Manzanillo's old town, by the docks. You may also hire a taxi for around $20. Cuyutlan is very small; it is easy to walk around town or take a taxi.
The Cuyutlan Salt Museum is a half-hour walk north from the village. From Cuyutlan, walk two very long blocks north of the plaza. You will see the salt museum on the left. It is housed in a barn made of hand-hewn beads. The barn and the storage buildings are about 100 years old. There are whalebones, photos from when The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe were filmed here in 1951 and tools from the salt mines from about the mid-1800s. Most impressive is seeing how salt is mined.
Sea salt is also sold here.
Deep-Sea Fishing in Manzanillo
A huge sailfish sculpture graces Manzanillo's downtown in honor of the fish's abundance in nearby waters and charter fishing boats are more than willing to take you out to catch your own. The day at sea itself is enough of a relaxing adventure, but if you do land a fish, some charter boats have deals with local restaurants that will cook it for you.
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Discover Scuba Dive
Wonder what's really down there? Want to go down and find out with a qualified PADI instructor? Learn to dive in the safety of a pool (all classes are private with as much time as you need), and then go out with a trained, credentialed professional to explore a quiet cove underwater for about an hour. Ages 8-80 can participate. Underworld Scuba/Scuba Shack, an authorized PADI Dive Center, has a 100% safety record and a solid, 17-year reputation in Manzanillo. This class and dive can also be applied to the cost of an open water certification with then. In addition, PADI offers Discover Scuba Divers a $25 rebate after completion of certification.
Pacific Paddlers Kayak Tour
Time: Varies by Date
Location: City of Manzanillo
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Pacific Paddlers Kayak Tour
The Pacific Paddlers Kayak Tour takes you around Manzanillo's mangrove-lined lagoons, offering many opportunities to observe the diverse bird and plant life that make Colima so unique. Frequent stops are made to observe the various water birds, and other flora and fauna.
After about an hour, there will be a break for snacks and drinks, and a short swim to cool off. The saltwater lagoon has a channel that leads to the sea, and once rested, you'll head out to the ocean for a snorkel on the beautiful 10,000-year-old coral reef in shallow water. The "Aquarium," as the reef is called, is replete with a plethora of colorful fishes and living coral. Since the kayaks don't tip, it's easy to get on and off.
The trip will culminate with a stop at a seaside thatched-roof restaurant called a ramada for refreshments and lunch, if desired. This area was once a small fishing village that has existed for more than 450 years. If you choose to stay for lunch, the restaurant serves excellent seafood at an additional cost.
Sea Turtle Tour
Time: Sunday-Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: El Tortugario de Cuyutlan
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Sea Turtle Tour
Various species of marine turtle are sheltered until large enough to be released into the ocean and left on their own. The Tortugario also shelters other species of land turtle, iguanas and baby alligators. The turtle sanctuary is supported totally by private donations, and to keep the program alive contributors and additional support are always needed.
Notes: Family, Kid Friendly
Two Tank Boat Dives
For Certified Divers or beginner divers completing Discover Scuba course: this package includes two different locations, transportation anywhere within the hotel zone, all top quality Sherwood equipment, tank fills to 3,000+ PSI, qualified instructor with more than 13 years experience in Manzanillo, a cooler with refreshments, and a great lunch option after the dive.