Four Seasons Invites Guests to See the Sea Lions

Punta Mita property offers intimate ocean encounters

By: Dawna Robertson

Guests at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita have yet another great reason to hit the beach a chance to get up-close and personal with playful sea lions. The resort’s new Sea Lion Snorkel Encounter offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get acquainted with these lovable and playful creatures in their natural open-ocean habitat.

One of the few places in the world to offer such a program, Four Seasons Punta Mita has focused its Sea Lion Snorkel Encounter on education and personal interaction. The experience begins on Las Cuevas Beach with a short lesson in sea lion physiology and behavior.

Trainers then lead guests on a short snorkel adventure through Punta Mita’s clear warm waters, pointing out interesting marine life along the way. Upon reaching the sea lion area, participants have the opportunity to play, pet, shake a flipper and even receive a big fishy sea lion kiss.

“Sea lions are fascinating to watch both above and below the water because they are so playful and comical,” said Abel Reyes, a sea lion trainer. “Their willingness to include humans in their games is what makes the sea lion encounter so exhilarating and memorable for guests.”

The 30-minute programs are operated on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The fee is $130 per person, which covers all snorkel gear and instruction.

The Sea Lion Snorkel Encounter is just one of many activities offered to guests at the Four Seasons property. Those with an active mindset can pursue golf, tennis, scuba diving, surfing lessons and energizing yoga. More relaxing options include spa treatments at the full-service Apuane Spa or learning about Mexico’s past, present and future at the Cultural Center.

Through Oct. 31, the resort’s Sunsational 4th Night Free package provides guests booking three nights a complimentary fourth night. Rates are from $405.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is located within the 1,500-acre master-planned Punta Mita Resort development, 45 minutes northwest of Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The property includes 114 guestrooms and 26 suites housed in 13 quaint Mexican-style casitas.