As the sun set on Ryan D.'s 20's we had a chance to celebrate his 30th birthday with his friends and family aboard the amazing Fat Cat catamaran. This is the larger of the two boats that Ally Cat Sailing Adventures operates and it is a remarkable craft. For those that may not love being on the water, this is the best way to do it as the Fat Cat is huge and extremely stable. There are two large bathrooms on the main deck so you never have to go below and a ton of open deck space to walk around or find a shady spot to relax.
Ryan's birthday party was a 4 hour sunset cruise which was set up as a private party, but they operate cruises that are open to the public as well. The crew were absolutely amazing! Not only fun (and funny) but incredibly attentive. If your drink is getting low, they hustle to bring you another one. No snarky bartenders or tired servers here! The bartenders even remember how you like your drink mixed, just so - shaken not stirred. These are people who clearly love what they do and love to be around their guests.
After clearing the port we headed north toward Punta de Mita. This part of the Riviera Nayarit is not very populated and there are numerous empty beaches and coves to explore. Shortly after leaving the dock we encountered a small pod of bottlenose dolphins that were more than happy to surf under our bow wave.
Our captain found Playa los Viudas a secluded cove a few miles up the coast and we dropped anchor. The crew were already busy prepping chips and salsas, guacamole, quesadillas, and nachos as well as deploying the water toys. The sea water (incredibly salty) was a very warm 85 degrees so quite a few folks took the opportunity to dive in. Luckily, Fat Cat has a handy fresh water rinse down on the aft deck.
After an hour of splash time we pulled up anchor and headed out farther into the bay. The obligatory Birthday-cake-face-smash, conga-line dancing and general partying ensued! The Fat Cat has an amazing sound system and the crew will play anything you like from their huge library or connect your device if you want.
Overall, we would highly recommend the Fat Cat and Ally Cat sailing adventures and we can't wait to go back for our next boating experience!
A huge thanks to Eric R. who organized the event and took care of transportation to and from our event with Superior Tours Vallarta - very professional, reasonably priced, and right on time!
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