Get To Know the Marigalante: Puerto Vallarta's Pirate Ship

Did you know that Puerto Vallarta’s famous Marigalante pirate ship was constructed over 7 durings during 1980 through 1987 by the non-profit Civil Association “Mar, Hombre y Paz?” It officially became a tour in 1997 and has been a leading tourist activity ever since. Do you want to learn more about the history of the Marigalante pirate ship in Puerto Vallarta? Read below to learn more about this incredible vessel, and why you should book a pirate ship adventure today as it is one of the most exciting and enjoyable activities in Puerto Vallarta.   

Marigalante Background

The background and history of the Marigalante is an interesting tale. Originally, the Marigalante Pirate Ship was constructed as a way to honor historical voyages related to the discovery of the Americas. The pirate ship construction was completed in 1987 and its first voyage from to sail from Veracruz to Cantabria, Spain.  Afterwards, the Marigalante sailed onwards to Seville, then to Guadalquivir where the pirate ship delivered 10,000 coins. Did you know that the 10,000 coin payment was actually due centuries ago as the reward amount that Rodrigo de Triana should have received since he was the first one to see land while sailing with Christopher Columbus. However, Christopher Columbus took all the credit for spotting land, so this quest was executed in order to pay homage to Rodrigo de Triana. In addition to the payment, a collection of ancient coins from thirty-three countries was placed in a specially designed wooden chest made from thirty different species of tropical woods.  The tropical wood was also the same type of wood used to build the Marigalante Pirate Ship. If you want to see the chest today, you need to visit “La Antiqua” chapel located in the Cathedral of Seville in Spain. 

Other Voyages on the Marigalante  

In 1992, the Marigalante pirate ship traveled to Ecuador in South America via the Cocoa route. Later, the Marigalante Pirate Ship sailed on to Spain for the 500th anniversary celebration to honor Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World. During its travels, the Marigalante Pirate Ship traveled through 87 ports and islands around the world covering over 52,000 nautical miles. When you do the math, that adds up to two and 1/3rd trips around the world! In all, the voyage took thirty years to complete, and the Marigalante pirate ship has earned recognition in numerous museums in Australia, Ballina, Spain, and Santander. In addition, the pirate ship has also been featured in two documentaries and two books, too. 

Live Like a Pirate!

Are you ready to live like a pirate for a day? If so, make sure to book your Marigalante pirate ship tour today. There are tours available during the day and evening, and the good natured pirate crew will make your entire tour the experience of a lifetime. Whether you come with family or friends, the Marigalante pirate ship day tour is ideal for those who want to have fun and also engage in watersports such as paddle boarding, swimming, and even an exciting treasure hunt. Prefer to cruise the Banderas Bay at dusk? The Marigalante pirate ship evening tour is designed with adult fun in mind although children are welcome as well. During the evening Marigalante pirate ship adventure, tour attendees will enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner, premium open bar, a spectacular pirate show that features impressive sword fighting, real cannon fire and a breathtaking fireworks display after the sun sets.  What more could you ask for?

Now you have learned a bit about the history of the Marigalante pirate ship. There were many exciting adventures that this pirate ship has experienced, and you too can join in on the fun by booking a pirate ship adventure tour today. Make sure to plan ahead as tickets sell out fast for this popular tour.