Respectful Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta


Tour Number

Activity Level



First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
Better for guests that are able to get in and out of the boat without assistance, or lightly weighted chair.

Maximum travelers: 6



Spanish (fluent), French (fluent), English (fluent)

Hop on this educational and fun encounter with whales

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of Puerto Vallarta!

From late November to late March, hundreds of Humpback whales migrate down from the cold waters of the North Pacific Ocean to our less cold waters. They enter Banderas Bay to mate, breed, and nurse.

How about seeing 40 tons of animal weight out of the water, a group of males competing for a female, or a lovely mommy with her playful baby? We never know what we'll get, but we guarantee you'll see whales.

These incredible cetaceans will thrill you with their acrobatics and behavior displays. We care about the whales and their environment, so you'll be led by a cetacean specialist: A biologist with a Master's Degree in Marine Ecology.

Have your eyes wide open and cameras ready, since we may also find dolphins, turtles, manta rays and more!

Our boat has a capacity for up to 10 people, so every tour is private and personalized. We will have snacks, deli sandwiches and soft beverages on board!

Nature + education + fun: a great tour out on the bay!


8:50 or 9:20- Meeting the guide
9:00- tour departs
9:00- 9:15- Educational briefing on whales and environment
9:15- 12:00- Whale watching
12:00- lunch is provided as we continue whale watching
12:20- we will start our way back to the Pier
13:00- Back on the pier- end of tour

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The meeting will be at the door of Pier I, at Marina Vallarta. When the tour departs from Puerto Vallarta.

If leaving from Nuevo Vallarta, the meeting is at the ramp of the Public Pier of the Marina Paradise Village.

End location: Same Pier I for Marina Vallarta, or Public Pier at Paradise Village Marina.

Duration: 4 hours

The tour is programmed to depart from Marina Vallarta at 9 am, we would be back by 1 pm.
If leaving from the marina in Nuevo Vallarta, we depart at 9:30 am to return by 1:30 pm.
A second option would be to have the tour departing at 1:30 pm, and returning around 5:30 pm. This is only available for tours leaving from Marina Vallarta
Subject to weather conditions. The tour departs shine or rain. Only under Harbor Masters instructions (safety situation) would the tour be canceled


Exclusively by boat

What’s Included

-My services as your private tour guide
-Private tour on a comfortable boat (shaded and with cabin and bathroom) for up to 10 passengers
-Certified guide/marine biologist specialist
-Soft beverages (bottled water and sodas)
-Snacks (fruits, cookies, and chips)
-Lunch (deli turkey and cheese sandwich)
-Port fee

Estimated Local Cash Needed

500 Mexican pesos - Land transportation to the meeting point (marina)

What’s Extra

Land transportation to the meeting point (marina) is not included since Taxi Union Regulations are very strict about guides doing transfer services. So depending on the hotel/area where you would be staying, and the number of guests, you will spend anything from 100 to 500 pesos in transportation from the Marina to the meeting point (Round trip)


-I cannot accompany as a guide in your vehicle, only licensed tourist vehicles can be used.
-I can only guide in Spanish, English, and French.

A Recent Review of this tour

The trip with Thalia was the best tour we've taken. She was knowledgeable and friendly while being respectful of the marine life and her passengers. We saw many whales and learned much information. Thalia is a real international guide that shows interspecies respect. We would book with her again.
Brett Cook

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