Dive and swim with happy free living dolphins
Very few places offer free dolphin-human interactions. Bahía de Banderas, where Puerto Vallarta is located, is one of those natural environments where bottlenose dolphins live year round. These great creatures have all the food and shelter they need, and believe it or not they enjoy playing with us.
I know most of the dolphins and can identify them. They have embraced me as one their own, and I can swim happily on their side. I will let you know what to do, both on the boat and in the water. You'll be introduced to the family and witness how the dolphins freely play with everybody in the water.
The dolphin swims are always conducted with respect and awareness. We do not feed, chase or do anything that might alter their natural behavior. We interact with them at their own invitation, so they decide if they are willing to play or not. The interaction cannot be guaranteed, but I'll do my best to make it happen.
Swimming with wild dolphins is a life-changing experience!
- Meeting the guide
- tour departs
- Educational briefing on whales and environment
- dolphin tour
- lunch is provided as we continue dolphin watching
around 12:00- we will start our way back to the pier
Subject to weather conditions. The tour departs shine or rain. Only under Harbor Masters instructions (safety situation) would the tour be canceled
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 (5 minutes extra grace time).
And we would be back by 1 pm, if weather permits, consider an extra 20 minutes.
If leaving from the marina in Nuevo Vallarta, we depart at 9:30 am to return by 1:30 pm, again subject to weather conditions.
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
Exclusively by boat
-Private tour on a comfortable boat (shaded and with cabin and bathroom) for up to 10 passengers
-My services as your certified guide/marine biologist specialist
-Soft beverages (bottled water and soda)
-Snacks (fruits, cookies, and chips)
-Lunch (deli turkey and cheese sandwich)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 Mexican pesos - Land transportation to the meeting point (marina)
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.
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