Whale Watching - December - March

1.- Las Caletas & Whales
As many as three different varieties of whales migrate to the warm waters of Banderas Bay during the winter months of December to March, the largest and most famous is the magnificent Humpback Whale. This tour is designed for the traveler who desires the opportunity to combine the thrill of whale watching with a relaxing afternoon at Las Caletas, our exclusive Puerto Vallarta beach hideaway.

Our morning is spent on an exciting voyage to capture a glimpse of humpback whales in their natural habitat. To see these awesome marine mammals swimming with their calves and soaring out of the ocean with awe inspiring majestic maneuvers is without a doubt, a tremendous emotional experience. Our professional guides, trained in wildlife behavior and protection, will offer you a greater understanding of and insight into the underwater world of the whales.

Our afternoon is spent exploring other wonders of nature, this time on land. Las Caletas is our own exclusive coastal sanctuary where you can discover the secrets of our jungle trail and orchid gardens, visit our parrot haven, or, if you are still feeling adventurous, take to the sea to kayak or snorkel or you can simply retreat to a swaying hammock on one of our secluded patios, lie back, and soak up the stunning views of our golden beach and jungle-clad surroundings.

Whale watching & Las Caletas tours are a great way to spend a fun-filled day exploring all the wonders of nature in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A superb buffet lunch, all beverages, snorkeling and kayaking equipment, and professional tour guides are included in the price of this exclusive tour, so don't wait, make your reservation!!

2.- WHALE WATCHING
Biologists Guides join the best whale watching tour in Banderas Bay! Expert biologists will lead you through the marvelous world of Humpback whales aboard our specially designed boat for whale watching. Before launching in this adventure we will provide you with a lecture about these magnificent creatures. Once on the water, we will discuss the humpbacks’ behavior, while we see them breach, slap their tails, travel and play. We will also listen to their intriguing songs. You will be able to participate in our research project. The head researcher of the Banderas Bay Photo Identification Project might be leading your trip! If you like personal and professional attention and want a close encounter with our earth’s mightiest creatures, this is the tour for you!!

HIGHLIGHTS
• Motorboat specially designed for whale watching
• Biologists guides on all trips
• Lecture about humpback whales
• Hydrophone to listen to the whale sing
• Small groups (max 12 persons per boat)
• Whale Watching Certificate

3.- WHALE PHOTO SAFARI:
A photo captures a single moment in time, and this specialized excursion is designed to capture the magical moment when you encounter wild dolphins and majestic humpback whales in the Bay of Banderas. The essence of the Whale Photo Safari is to find the wildlife and enjoy those precious moments when you can sit peacefully and watch the whales and dolphins play, breach, or just hang out.

Conducted on our new all weather inflatable speed boats to ensure a safe and comfortable ride, our whale watching photo safaris are guided by exceptionally talented marine mammal behavior experts who are passionate about protecting wildlife and the environment. As we follow these magnificent mammals across Banderas Bay, our professional guides' knowledge and insight will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wildlife that you will encounter on this unforgettable whale watching experience. There is no such thing as a "typical day" on this adventure tour, because often it is the "wild ones" (the whales and dolphins) who are in charge of the daily itinerary. We can't always predict where they are, so we will let them guide us along their preferred route of the day. Available Dec 15th-March 23rd, our Whale Watching Photo Safari is one of the most popular whale watching tours in Puerto Vallarta and spaces are limited.

4.- SAILING WITH WHALES:
If you are looking for a whale watching tour that is truly eco-friendly, our Sailing with Whales tour is right for you! Without a doubt, sailing is the ultimate way to fully explore the natural wonders in this stunning tropical paradise in a gentle and unobtrusive manner.

Wild dolphins, a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles and friendly giant manta rays flourish in the crystal clear waters surrounding Puerto Vallarta and every winter, humpback whales come to Banderas Bay to mate and birth. Our Sailing with Whales tour is an exciting whale watching adventure that gives you the chance to discover these wonders of nature while sailing across the tranquil waters of Banderas Bay on a fully equipped luxury sailboat. Nothing matches the experience of a whale watching and wild dolphin cruise aboard a sailboat. Wild dolphins love nothing more than to play in the wake of a silently gliding sailboat, and as the wind carries us across the bay you will have the opportunity to see Humpbacks performing their incredible aerial displays, full breaches, arcing dives, and head slaps.

We get as close as possible to these magnificent creatures, but never so close as to disturb the mammals or place them (or ourselves) in any danger. It is our goal to respect the natural environment of the whales while giving you a deeper understanding and appreciation of these magnificent mammals, so while you are being mesmerized by their spectacular performances, our marine naturalists will answer all of your questions and impress you with their wealth of knowledge. Sailing with whales combines pure unadulterated whale watching excitement with absolute pampering as our friendly crew thoroughly attends to the smallest detail to ensure that your whale watching experience is the adventure of a lifetime.

5. WHALES, DOLPHINS & SNORKELING
At Las Marietas Island. The Bay of Banderas and the Mexican Pacific offer a sanctuary to a great wealth of natural attractions and sea life. Whales, dolphins, giant Manta Ray, tropical fish, and indigenous birds such as Blue-footed Boobies and Red-billed Tropic birds are among the wonders you'll experience on our Whales, Dolphins & Snorkeling trip to the Marietas Islands.

This adventure offers nature walks on uninhabited beaches, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking tours - but watching the whales and wild dolphins in their natural habitat is the most delightful part of this voyage! Humpback whales are regularly sighted in the Bay from December to March, giving us the opportunity to witness these beautiful giants soaring into the air and hear them singing their hauntingly beautiful whale songs. Dolphin encounters are a regular, year-round occurrence in Banderas Bay, and observing the Pacific Bottlenose dolphins in their own environment is a great way to truly appreciate these beautiful and intelligent marine mammals, as our fully equipped and comfortable catamarans take you to the shelter of the Marietas Islands, where you can explore the rocky caverns and archways while kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving.

Dolphins, sea turtles and friendly giant Manta Rays flourish in the crystal clear waters surrounding these islands, and our knowledgeable and bilingual eco-guides are always on hand to help, advise, and to ensure that you have fun. After you explore to your heart's content, a relaxing afternoon siesta gives you the opportunity to kick back and relax on the white sands of a beautiful, secluded beach. (Depending on the condition of the ocean). Our Whales, Dolphins & Snorkeling tour is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to enjoy a day of sun and fun in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 

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