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Small-Group Half-Day Whale-Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Small-Group Half-Day Whale-Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Look for humpback whales off the coast of Mexico on a half-day whale-watching tour from Puerto Vallarta. Depending on the conditions, you might watch for whales in the Bahia de Banderas or out in the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the majestic animals from your marine biologist guide as you ride on a small boat that is equipped with a restroom. Your tour includes lunch served on board the boat and accompanied by non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Half-day whale-watching tour from Puerto Vallarta
  • Cruise the waters of Bahia de Banderas to spot whales
  • Learn about whale behavior from the marine biologist guide
  • Includes lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, and guide
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The listed price does not include a $40 pesos per person port tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our local supplier and/or the local transit or governing authority and is not within our control.
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Departure Point

Condominios Marina Sol S/N, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Rain or shine the tour will depart.
  • Seasonal operating December to March
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum numbers of travelers apply. If not met, booked guest will be offered a refund or date change
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vallarta Natours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Half-Day Whale-Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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  • "One thing I wish I had known (and perhaps they should include in the description) is to bring binoculars!" See review


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Awesome Experience!
, Dec 2020
The guide was a biologist which could answer all our questions and give us information about the whales that was accurate. She could also share part of her research information. So exciting!!
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Amazing Experience!
, Dec 2020
The tour was both informative and exciting! The best part was that I knew we were being respectful to the whales and contributing to scientific research.
Hearing them singing
, Mar 2020
You will learn so much about whales and their habits. You'll actually hear them "singing" in the water through a microphone in the water. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you don't want to miss. But their season in PV is ending in late March, so do it now. Loved this and can't say enough good things, and as luck would have it, we saw many moms with their babies, fins waving...unbelievable.
Best ever!
, Mar 2020
This was my first time so I didn't know what to expect, but for my friend, who has been on 8 other whale-watching trips, she was thrilled to discover that the experience could be so good. We loved the small group in a small boat, and the crew, especially Christine, our guide were knowledgeable and congenial. We would definitely do it again!
Lots of whales!
, Feb 2020
This was a great tour! We saw a lot of whales and the guide even put a microphone under the water so we could hear the whales sing. We saw several other very full boats and were glad we chose a smaller group for our tour. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Watching and listening to whales while being explaied about the context and causes to what is experiences, will always bring the best out of everything. Small groups allow us to pamper all out guest, the way that all deserve while being respectful to Nature
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful time on this tour and had a great showing by the whales that day! It began by boarding the boat in the Marina. The boat drove out to a spot with a few other boats and we saw 3 whales almost immediately. They were respectful of the whales space and distance from the boat. One thing I wish I had known (and perhaps they should include in the description) is to bring binoculars! I would have loved to have them. We saw several whales breach that day! On the way back toward land we saw some Dolphins but would have loved to spend a bit more time near the dolphins. Overall a great experience tho and a nice sandwich lunch w/ home made cookies was a nice touch! Bottled water would have been awesome but they did provide a drink that was poured for each of us into cups. Definitely recommend this tour!!!!!!!! So memorable!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for your recommendation and for sharing with us memorable moments. Respect for the environment is very important for us. That is why we try to reduce the number of disposables to the minimum. We indeed don't have individual bottled water but do have different beverages onboard, and use washable and reusable cups. It's all part of helping the environment. Regarding the binoculars, we actually do not recommend using those. That´s because most people tend to get even more seasick by focusing on one small spot through the binoculars. We offer a wild dolphin encounter tour, on which we spend more time with them, both by respectfully following them, as well as being in the water swimming. That's another great "MUST- DO" adventure!
, Jan 2020
Great guide and great day to see about 30 whales. Guides were informative and great at catering to our small group. Would recommend this tour 100 times over.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
101 Thank you for the recommendation! We care for our guest's enjoyment as much as we care for the whale's protection. Small groups allow us to be as personal as possible and provide with great experiences.
Excellent tour
Michelle M
, Dec 2019
This is my 2nd time going on this tour (new travel companions). Great trip with lots of whale sightings.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Having guests come back on our tours make our hearts pump with joy, it's always so nice to see familiar faces again, and share more memorable moments. Thank you for honoring us with your company. Happy holidays
, Mar 2019
We found Thalia both very friendly and the information she gave us was very informative, we got to see a group of 4 whales together and others on there own or a couple together. It was a very good morning that went very quickly. This was our 3rd time to Vallarta but the first time Whale watching, I found it very moving when I first saw them. Very good value, really enjoyed.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Time flies fast when we are having fun and enjoying the moment. Every second while whale watching is embedded in our mind and soul. We love being able to share precios moments wirh our guests. Thank you
Good experience, it's getting late...
Carol P
, Mar 2018
Good experience, it's getting late in the season for whales in the Sea of Cortez so we were pleased to see many of them. Water was too rough to go out into the Pacific where there would have been more activity.

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