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Half day - Wild dolphins encounter & snorkeling at Los Arcos

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Half day - Wild dolphins encounter & snorkeling at Los Arcos

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Go in search of dolphins in their native environment on this wildlife cruise from Puerto Vallarta. You'll see wild dolphins and have the chance to swim with them, if the conditions are right. Then visit a snorkeling location to discover the underwater world of Mexico's Pacific coast.
  • Depart Puerto Vallarta on a dolphin cruise
  • Learn about the dolphins from an on-board guide
  • Enjoy snorkeling in the waters of the Pacific
  • Tour limited to 12 for a small-group experience
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Soft drinks
Box lunch: sandwish, granola bar
Biologist/naturalist professional guide
Bottled water
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Educacional session
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Port fee $40 pesos
ECOTOURS VALLARTA , Proa 20, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

8:30 am Meeting time Plan to be 15 minutes early for the check in. Located near the ramp at the end of Calle Proa, 1/2 block beyond the " 8 Tostadas" restaurant in Marina Vallarta.

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if require
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ECOTOURS VALLARTA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 policy on face masks and attendee health during Half day - Wild dolphins encounter & snorkeling at Los Arcos ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Half day - Wild dolphins encounter & snorkeling at Los Arcos ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Half day - Wild dolphins encounter & snorkeling at Los Arcos ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half day - Wild dolphins encounter & snorkeling at Los Arcos ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
We loved our guide...
Cheryti_H
, May 2022
We loved our guide Margarita, and our boat driver Martin. We spotted many dolphins and even a sei whale. Highly recommended this tour.
star-5
Absolutely amazing. Lots...
Ching_L
, Mar 2022
Absolutely amazing. Lots of whales and dolphins. Watching them playing together. Margarita and captain Rafael are the best.
star-5
Great experience with kids
Kamy_M
, Mar 2022
Michael and Raphael were awesome. They gave us a mini educational briefing before the tour. Provided a delicious lunch. Although the visibility was poor we did get to be feet from wild dolphins and we did see whales which was unexpected. We stopped by a beach and did some snorkeling. We had a great time!
star-5
Great Tour!
Gretchen_H
, Feb 2022
My husband and I went on this tour with our 16 year old daughter. Maggie was our guide. She was very helpful and made sure everyone was included and had a good time. The dolphins weren't interested in swimming with us the day we went, although we did get close to them and they swam below and around us (quickly.) I have ethical concerns about swimming with captive dolphins, and part of the reason I liked this tour is that if the dolphins didn't feel like swimming with us, they had the choice to leave. We tried with several different groups of them, and none were interested. Maggie said they don't harass the dolphins, and if they don't want to swim the boat does not chase them around their area. We also did not go in the water with mothers/babies because the mothers are protective and therefore potentially dangerous. We did see a lot of dolphins from the boat, which was fun. After that, we had the choice of snorkeling or whale watching. Our group voted for whale watching. There were several different mother/baby whale pairs, so we watched a couple different ones. We did not get close to them, and Maggie was very concerned about the jet skiiers that were getting close to the whales. Jet skis aren't large enough or loud enough for the whales to know they are on the surface, and people on them are easily killed if a whale comes up for water. We saw the mother and baby pairs playing in the water and flapping their fins. It was wonderful. We had a great time, the weather was good, and Maggie made sure we had snacks, lunch, and plenty of water. We wanted to avoid the sort of snorkeling/boat tour we have had on other vacations where the people on board are mostly interested in drinking and listening to loud music. This tour suited our taste. No alcohol, no music, and a guide with a scientific background. Thanks so much!
star-5
The best experience of our trip!
William_E
, Aug 2021
Cynthia was incredible and highly educated in the field of marine biology. We had the experience of a lifetime thanks to her. I’d come back again 1000 times!
star-5
Amazing experience
Stephen_P
, Aug 2019
Really fortunate to be the only couple on the trip, (2nd time with Viator that this has happened). Micheal (the guide) and Martin (boat driver) were great and very informative. When we found the dolphins in the bay we watched them for a while waiting for them to come close in to the boat, at which point we went for a swim with them. An amazing experience to have dolphins swimming around you within arm's length. From there we went to a snorkeling spot, again amazing lots of fish to see. Best of all on the run back to the marina we came across a pod of Orcas, apparently a rare occurrence and we followed them for a good half hour. Thoroughly recommend this trip
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