Puerto Vallarta

Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta

Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta

From mid-December through to the end of March is whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta where humpback whales and other breeds come to flirt, breed, give birth, feed, and teach their young to cavort in Banderas Bay. It is a spectacular sight and one that visitors, residents and locals never tire of seeing. Every year, thousands of whales descend upon Puerto Vallarta’s waters in search of warmer temperatures. The most common type of whale to visit these Pacific shores are humpback whales, although other types of whales are also sighted. Taking into account that the distinctive killer whale belongs to the dolphin family, lucky visitors may also catch sight of this magnificent animal.

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Mom and calf humpback whales make their way toward the surface in Puerto Vallarta.

During the winter months of January and February, you are pretty much guaranteed sightings and spectacular acrobatic displays, as though the mammals were showing off their magnificence. Puerto Vallarta is a great place for whale watching tours, primarily because you don’t have to go very far into the bay to catch a glimpse of whales breaching and rising for air. On occasion, you can even see whales jumping from the beach and there are frequent sightings from Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon.

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A humpback whale plays in the golden sunset light.

Whale watching tours are also regulated by Mexican Authorities who issue a license to those companies or tour guides who conform with their mandates, which restrict how close you can get to the whales. You will find many knowledgeable guides in Puerto Vallarta and it is a passionate pursuit that captivates visitors without exception. There are various companies offering whale watching tours in Puerto Vallarta, some of which provide private tours whereby you and your group are escorted by a guide in a small vessel. There are also other more economical options where you join a larger group. Whatever your budget, there is an option for you.

For more information during your stay at Garza Blanca Preserve, contact the tour agent on site or make your reservation through the concierge.