Whales come into Banderas Bay during the winter months for refuge to give birth and mate.
The best way to enjoy “whale madness” in Puerto Vallarta is by taking a whale watching boat tour. Just like in the US, whales are protected by the Mexican government, which means the whale watching boats must comply with a great number of reasonable restrictions. These restrictions ensure your safety as well as that of our ocean friends.
Around Banderas Bay, you will be able to see different types of whales, including the majestic humpbacks. Be sure to bring your camera to capture these incredible sea mammals breaching, flippering, lobtailing, and even singing. Seeing baby whales is also very common since that is what the whales are here to do! Although it is not as common to see Orcas, that is also a possibility.
You will no doubt also see plenty of dolphins, especially in the morning. In Banderas Bay, there are bottlenose, spotted, and rough toothed dolphins. Giant mantas and sea turtles are also common sights on a whale watching tour in Banderas Bay. Furthermore, many of the tour boats are equipped with “hydrophones” to amplify the sounds of the animals communicating with each other under water.
Your tour will no doubt be guided by someone with is bilingual and well-studied in Marine Biology. Many of the whale watching companies are involved in conservation efforts and research and will encourage your participation during your tour. One final tip: most of the whale watching tours in Vallarta offer a money-back guarantee if you do not see a whale on your excursion, so be sure to pick a company that offers this option and enjoy your whale encounter!
DATE: From December to March
Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta