When is Whale Watching Season in Puerto Vallarta?
When is the best time to see whales in Banderas Bay?
Can you guarantee sightings?
Vallarta Adventures has so many whale tours. Which is the best?
How do your guides know where the whales are?
What kind of whales will we see?
Q: When is Whale Watching Season in Puerto Vallarta?
|Whale Watching Tours available from|
Dec 8th through Mar 23rd
Marietas Eco Discovery
Sun-Fri - Adults: $68 USD
Children under 12: $34
Whale Watching & Las Caletas
Mon-Sat - Adults: $89 USD
Children under 12: $57 USD
Whale Photo Safari
Daily - $89 USD
Minimum Age 12
Sailing with Whales
Daily - $89 USD
Minimum Age 10
Private Whale Watching Tours
[up to 10 passengers]
Daily - $770 USD
A: Although whales come into the bay as early as November, the official date for the whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta always begins on December 8th. This is so that tour boats and individuals do not frighten the whales as they come into Banderas Bay. Puerto Vallarta's whale watching season officially closes on March 23rd.
Q: When is the best time to see whales in Banderas Bay?
A: January and February
Q: Can you guarantee sightings?
A: No, we can not guarantee sightings, but during January and February there is an extremely good chance of seeing whales. During these months, 9 tours out of 10 will see whales.
Q: Vallarta Adventures has so many whale tours. Which is the best?
A: It depends what you want to do during your day - and who you are traveling with. The Whale Photo Safari is the specialist tour and the most likely to see whales, but this tour is not recommended for children. "Whales Dolphins and Snorkeling" is the next most likely to see whales, and is a great option for families, as there is a great atmosphere on the catamaran. Las Caletas is the least likely to see whales, as it spends less time on the water, but there are lots of other things to enjoy once you arrive at Caletas. Sailing with Whales is a unique experience and spectacular when you see the whales, but the boats are slow, so if the whales move it is difficult for them to keep up.
Q: How do your guides know where the whales are?
A: We have a fleet of 5 catamarans and 4 whale pangas, plus an airplane overhead (on it's way to San Sebastian each morning) with all captains in radio contact. They report whale sightings to each other, giving you the best chance of spotting whales.
Q: What kind of whales will we see?
A: Humpbacks are the most common in Banderas Bay. They are also the most spectacular of all the whales to watch as they breach and tail slap in the ocean. Sightings of Orcas are also seen in the winter, much less common are Bride Whales and Minky Whales.