Puerto Vallarta

Whale and Dolphin Watching with a Biologist in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
WHALE and DOLPHIN WATCHING PUERTO VALLARTA Enjoy Whales and Dolphins with biologists
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This whale-watching tour provides the opportunity to give back on your Puerto Vallarta vacation. In the company of a biologist guide, you'll see humpback whales up close, as well as dolphins, turtles, and giant mantas in their natural environment and participate in a research project that helps to protect them.
  • Combine citizen science with whale-watching in Puerto Vallarta
  • Opportunity to see whales, dolphins, and turtles in their natural habitat
  • Tour is led by a biologist who specializes in cetaceans
  • See whales up close and learn all about their behavior

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Soda/Pop
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Opequimar Centro Marino
      Av. Paseo de la Marina Sur 214, Marina Vallarta, 48450 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

      OPEQUIMAR is located across the street from Westin Resort in Marina Vallarta. We meet you at the security gate

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • No es recomendable para personas de mas de 7 meses de embarazo
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    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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    Featured review
    Alex and Cesar were phenomenal guides. We saw maybe 10 whales and a dozen dolphins. At one point 3 whales were swimming around our boat. It was exhilarating. We saw a momma whale with her baby when we were already on our way back to dock in Florida I’ll too. We got to listen to whales singing when they dropped the hydrophone into the water. Overall a beautiful experience.


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    Perfect afternoon in PV
    Lindsay_G, Mar 2024
    Alex (biologist) was very informative and friendly, her enthusiasm and knowledge were great. Cecil (boat captain) was extremely talented at maneuvering the vessel quickly and accurately. We saw so many whales 🐋! And dolphins (bottle nose and spinner) And you know what? That simple sandwich was really pretty darn good (good bread).
    Amazing day and wildlife!
    Jennifer_D, Feb 2024
    Alex was incredible! She was so knowledgeable and we learned so much! I loved hearing the whales on the hydrophone. We saw so many whales, bottle neck dolphins, spotted dolphins, a sea snake, and a turtle. And blue footed boobies! This was a day we won’t ever forget and so glad we did this excursion. Highly recommend.
    Go go go!
    Dennis_D, Feb 2024
    Watching mama humpback teaching her newborn calf how to slap the surface with flippers and tail were spectacular. Absolutely recommend this excursion.
    Great tour, excellent value.
    Theresa_W, Feb 2024
    The boat captain and biologist knowledge and expertise, made the trip special. They found many whales and followed them safely so we could see them.
    Learned a lot about whales
    Toula_D, Feb 2024
    Alex, the Biologist, was fantastic. Prior to boarding she gave a very informative presentation with slides and actual teeth, skeletal fins, etc. She and the captain were very respectful of the whales and their calf’s, never crowding them. We were fortunate to immediately see a mom and baby playing and later on we saw several males jostling for the one female they were chasing. The only negative was the size of the boat. I had asked prior and knew the size but it was full, so we were not able to move around.
    Whale extravaganza
    iain_j, Feb 2024
    Absolutely incredible whale action really close up, an amazing highly informative tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide
    Great Whale Watching Experience
    Cynthia_M, Feb 2024
    It was a successful day for whale watching! The water was calm and our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were greeted 15 minutes before the scheduled time and went to a room on the dock for snacks and a short presentation on whales and dolphins. We saw a few dolphins, a small group of sea turtles swimming by just under the surface and lots of whales…among the whales we saw were a group of male humpback whales “fighting” for mating rights (6 or 7 of them) and 3 pairs of mother with baby humpback whales. One of the mother and baby pairs had a male escort…I forgot to ask how common the escort part was. We also saw a humpback whale breech and got to see several tails…even one of the babies showed its tail…super cute! Before heading back to the marina the captain passed out turkey and cheese sandwiches made on baguettes and water or soda. Our experience was well worth the cost and we highly recommend it. The small pontoon type boat was able to get around the bay quickly and the captain maneuvered the boat well such that we were in a great position to see the whales.
    Awesome experience with a...
    Jayme_W, Feb 2024
    Awesome experience with a very knowledgeable and passionate staff. We saw many calves and mothers together and a couple of males as well
    Best excursion in PV
    Bruce_A, Feb 2024
    This was a most successful excursion. From the initial briefing with our biologist Alex we knew we in for an exciting time. The skipper Jorje and Alex were able to spot and position us to see many whales and dolphins. They were both excellent! I highly recommend this product xcursion!
    Isabel_M, Feb 2024
    Alex and Cesar were phenomenal guides. We saw maybe 10 whales and a dozen dolphins. At one point 3 whales were swimming around our boat. It was exhilarating. We saw a momma whale with her baby when we were already on our way back to dock in Florida I’ll too. We got to listen to whales singing when they dropped the hydrophone into the water. Overall a beautiful experience.
    Amazing whale watch!
    Lisa_P, Feb 2024
    A fabulous time! We were able to see 10+ whales. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and it was a beautiful afternoon on the water. Would highly recommend for this traveling solo or with a group.
    Worth every penny
    Heather_H, Feb 2024
    This was a wonderful experience! The boat itself was fun, comfortable and just the right size for this adventure.
    Highlight of our trip
    Jessica_T, Feb 2024
    We had an incredible time on our tour! The brief educational presentation beforehand was fascinating and Gema was incredibly knowledgeable, charming, and considerate. We couldn’t recommend this tour enough! We followed a large group of whales for over an hour in late February - highlight of our trip!
    Wonderful experience!!
    Kelly_M, Feb 2024
    Perfect day, whales were amazing. This was the first time on a small boat whale tour and was so great!
    Go & enjoy! Enjoyable experience
    Rhonda_G, Feb 2024
    Fantastic whale watching trip! Incredible. Our biologist & captain were phenomenal in providing details & an up close experience. Lots of fun, laughter, & clapping from the show the whales displayed. 😊
    Great tour
    Luther_H, Feb 2024
    Seeing all the whales and the few with their babies. Our marine biologist was great explaining everything and was excited to see the babies with their mommas on the water as we were. Highly recommend
    Go on this trip!!!
    Aaron_H, Feb 2024
    What an amazing experience with Alex and the captain! We saw sooo many whales up close and personal. So close you could smell their breath!!! So close you could hear them and almost feel them. The boat was great too! Intimate nature experience is the only way to go! We WILL be back next season!!! Muchas gracias!!!
    Excellent experience.
    Anne_P, Feb 2024
    These were the most whales and dolphins I had ever seen before and I’ve been on at least five other tours. Alex was very informative and knew where to go to give us the best experience!
    Terrific authentic experience!
    bonnie, Feb 2024
    Fantanstic experience, saw many whales, really enjoyed the biologist and learning about whales and dolphins. Highly recommend !
    Worth every penny and more
    David_F, Feb 2024
    Once in a lifetime experience baby whale came right to our boat and played for 30 min while male and female adult hungout

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    up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

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