Puerto Vallarta

Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise in Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Whale Watching Cruise The Best All Inclusive in Puerto Vallarta
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Chips, Fruit
    • Lunch
    • Soda/Pop
    • Whale Watching
    • Dolphin Watching
    • Hydrophone
    • Dock tax $32mxn per person
    • Ground transportation
    • Gratuities
    • Photographs

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • H. Escuela Naval Militar 11
      H. Escuela Naval Militar 11, Área Militar de Vallarta, 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

      If you chose the 7:30 am or 12:30 pm schedule, go to the BAHÍA ALEGRE boats and if you chose the 8:30 am schedule, go to the VALLARTA BY BOAT boats – Terminal Marítima Puerto Mágico (API) Av. Medina Ascencio and Naval Military School, Cruise Ship Dock Door No.9

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Stroller accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    Operated by Live&Travel Tours

    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.

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    Featured review
    Amazing, lots of fun, highly motivated crew, fully recommended trip on Catalina III boat. The Captain Ismael, main tourist guide Mr. Leo, guides Marcos and Brayan were all outstanding professionals, they surely know their stuff, thanks again guys for such an amazing whale watching experience.


    138 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
    Showing 1-10 of 138 reviews
    Whales… and more whales… SOOO MANY WHALES!
    Dane_J, Feb 2024
    Great crew and organization. Very informative and they seemed to really know the individual animals. We did go at the end of season, but that didn’t seem to matter. At one point, I could see a sea turtle a dolphin and a whale all in my sight line. Highly recommend.
    Worth a trip
    Kenneth_P, Feb 2024
    Very good service onboard. Excellent tasty burger and great service on drinks. There was no shortage
    Getting to see the whales...
    Lloyd_K, Feb 2024
    Getting to see the whales and dolphins. Crew was nice. Would be better if chairs were anchored in some way as a couple of people were tipped over going over the waves.
    Lots of Whales and Dolphins but Little English Narrative
    KENNETH_K, Feb 2024
    We enjoyed the trip seeing whales, dolphins, sea snakes, sea turtles even a ray BUT the description was NOT what occurred on the boat. There were indeed plenty of drinks! but breakfast was served not lunch. Believing that we would have LUNCH aboard we had eaten breakfast. Therefore we ate nothing. No snacks were served unlike what was listed in the description. The crew, especially the pilot, were very helpful and always willing to get a drink or point to what they were seeing in the water. Most disappointing was the fact that the vast majority of the narrative/information of the animals seen on the cruise was in Spanish but very little was then translated into English. Most of the guests were Spanish speaking. We were very disappointed that little info was given those of us who spoke only English. If you take this excursion be aware that its designed for Spanish speakers.
    Whales, whales, whales!
    Sharon_F, Feb 2024
    Whales, whales, and whales!! Loved this tour! Had a hard time after getting off ship finding them. Lost a lot it time in the tourism building right next to ship. But we found them. Hoping company could help with a detailed map.
    Great experience.
    Debra_B, Feb 2024
    Fantastic whale watching excursion. Saw so many whales. The crew was very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend.
    Amazing views and lots of laughs
    Patrick_M, Jan 2024
    El Capitàn got us up close and personal with many pods of humpbacks. Very skilled at navigating the boat. The staff was hilarious and helpful. The main guide was very knowledgeable about all the marine life in the bay. Food was okay, but then again you on a boat looking for whales. We went in the morning, so we got the tale end of the open bar, but it didn’t disappoint. All in all, we had an excellent tour!
    Not pleased at all
    Konrad_H, Jan 2024
    The tour started well, on the return part of the trip I was charged 18 pesos for a bag of chips (we were the only English speaking people on the tour) when I asked what 18 pesos was in US dollars the young guy said it was 5 US dollars.....we paid for an all inclusive cruise, and 18 pesos is 1 US dollar. Felt like we were taken advantage of. Will never book with this charter again.
    An Afternoon with the Whales
    Stephanie_R, Jan 2024
    One of the highlights of our trip to Puerto Vallarta. We saw probably 30 whales. A mama was teaching her baby how to come to the surface at the beginning of the trip and they swam alongside us at the end. Loved the serene music when whales surfaced. The crew couldn’t have been more attentive. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.
    Could be much better
    Jack_H, Jan 2024
    OK, this should be a nature experience so why play loud hip hop music the whole time. I want to hear the sounds of the waves and the whales, also adding a hydrophone would add to experience so you could hear whales communicate. Food and drinks OK
    Great time
    Corey_P, Jan 2024
    Saw lots of whales. Great crew. Only negative was that they told us to be there at 7:30 and we didn’t board until closer to 9:30.
    Disappointing in almost every way
    Eric_S, Jan 2024
    This tour is run by Vallarta by boat, and it disappointed on several levels. On the plus side, all the staff onboard were friendly and constantly offered us drinks. But the rest of the trip didn’t meet our expectations. The seats on the boat are plastic chairs and are not welded to the boat in any way, so when it was windy the chairs kept flying and a few people fell down. It felt quite unsafe. The tour was supposed to last 4.5 hours and it barely lasted 3 hours. We did see some whales, but mostly from quite a distance, and we could see that several other boats got much closer. The snacks were meager and there was no fruit. We got the sense that the crew as friendly as they were didn’t really know what they were doing. Not worth it.
    Do not go on this tour.
    Sagy_V, Jan 2024
    Boat didn’t have attached chairs and instead we were forced to sit on plastic chairs that fell over very easily, five minutes into the boat ride the waves were so bad my mother fell over in the chair, and throughout the boat ride this happened to several other people, including children who began to (understandably) cry in fear. Water was incredibly rocky and we still went ahead on the journey only to see a couple of wales. Towards the end of the trip the crew were seen taking smoke breaks and we suspect they were drunk for most of the boat ride. Would not recommend to anyone as there are plenty of other wale watching tours with safer boats, better guides, and more wales. To top it all off at the end the crew had the nerve to ask for tips.
    Whale Sightings
    Rachel_C, Jan 2024
    A great trip. Captain was very attentive to making it the best experience for all while respecting the boundaries of the whales. Several sightings as well as dolphins. Crew was very welcoming. Well worth the trip!
    Great Experience
    Lyndsey_L, Jan 2024
    Great experience highly recommended and child friendly they cater for all ages and informative guide
    Fantastic view of Puerto Vallarta by sea, with dolphins and whales!
    Martin_S, Dec 2023
    Really easy, comfortable tour, and they were dedicated to ensuring everyone had constant food/drinks/comfort available. We saw spotted dolphin and bottlenose dolphin, not to mention whales. It looks like it's a bigger boat or maybe a little cheesy, but it's the one to choose -- trust me.
    Good trip for a double decker cruise.
    dashflyer, Dec 2023
    Double decker open air boat. Clean and enough room to see everything. You much check in at the Vallarta by Boat office in the cruise ship terminal mall. The office is down by the big Frida mural. Saw dolphins and about 10 whales (Dec 20) with breaching, etc. Big enough sandwich (6") w turkey, cheese and mayo. Pack of chips and open bar available too. We were lucky that the whales were curious about the other boats in the area so they kept coming up really close. The passenger group is mostly Spanish speaking so the majority of announcements are geared towards that language; but the guide does his best to do both English and Spanish. There's not a great deal of whales related info, just because there's not a lot to know, so not to worry.
    Well worth the trip.
    Anthony_A, Dec 2023
    The trip was fantastic, there are no guarantees but the crew worked hard to make this a trip to remember. We saw whales breaching, mothers and babies and many different pods Great trip well recommended
    Munna_P, Dec 2023
    Had a wonderful experience. The tour guide and staff were very friendly and very accommodating. Had a wonderful experience. The tour guide and staff were very friendly and very accommodating.
    Great Experience
    Janet_H, Apr 2023
    We had a very memorable trip. We went in the morning when it was calm and saw a mother, baby and male humpback within 10 minutes then several more that morning plus a sea turtle. Unfortunately we didn't see dolphins. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They served a light breakfast on the way out and drinks on the way back. A great experience.

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

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