Whale and Dolphin Adventures in Banderas Bay

"Watch the whales as they come to mate in the protected waters of Banderas Bay." - Reviewed by Lisa

Mexico Puerto Vallarta Punta de Mita Area La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Sayulita Area

Whale Watching

Be amazed by the area’s largest attraction… literally… as humpback whales come to mate and calve in the protected waters of Banderas Bay.

Take a boat out with one of our captains for a 45-minute whale encounter. Or get serious and spend 3 hours on the ocean with our invited naturalist, enjoying several encounters and behaviors, listening to their songs live on a hydrophone system, and catching sightings of these and other rare and curious animals.

This is a trip you won’t forget!

Time: Upon availability

Whale Protection Program

Save whales for a day in the beautiful Bay of Banderas. Join the team of the National Network for Assistance of Tangled Whales (RABEN – Red Nacional de Asistencia a Ballenas Enmalladas) an inter-institutional team of professionals trained to carry out the rescue of whales that are entangled in fishing nets. This tour includes a private Whale Watching tour guided by one of their Marine Biologists who explains how the rescue operations are performed.

Includes: towels, hydrophone, snacks, drinks and snorkel equipment.

Duration: 3 hrs
Capacity: Up to 6 people

Price: $400 USD private Whale Watching tour (departing and returning to Punta Mita pier)

Swim with Dolphins in the Wild

Swimming with dolphins in the wild is a unique activity which you will never forget. During the tour you will be accompanied by a marine biologist who will explain how cetaceans interact. There will be a hydrophone onboard to hear whale songs and the dolphins’ communication. You will learn all about dolphins and whales and can even swim and interact with them in their natural habitat.

The meeting point is in Nuevo Vallarta.

Time: 8:30am at the meeting point. There is a briefing while you enjoy a light breakfast. Boarding is around 9:30am.

A portion of the income is used for research.

Swimming with Dolphins in Captivity

Take a journey into the intriguing world of the dolphin through an amazing face-to-face encounter in which you can touch, feed, play, learn and swim.

Dolphin Signature Swim

Time: From 10am to 4pm
Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Age: 5+

Dolphin Extreme Swim

Underwater experience
Estimated Duration: 1.5 hours
Age: 8+ with strong swimming abilities.

Dolphin Adventure

This program provides a chance to chat, cuddle, play and swim with these charming and gentle creatures.

Time: From 10am to 4pm
Estimated Duration: 50 minutes
Age: 5+