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Small-Group Half-Day Whale-Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta provided by Vallarta Natours

Small-Group Half-Day Whale-Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta

Small-Group Half-Day Whale-Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta
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Tour snapshot
Observe local marine life in its natural habitat
Duration:
4h
Group size:
12
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Transform your Puerto Vallarta vacation into an unforgettable adventure on a half-day humpback whale watching tour. A modest boat and group size ensure that you enjoy unobstructed views for the duration of the cruise. It also enables you to see the majestic creatures at a closer range. Your experience is augmented with live commentary provided by a marine biologist. A fresh lunch is served on board to complete your excursion.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Get the personalized experience of a small-group
  • Listen to commentary by a certified marine biologist
  • Enjoy lunch with soft drinks on board the boat
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Get the personalized experience of a small-group
  • Listen to commentary by a certified marine biologist
  • Enjoy lunch with soft drinks on board the boat
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Soft Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include a $40 pesos per person port tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our local supplier and/or the local transit or governing authority and is not within our control.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Mr. Cream Pancakes & Waffles, Condominios Marina Sol Int. 3y4, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Rain or shine the tour will depart.
  • Seasonal operating December to March
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Minimum numbers of travelers apply. If not met, booked guest will be offered a refund or date change
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Soft Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • The listed price does not include a $40 pesos per person port tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our local supplier and/or the local transit or governing authority and is not within our control.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Mr. Cream Pancakes & Waffles, Condominios Marina Sol Int. 3y4, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Rain or shine the tour will depart.
  • Seasonal operating December to March
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Minimum numbers of travelers apply. If not met, booked guest will be offered a refund or date change
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
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ellpoeta
Roseville, CA17 contributions
To say this trip was amazing does not do it justice; spectacular,incredible, far beyond what we could have imagined! Thalia, our tour guide is a marine biologist who has an enormous respect and love for these animals. She is a book of knowledge when it comes to whales, dolphins & other sea animals. Captain Angel always made sure he kept a safe distance from the whales so we wouldn’t interfere with their lives yet close enough to where we could see battle wounds on the males from when they fight; we even got to see one of the whale that is called Gonzo like the Sesame Street character. This trip was a birthday present for my wife & it being towards the end of the season i was worried we may only get to see 2 or 3 at the most which itself would have been worth it but thanks to Thalia’s keen eye & Angel’s outstanding driving we ended up finding 25 whales! White about an hour to go we found a school of dolphins which Angel said we’re 502 (I counted 503) in total. They got so close to us that you could have reaches down and touched them! At one point they actually had surrounded the boat and were told that they had included us into there pod! As a bonus we got to see a manta ray jumó out of the water right on the side of the boat! I forgot to mention at one we had stopped near some whales an Thalia had dropped a microphone in the water and we listen to 2 or 3 whales singing; now I’m not one to get emotional over things, might seem cold hearted to some but people I had tears in my eyes, a big smile on my face and was all giddy like a little boy meeting their sports hero as I listening to these whale sing to each other for about 10 minutes. At double the price the experience would have been well worth it. Finally, my thanks and gratitude to Thalia & Angel who make this experience for my wife the best birthday present ever ( even better that when met Donny Osmond in person; you young folks might have to look that one up). One last thing; Angel thank you for a great boat ride, I easily get seasick (did watching Titanic) but in spite of this I never had a problem. DO NOT go with any other whale watching tour; there is no one better than Natours!
Written 11 March 2022
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CEO
Haleiwa, HI620 contributions
We booked the Whale Watching tour online several weeks before our trip to Puerto Vallarta. The process was easy and hassle free. We received an email confirming our reservation and payment as well as instructions on where to meet and what to expect. We started the tour on time. Thalia, our guide is a marine biologist. She shared information about the Humpbacks and answered all our questions. We saw lots of whales and dolphins during our four hour tour on Banderas Bay. Captain Angel operated the boat safely. He made sure we had a good view of the whales while maintaining a safe distance to avoid disturbing the whales. There were 10 people in our tour. The boat was big enough that we did not feel cramped for space. A great tour company! Highly recommend Vallarta Natours.
Written 25 February 2022
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Jaco
3 contributions
Couples
Listen, if you have any desire to see whales or marine life in Puerto Vallarta, you need to book this tour.

Thalia (and her captain Angel) are masterful guides. They have a deep respect and reverence for the whales and their environment, and deeply understand every aspect of the whales’ behavior. No question went unanswered.

Thalia had an uncanny ability to spot where the whales were headed, explain what they were doing (whether it was a baby humpback playing or a male “escort” trying to show off to a potential mate).

At one point, Angel, the captain, slowed the boat to match the pace of the whales - so we could move in tandem with the pod. We got to see about four flukes breach at once.

On our way back toward the mainland, Thalia spotted a family of dolphins and started making dolphin sounds to attract them to the boat (it worked! One of the dolphins, which she said was named “Buba,” popped out of the water to say hi).

Seriously, do not hesitate to book this tour. Especially when there seem to be so many shoddy tour operators who show zero respect for the whales and are simply trying to make a buck. As a marine biologist, Thalia brings an expertise that uplifts the whole experience. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to support true pros who have dedicated themselves to environmental stewardship and protection of local marine life. I loved every second.
Written 3 March 2022
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Bigbass1950
Homer Glen, IL2 contributions
Thalia and Angel were amazing and so were the whales! Our tour was toward the end of the whale watching season and they still managed to find us 31 whales! They went the extra mile for sure by taking us 22 miles up the bay from the marina where we found the last group of 8 whales. This was a once in a lifetime experience. On the way back to the marina Thalia spotted a pod of approximately 500 spotted dolphins! Angel "hooked" up with the pod and away we went with dolphins on both sides of the boat. We stayed with them for a while and had to say good bye as our tour was coming to an end. We also were treated to a Manta Ray doing a jump/flip out of the water right next to the boat! This is a small boat tour--there were 9 of us plus Thalia and Angel. The most they take is 12. Thalia is a marine biologist with so much knowledge that she shares with you. They have the necessary permits and fly the correct flag for LEGAL whale watching. We are already planning our trip for next year and will be booking with them again.
Written 25 March 2022
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John D M
9 contributions
Thalia's knowledge of the marine life and the Bay made the experience top notch! I reserached several options and landed on VallartaNatours because of the more intimate experience they offered. Just 9 guests this day on a smaller boat which allowed us to cross the bay and visit many different pods. Thalia and Angel were exceptionally knowledgable, gracious and most important very eco friendly. Details like only spending 30 minutes with each pod so we didn't disturb them too much, keeping proper distancing and my favorite, when too many other boats approached we moved on. The Whales happyness was most important to this tour.
Written 10 January 2022
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Frequenttravelgirl
Calgary, Canada64 contributions
We had the best day with Vallarta Natours on our Whale Watching. We had a Marine Biologist on board with us for the tour. She was extremely knowledgeable about the whales in the area and answered all of our questions. We got to listen to the whales and saw 18 different whales with a total of about 70 sightings. At one point we had 3 whales breaching around our boat all within a minute of each other. Our tour had 10 people on board and was a smaller boat which made it more personal and every hour we did a seat change so everyone always had a prime spot for viewings and lots or room. One thing we really liked about our tour is this operator does it on patience. Where most tour boats were chasing the whales, Vallarta Natours sat and let the whales come to us. We saw mama whales teaching their babies to breach. We saw one whale that only had one flute. We saw a female breaching multiple times to attract the males. I would highly recommend this tour company.
Written 1 March 2022
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Allison
Seattle, WA11 contributions
What a great afternoon! We went out with Victor and his fantastic captain in search of some humpbacks. It didn't take long until we found a few. Victor was so knowledgeable about the behavior and activity of the whales. He kept a close eye out to make sure we all were looking the right direction when the whales surfaced.

We were lucky to see many whales, including a group of about 10 of them on our way back to the marina! We also were joined by a few dolphin pods for some extra cuteness.

I really liked that this was a small group tour. It felt much more personal and covid-safe than those giant boats I keep seeing that are packed full. This tour was just right. Highly recommend.
Written 13 February 2022
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Rob M
Winnipeg, Canada5 contributions
This had to be the highlight of our extended vacation (2 months). The added bonus of seeing 20+ whales, dolphins, turtles, brown boobies was the education we received while searching for the 40 ton mammals. Thalia, our excellent educator and Captain Angel, showed us how to respect the gentle giants viewing from a safe distance and still getting a "Whale of a Show" We are already planning on spending many more vacations in Puerto Vallarta and this tour will be a must each time we return.
Written 19 February 2022
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kickitin1969
Valparaiso, IN37 contributions
This week we doubled up and took 2 whale watching tours with Thalia. This was our 4th and 5th trip and they keep getting better!
As always, we enjoy getting out on the bay and getting the chance to see these remarkable animals. I appreciate that we have this great opprotunity but it is done respectfully with the animals welfare as a priority.
The first day I believe we saw about 17-18 whales, challenge groups, moms with babies. Great day
the second day I think Thalia was a bit disappointed but we had our best day ever! we saw 2 breaches right next to the boat, we were able to get over a male whale singing and even without putting the microphone in the water we could hear him so clearly. I just don't have the words for how amazing that was. We had dolphins right by us, sea turtles, stingrays jumping, gulls soaring along with the boat, right over head.

I do believe it was Thalia's daughter that brought us some luck that day. She's absolutely adorable and I hope you bring her along with us next year!!
Written 1 March 2021
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ajctraveler
Goshen, KY50 contributions
Couples
Our guide Tallie was an expert describing behaviors of whales which provided an experience never to be forgotten! We were able to see hundreds of dolphins, several whales! It was the highlight of our visit to Puerto Villarta. Highly recommend this. Part of the proceeds of our trip go to research she is conducting on the health and well being of whales who migrate in this area.
Written 10 March 2021
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kdbeaches
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A beautiful experience!
Our wild dolphin encounter with Thalia and her captain Angel was excellent. She is very knowledgeable about the do
Sara T
Sara T
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Once in a lifetime
This was our favorite thing about our vacation. What a dream come true! Thalia is so knowledgeable and communicates
H3618TXruthw
H3618TXruthw
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Wonderful family tour
Our morning tour with Thalia and Angel was the highlight of our Puerto Vallarta vacation! My family (5 adults, 2 ki
jrip216
jrip216
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Snorkeling Fun in Puerto Vallarta
Two of us went on this snorkeling tour and we had a wonderful time. Not only were Thalia and Angel great to spend t
Elizabeth G
Elizabeth G
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Perfect introduction to Puerto Vallarta
We previously did whale watching with Thalia, and had high expectations for the walking city tour - she didn't disa
C1859JOlesliem
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Great snorkeling
Talia and Angel were great and full of information of the marine life! Saw rays, an eel, and it was teeming with co
sonyac267
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This IS your tour. Don't pass them up.
The captain, Angel, and the guide, Thalia were amazing. The snorkeling tour at Los Arcos was such a great experienc
YaninaH10
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My best birthday gift ever!!
It was my best tour ever!! The guide & the captain were amazing, great whale knowledge were provided during the tou
S3776YLroberts
S3776YLroberts
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Wonderful natural experience and so much fun!
This was a FANTASTIC experience. My friends and I live here permanently, and I gave the trip as a gift for friends
H3606HAdonnar
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Ticked off the Bucket list!!
This is the only Whale trip to go on.. the reason why ,it is respectful ,responsible, by keeping a distance and res
AndyD2567
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A whale of a day!
We had a morning of whale watching with Tallia and it was amazing. I would definitely recommend is for anyone who w
U1879MGjamesm
U1879MGjamesm
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Amazing Experience
The tour was amazing! Our guide Thalia was fantastic! She was hugely knowledgeable and respectful of the wales whic
seansB6507CX
seansB6507CX
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Whales at Play
Thalia and her team are true professionals. They know how to find the best sightings yet keeping the natural habita
PKV3610
PKV3610
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Nothing but the Best - Vallarta Natours!
What an amazing Whale Watching tour we had with Thalia and her crew! After reading great reviews about Vallarta Na
608marcyd
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Spectacular!
This was the best whale watching tour I have ever been on. Victor was a fantastic guide...very professional and kn
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