Whale Watching Photo Safari

Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

3 hours


No Cancellation

Group Size

100 people



Whale Watching Photo Safari in Bahia de Banderas

Whale Watching Photo Safari will allow you to capture amazing photos and videos of the whales of Bahia de Banderas.

Capture memories like none other as you encounter the beauty and grace of humpback whales in Banderas Bay. Relax onboard our inflatable boat and enjoy the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be led by one of our expert tour guides with extensive whale watching experience through Puerto Vallarta’s tropical waters. Our tour takes you to a number of scenic sea-level spots where you can get an up-close look at humpback whales in their natural habitat. Take some incredible pictures from this unique, sea-level vantage point—a perspective hard to get in the natural world.

Experience Whale Watching Season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta begins in December and runs through to March. You can even sometimes spot whales as early as November or as late as May. However, the best time to see humpback whales in Puerto Vallarta is during the months of January and February.

Puerto Vallarta whale watching is at its best from December until March. We run specialized whale watching excursions that you will not want to miss on your upcoming trip to Puerto Vallarta. You’ll see humpback whales as they migrate from the arctic to breed and rear their young in the sheltered coasts of Banderas Bay and warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean.

We recommend scheduling your whale watching experience during Puerto Vallarta’s whale watching season between December and March. See below to learn more about our whale watching tours.

Witness Majestic Humpback Whales in Banderas Bay

The waters of Puerto Vallarta host one of the world’s most stunning mammals – the humpback whale. Each winter, the humpbacks migrate from the arctic to breed and rear their young in the sheltered coasts of Banderas Bay.

Relax on board our inflatable boat to enjoy the panoramic view of the Pacific as we venture along the breeding grounds to watch for these mesmerizing creatures. Take the most striking photographs from this unique, sea-level vantage point – a perspective that is a rare privilege in the natural world.

Lose yourself in the rich and exciting world of whales, dolphins, rays, and sea turtles. Listen to the magnified whale song through our onboard hydrophones. The mysterious, individual melodies can last anywhere from a few minutes up to a half-hour. The itinerary for the day remains flexible to make the most of whale watching and wildlife sighting.

Get an Up-Close View of Whales in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The most popular whale species in Puerto Vallarta is the humpback whale. They are frequently seen during the winter months and are members Of the North Eastern Pacific Ocean ecosystem. The humpback whale population that passes through Puerto Vallarta has been predicted to be over 18,000 whales. These stunning creatures are vulnerable to extinction and are constantly threatened by ocean debris, pollution and entanglement. At Vallarta Adventures, we practice responsible whale watching to ensure the protection and increase the longevity of the humpback whale population in Puerto Vallarta.

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable whale watching experience in Mexico, we’ve got you covered. For whale watching in Mexico, our tour takes you to strategic locations in Vallarta’s tropical waters. There, you’ll see the humpback whales swimming and breaching in their natural winter and springtime breeding waters throughout the winter and spring months. With our tour guide’s extensive expertise, you’ll get a wealth of knowledge about these amazing marine mammals. You’ll also have the chance to take incredible, breathtaking photos and videos to last a lifetime. So if you’re looking for whale watching in Puerto Vallarta

What do you need to know before you book

  • COVID-19 protocols are implemented to ensure the safety of all our guests.
  • Please be aware that you must be at the check-in point 45 minutes prior to departure. Boarding will be closed 10 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Minimum age: 6 years old
  • Child prices apply to children ages 6 to 11
  • Children 12 years and older are considered an adult
  • For safety reasons, expecting mothers and persons with back or neck problems are restricted
  • To ensure maximum visibility, this Mexico whale watching tour is conducted on inflatable boats without onboard facilities



Please be advised that Mexico’s Federal Maritime Ports operate a strict No-Drug Policy, including electronic cigarettes, vapers, and all kinds of drugs. Please be advised not to bring them to any of our tours. We cannot offer a refund or change of day for any guest to who Federal Security has denied access.

  • Light snack
  • Purified water
  • Hydrophones
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen
  • Light sweater
  • An additional $25-peso conservation fee per person will be collected at check-in. All proceeds go toward the conservation of the humpback whales.
  • Extra cash for dock fees, photos and souvenirs

Activity's Location

Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

When is Whale Watching Season in Puerto Vallarta?
The official season starts near the first weeks of December and it usually ends by the end of March.
When is the best time to see whales in Banderas Bay?
January and February tend to be the best months.
Vallarta Adventures has so many whale tours which is the best?
Our Mexico Whale Watching Photo Safari is ideal if you are looking for a specialized tour that offers the best probability of encountering Humpback Whales. Marietas Eco Discovery is a fun opportunity to combine whale watching with bird watching snorkeling paddle boarding and more! Las Caletas Beach Hideaway is great for families especially if you are travelling with little ones who will be amazed if we encounter a few whales along the way!
What kind of whales will we see?
Humpbacks are the most common whales in the Banderas Bay. Orcas are also seen in the winter and the least common ones include bride and minky whales.
Is this Mexico whale watching tour kid friendly?
Yes the minimum age requirement for our whale watching tours is 6 years old.
What is responsible whale watching?
Responsible whale watching in Mexico is the practice of ensuring that we follow guidelines to avoid collisions and stressing out or aggravating whales while on our tours. You can read our blog about responsible whale watching for more information.


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At first we had a lot of problems seeing the whales. At first a company scammed me and my daughters and we felt very bad, we saw a post on Facebook and saw that this incredible company existed, they helped us have a luxury experience and be able to enjoy the experience and the service with my daughters. on the part of Todo Vallarta was the ideal
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