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Whale & Dolphin Watching with a Biologist in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • No es recomendable para personas de mas de 7 meses de embarazo
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale & Dolphin Watching with a Biologist in Puerto Vallarta?

    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Whale & Dolphin Watching with a Biologist in Puerto Vallarta?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale & Dolphin Watching with a Biologist in Puerto Vallarta?

    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff

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    75 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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    Whale of a tale
    Carlos_M, Mar 2022
    We were about to head back to the marina when our crew member spotted a whale breaching. We were treated to 10 minutes of up close whale play. Good quality to end the trip.
    Beautiful Majestic Giants of the Ocean.
    Maria_L, Feb 2022
    This was the most fantastic experience, the biologist was very informative, the boat was a zodiac style boat allowing us a fantastic view while not being intrusive, and there were whales everywhere! I will be back!
    Experience of a Lifetime!
    Bradley_T, Feb 2022
    Experience of a lifetime! Highly recommend. The crew was amazing! Showed so much care and knowledge. Saw so many whales (Feb 2022) and the whole excursion exceeded our expectations. Loved the boat we were on too, was so easy to navigate to see the whales close but in a safe way for both us and the whales.
    Booze not needed, whale watching at it’s finest
    Terri_T, Mar 2022
    I can’t say enough about this tour. It went beyond anything I expected and will be unforgettable. If you are looking to learn about whales ( and many ocean animals) and see them up close, choose this tour. If you are looking for a day on a large boat with food and an open bar this is not for you. Our guide , Christina , has been researching whales for some time now and she was able to give in-depth information about how these majestic creatures live. But the best part was being in a small unassuming boat which the whales felt comfortable coming up close to and allowing us to see them breach, slap their tails, wave their fins,. They put on quite a show for us and only at about a car’s length away. Whenever a larger whale watching boat tour appeared the whales would take off and those tourists were unable to take in the awe of seeing these whale up close. We saw mothers and babies as well. I wholly recommend this tour with a guide like Christina to really make your visit to Puerto Vallarta a memorable one.
    Best Whale watch in PV
    Pamela_M, Feb 2022
    Exceptional memorable experience. Boat was comfortable, team was fabulous. A MUST do only wish I had time to do their dolphin trip also. It was THAT GOOD!!!
    Singing Whales
    johnchic, Feb 2022
    Up close and personal view of the whales, Highlight was listening to the male whale sing to call for a mate and to see a mother and her baby interacting in front our boat !!! Staff was excellent and knowledgeable and explained pre sail about the animals.
    We had a Whale of a Time!
    James_B, Mar 2022
    This was the BEST whale watching experience I have ever had. Having a marine biologist for the guide was a real plus! We got lucky and found a very active male whale! Totally awesome experience!
    Excellent guide and wonderful experience
    Bogdan_I, Mar 2022
    Our guide could not have been more suitable for the experience. She is a marine biologist and was very generous with information and tips. She was also able to find the best spots and whale groups. She also demonstrated the use of an underwater microphone to listen to whale conversations. Would highly recommend the experience.
    Amazing Staff! So many whales!
    Alyssa_R, Mar 2022
    We learned a lot about mammals! Our guide biologist was very informative and kind. As well as our captain. A great first experience in a boat in the ocean:) saw lots of whales and dolphins!
    Excellent - Professional - Delivered!
    Paul_P, Mar 2022
    Were able to see several whales up-close. Excellent tour. I will recommend this trip to friends and family!
    Fantastic Whale Watching
    Julia_D, Mar 2022
    The biologist, specialist on the boat and driver were all excellent! We saw many humpback whales surface, 3 different breaching whales and turtles plus dolphin. An amazing day at sea!
    Whale watching with biologist
    Marilyn_s, Feb 2022
    Went on whale watching tour with my husband and family of 6. Biologist was wonderful. Explained different species. Spotter was great. We saw so many whales and dolphins. Great trip. Highly recommend
    Great trip! Go with the biologist!
    David_E, Feb 2022
    What a great experience! From calves mimicking their mom to a solitary male singing to males competing for a lone female! Thank you! Highly recommend!!!
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    A Whale of a day!
    Susan_C, Jan 2022
    The guides were so knowledgeable, and gave us lots of information about whales and dolphins before we went out. We saw so many amazing whales some in groups of up to 6 at a time. It was an unforgettable day!
    The Magic of Whales...
    Joan_L, Mar 2022
    My husband and I had wanted to do a whale watching tour for many years. When we were planning or trip to Puerto Vallarta, we found your advertisement online. I thought that a 4+ hour tour in a warm water environment with a marine biologist onboard was a perfect way to see whales. It definitely was! Kristina and the boat's driver were fantastic! Her knowledge and experience shined. We saw many whales including some that breached very close to the boat . As an added bonus, we saw a sea turtle and speckled dolphins. Our experience was magical. THANK YOU for a wonderful experience Wild Life Connection!
    A perfect outing for nature lovers.
    Felipe_V, Mar 2022
    This was a fun and exciting afternoon in which we saw numerous whales, two types of dolphins, and a sea turtle. I loved that the biologist and the boat operator made sure we got a very good view of the whales but were respectful of them and did not to get too close. Another plus: I get the impression this tour attracts people who genuinely love nature and are not primarily seeking a cocktail party with whales as the entertainment . (Some tours provide an open bar). The provided meal on this tour is fine: a deli sandwich with soft drinks. On our tour there were only five people on the boat so it was very intimate. (The capacity is about 15 or so.) Also there’s a canvass top so you’re not sitting in direct sunlight. This tour is pricier than some of the others, but no-nonsense and respectful of nature. Perfect in my book.
    A whale of a day.
    Chuck_F, Mar 2022
    From start to finish a most memorable day on the water. Christina our biologist enlightened us about dolphins and whales. She was so delightful and Cesar our boat captain put us up close and personal with dolphin whales and a large turtle. Please take time for this tour.
    Amy_A, Mar 2022
    Absolutely outstanding experience. The pre-sail education was incredible. The captain and guide were very knowledgeable and committed to the conservation and safety of these magnificent animals. We were so lucky to see many whales, dolphins and even a few turtles
    Fantastic tour!
    Gary_B, Mar 2022
    Trip was GREAT! Christina our biologist was AWESOME! We learned soooo much! Good, snacks and cold drinks to! Highly recommend for singles, couples, families, etc! A MUST DO in PV! Saw and heard lots of whales, turtles, and dolphins.
    Disappointing and confusing
    David_D, Feb 2022
    Directions on where to meet were confusing to everyone. instructor started late. He gave a nice presentation and left. Our guide showed up and she started in with the same lecture not knowing he had already provided it. we paid $79 each to your company. Others showed up and paid $20. That’s quite the rip off! The tour was supposed to be be start at 12:30 and said lunch was provided. You would think that would be first At 4 o’clock our guide pulled out cheese sandwiches. When I mentioned the lunch from the description, she said “it’s not really a lunch. I’m not sure why they say that”. I emailed Viator and they offered me $25 towards a future tour. Why would I want to take another tour from a company that deceives you& charges four times the actual cost?
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    As I mentioned even to you, it seems that your hunger and imagining things, especially that someone paid 20US blocked your mind and turned everything negative around you and everything negative on the tour, you even threatened us for not giving a refund but your arguments are not valid. First of all you are not telling the truth, we have never in our whole existence charged $20 US to a person, you can check our website and other tour agencies that sell our tour and it is always the same price. We don't know why can you even imagine we can charge $20 it is totally out of reality at that price not even having 14 pax on board we will cover expenses and the max we put is 16 pax, we also explained you that the lady you saw paying paid with several 20US bills, but no matter what we tell you, you don't understand and wont change your mind.    Appointment is at 12.30, that doesn't mean the tour starts at that exact time, we always have to check everyone has arrived to be able to begin, sometimes customers can get a few minutes late due traffic or getting lost, so we give some minutes for everyone to arrive. When checking that everyone has arrived we give an educational explanation, sometimes it is given by some of us that are on land, sometimes the morning guide arrives from the morning tour and gives it. Depends totally in the dynamic on the tours each day. In your case it was given by someone of us on land while the morning tour was arriving, when your guide took things out she was going to charge the persons that were paying that day at check in, and it is when your mind imagined that we charge $20 US.     About lunch, first you can read on the tour details that is described that what we give is a big sandwich with turkey, cheese and lettuce, the size of this sandwich is approx 20-22 cm baguette style bread high quality selected. And you can also read and see no where it says that is given at 12.30, in Mexico lunch time is between 2 and 4 pm, so we normally give the big sandwiches between 3 and 3.30 when we are already with the whales     We feel sorry you had that wrong impression, but as mentioned in the beginning we have explained to you all these, and not even if you saw many whales that day and that the service was normal you continue arguing about the price you imagined and that you were hungry, and nobody can change your mind about that even if it not correct.
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