Enjoy Close Encounters with These Gentle Giants off Mexico's Pacific Coast
The sparkling blue waters of Banderas Bay off Puerto Vallarta provide winter habitat for hundreds of humpback whales. They migrate here annually from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to breed and birth their young in the warm waters of Mexico's Pacific coast.
Endlessly fascinating and entertaining, these active whales often put on quite a show as they breach, spy-hop and dive deep with their flukes in the air, in full view of our excursion boat. We spend hours among these charismatic cetaceans on three separate excursions, heading out in a covered motorboat designed for whale watching. Our adventure includes two daytime whale-watching outings plus one sunset trip. Our naturalist guides lower a hydrophone into the sea, offering to hear vocal males sharing their otherworldly songs. Ashore, we enjoy 5-star accommodations at a luxury seaside resort, basking in the friendly tropical vibe of this popular coastal town.
On three separate excursions, spend unhurried hours among the humpback whales that come to Banderas Bay to mate and birth their young
On a sunset boat excursion, we locate male whales and record their distinctive, otherworldly songs, which are often repeated for hours on end
Look for dolphins and sea turtles, too, and visit a crocodile conservation program at a lagoon reserve that’s also an important habitat for waterbirds