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Humpback Whale Watching Extension (2022 Only)

Close Encounters with Gentle Giants off Mexico's Pacific Coast
4 Days
From $1995
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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 multiple excursions, heading out in a covered motorboat designed for whale watching. Our naturalist guides lower a hydrophone into the sea, offering a chance to hear vocal males sharing their otherworldly songs. Ashore, enjoy luxury accommodations at an award-winning boutique hotel overlooking the ocean, soaking up the  tropical vibe of this popular coastal resort town.

Trip Highlights

  • Whale Watch on Three ExcursionsOn three separate excursions, spend unhurried hours among the humpback whales that come to Banderas Bay to mate and birth their young
  • Record Underwater SongsOn a sunset boat excursion, we locate male whales and record their distinctive otherworldly songs, which are often repeated for hours on end
  • Observe Pacific Coast WildlifeLook for dolphins and sea turtles, too, and visit a crocodile conservation program at a lagoon reserve that’s also an important habitat for waterbirds

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