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Whale Watching in Mexico Vallarta

Have you ever heard a humpback whale sing or seen one breach (jump out of the water)?

Humpback whales weigh up to 40 tons, can grow up to 55 feet long and migrate up to 16,000 miles each year.

The prime Mexico whale watching season on the Pacific coast is between December and March when humpback whales by the thousands migrate to the Bay of Banderas Mexico and the Rivera Nayarit region to mate and give birth.

Baby humpbacks, breaching, flippering and lob tailing are all common surface activities that you can witness on whale watching vacations in Mexico.

Humpback whales are curious and these "friendlies" as the locals call them, will often approach Mexico whale watching tour boats and hover under or around the boat for many minutes.

Nuevo Vallarta Mexico Whale Watching

Just north of Puerto Vallarta lies the resort community of Nuevo Vallarta, a part of the Riviera Nayarit, which stretches for 200 miles along Mexico's west coast and is dotted by unbelievable Mexico beaches and upscale resorts.

It is along these Mexico beaches and in the Bay of Banderas especially that you can view the world’s largest mammal up close. Many times humpback whales are visible from the Mexico beaches but to truly experience these amazing mammals you can book one of the many available Vallarta Mexico whale watching tours.

Tourists from around the world come to Nuevo Vallarta on the Bay of Banderas specifically to enjoy a Mexico whale watching vacation. Catching a glimpse of the courtship activities of humpback whales is an unforgettable experience that many consider to be one of the greatest natural attractions on earth.

Other species of mammals one might encounter on Vallarta Mexico whale watching tours include;

  Grey Whales Orcas (Killer Whales)
  Blue Whales Bottlenose Dolphins
  Sperm Whales Spotted Dolphins

If the season is right one might even encounter Hawksbill turtles, Giant Leatherback turtles and Green Sea Turtles in the Vallarta Riviera Nayarit region of Banderas Bay.

Small Boat Mexico Whale Watching Tours

We recommend booking Mexico whale watching tours that utilize small boats. Small Mexico whale watching boats have the lowest impact and allow the tour operators to get in closer to the whales without disturbing them.

Humpback whales are still on the endangered list so some Mexico whale watching tour companies allocate some of the proceeds of their Nayarit whale watching tours to future whale research and conservation.

These companies are as concerned about the protection and preservation of the humpback whale species as we are. Talk to our Mexico tourism board when for help in choosing a reputable Nayarit whale watching tour operator.  Before booking your whale watching in Mexico tour, look for a responsible operator with a permit.

During the Mexico whale watching season, whale watching tours are available on a daily basis. A typical tour can vary in duration but usually lasts up to 4 hours.

When packing for a Mexico whale watching vacation, be sure to include a sweatshirt or windbreaker to keep warm and dry in addition to your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Your Mexico whale watching tour may even include lunch, bottled water and snacks.

Other Riviera Nayarit Water Activities

In the Vallarta Riviera Nayarit region, Mexico whale watching vacations can also be complemented with other local marine activities including:

Mexico Sailing Vacations

Mexico Surfing Vacations

Mexico Fishing Vacations

Additional water activities in the Nuevo Vallarta Riviera Nayarit region include:

Swimming with Dolphins


Sea Lion Encounters  

Baby Sea Turtle Release

And Deep Sea Fishing

Get Help Booking Your Mexico Whale Watching Vacation

Promoting Mexico vacations and Mexico tourism for the Riviera Nayarit region, this website is the official website of the Conventions and Visitors Bureau for the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico’s Pacific coast.

There are countless locations where one can enjoy whale watching in Riviera Nayarit, from San Blas to Nuevo Vallarta, sometimes close to the coast and sometimes by following them on an authorized vessel.

For a complete list of water activities in the Riviera Nayarit region including Mexico whale watching tours, please check out our Vallarta Mexico Activities page.

Talk to a specialist for more in-depth information about Mexico Vacations or about Mexico whale watching in the Vallarta Riviera Nayarit region. View our interactive Nayarit Mexico Map for more detailed information about specific Riviera Nayarit destinations.


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Promoting Mexico tourism in the Riviera Nayarit region along the 200 mile Pacific coastline north of Puerto Vallarta with information on Mexico beaches, all inclusive hotels, luxury resorts and activities like spas and wellness, surfing, golfing, sailing, fishing, swimming with dolphins, sea lion encounters, baby sea turtle releases and whale watching. Discover adventure package vacations, dining, shopping and attractions in Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Litibu, Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Guayabitos, San Blas, Isla de Mexcaltitan and other Riviera Nayarit locations near Puerto Vallarta.