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Whale Watching in the Riviera Nayarit

The Best Mexico Whale Watching Tours are In Riviera Nayarit!

Whales Riviera Nayarit

The best time to enjoy whale watching tours in Riviera Nayarit Mexico is from mid-December to the end of March. Many of these large mammals migrate back to the warm Pacific Ocean waters of Banderas Bay for the winter months to feed, mate or give birth and include, among others:

  • Blue Whales
  • Sperm Whales
  • California Grey Whales
  • Humpback Whales
  • Orca Killer Whales
  • Plus Many Species Of Dolphins

What You Might See While Whale Watching

Whale watching in Riviera Nayarit is a spectacular water activity and one of the most popular things to do while vacationing in Nayarit Mexico. During the Mexico whale watching season, tours are available on a daily basis. A typical tour can vary in duration but usually lasts up to 4 hours.

Whales actively engage in many types of surface behaviors. It is an overwhelming experience to witness sperm whales breaching (jumping out of the water) or humpback whales lunging out of the water, turning and landing on its back. Minkes, grey whales and Orcas also love to breach.

Have you ever heard a whale sing, or seen a whale breach, roll, or blow, or witness whales flippering (pat the ocean surface with their flipper or pectoral fin)? Humpback whales for instance, are curious and these "friendlies" as the locals call them, will often approach Mexico whale watching tour boats and float under or around the boat for many minutes.

There are countless locations where one can enjoy whale watching in Riviera Nayarit, from Nuevo Vallarta to Bucerias, Punta Mita, Sayulita and Guayabitos, all the way up the Pacific coast to San Blas.

Low Impact Mexico Whale Watching Tours

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

Many Nayarit whale watching tour companies are also environmentally conscious. They take the protection and preservation of the humpback whale species very seriously. Because humpback whales are still on the endangered list, some tour operators allocate a portion of the proceeds from their Nayarit whale watching tours to future whale research and conservation.

Come enjoy a whale watching vacation in Riviera Nayarit Mexico and be prepared for the time of your life!

View photos and videos on our media gallery page or take a moment to enjoy our Riviera Nayarit whale watching video.

Swimming with dolphins and sea lion encounters are also fun things to do in Riviera Nayarit. Learn more about other activities for water enthusiasts of all skill levels by visiting our water activities page.


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