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Sea Lion Encounter


  • Get Up Close and Personal With Our Friendly Team of Sea Lions
  • Learn All About These Fascinating Creatures and Witness Their Unique and Charming Behavior Right in Front of You
  • Pet the Sea Lions, Shake a Flipper, and Maybe Even Get a Wet Kiss
  • Small Group Sizes for the Most One-On-One Interaction Time Possible

Tour Summary

If you are planning a vacation to the resort destination of Puerto Vallarta, be sure to book a tour of our fantastic marine mammal facility in Nuevo Vallarta, where you can interact with some of the most mischievous critters you will ever meet, the Sea Lions. These sleek marine mammals are highly intelligent and enjoy playing with visitors to our campus. Sea Lions are the bewhiskered clowns of the ocean; they enjoy frolicking with humans and each other in our saltwater pools. You do not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a personal interaction with these playful scamps.

The Sea Lion Encounter allows participants to learn about our sea lion family and actually meet them in a secure shallow-water environment. Since the water in this area only reaches an adult’s waist, it is a much more controlled place to engage with the sea lions as opposed to a deep water pool.  You’ll be delighted as they swim into this shallow pool and begin to show off with an array of acrobatic feats and mischievous tricks. These marine mammals have quite an impish sense of humor. The Sea Lions are also quite sociable with visitors and enjoy touching, cuddling, and even occasionally kissing people. The Sea Lions will remind you of large aquatic dogs because of how effortlessly they appear to interact with human beings.

This informative tour will not only allow you the rare opportunity to encounter a sea lion, but will also thoroughly enlighten you about these amazing animals. This is a fun-filled, thrilling, and educational adventure that will be sure to bring a smile to your face. After leaving these precocious sea lions, you will feel like you are old friends and will truly miss their charming personalities.

It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.

  • Sea lion programs do not operate on Sundays
  • Cruise ship passengers must book directly with their cruise ship
  • Minimum age: 5 years old
  • Children 5-11 years old: Must be accompanied by a paying adult (16 or older)
  • Cameras are only allowed in the guest observation area
  • No jewelry or sunscreen allowed
  • Expecting mothers are restricted

Vallarta Tour Center is always interested in your tour experience with us. We hope you enjoyed your tour and love to hear comments.

Bob Smith

I have been to the Bahamas many times, but Sea Lion Encounter is one of my favorite trips! It includes everything that everyone should do here. As a Bahamas veteran, I can say only the best about this experience!

Jim Peters

Thanks to the professional guides! I was a bit worried about kayaking because I had never done it before, but the instructions were great and I had such a good time!

Richard Dixon

The best way to discover nature! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)