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Whale Photo Safari


  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Drinks and Snacks Included
  • Hydrophones Provided

Tour Summary

Our professional naturalist guides will transport you into the gorgeous waters of Banderas Bay to see the magnificent humpback whales in person. This is not your typical whale watching excursion from Puerto Vallarta; this expedition was especially designed for participants to take spectacular photographs of these mammoth marine mammals. Our knowledgeable captains will maneuver the boat into the best position for you to snap the best possible photos without disturbing these gentle creatures.

Every wintertime, these gigantic cetaceans migrate thousands of miles to escape the cold waters up north to the pleasant and secure waters of Banderas Bay. From December through March every year, vacationers in Puerto Vallarta can see these amazing creatures off the coast. You may also see other marine mammal species such as gray whales, Pacific bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, false killer whales, sea lions, or spinner dolphins. But the main attractions on this photographic safari are humpbacks. Humpback whales are the whales that have been observed to be the most active near the surface, showing fantastic displays to human observers. Humpbacks often create huge splashes with their tails and are known to breach in a more emphatic fashion.

And we’ll guide you to the spots where you will have the best opportunities to take fantastic photographs. In order to be in the optimal position for photography, we utilize smaller craft. You will not only witness the incredible humpback whales of Banderas Bay but also the unsurpassed dedication to their preservation by our naturalist staff. Our bilingual personnel will share their expansive knowledge of these threatened cetaceans and their fragile habitat.

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.

  • Whale Season begins mid December and runs until March 23rd.
  • Minimum age: 6 years old
  • Child prices applies to children ages 6 to 11. Anyone age 12 years and over is considered an adult
  • For safety reasons expecting mothers, and persons with back or neck, conditions restricted
  • To ensure maximum visibility, this tour is conducted on inflatable motor boats with no extra facilities aboard

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 Whale Photo Safari 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 ͡°)