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Whale Watching Photo Safari by Vallarta Adventures

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
888-526-2238
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Ranked #27 of 212 Activities in Puerto Vallarta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: A photo captures a single moment in time, and this specialized excursion is designed to capture the...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: A photo captures a single moment in time, and this specialized excursion is designed to capture the magical moment when you encounter wild dolphins and majestic humpback whales in the Bay of Banderas. The essence of the Whale Photo Safari is to find the wildlife and enjoy those precious moments when you can sit peacefully and watch the whales and dolphins play, breach, or just hang out.
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Roscoe, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We went January 15 in the morning. I would recommend wearing a sweatshirt. It is an incredible experience to be so close to such massive creatures. We were able to get within 100 feet of a mother whale and her baby. They were both flapping their fins on the water. I would recommend this to anyone. We will go again... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Once in a lifetime whale-watching! After locating with an airplane, our boat headed straight to a small group of humpbacks. After a bit of action we moved on for a more active group. Not only were they out of the water and close to us, the female was under our boat, with all the males following after. So close and... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

During this tour we were paired up with Nicki. I must say that her passion and knowledge for whales is extraordinary. Nicki was very knowledgeable, and she made sure that we would see some whales that day. She did her best to get us as close as possible to the whales, without invading in their own space. We were able... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The 3 hour tour is well worth the price during whale watching season. We went in mid January and saw around 10 whales - moms, dads, and babies. The guides will try to get as close as possible to give you the best views. It was absolutely amazing.

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Montreal, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We booked three adventures with this company. The promotion was buy two and get the third free. This was our freebie. The first two were complete busts (mostly because of lousy weather),, but the sun came out for this trip and it was a truly spectacular experience. We saw at least 12 wales breach, lots of tail slaps and roll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is the first time I've traveled during the winter season to Mexico, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of the trip. I'd highly recommend this experience to anyone traveling during the season, although mid January to mid February is apparently the best time as both male and female whales are present so they are very active... More 

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Duluth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I recently visited Puerto Vallarta while on a business trip and was able to take an afternoon Whale Watching trip. Our guide, Nikki, was extremely knowledgeable and her excitement was contagious! We saw a group of male whales fighting for a particular females attention. I literally could not believe we were SO close! We also were able to see a... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Our guide was amazing! We loved how she was just as excited as we were by the experience. We would have been happy to see one whale but, I definitely didn't expect to see 17 whales! Among the 17 whales, we saw breaching and fin slaps, there were males, and females with their calves. We also had a whale surface... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

On a perfect January day because it is sunny and calm, we were guided by Nikki who is also perfect in her knowledge of the humpbacks, having studied them for many years in various parts of the world. Not only was she able to identify individual whale by the pattern in their tail fins, she was able to explain to... More 

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

we saw 20 whales but no breaches or fin slaps.the guide pablo is very good and knowledgable about the whales,the habitat and the bay.

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