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Private Whale Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta provided by Vallarta Natours

Private Whale Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta

Private Whale Watching Tour in Puerto Vallarta
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Soft Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • The listed price does not include a $40 pesos per person port tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our local supplier and/or the local transit or governing authority and is not within our control.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Souvenirs (available to purchase)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Mr. Cream Pancakes & Waffles, Condominios Marina Sol Int. 3y4, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Rain or shine the tour will depart.
  • Seasonal operating December to March
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to covid restrictions, maximum 8 passenger per booking
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Soft Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • The listed price does not include a $40 pesos per person port tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our local supplier and/or the local transit or governing authority and is not within our control.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Souvenirs (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Mr. Cream Pancakes & Waffles, Condominios Marina Sol Int. 3y4, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Rain or shine the tour will depart.
  • Seasonal operating December to March
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to covid restrictions, maximum 8 passenger per booking
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Na ba
2 contributions
The entire experience is exactly as advertised. Thalia is just the best guide ever and her passion for the well being of the Whales is just exemplary. Getting to the meeting point was easy and in less than 5 minutes of meeting Thalia we were all seated on the boat and ready to go. Throughout the trip Thalia shared her knowledge and experiences with us together with answering our questions. Her commitment to putting the wellbeing of the whales first showed throughout this trip. At all times we followed the guidelines and most importantly never got too close to the whales, just let them come to you as Thalia says. The start of the tour was a bit slow with spotting lone whales but they were not staying on top for long but Thalia kept saying have patience and she was right it paid off. The best part for me was spotting a group of about 3/ 4 whales and then spotting more whales zooming ahead to join this group which in the end turned out to be 8. The show they put on was spectacular and they came close to us rather than us going to them. To finish off this spectacular tour, we were treated to a lovely lunch that was finished off with some homemade cookies. So not only is she great with Whales but also a great baker. I will recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience whale watching but with compassion for the animals to book with Thalia.
Written December 21, 2021
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PKV3610
9 contributions
What an amazing Whale Watching tour we had with Thalia and her crew! After reading great reviews about Vallarta Natours, I booked a private 4 hour tour for 6 on Jan. 13, 2022. Thalia met us at the Marina and was very personable, escorting us to her boat. As we headed out into the bay, she educated us on all things Whales, most of it, none of us knowing. It was fascinating learning about these amazing creatures, something we would not of had, if we had just taken a tour boat! The love and respect she has for these incredible mammals is so apparent and is obvious she has dedicated her life to get to know and protect them and their environment. We must of seen over 30 whales in the 4 hours we were on the boat, and it was fascinating listening to her identity them just by their flukes! We enjoyed a yummy homemade lunch of sandwich’s, chips, and local sparkling waters and cookies! Thalia and her brother take many pictures and videos during the tour and share them with you at no extra charge! That in itself is unheard of! This was our first visit to the Puerto Vallarta area, but will not be our last. Our next visit will definitely include another excursion with Vallarta Natour! Exceptional tour and crew!! Thank you Thalia!!
Written January 30, 2022
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toddalandry
Augusta, ME4 contributions
One of the best experiences we have ever had. Thalia and her crew were the best. We were able to see a mother whale with her one-week-old calf before encountering a group of 10 whales which entertained us for nearly two hours as they swam around and very near our idling boat. Thalia explained what the whales were doing as part of their mating rituals. On our ride back in, we saw two additional whales, one of which did a partial breach.

Great experience and highly recommended.
Written January 2, 2022
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thaliaMsp
Thank you for joining us. Our excursions are interés more than just a tour, it's a life experience Getting to learn about the magnificent whales as they are in front of us is simply magical. Hope to see you back
Written January 7, 2022
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Antonio Aspra
Pearland, TX7 contributions
These tours are managed by Thalia, who is certainly an expert on whales. She does an excellent job of guiding you and teaching about these wonderful mammals. Also, as a marine biologist, she is always looking for the well being of the creatures while we watch them.
In Puerto Vallarta there is a significant number of tour operators that offer whale-watching tours. However, a whale watching tour with Vallarta Natours is a totally different experience. First, Thalia is very knowledgeable about whales, dolphins, turtles and other creatures you will find on the way. We especially liked that she took her time to explain and engage with our teenagers and kids, with explanations for all, at all levels. Second, her boat is small (10 persons max.) which allows for a more intimate experience and you will not miss any action or information.

Third, and very important, Thalia and Andres, her captain, have a lot of experience to search for the whales. Finding them is not that easy, but they did find two groups of whales courting and fighting. I especially remember a male whale whacking another male with its tail while fighting for a female… ouch!

Watching these whales up close and personal is a lifetime experience. Thalia and her captain will make sure you get the most out of it. If you like nature, you are interested in the whales, or if you want to enjoy an experience like no other, we recommend you take a whale watching tour with Thalia and Vallarta Natours. We are sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.
Written January 7, 2020
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VallartaNatours
Being outdoors with amazing guests like yourself and your family makes our day shine! In addition to that, being able to share what we know, as much as what we love doing is simply magical. We never know what we will have every time we go out, but seeing the smiles on our guest's faces, is heartwarming and gives the energy required to keep on going with our research, conservation programs through education and just enjoy Nature. GRacias!
Written January 8, 2020
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pbair90
Marysville, OH30 contributions
We so enjoyed our January 29th half day private whale watching tour with Vallarta Natours. We were in Puerto Vallarta for the day as our cruise stop. After figuring out the time difference between PV local time and ship time, we were able to communicate with Thalia our expected arrival, and she was super accommodating. We jumped in a cab immediately after exiting the ship and made the quick 5-10 minute trip to the marina (note - this is walkable, along a very busy street, but will take over 30 minutes, so cab is best if under time constraints).
Captain Andres and Lisandro met us at the marina and our group of 10 friends loaded into the boat. Our particular boat was smaller than I expected, but easily accommodated seating for our group. Our guide provided great information of the whales and dolphins in the area and our time went quickly as we saw lots and lots of whales and a pod of nearly 100 dolphin. Lunch was a lovely sandwich, Mexican style chips, cookies, and juice or water. The highlight was when the guide lowered a listening device into the water and we were able to hear the whale song, and then watch as the whales we were listening to surfaced very close to our boat. Very cool! I highly recommend this company if traveling with friends or family. We enjoyed this special outing with personal attention for far less per person than we could have booked an excursion through the ship.
Written February 11, 2020
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thaliaMsp
Always happy to help out guests and adjust, when possible, our schedule to have the best possible outcome . All of us at Natours, thank you for giving us the opportunity to host you.
Written February 12, 2020
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Andy D
1 contribution
Friends
We had a morning of whale watching with Tallia and it was amazing. I would definitely recommend is for anyone who wants to get on the bay Banderas and spend a morning watching nature at its best! I was expecting to see maybe 10 whales. We ended up seeing 38 whales, multiple dolphins as well as a manta ray!
Written February 14, 2022
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Shawn MacDonald
Joliet, IL2 contributions
The boat was older but clean with new twin 175 HP Suzuki engines and was piloted by a great Captain.
Our guide was great and very professional. She knew the whales and the bay very well. She provided very interesting facts throughout the entire tour. I love her passion for the whales and her job. When we saw some baby whales we all were like kids in a candy store. We saw more than a dozen different whales and our captain got close to the whales while still respecting their space. I have already forwarded the tour information onto friends that are coming to Puerto Vallarta in the next two months. This is the second time in thee years that my wife and I have visited PV and we took this tour both times and are very, very happy we did. Please don’t let the cost dictate if you will take this tour, TAKE IT, you won’t be sorry!
Written January 9, 2020
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thaliaMsp
We get so happy to receive back guests that have been with us previously. It's such a warming sensation, knowing that our guest enjoys what we do as much as ourselves. looking forward to hosting you in the future and share more precious moments.
Written January 21, 2020
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Donna R
Manchester, UK7 contributions
Couples
This is the only Whale trip to go on.. the reason why ,it is respectful ,responsible, by keeping a distance and respects the whales. There is only 8 guests on the boat. Thalia is very knowledgeable and will discuss the behaviours that the whales exhibit whilst nursing their calves and mating. We loved the trip so much we tried to book another date but it was booked up in advance. We booked the trip before we went on the holiday to Mexico.we reluctantly booked another trip with another operator and was truly disappointed, it was disgraceful in comparison, the boat we were told had 15 guests had 40 they chased the whales, followed the boats sometimes as many as 9 boats around a whale. With Thalia we only saw one other boat.
This truly is the best experience I fully recommend this trip! Also the lunch was lovely.
Written March 11, 2022
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Marcy D
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico47 contributions
This was the best whale watching tour I have ever been on. Victor was a fantastic guide...very professional and knowledgeable. Angel certainly knew how to handle to the boat safely and respectfully so we could see these beautiful creatures up close. We saw 22 whales on this tour! Incredible. I will never forget this experience. Thank you Victor and Angel. If you want the best whale watching tour in Vallarta, this is it! I highly recommend this responsible tour! I have shared my experience with all my friends on social media and will definitely bring all of my visitors to PV on this tour.
Written January 19, 2022
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Robert S
1 contribution
This was a FANTASTIC experience. My friends and I live here permanently, and I gave the trip as a gift for friends and family members. Most everyone had done similar tours before, and all said that this was the best! A smaller boat and smaller group made it more fun, and the emphasis was on the animals and not the partying. We followed several groups and had fun learning to spot them as they surfaced! We learned so much about their behavior and really got up close and personal. On the way back to port we happened upon an immense group of dolphins following a school of smaller fish, and they quickly became another huge highlight of the trip!
The boat captain and guide were helpful, informative, friendly, and really patient with us. It's easy to tell that they really enjoy their work! HIGHLY recommended!
Written April 4, 2022
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thaliaMsp
We love or work, it's a real passion. Spending time with guests on the boat while enjoying Nature is so rewarding. Thank you so much for honoring us.
Written April 10, 2022
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kdbeaches
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A beautiful experience!
Our wild dolphin encounter with Thalia and her captain Angel was excellent. She is very knowledgeable about the do
Sara T
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Once in a lifetime
This was our favorite thing about our vacation. What a dream come true! Thalia is so knowledgeable and communicates
H3618TXruthw
H3618TXruthw
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Wonderful family tour
Our morning tour with Thalia and Angel was the highlight of our Puerto Vallarta vacation! My family (5 adults, 2 ki
jrip216
jrip216
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Snorkeling Fun in Puerto Vallarta
Two of us went on this snorkeling tour and we had a wonderful time. Not only were Thalia and Angel great to spend t
Elizabeth G
Elizabeth G
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Perfect introduction to Puerto Vallarta
We previously did whale watching with Thalia, and had high expectations for the walking city tour - she didn't disa
C1859JOlesliem
C1859JOlesliem
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Great snorkeling
Talia and Angel were great and full of information of the marine life! Saw rays, an eel, and it was teeming with co
sonyac267
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This IS your tour. Don't pass them up.
The captain, Angel, and the guide, Thalia were amazing. The snorkeling tour at Los Arcos was such a great experienc
kellylO6577HR
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Exceptional Experience Whale Watching
Dolphins, a sea turtle, and whales. It doesn't get better than that. Despite touring on the second to the last da
Russ H
Russ H
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Simply the best in the entire area
We have now done this tour with Thalia and her brother twice (plus the butterfly sanctuary tour) and, they are grea
harrypW2139TA
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A thrilling experience
We make Vallarta Natours an annual event. In fact, we went twice this year. A thrilling and educational experience.
Bigbass1969
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Amazing whale watching!! Plus spotted dolphins!
Thalia and Angel were amazing and so were the whales! Our tour was toward the end of the whale watching season and
brooklyn24
brooklyn24
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You will see whales
We had a nice tour with this group. The boat is a panga and we had 10 people plus the captain and guide. We saw 19
mckuhn01
mckuhn01
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Awesome Whale Watching
We went on a 4 hour whale watching tour with Victor and Angel (sp.?) when we were in Puerto Vallarta. There were
kickitin1969
kickitin1969
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How many times do I have to say it? Just go!!
Trip number 6 and I'm still a huge fan! You can read my other reviews and the 100 others that say this is an amazi
ellpoeta
ellpoeta
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Amazing birthday/bucket list trip!
To say this trip was amazing does not do it justice; spectacular,incredible, far beyond what we could have imagined
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