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Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta
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Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta

By Eco Explorer Whale Watching
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Ages 5-75, max of 10 per group
Duration: 3h
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English, French, Spanish
Features animals


  • We have granola bars, some fruit and water on board.
  • Use of hydrophone
  • Life Vest
  • Whales goverment permits
  • Whales conservacy wrist bands donation.
What's not included
  • Breakfast
  • According the whales legislation, we can not provide alcohol on the boat.
  • Gratuities
  • Marina Dock fee must be paid cash during your check in (u$3.00 or mx$50.00 each pax)


Departure details
  • Whale Watching Eco Explorer Vallarta, Proa 22, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico We are located at Marina Vallarta, at just 5 minutes from airport, 2 blocks away from the Whale statue.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 118966P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please consider that all our guests must show an ID, f you do not present it at the time of check in you will not be allowed to board the boat.
  • Toddlers ar not allowed on public tour, only private tours.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta?
Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta price starts from $79.00. Discover and book Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta on Tripadvisor
What is the Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta cancellation policy?
Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta?
Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta is hosted by Eco Explorer Whale Watching. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Eco Explorer Whale Watching on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Whale Encounter Puerto Vallarta on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 118966P1

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  • You'll start at
    Whale Watching Eco Explorer Vallarta
    Proa 22, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
    We are located at Marina Vallarta, at just 5 minutes from airport, 2 blocks away from the Whale statue.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Bay of Banderas
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator
Eco Explorer Whale Watching
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Mexico
Joined in January 2012

#25 of 257 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Puerto Vallarta
  • 907hendrixh
    907hendrixh
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    Wish I could give 10 stars
    Our guide Carlos and our boat captain were excellent. We had 4 adults and a 2 year old on a private tour. The entire time we felt safe and cared for. The whole experience felt like the equivalent of a semester in the study of Marine Biology. The way that he shared his knowledge and love for the creatures of the sea blew us away. We learned so much about the differences and similarities among whales, and that all dolphins are whales but not all whales are dolphins (most specifically their differences like Mysticeti and Odontoceti, no teeth or with teeth). Such a cool experience being out there on the water. One of the best parts was following a humpback female with its calf and watching her teach it all sorts of things like to breech and hold it's breath from a very close distance. Then following this we met up with a large group of maybe 6-7 males following a female around and fighting for her attention. This was amazing. So many great photos too! We continued for a while with them and also saw a sea turtle, lots of dolphins, iguanas on the shore, and tones of sea birds. The difference that sets this guide apart is his respect for the environment, the wildlife and his intellectual aptitude on the subjects. Carlos is a retired Veterinarian with a passion for his new life style and love of life in general. Make sure you book with them! If I could give 10 stars I would.
  • TpatClark
    TpatClark
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    Majestic experience!
    Amazing! We saw several mommas and Babies! And their escorts!! We did a private boat with our friends and so worth the money! Carlos and Martin were just awesome! Very knowledgeable, you could tell they were passionate about their jobs and they made it very fun and exciting for us. Thank you!!!!
  • 853bellm
    853bellm
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    Most fun had in Puerto Vallarta!
    This was so much fun. Guide Carlos and Captain Javier did an amazing job. Carlos is an expert and made sure we were at a safe distance as to not disturb the new moms and their calf’s. Then we came up on 11 or 12 males competing for a female. So much excitement and information. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to go on a responsible, respectful and informative tour.
  • terim5332022
    terim5332022
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    Fantastic experience for all ages!
    First time whale watching and I wasn't sure what to expect. I guess I was hoping to see at least one and we saw over 20! Our guide was fantastic and so knowledgeable. He was truly passionate about the whales, understood their habits/patterns and was able to get our boat situation to watch them play in the beautiful Puerto Vallarta bay. Add this to your bucket list!
  • Kelvin F
    Kelvin F
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    Absolutely amazing
    Absolutely amazing trip. Went out today with Carlos and Raphael who were fantastic. Carlos’s knowledge is outstanding. If you book this trip you won’t be disappointed. A boat just for 10 which is nice. Found so many whales it was amazing. We even got to see Dolphins on the way home and Carlos stopped so we could take photos even though we were on our way home. Carlos even put a device in the water so we could hear the whales sing, what an experience. The videos I have are stunning.
  • weidson53
    weidson53
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    Winner! 30+ Whales Today
    Carlos and Captain Emilio took us on a perfect tour of the bay today. We were the first boat to find many of the whales thanks to our expert guides. We learned a great deal from Carlos and appreciated his enthusiasm. My friends and I highly recommend Carlos and Captain Emilio!
  • Debra B
    Debra B
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    Fun and educational
    We did a 3 hour ( I'm pretty sure we spent more than 3 hours) whale watching tour. Our guide, Carlos, and boat captain, Alex were great. Carlos gave us a lot of information about whales and other species of sea mammals. He has a lot of experience which made the experience extra special. We saw several groups of whales -- felt like a version of an African safari as Alex and Carlos spotted whales and we raced to get closer. Eco Explorer is dedicated to respectful viewing of wildlife and a great company to enjoy this experience.
  • 268clarkm
    268clarkm
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    Great Tour
    Wonderful whale watching tour!! Highly recommend it. Great tour guide and we saw many whales. Would do it again!
  • potiontextile
    potiontextile
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    Highly recommend
    We felt we got way more than our money's worth. We saw lots of whale and dolphin activity which is never guaranteed we know. The educational presentation through out the day was the best. Highly recommend!
  • PMWJFW
    PMWJFW
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    Whale watching with Eco Explorer
    Had a fantastic time with Carlos. Only 4 of us on this fast boat. Difficult to see how it could have been any better. We saw several groups of humpbacks - single mother with calf,groups of maybe 6 together, tail slapping, pectoral fin slapping, fighting and even one complete breech (why was my camera not switched on ??). Carlos is very experienced with dolphins,whales and diving, really knows his stuff, and clearly loves what he does. A fabulous trip and a great boat to go on if you want to get fantastic views. Good price too!
  • putyourrightfootin
    putyourrightfootin
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    Exciting whale watching!
    Great experience! The tour was very easy to book... Wendy speaks English very well, she was very professional and friendly. Carlos our guide was very knowledgeable and fun. He gave us lots of detailed information concerning the whales and their habits. Carlos and the driver of the boat were able to find a young humpback whale within the first half hour. This whale was playing with a dolphin! Then we headed out much further in the bay and found a female with 4 males competing for her attention. We watched the males intimidate each other and fight to win the female. about a half hour later the victor left with her and the others sulked away. We had a wonderful time and would definitely use them again.
  • kevingT7556AC
    kevingT7556AC
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    discover scuba diving
    This was the Greats experience of my life, my instructor Alex was fantastic. He helped me through each step. we dove in two different spots. We seen all types of aquatic life and ever heard whales singing.. Cant say enough about the company, they were fantastic, extremely nice and helpful. thank you Sincerely Kevin Gentry...
  • 51Irishone11
    51Irishone11
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    Whale watching
    Spectacular tour! Whales under the boat, whales singing, dolphins playing, blue footed boobies diving. Our tour guide was Fernando and he was a fountain of knowledge. Our boat captain Rafael has the sharpest eyes of all. He saw the singer, the dolphins and a group of four whales. We will do this again the next time we visit Puerto Vallarta
  • VPinPV
    VPinPV
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    Amazing experience, knowledgeable guide, saw lots of whales & dolphins!
    Great staff, really fun day, our guide (a veterinarian) had a lot of knowledge and experience, when it came to the animals in the bay, so we learned a lot. They also really respected the animals space &talked about conservation of the ecosystem. We saw 3 separate groups of humpbacks and 2 species of dolphins. I'd highly recommend them, because of their expertise, fun personality, and excellent tracking skills.
  • Pringnalda
    Pringnalda
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    Marietas Island Snorkel and Hidden Beach
    Our trip to Marietas Island with Luis and his crew was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! We really had no idea how exciting and unique this experience would be for us. In all of our travels we have never experienced the thrill of cave snorkeling ! We saw whales and dolphins on our trip to the island. Luis served a delicious sandwich and provided great pictures of the entire experience! Luis, thank you for your professional guidance and for capturing the thrill of this memory!
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rfrenchjr
Denver, CO1 contribution
Feb 2022
Carlos was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He shared his extensive knowledge of whales and dolphins. He is a marine veterinarian and researcher. He was very personable, as well. When other boats/tours began crowding our boat, he would move on to another area with no boats and almost magically find another pod of whales!
We even heard the whales singing from the boat AND he had an underwater microphone he lowered to allow us to hear more clearly. He is top notch and I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Written February 10, 2022
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kescun
Lutherville, MD6 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We chose this trip after reading reviews of this and several other trips, and we certainly chose a great experience. There were 5 passengers on our afternoon tour, and we were well taken care of by our crew. Our guide Carlos was absolutely excellent in every way - his breadth of knowledge was extraordinary, but that was actually surpassed by his enthusiasm for the whale watching. We got very close to a group of several whales, and stayed with them for quite awhile. Carlos got just as excited as the rest of us as we watched them, a few coming within about 30 feet or so from us. Our captain Javier did a great job maneuvering the boat to be able to stay close. We enjoyed the entire afternoon very much and recommend it completely. Thanks Carlos for a very fun, memorable experience!
Written February 3, 2022
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Linda R
Gillette, WY35 contributions
What a great time. Not just a whale watching tour but an educational experience as well. Our guide was very knowledgeable and indeed a whale whisperer. We found humpbacks shortly after starting and the behavior of the whales was explained in detail. It was mating season and a female was surrounded by courting males. There were also accompanying dolphins who predicted when the whales would surface. I truly enjoyed this experience.
Written December 31, 2021
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Jaimie W
Madison, WI4 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We saw maybe a dozen whales up close, doing a variety of activities, and dozen+ more from afar. We loved this and also was a great way to get away from the city and have some experience to share. Captain Carlos was knowledgeable about whales and their activities and it was clear that he really cares about being respectful.

My videos are GREAT, the photos here are just ok :)
Written March 9, 2020
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Siva_Vis
California Hot Springs, CA3 contributions
Great experience with Carlos and Javier. He was not only funny but was very knowledgeable about animal behavior . His small boat ( only 12 people) helped navigate quickly and soon we were surrounded by a dozen whales - males competing for females showing displays of aggression , 3 breaches which were spectacular . In addition we saw several dolphins and a sea turtle as a bonus.

Overall we highly recommend Carlos and Eco explorer for whale watching in PV bay of banderas.

If you are into whale watching this is the trip for you. If you want to see sunset or beaches book a different tour.
Written January 23, 2023
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Jan 2023
Had an amazing time whale watching with Gustavo and Javier and saw a huge number of whales. Gustavo was an incredible guide. He had a great sense of humour, was very knowledgeable, and was really enthusiastic about both the whale encounters and answering questions. Javier did a fantastic job of quickly getting us to great spots to view whales. It was definitely an advantage to be on a smaller boat because not only was it a more personalized experience, we also were a lot faster and more maneuvrable than the bigger boats, allowing us to get to the action quickly. Beyond the whale encounters, I thought it also said a lot about their characters that they stopped to pick up a plastic bottle that had ended up in the ocean. I would absolutely recommend Eco Explorer for your whale watching adventures!
Written February 7, 2023
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husseys_hacienda
Kingston, Canada40 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
We were rescheduled to Jan 26 due to low numbers so we went out with Carlos and Javier. Carlos is extremely knowledgeable and shared not only great info about the whales and other marine life but also shared some fascinating stories from his adventures. Javier did a great job of keeping the boat as smooth as could be expected for a run on the ocean and was able to follow the whales at a safe but highly visible distance. We would recommend Carlos and Javier any day for your whale watching experience in PV.
Written January 26, 2023
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mariondoornbos
Boston, MA1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Family
We had a great time on our private whale watch with Carlos! He knows everything about the whales and even let us hear the songs of the whales. We saw lots of them and it was a lot of fun to see the babies playing and fooling around. This is the best whale watch company in PV!
Written March 2, 2022
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Roland P
Guanajuato, Mexico2 contributions
Jan 2022
The captain and scout (Pedro) were very friendly and provided great service. Both have extended experience in the marine field. We were lucky this time to be only four guests on the boat. We were also very lucky to have a whale dive under the boat and resurface right after. So, that was a close encounter. We also witnessed a group of seven male whales around one female. That was very spectacular. There were possibly dozens of whales in the bay that day or season. Listening to the whales with an underwater mic is also very impressive. Thank you to the team!
Written January 29, 2022
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k1earlyed
Minneapolis, MN38 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We were in a group of 10 for this amazing morning whale watching excursion on December 27th. The small boat was comfortable and easy for everyone to capture the fantastic activity. Carlos, our guide, and the captain were great! We watched several different competitions where male whales were showing off and trying to win over a female to mate with. Often times there were dolphins playing around the whales. Lots of fun activity! We would highly recommend this Eco Explorer excursion. I was glad I had my hoodie along, but long pants probably weren’t necessary.
Written January 5, 2022
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180 minutes