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Vallarta Natours

113 reviews
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
About Vallarta Natours
Eco traveling is the base to have tighter bonds between society, nature, and education; while connecting locals and travelers. Our passion is not just exploring, but doing with a purpose: help our guests to get the best experience out of their venture while being eco and socially responsible. Our team includes marine biologist, certified guide, lifeguard, long time fisherman, cinematographer.
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9 reviews
Snorkel through Los Arcos and have an up-close experience with the diverse marine life in the waters off Puerto Vallarta. Your marine expert guide will teach you all about the sea life in the area. You may see angelfish, eels, manta rays, sea urchins and many more! The tour includes a visit to the beach at Mismaloya and the chance to ride behind the boat on a giant inflatable.
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$75.00 per adult
Wild Dolphin Encounter in Puerto Vallarta
5 reviews
Swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat on this excursion.  Accompanied by a marine biologist, your small group will boat out into Banderas Bay where bottlenose dolphins like to play in the waves. Learn about these amazing mammals, listen to their communication using a hydrophone, then dive in for a wild life experience with dolphins you won’t forget.
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$95.00 per adult
41 reviews
Look for humpback whales off the coast of Mexico on a half-day whale-watching tour from Puerto Vallarta. Depending on the conditions, you might watch for whales in the Bahia de Banderas or out in the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the majestic animals from your marine biologist guide as you ride on a small boat that is equipped with a restroom. Your tour includes lunch served on board the boat and accompanied by non-alcoholic beverages.
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$95.00 per adult
13 reviews
Take a private tour from Puerto Vallarta into Banderas Bay with a marine biologist. You will have the guide and the boat to yourself on this whale watching adventure. Depart from the marina and spend the morning spotting whales from a safe distance that won’t disturb them. Make sure you bring your your questions for the expert, and your camera to capture the moment.
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$630.00 per adult
Private Los Arcos snorkeling
2 reviews
Go snorkeling with a marine biologist guide on this Puerto Vallarta tour. As you search for Pacific marine life around Los Arcos (The Arches), you'll hear about the ocean environment and its different species from the guide, who's also a certified lifeguard.
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$550.00 per adult
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Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

One of the best shake watching experiences I have had! Thalia is a marine biologist who clearly loves her work. She educates as well as entertains. We saw plenty of active whales and porpoises. She is very respectful of them!

Date of experience: February 2018
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2018

Muchas gracias Lydia! Marine life is part of me, the love for them comes from very deep inside..almost part of my DNA. Hope to see you back.

Reviewed January 27, 2018

We chartered Vallarta Natours for a private family day January 11, 2018..... Thalia Martinez is the owner and Biologist/Naturalist. Very knowledgeable with formal education in marine animals. Her Boat Captain was great and her boat was well equipped, up to date and well maintained. What...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2018

Hi Curt! Thank you so much for you kind words. For both Andres and myself it was as delight to have you on board and show you and your family our world in beautiful Bahia de banderas. Looking forward to hosting you again.

Reviewed January 12, 2018

My wife and I, accompanied by by brother and his family went on the tour with Thalia on January 2nd, 2018. Thalia was very knowledgeable and caring. She gave us a very good overview talk on whales so we would better appreciate what we were...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2018

Having families with kids sharing a nature based tour is a perfect way to marvel at the greatness of mother nature. We can see and enjoy as kids do, we should always keep that in mind! Whale hugs to you and your lovely family. Hope...More

Reviewed January 11, 2018

Don't fall for the slick marketing that the other tours throw at you. Thalia educates you about the whales and their behavior and respects the laws which are designed to protect them. Her smaller boat is much more maneuverable and she knows where to look...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2018

I cannot thank you enough for your kind words. At the "office" my coworkers (whales, dolohins, turtles, and all the marine life) and myself are always open to you. Our guests are our friends...and it's always a fun day out, marveling at the beauty of...More

Reviewed January 10, 2018

We took an early morning tour on 12/08/17 and had the best time. Thalia is a marine biologist, is extremely knowledgeable, and is more than willing to teach and share what she has learned. She was a gracious host and even had water and snacks...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2018

Thank you so much for joining me. I had a marvelous time too and a great first day of whale watching. Sharing my knowledge is the best way to connect humans and wildlife. A truly wonderful morning out. Gracias y hasta pronto. Warm Mexican hugs.

Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

Thalia was our guide on our whale watching tour. She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about whales, marine life, and the ocean. Her excitement is contagious! The love she has for her job shows in her enthusiasm and care. She is a wonderfully friendly person...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2018

Dear Stacey and Simon, Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to share a lovely morning with both of you. We are very happy to learn that our love for the marine world was contagious. That's what we need to help our environment...little...More

Reviewed December 30, 2017

You sometime read about swimming with dolphins in a captive environment but we got to swim with them out in the wild. They were so close we could have touched them [but told not to. When they dove down, we dove down, we jumped up...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2017

Thank you for your kind words, I feel honored to have had the chance to guide you through the wonders of marine life in Bahia de Banderas, and introduce you to my family of dolphins. They loved interacting with you, so you were adopted as...More

Reviewed December 29, 2017

Six of us joined Thalia on her boat to see dolphins and humpback whales. It was mid December and the water was comfortable enough to swim with the dolphins. They came to her whistle, Thalia knew many of them by their markings. The dolphin were...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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thalia91, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2017

It is a real pleasure to have the chance to share my passions with guests as you. Thank you for supporting my research! I hope the rest of your trip was as fantastic as our day together, and that I get the chance to meet...More

Reviewed December 15, 2017 via mobile

Ten of us went on a day trip to the small towns of Mayto, El Tuito and Tehuamixtle. Along the way, we stopped at a turtle nursery a family run cheese making operation and an amazing bakery. The bakery is on the side of the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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thalia91, Propietario at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2017

Dear Julie! I am so happy to know that you had such a good time with me and Rodolfo. Being a tour guide, sharing my knowledge and passions is a great adventure and I am blessed to be able to meet wonderful guests like you!...More

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October 15, 2018|
Response from thaliaMsp | Property representative |
Yes there is! public buses ( will have to take up to three depending where you'll be staying.
April 22, 2018|
Response from thaliaMsp | Property representative |
Hi! Whales come here during winter. The whale watching season is set to run from the 8th of December to the 23rd of March. The best time to see then would be late January, early February. Regarding dolphins, there are... More