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“Ozkar's Way”

Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours
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Owner description: Ocean Friendly Tours was rated by Trip Advisor as one of The Top 10 Wildlife Tours in the World - the only whale watching tour operator in the world to be included on that list and recently rated as the #1 Outdoor Activity in Puerto Vallarta and the #1 Boat & Water Sports Activity in Puerto Vallarta. Ocean Friendly Tours is a new concept in responsible tour operation in Puerto Vallarta with a unique visual and acoustic approach to the marine world of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At Ocean Friendly Tours we provide a specialized and personalized service that blends professional knowledge of the marine environment and safety with love and care for nature. Ocean Friendly Tours have become a respectful and sophisticated way to approach the marine life and landscapes in Vallarta. Visit our website to learn more about responsible whale watching tours and the research programs conducted through our non-profit foundation called Deep Blue Conservancy. Thanks to all of our customers that make the effort to leave such beautiful reviews of their experiences. Special departure times for cruise ship guests!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Reviewed January 25, 2013

We got off the plane from Denver and the following morning found ourselves at the Port of Puerto Vallarta listening and watching an orientation that was immediately engrossing and only a hint of what was to come once we boarded our boat and headed out onto Banderas Bay with Oskar and his crew (Jorge and Lucio). The whale watching, which was spectacular, was just a part of a day of learning about nearly everything aquatic, from a man whose approach to life and teaching was as refreshing as the cool breeze blowing across the water. Oskar should be declared a national treasure. Being on the Bay with the Humpbacks could not have been a more memorable experience.

4  Thank Randal K
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

There were six in our group plus four more people on the boat. We saw a lot of action in the water, mostly whales and dolphins. It was very exciting, but the most exciting detail of the day was watching Oskar. His passion and his honest concern for the protection of the whales and all sea life is a beautiful. We have been on his tour 3 times over the past few years and we look forward to the next time.

3  Thank feiner-cruises
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Oscar and his team did an awesome job and we could not have been more pleased with the trip. The briefing before we departed was light but informative. Oscar mixed humor with details and put everyone in a positive mood. We had hoped to see at least one whale, perhaps a few if we were lucky. We were out on the Bay for only a few minutes before we saw our first whales; a mother and small baby. From there, it was one whale after another and because of the expert skills of the crew, we were at very close range. We always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to see more whales. In addition to whales, we also saw a sea turtle, and two types of manta rays - all just over the side of the boat. It was amazing! Oscar is very personable and focused on making the trip excellent for all of his guests. We could not have been more pleased. Thank you Oscar and crew for a day that we will never forget.

Thank Keith T
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We started off our tour with a very informative information session that taught us a lot about the types of whales we would be seeing. This tour is run by actual whale researchers who use the profits from the tours to fund their research. The result of this is that you have incredibly knowledgeable guides who are extra careful to get you into the thick of things to see the whales while not doing anything that will hurt the animals or interfere with their mating (which is the reason why they are in the area). Every time we spotted whales, the guide would log the sighting and record water temperatures which made it feel good that our tour was helping with their research and building on our understanding of these amazing creatures. As researchers, they had an underwater microphone so we could listen to the whales and dolphins communicating. It was really impressive to hear those sounds in real time and then see the whales interacting as they made them. We saw whales breaching the water several times and we even saw about five whales competing for the attention of a female. Very cool to see.

Word of advice...go to the washroom at the pier (very clean) before getting on the boat. While the boat IS equipped with a washroom, it affords little privacy so you only want to use it if you REALLY need to. One fellow asked to use it and he was basically standing exposed from the elbows up to do his business while people were seated four feet away facing him. If you need to go, it is there, but you should try to NOT need to go.

It was a great trip and one of the best tours we have ever been on. We plan on going again when we return to the PV area next year. Well worth the money.

2  Thank Sauyee
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We decided to go on the Ocean Friendly tour after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and we are glad we did. We had a wonderful day with our guide Keith and the crew, Jorje and Lucio. We saw a number of whales and dolphins and learned a lot about them. Our hosts were both informative and friendly. We will likely go on the tour again next year.

1  Thank cheryleb99
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