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Reviewed April 9, 2019

Our group of ten was blessed in so many ways:
- our guide was Thalia, a marine biologist whose specialty concentrated on her beloved whales (we called her the 'Whale Whisperer) Her love and concern for these massive creatures is obvious AND touching
-Thalia was remarkable in sharing her knowledge and we each came away with a whole new appreciation for whales, especially myself who's never lived near the ocean
- we saw three whales ...a cow with an ailing calf, and another young humpback who entertained us with breaching not once, not twice, but over FORTY times. How thrilling!!!
-Our boat's captain obviously shared Thalia's love for these creatures and did his utmost NOT to disturb them in any way. KUDUS to him as well.

All in all,with the sun shining, the sky blue, the 'snack' great, the excellent knowledge sharing, and the phenomenal entertainment we sure got our monies worth!
I have seen whales in Alaska,New Zealand and Newfoundland...NOT ONE as thrilling as on this tour. A great tour operation and I highly recommend it to everyone! Don't pay heed to the negative reviews...some folks just demand too much from everything.
What more could we have asked for??? NOTHING!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Valerie B
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thaliaMsp, Propietario at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2019

Hola Valerie,
It is indeed a blessing to be able to be outside every day, enjoying what Nature has to offer.
We do love what we do and are honored to be able to be there with wonderful guests like you.

A record was broken that afternoon, with 42 breaches by a juvenile humpback whale. That will stay in my mind forever!
Our captain Ñoño thanks you for your kind words, he loves being out in the Bay and does his best to be as respectful as possible.

looking forward to hosting you again.

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Reviewed March 28, 2019 via mobile

Excellent tour our 4-5th time w thalia. We have always seen whales a great morning on the water. She is amazing.

Date of experience: February 2019
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VallartaNatours, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2019

looking forward to many more wonderful trips with you!
our guests are a fundamental part of our amazing outings, and seen you many times makes us try harder to have always an even better excursion.

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Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

Really great trip.
Booked in the UK
Saw plenty of whales, mother and calf on the surface just flapping their fins on the water surface and blowing through their blowholes.
Then more whales as we travelled around the bay.
Nice bunch of people on the boat, American, lovely friendly bunch.
Only eleven of us on the boat, flat calm sea, beautiful day, celebrating my wife’s birthday and she loved it.
Nice snack and plenty of soft drinks,
great guide, but could not get the hang of his name and Hector the captain.
On the way back to the port came across some male whales that did the classic deep dive exposing their tail flukes and got the pictures !!!! Have been wanting to capture those images for some years now.
Forgot to say we saw salt water crocodile swimming in the marina near our boat before we left, it was sunning itself on the shore of marina when we returned !!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Rhizostoma
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VallartaNatours, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2019

Lisandro and Hector had a great morning sharing our beautiful Bahia de Banderas and its inhabitants with you.
thanks for sharing with us your special day, we wish her nothing but a life full of wonderful adventures.
So happy to learn that you were able to capture whale flukes, as they were diving.
indeed, crocs are here permanently, they are our boat guardians.... ;-)
Take care and thanks for the opportunity

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Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

We went on a private boat for Los Arcos snorkeling. Though the conditions weren't great for snorkeling (lots of algae), the guide tried his best and also identified lots of birds, along with pufferfish and crabs. The guide was very helpful and tailored the trip to what we wanted. We stopped at a nice little town to get off the boat for a bit, and on the way back they detoured the boat to show us whales, which was great! One quick warning - if you are getting a taxi to the marina to get the boat, make sure they don't take you to the main port where the big boats go, but the smaller marina where private boats stay, as our first taxi took us to the wrong place!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lizzie R
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VallartaNatours, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2019

Dear Lizzie,
Thank you very much for your review.
We always do our very best to have a fun day out with our guests. Indeed weather and water conditions are unpredictable, but our guides will adapt to our guests needs, as much as possible to provide with an excellent excursion.

Thenk you for the information regarding taxi and location, we always make sure to have references, and full address for drivers to know where to take our guests. We are adding a map, hoping this will help even more.
thanks again!

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Reviewed March 8, 2019

What a fantastic day we had. We were a group of 4 arriving on a cruise and had signed up with Vallarta Natours for a trip to the Botanical Gardens. Thalia and Julio were our guides and they were fantastic, informative, caring and fun. We got lots of background information on the way, as well as a picture stop at Los Arcos. At the gardens, Thalia had even brought bug repellent for us to use, and they guided us through several trails and garden houses all the while explaining about the various plants, and whatever birds were in the area. We had a lovely lunch at the gardens, and they made a special stop at a local candy shop for us on the return trip. I highly recommend Vallarta Natours, and will book with them again the next time I am in Puerto Vallarta. Thank you Thalia and Julio!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Paradise568986
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thaliaMsp, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2019

we are know for being a marine tour operator, but we also have great tours on land.
Exploring Puerto Vallarta and surroundings with knowledge guides is a great way to learn about the area. Even more when having expert guides such as Julio who has a master's degree in rural development and large expertise in ethnobotany.

Thank you for your wonderful company and lunch!

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Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

Spent 1/2 day on the water with Vallarta Natours. Great opportunity to see the bay in PV. Excellent crew. And the best part was seeing two adult whales accompany a calf. Magnificent.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joanne M
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thaliaMsp, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2019

Snorkeling is always fun, and adding all the information that our guides share makes is even better.
Having whale sightings as a bonus,definetly adds more excitement and great memories.

Thank you for the opportunity

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