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Whale Watching Puerto Vallarta

Whale watching season and tours in Puerto Vallarta

Whale Watching Puerto Vallarta

Whale Watching Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Every year Puerto Vallarta received the visit of Humpback Whales who are in the search of warmer waters to mate and to give birth.

Whale Watching Season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The first sightings are in the month of November in the South Coast of Puerto Vallarta, days are not specific although usually we get to see the first whales around mid November.  By December chances of seeing whales from your own balcony at Costa Sur are very high! They absolutely love the south shore, what's not to love right? It is the perfect environment for breeding and rearing their young to the warmer waters of Banderas Bay.  

Whale Watching Tours in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

There are many tour companies in Puerto Vallarta offering whale watching tours.  Costa Sur Resort has its own tour on a private boat on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  This is for small groups on 10 people departing from the hotel's beach.  If you are visiting us with a group of 10 you may arrange with our activities team a tour just for your group on a different day.  Please note this has to be previously arranged with our activities team.  The tour lasts approximately 4 hours and it includes snorkeling time at Los Arcos.

If you prefer to go with a larger tour company, we recommend Vallarta Adventures.  You may get information and book tours with our concierge located in the Lobby level of the hotel.

Rules for Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This activity is regulated by the Secretaría de Ecología de Mexico who have placed the following rules for whale watching in Puerto Vallarta: 

  1. Keep a distance of at least 100 ft between the boat and the whales.
  2. Boats should not last more than 30 minutes with the same group of whales.
  3. A maximum of 2 boats are allowed at the same time witha group of whales.
  4. Boats must carry  a flag with the certification from the Secretaria de Ecología de Mexico.

Can whales be seen from the hotel at Costa Sur?

Absolutely! Keep in mind Costa Sur is a full oceanfront resort, therefore you may have a chance to see whales at any time during your stay with us.  There is no specific time, but as soon as whales are around you will hear guests cheering and clapping at the sighting of these marvelous mammals.