Every year, during the winter, in Bay of Banderas (which includes the area of Puerto Vallarta and part of Riviera Nayarit) takes place one of the most beautiful natural events of the pacific. This magical experience comes from the opportunity for an intimate encounter with the majestic humpback whales during the time of their migration, starting on the Puerto Vallarta shores to mate, give birth, and nurse their calves, until they are ready to migrate to their feeding grounds in the north.

These gentle giants visit our Bay from Mid-December through March. You may see baby humpbacks with their mother, and if you are lucky, you’ll see them even from the shore, while you walk through Puerto Vallarta’s Malecón or take your afternoon coffee at the beach or your condo.

The annual migrations of humpback whales usually begin in late autumn as they swim thousands of miles to their winter breeding grounds. Their migrations are the longest known for any mammal on Earth. The distance between their feeding and breeding areas can be up to 8000 km or more, one way. Each year, between 300 and 500 humpback whales are registered in Banderas Bay. In other words, if you come during the right season you are almost guaranteed to see them! Read more about the origins of the whales in my article.

Humpback whales in Puerto Vallarta

Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta should be on everyone’s bucket list

Over the last few years, it has become more professional, and duly constituted companies in the area offer tours to watch them, almost all of them respecting the established Mexican norms that govern whale-watching activities to protect these fascinating animals.

There is a tour for everyone depending on your preference of duration, departure time, and return time, as well as if you want to include food and snack options to round out your whale-watching experience. You can have a private tour for something more personal, or join a group.

Humpback whales in Puerto Vallarta

Most important of all is that you choose an eco-friendly tour, that works to ensure careful preservation of the natural habitat, as well as the safety of the whales and their babies. Do not hesitate to ask your tour guide for their permit, it is common to ask so it’s not a problem.

Personally, I love whales, and I’ve been fortunate to see them and photograph them for many years. It is an unforgettable experience that everyone should see in the winter season in Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta.


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