Responsible Whale Watching With Oceanographers & Naturalists in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Oscar Frey began his research studies on Banderas Bay in the early 1990’s. He and his colleagues continue to research and record the Humpback whales as they arrive during their annual migration to the Puerto Vallarta area.
Ocean Friendly Tours offers daily and customized tours to discover the realm of whales. dolphins and other species on the enormous bay off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. All tours are led by a bilingual marine scientist, naturalists and a specialized safety trained crew.+
This year Ocean Friendly Tours was privileged to be designated and recognized as one of Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Great Wildlife Tours in the World and the #1 Whale Watching Tour in The World and inducted into Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame for Excellence!
The Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Forum has named Ocean Friendly Tours “...the most responsible whale watching tour operator in Puerto Vallarta.” All of our tours are led within complete compliance to the official Mexican whale watching regulations and with the safety of our guests and the whales being our two most important thoughts at all times.
Ocean Friendly Tours was recently recognized by Trip Advisor as one of the Ten Great Wildlife Tours in the World, #1 Outdoor Activity in Puerto Vallarta and the #1 Boat Tours & Water Sports Tours in Puerto Vallarta!
The Magnificent Humpback Whale
Humpback whales, Bryde’s whales and a wide variety of dolphins, including Orcas, inhabit the waters of Bahia de Banderas during the winter and spring months. For its geographic location, weather and oceanographic features, this bay has been chosen as an important breeding ground by many species, such as the Humpback whale.
Known as the most active of all baleen whales, the Humpback whale can be seen in this region from November through April displaying their acrobatic abilities and social behaviors. Click HERE to get a free information sheet about morphology and behaviors of the Humpback whale.
Humpbacks have the widest known vocalizations repertory of all baleen whales and generally occur in warm-water breeding areas such as Bahia de Banderas. Snorkelers and divers can hear their tonal songs underwater and so can we with the use of an on board hydrophone and speaker system.
The whale watching season for Humpback whales is officially open from December 8th to March 23rd and our responsible whale watching tours provide you with comfortable conditions to venture out in the ocean to encounter these gentle giants of the sea. Don't miss it!
Since January 2004, we have developed the applications of Kite Aerial Photography for documenting and studying Humpback whales in Banderas Bay, Mexico. Whale sharks in Holbox Island, Mexico and Gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta lies in the Mexican Pacific and is located on one of the largest and deepest bays in the world - Bahia de Banderas or Banderas Bay. The geographic location and oceanographic conditions of this spectacular bay makes it especially suitable for Humpback whales’ breeding and calving activities during our winter months.
Therefore, the proximity to this incredible whale observation area and the comfortable weather in Puerto Vallarta offers the best conditions for whale watching than any other destination in Mexico.
“Whale watching is not only an interactive way to approach the world of whales and dolphins, it also brings out a greater understanding about our interaction with nature.”
~ Oscar Frey, Oceanologist