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Conducting Responsible Whale Watching Tours,
Research & Conservation in Puerto Vallarta, México
December 1st - March 23rd Annually

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~ Deep Blue Conservancy

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Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours & Workshops

Ocean Friendly Tours has been awarded with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2011-2016 was chosen by TripAdvisor guests as a #1 attraction in Puerto Vallarta for consecutive years. In 2015, we were inducted in their Hall of Fame for Exellence!

In 2013, Ocean Friendly Tours was privileged to be designated and recognized as one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Great Wildlife Tours in the world! Our annual repeat guest percentage runs around 65% and we are thankful for all of you that return to experience the beauty of Banderas Bay year after year!

IconCorazon#1 Humpback Whale Watching & Research Tour
Tour Length: 4.5 Hours - Read More>>
Whale watching at its best.
Join us as part of the research team!

IconGlitter#2 Whale Watching Ocean Safari
Tour Length: 5.5 Hours - Read More>>
One of our most popular tours - providing a great overview of Banderas Bay and life cycle of the Humpback whale.

iconblue#3 Banderas Bay Ocean Safari
Tour Length: 5.5 Hours - Read More>>
A superb opportunity for nature lovers and  photographers for an extensive overview of beautiful Banderas Bay and its inhabitants and geological history.

IconCharter#4 Customized Private Charters
Tour Length: Customized - Read More>>
Ocean Friendly Tours offers year round private charters for groups of all sizes. Contact us for a quote.

Tour Option #1
Respectful Humpback Whale Watching & Research Tour / 4.5 Hours*

Available Dates: Daily Departures From December 8th - March 23rd

Rates: $139.00 Adults / $119.00 Children <13 Years ~ Recommended Age 2+ Years
 

DescCorazonThis tour begins on land with an informational briefing and continues on board with 4 hours of pure whale watching delight! We will depart the pier and immediately begin looking for Humpback whale encounters and other pelagic species that call Banderas Bay home during this time of the year.

This tour provides perfect opportunities to observe a variety of open water species such as Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted dolphins, Rough toothed dolphins, Bryde's whales, Humpback whales (from November through mid April), Giant mantas, sea turtles, and occasionally Spinner dolphins, False killer whales and even Orcas. Great fun with friends and great photo opportunities on this tour!

Discover the marvels of the whale world on board our customized fiberglass boats and listen to the tonal songs of the Humpback whales with our underwater hydrophone and speaker systems. Join us as part of the research team as we photograph and identify individual whales for the Fluke Identification Catalog of Banderas Bay.

Please contact us for availability prior to making your payment for the tour.

Purchase Adult Ticket (13+ Years Old)
$139.00 USD Per Person ($2,750 Mexican Pesos)

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Purchase Child Ticket (<13 Years Old)
$119.00 USD Per Person ($2,275 Mexican Pesos)

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Tour Option #2
Whale Watching Ocean Safari / 5.5 Hours*

Available Dates: Daily Departures from December 8th - March 23rdth

Rates: $149.00 Adult/Children <Recommend Age 13+ Years>

DescGlitterThis tour is one of the most popularly requested tour by new and returning Ocean Friendly guests. Our specialized Whale Watching Ocean Safari Tours became so popular that we extended the journey to 5 hours. This now allows us extra time to focus deeper on providing a well rounded understanding of the environment where the Humpback whales live, the influence of tides and ocean currents on their distribution and the changes in their behavior along the journey.

This extended and spectacular journey covers an attempt to observe a larger variety of open water species such as Bottlenose dolphins, Spotted dolphins, Rough toothed dolphins, Bryde's whales, Humpback whales, Giant mantas, sea turtles, occasionally Spinner dolphins, False killer whales and even Orcas. The Safari allows us to cover a greater area of the almost 900 square miles within the bay. During the Safari, we describe the origin of Banderas Bay and its relationship within the southern most province of the Baja California and the Sea of Cortez.

The Whale Watching Ocean Safari is also a bird lovers delight where we can observe a variety of pelagic bird species in the open ocean such as Terns, Brown and Blue Footed Booby birds, Pelicans, Frigate birds and occasionally Red-billed Tropic birds. To make this trip even more special, Ocean Friendly Tours provides an experienced bird watching expert on board to further enhance your understanding of this unique ecosystem and to assist with bird species identification and how different sea bird species utilize the beautiful features of Banderas Bay for their survival.

The extended length of this tour gives our photographically inclined guests extra time to get the photos that they are hoping to capture. This tour also includes trained nature photographers on board to help you get the most of your equipment and techniques to highlight your tour experience. Additional notes for participants of this tour are included.

Additionally, you will discover the marvels of the whale world on board our customized fiberglass boats and listen to the tonal songs of the Humpback whales with our underwater hydrophone and speaker systems.

Please contact us for availability prior to making your payment for the tour.

Purchase Adult/Child Ticket (13+ Years Old)
$149.00 USD Per Person ($2,900 Mexican Pesos)

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Tour Option #3
Banderas Bay Ocean Safari / 5.5 Hours*

Available Dates: Before December 8th and after March 23th.

Rates: $149.00 Adult/Children ~ Recommend Age 2+ Years

descblue2The Oceanographical Ocean Safari focuses on providing a description of the marine environments inside Banderas Bay and geological features that correlate with the Sea of Cortez as well as a description of the diversity of marine life that inhabit these waters.

This tour provides perfect opportunities to observe a variety of open water species such as Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted dolphins, Rough toothed dolphins, Bryde's whales, Humpback whales (from November through March), Giant mantas, sea turtles, and occasionally Spinner dolphins, False killer whales and even Orcas.

During the journey, we describe the origin of Banderas Bay and the Marietas Islands and their relationship with Baja California and the Sea of  Cortez. We also discuss the major oceanographic and geological features of the bay and observe marine pelagic wildlife such as whales, mantas, dolphins and exotic bird species including the Magnificent Frigate bird, Tropic bird, Blue Footed Booby birds, terns, gulls and more.

This trip is also bird lovers delight with 89 different bird species, of which 16 are resident year round. We provide an experienced bird watching expert on board during this tour to further enhance your understanding of this unique ecosystem and to assist with species identification.

Please contact us for availability prior to making your payment for the tour.

Purchase Adult/Child Ticket (Recommended Age 2+ Years)
$149.00 USD Per Person ($2,900 Mexican Pesos)

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Tour Option #4
Ocean Friendly’s Tours Customized Private Charters

DescCharterPrivate whale watching tours and boat charters are available daily throughout the year for groups of all sizes. Our private tours are a perfect way for a family or group of friends to explore the ocean environment of Banderas Bay, observe the flora and fauna of the bay and to visit the incredible Humpback whale up close and in person.

Private charters are a great way to celebrate special occasions and include all the services of our regular tour with the added benefits of total customization and an upgraded meal and beverage plan.

Depending on your interests your private tour can include whale watching (in season), a visit to Los Arcos, bird watching, a geological descriptive tour, snorkeling and/or diving. The choices are yours to make.

Costs of private charters vary by group size and itinerary. Please contact us for a quotation for a customized, private tour that meets your group's specific interests and needs. Our private charters are often mentioned as the highlight of the family/friend bonding time of a special group gathering for the spectacular moments experienced on board! Private Charters are affordable and fun! Call us today for your no obligation quote!

There is no fee or obligation for our customized private charter quotes and we make special accommodations to meet the scheduling needs of our cruise ship guests.

Any tour conducted before December 8th and after March 23rd are not to be considered a whale watching tour.

All of Our Tours Include:

  • Oceanologist & Naturalist Assistants as your specialized, bilingual guides
  • Illustrated field guides and didactic materials
  • Complete briefing of Banderas Bay and morphological overview of the Humpback whale and its migration, mating and birthing activities
  • Narrated natural and scientific details throughout the entire voyage
  • State of the art hydrophone and speaker system to listen to whale & dolphin vocalizations underwater (available during winter whale watching tours only)
  • Government certified and trained  boat captains and crew members
  • Comfortable West Marine auto-inflating life vests for adults
  • Additional life vests specifically designed to ensure the safety of younger children
  • VHF radio communication systems to ensure ship to shore communication throughout the voyage
  • Complete array of safety, first aid equipment and safety certified crew members are all on board
  • Dry bags for camera equipment and clothing protection
  • 27-foot vessels with open deck plans and on board/on deck restroom facilities
  • Morning departures include a lunch consisting of homemade pannini sandwiches, condiments, fruit, snacks, bottled purified water and soft drinks, all with eco-friendly packaging
  • Afternoon departures include fruit, snacks, bottled purified water and soft drinks
  • Please advise us if you require a vegetarian or gluten-free lunch or if you have any food related allergies when making your booking
  • On board gift shop with souvenir caps, tee-shirts, etc. (Please bring cash as we cannot accept credit cards on board. Mexican Pesos, Canadian & US Dollars Accepted.)

About Our Tours

We attribute the recognition of our work and the number of our guests that return annually to share our love of and commitment to the environment surrounding us.

We are constantly pushing ourselves and demanding the very best in our operations in an attempt to immerse our guests in a truly educational environment.

We strive to ensure them an outstanding customer service experience throughout each individual tour. The staff of Ocean Friendly Tours are extremely invested on our attention to our guest’s safety, comfort and enjoyment of their experiences with Nature presenting itself differently each day.

From the time you make first contact with us until the time we are back on shore, our goal is to give you the most incredible customer service experience offered in Puerto Vallarta.

We strive to help you leave the daily grind and work doubly hard to provide you with the very best possible sightings that nature has to offer!

We invite you to join us with respectful and responsible natural encounters with the Humpback whales, dolphins and other pelagic marine species that visit Banderas Bay throughout the year.

We accomplish this by limiting ourselves to small groups of 10-13 guests on unique tours led by a marine scientist, naturalists and specialized bilingual crew members.

Ocean Friendly Tours offers different types of tours that operate during the whale watching season, from December 8th - March 23rd annually and the information is provided on this page for you.

Tours before December 8th and March 23rd are not to be considered whale watching tours.

During the spring, summer and fall there are other tours that allow you to experience the beauty of this remarkable bay year round.

Descriptions of all of our tours and booking instructions are detailed along side each tour on this page. Customized charters, throughout the year.

By booking with Ocean Friendly Tours your participation contributes to important research projects related to the protection and survival of the Humpback whale, The Fluke Identification Program and the Kite Aerial Photography Research Project. We thank you in advance for your support of this important line of research and conservation.

Booking Instructions

Please e-mail or call us for availability of your preferred tour date and tour before making payment. This is very important. Your e-mail will be responded to within one business day.

Paying for your tour via PayPal’s secure shopping cart system is very safe and easy. Your information will remain private and secure and will never be shared with others. Even if you don't have a PayPal account you can utilize their secure website to make your payment via your debit or credit card.

PayPal will provide you with a receipt that will serve as your boarding ticket.

If you are unable to print the receipt you can bring a copy of it on any mobile device.

Nevertheless, once you receive a confirmation email your name will be noted on the our guest list as confirmed and paid.

After choosing your tour, month and date of travel, simply click on one of the buttons below each tour description to activate your shopping cart. You will be able to change the number of adult participants and update your cart.

If you need to add children to the booking just click on CONTINUE SHOPPING to be returned to this page to add the additional child tour participants.

If there is more than one child, change the number and click UPDATE. You will then be able to check out and pay for your tour(s).

Please review our Terms & Conditions page, especially as it relates to cancellations, before making your reservation. Please provide a local Puerto Vallarta phone number (e.g. your hotel, condo or operational mobile phone) when making your PayPal payment so that we can inform you of any schedule changes should they occur.

Please do not pay for your tour until you have received availability confirmation from our office containing payment instructions and additional information. All payments are due within 24 hours of making your reservation.

It is extremely important that you familiarize yourself the Terms & Conditions and After Booking Info pages before making your payments. Use the information on the Contact Us page to have any questions regarding how to book your tour answered. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cruise Ship Passenger Information

We offer special departure times for cruise ship passengers and groups. E-mail us directly for special arrangements for your group. Keep in mind that ship's time may be different than local Puerto Vallarta time. Check with your cruise ship company and ship's Purser for exact local time here in Puerto Vallarta.

Guest Weight & Balance Surcharges As Related to Safety

Ensuring the safety of all guests on board is our number one priority.

It is important that we maintain authorized weight restrictions our vessels and level balance on board at all times.

For balance and stability on our boats, guests who weigh more than 265-US Pounds/120-Kilograms are required to purchase a second ticket to off-set the overall weight and balance of our vessels to ensure that all water activities are safely conducted and to ensure safe balance.

The price of the second ticket will be determined by the cost of the type of tour chosen by the guest and the amount of guests on board will be decreased by one for each occurrence.

If you, or any of your party may exceed the weight limit quoted above, simply purchase an additional ticket for any individual falling into that category. For example, if you or a guest need a second ticket, simply purchase a second ticket for each individual. You must volunteer this information up front to the reservations agent or be denied boarding with no refund at the departure point.

Ocean Friendly Tours makes no additional profit from this policy. This policy simply allows us to reduce the number of passengers on board to compensate for the weight variance and to ensure guest safety and comfort for everyone on board.

Thank you for your understanding of our safety policies as they relate to all guests. All information is kept confidential and will NOT be shared with any third party.

Port Usage Fees

Mexican Federal Port Usage Fees are not included in the cost of your tours and the $25 Peso per person fee is payable upon arrival at the pier. 

Taxi and bus rates are subject to change without notice and are not the responsibility of Ocean Friendly Tours. Please read our After Booking Information page for the most current information available to Ocean Friendly Tours. Information provided by the Federal government is subject to change without notice.

As we have no controls of any bus, taxi and/or governmental fees, Ocean Friendly Tours cannot be held accountable for changes with or without notice and/or currency fluctuations.

Due to Federal restrictions, no business or monetary transactions my take place on Federal properties, including the Federal area of our tour departures. All payments with Ocean Friendly Tours must be concluded prior to arrival at our departure point.

Secure, Global Payments via PayPal

All payments can be made on line via PayPal, prior to your tour by using the Add To Cart buttons above.

Private charter guests will receive a separate email requesting payment via PayPal once the reservation is confirmed. In order to guarantee your reservation, all payments are due within 24 hours of making your reservation.

If you wish to pay in US dollars, Mexican pesos, Canadian dollars or wire transfer, those payments must be made in advance. Please contact us for information regarding payment options to be made outside of the PayPal system.

Other currencies can be accommodated via wire transfer in advance of your arrival. Please ask about other payment options through PayPal. All tour rates are subject to change with currency fluctuation and exchange rates of your particular currency and method of payment.

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