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WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING WITH A MARINE BIOLOGIST

Per person $98 USD
Per person (Children ages 3-11) $71 USD
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WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING WITH A MARINE BIOLOGIST

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Maru is a marine biologist who recognizes whales by their distinct tail markings. Edwardo is a wildlife photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic magazine. Together, they operate a wonderful, guided service that gets you out into the wild to experience these spectacular sea creatures.

One of the most impressive experiences in nature is to witness firsthand the magnificence of humpback whales. You'll be amazed at the sight of these endangered creatures breaching, lobtailing, and flippering. We'll also listen for magical songs that are often part of their courting rituals.

On board, your captain will have a catalog of photographs of many whales that they see over and over again throughout the years. It's very likely that they will be able to point out a few old friends.

This tour offers you the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable encounter with these friendly giants who arrive in Banderas Bay to mate and give birth, year after year, during the winter months.

During the morning tour, we'll also keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, rough toothed dolphins, giant mantas, and marine turtles,

We have a hydrophone on board so you'll have a chance to hear whale songs and dolphin
communication.

Our involvement in whale and dolphin research projects dates back to 1991 and, during the tour, we'll share this information with you and you'll have the opportunity to participate in our research.

  • This tour includes:
  • Dockside briefing
  • Boat ride to find whales
  • 1.5 hours of whale observation
  • Dolphin watching (morning tour only)
  • Ability to listen to whale sounds through a hydrophone
  • Bilingual guides
  • Light breakfast
  • Lunch (baguette sandwich and soft drinks)

Days of Operation

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Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (5 hrs) Includes dolphin watching
  • 1:00 PM (5 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• If your cruise ship arrives at 8 a.m., you'll still be able to take this tour. Take the short taxi ride (about 10 minutes) to the starting point of the trip. Your guide will be waiting for you.
• Please note that the boat does not have a restroom.
• There are compartments on the boat for keeping your belongings dry during the tour.

Restrictions

This tour is only available December 1-March 1.
• There is a minimum of four for the morning trip and a minimum of six for the afternoon trip. There is a maximum of 12 for this tour.