From December to March, one of the most spectacular natural wonders takes place just off Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s west coast: the migration of the great whales.
Dolphins, humpback whales, sperm whales, blue whales, California gray whales and even killer whales migrate to the warm waters of the region, especially off Bahía de Banderas, to feed, mate and give birth to their young.
Thousands of these incredible creatures congregate at this time of year, making the surrounding area one of the best in the world for whale watching.
Whale watching in this area can be done anywhere near the coast, from Nuevo Vallarta, Punta de Mita and Sayulita to San Blas. Beachgoers might enjoy a sighting once in a while, but the best experience is to book a whale watching tour, which ensures you can see these majestic creatures up close, without harming their habitat. natural or disturb their peace. .
This is why the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends booking whale watching tours on small boats, which minimizes human disturbance. Smaller boats also have less environmental impact and allow for more personalized experiences for travellers.
The best tour operators also donate part of their profits to the research and conservation of animals that help to advance their business, or even participate in some research themselves!
Typically, these tours can last up to four hours and include sights such as seeing a large whale breaching or seeing its tail stick out of the water to splash in the sea. Some species of whales, like humpback whales, are curious and have been known to swim a comfortable distance from a boat to see what it’s all about.
Other boat trips include experiences at Las Islas Marietas, Los Arcos Marine Park, or snorkeling experiences that add to the fun.
Whale watching can be a rewarding and invigorating experience for adults and children. For more information on whale watching in Riviera Nayarit, please click here.