A winter getaway in Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta is incredible for so many reasons. The warm, blissfully sunny weather, the extraordinary beaches, and the welcoming Mexican hospitality are definitely among the highlights. However, one of the most remarkable things about vacationing in Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta happens away from the shoreline as the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay host giant pods of humpback whales who migrate for the season to bask in the warm water. The whale watching season officially begins in December and continues through March, when Banderas Bay becomes a playground for the visiting whales who often put on spectacular shows throughout the bay. Experiencing a whale watching adventure is sure to be one of the most unforgettable parts of your Mexico vacation!
Banderas Bay – An Ideal Location
Banderas Bay is a fantastic place for humpback whales to spend the winter months since the waters offer more protection from predators than those in the open Pacific Ocean. The whales make this journey to mate, give birth and get their offspring ready for their arduous travels back to the waters of the North. Whale watching season around Banderas Bay is especially thrilling because there are a large number of whales in a fairly compact area so it is likely to see them on any given day. In addition, the blissful weather around Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta during whale watching season makes an outing to see them even more inviting!
What Makes Humpbacks Unique
Out of all of the baleen whale species, humpbacks are some of the most active, putting on dramatic physical displays to the delight of all who view them. Their signature moves include jumping, twirling, breaching and socializing, which make them easy to spot, even from off in the distance. They often continue as tour groups approach, but there is never any guarantee; after all, they are wild animals who do as they please! Because of their affinity for physical activity, watching them in their natural glory is absolutely spellbinding. Humpbacks have the largest range in vocals amongst all of the baleen whale species, and they often “sing” to one another. It is common for snorkelers and scuba divers to hear humpbacks performing a song, and many boats are equipped with a hydrophone and speakers to allow everyone above the surface of the water to hear them as well.
Follow the Gentle Giants
Each day, searching for humpback whales presents a new challenge for those in charge of whale watching tours, however few whale watching tours return disappointed. The activity of the whales is never entirely predictable, which means tour guides will take you wherever the whales are spotted. These incredible creatures are awe-inspiring, especially when viewed up close. The experts who run the Puerto Vallarta whale watching tours are extremely knowledgeable and you will likely learn new things about humpback whales in addition to many other types of animals that you see along the way.
A whale watching excursion in Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta will undoubtedly become one of the highlights of your Mexico vacation, so make sure you experience this memorable activity!