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whale watching

Post by ksgirls » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:28 pm

I will be in PV the 3rd week in March and want to go on a whale watching tour.
I would like to hear some recommendations. I have read all the other previous posts.

I have looked at Ocean Friendly Tours, Open Air Expeditions/Vallarta Whales, Ecotours and Scotts Best Tours/Vallarta Travel Advisors.

I have heard many great things about Vallarta Adventures, but I am looking for a trip with only a small number of people so they are out.

A whale watching trip maybe with some sea kayaking would be great - not really interested in the trips that include, beach tours, snorkeling, lunches, etc.

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Post by rosie » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:49 pm

we toured with Open Air Expeditions early this month and had the greatest experience. Max 12 in group, saw juvenile whales with dolphin escort, mama, baby and adult escort, breeding female with several males trying to woo her, sea turtles, all this in 4 hours! This is NOT a booze cruise, no liquor at all. Best tour we've taken since the Bloodhound was doing them.

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Post by happygolucky!!! » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:57 pm

Vallarta Adventures has a few different options when it comes to whale watching. YOu can choose the all day affair which has a lot more people on it, and I think what you are trying to stay away from, but you can also do the exculusive 4 hour whale watching tour, and she is right, there is a maximum of 12 people. Small and intimate, and what is nice, the guides are in constant contact with the other boats on the ocean, so when a whale is spotted, they steer each other in the correct direction, instead of wandering the bay in the hopes of seeing something. I can guarentee you that you will love it and get some fabulous shots too. Just remember, on the 4 hour tour, there are no bathrooms on board, so be careful with what you drink before hand, or you may be jumping in!! :-)

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Post by charlieb » Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:13 pm

For the best whale watching, especially this time of year, go to 24 hour fitness or curves for women :twisted: :lol: . Chuck... 8)

(sorry, could not help my self)

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Post by michelle/tyler » Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:15 pm

well I really didnt know this board was so dangerous to my health. Twice in one week I have fallen out of my chair. :D

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Post by rosie » Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:01 pm

just a word of caution re Vallarta Adventures, we found them to be incredibly invasive while on the water and in pursuit of a whale, horrible ocean manners in that they would cut directly in front of other vessels to get the best vantage point and weren't very careful or mindful of safety when doing so.

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Post by ksgirls » Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:00 pm

Yeah, I have decided against Vallarta Adventures.

I want a smaller tour that is really just about seeing the whales.

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Post by rosie » Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:11 pm

Open Air Expeditions is definitely the tour for you, ask to have Astrid Van Dam as your guide, with luck, Oscar will be your captain, he is a marine biologist in charge of the sea turtle hatchery program, they both really know their stuff.

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Post by teduardo » Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:47 pm

Make sure to book your tour for March 15th or before, as that is the last day of whale season, and boats will not be allowed to approach them after that.

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Post by pparks » Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:26 am

teduardo is right about the whales. March is really to late in the season to see them. The non-resident whales will be gone by then. There may be a few stragglers but they won't want anybody bothering them.

My recommendation is to forget the tours and take the bus to Punta Mita. You can get a panga from a beach vendor for around $65 US to $90 US. This isn't a per person price it is for the boat. If you can get a few people to go in on it, it is extremely affordable.

I have been doing this for years. I was a bit intimidated to do it at first (I am kind of conservative). Once I had negotiated with a boat captain successfully the first time, it was all down hill. Now we do this every year!

Just take the bus - you can catch the bus to Punta Mita in front of Walmart - to Punta Mita. Last time I went, the ride cost 20 pesos (about $2 US) one way. We made a day of it and had a blast!

If you want more info, private message me!

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