AAA Editor Notes
Ocean Friendly Tours depart from Los Peines pier, about a 10-minute taxi ride from the downtown waterfront. This company's guided whale-watch excursion is one of the best in Vallarta. Led by a professional researcher who has an infectious passion for these gentle giants, the trip begins with information about the whales' migration, mating and birthing activities, with emphasis on conservation and species protection. A hydrophone and speaker system on board allows passengers to listen to underwater humpback vocalizations.
In addition to humpback whales, dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays and varied bird species are likely to be seen. The 30-foot, customized fiberglass boat has a tiny restroom on board. Life vests, dry bags for camera protection, water, soft drinks and an onboard lunch are provided.