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Start off the year while whale-watching!

The yearly sightings have already begun in Banderas Bay with a parade of impressive mammals that traveled very long distances from the north to warmer waters so they could give birth to their calves.

Every year they arrive in Banderas Bay after an impressive 16-thousand-kilometer trip from the Arctic in search of warmer waters to give birth to their calves. These humpback whales are the region’s most faithful visitors, and one of the top natural and tourism attractions in the Riviera Nayarit.

The parade of these marine giants started at the beginning of December and they’re already being admired by hundreds of tourists, with tail splashes and spectacular leaps that show off most of their huge bodies outside the water.

The arrival of the whales marks the start of the whale-watching season, and there are several companies and boats certified to offer this service. This is one of the most popular tours with visitors and an experience no traveler should miss.


The 2017-2018 season in Banderas Bay officially began December 8th with the awarding of permits to the tourism service providers on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and will conclude in mid-March. Nayarit handed in 134 observation requests and Jalisco 128.

There are endless places along the Riviera Nayarit to enjoy whale-watching tours, starting from Nuevo Vallarta to Bucerías, Punta de Mita, Sayulita and Rincón de Guayabitos, and all along the coast towards Santiago Ixcuintla, passing through San Blas.

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