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OUR ADVICE: This is an awesome experience, but keep in mind there are no restrooms on a zodiac, and getting in and out could be an issue if you have difficulty with mobility.

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This tour is just hands down the most intimate, most personal and most rewarding whale watching adventure in Puerto Vallarta.  This is a PRIVATE tour, so you will be the only guests on the zodiac, along with your crew.  No positioning for photos, no photos with other people's heads in them, you will be pleased with our crew's excellent service for you to have the most close-up and amazing whale watching experience possible in Puerto Vallarta.

You can customize the tour to your interests, you can direct the crew how long you want to stay with certain whales, or if you'd prefer to move on to the next ones (within legal limits of course).  This is not just any boat or crew either, it's a zodiac - the ultimate whale watching machine - invented by the famed Jacques Cousteau for this sole purpose, and your crew is a team of professional biologists.

The calving and breaching of the humpbacks from a zodiac will leave you breathless.  We will use a hydrophone to listen to the humpback's famous songs and GPS to track their migration patterns, this is a real all-around whale experience.  If you like, after whale watching we can also go snorkeling at one of the best snorkeling locations in Puerto Vallarta, such as Los Arcos or the Marietas Islands.

See Also: Zodiac Whale Watching (Not Private)

Cruise Passengers:  Yes!  This activity is available to you for a shore excursion.  Very conveniently located to the cruise ships.

Runs:  Twice Daily at 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. This tour is seasonal and runs December 8th through March 23rd only.  All other dates you'll do our Wild Dolphins tour instead of the whale watching.

Duration:  4 hours.  Add 1 hour for the snorkeling at Los Arcos add-on, or add 2 hours for the snorkeling at Marietas Islands add-on.


  • English Speaking Biologist Guide

  • PRIVATE 12-Person Greenpeace-Style Zodiac

  • Hydrophone to Listen to the Whales' Songs

  • Informative Explanation about the Whales

  • Donation to Humpback Whale Research Project

  • Whale Watching Certificate

  • Snacks

  • Beverages

  • Snorkeling Option Adds a Box Lunch

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Snorkeling at Marietas Islands - Add $110.00

  • Snorkeling at Los Arcos - Add $140.00

You'll Need:

  • Biodegradable Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

  • Camera

  • Binoculars

  • Sunglasses

  • Windbreaker

  • Whale Watching Certificate

  • Swimsuit and Towel if Snorkeling

  • $2.50 Per Person Marine Park Entrance Fee

Departs From: Tour offices in Marina Vallarta. Directions will be provided with your confirmation.  Drop-off is also available in Nuevo Vallarta at Paradise Village Marina.


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N/A $850.00
Our tours are open to everyone - no matter what country you're from, hotel guests, cruise ship passengers, residents, everyone! All prices are in U.S. Dollars and include all taxes.