H. Escuela Naval Militar 11, Área Militar de Vallarta, 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Arrive at 8:30 am or 12:30 am on the Vallarta by Boat - Puerto Mágico Maritime Terminal (API) Av. Medina Ascencio and Escuela Naval Militar, Cruise Ship Dock Puerta No.9
This activity ends back at the meeting point.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Infants must sit on laps
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Operated by Live&Travel Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Don't go on this uncomfortable boat
margaret_k, Mar 2023
This was not a fun trip. I thought we were supposed to have some
entertainment, there was none., Drinks were not fresh. Sandwiches were okay. And I know they can't control the waves or if we see whales, but the ride was very bumpy and uncomfortable. The hard plastic seats were even unbolted in spots. One poor girl was ill and they still harassed her for a tip at the end! We couldn't believe it. Only saw 2 small tails which was too bad. Waste of our money. Couldnt wait to get back. Spend more and go on a catamaran instead.
Please do this!!
Cody_B, Mar 2023
My pictures do not do this justice. If I could upload a video you’d spend whatever it takes to enjoy this experience. Crew was amazing, trip was smooth, patrons were fantastic. 10/10 would recommend.
Best day ever!!!
Kelly_S, Mar 2023
So many whales and even a school of dolphins!!! Friendly staff and an amazing experience! I have taken several boat tours and this one was by far the best!!!
Very rough seas.
Thomas_M, Mar 2023
We did see whales, but the sailing was very very rough. I wish we had know how rough the seas could be.
Sandra_P, Mar 2023
Meeting new people, seeing a cow with her calf. Loved the Dolphin.
Lunch was very good as were the Pina colodas!!
Being out on the water was very nice.
Thanks for a great tour!!!
Nice afternoon on the bay
SHERYL_C, Mar 2023
We saw 5! This is a scenic ride with food and drink. They’re pretty good at finding 1 or 2 whales up close, but you’ll probably see more…we didn’t learn any whale facts because the host gave the facts only in Spanish. It was still enjoyable. We saw a couple having a drunken quarrel. It made an entertaining afternoon.
Not what was advertised
Bobbie_G, Mar 2023
Very dangerous getting on and off the boat. Lunch was sparse. Crew was friendly. Did not see many whales. Was advertised as 4 and 1/2 hours was only out 2 hours.
Mary_S, Mar 2023
Our experience was aweful. The boat was an hour late and when the boat arrived it was a small boat. Staff member told us if we weren’t comfortable with the size of boat and the number of people getting on it we could go in and request refund which we did. Director inside would not give us a refund and was very condescending. Had to go to our credit card company and dispute charge. Very disappointing!
"Amazing Live Whale Watching Experience"
Manuel_H, Mar 2023
Amazing, lots of fun, highly motivated crew, fully recommended trip on Catalina III boat.
The Captain Ismael, main tourist guide Mr. Leo, guides Marcos and Brayan were all outstanding professionals, they surely know their stuff, thanks again guys for such an amazing whale watching experience.
excellent tour. the tour crew was terrific!
James_s, Mar 2023
Very impressed with the touring crew. Their enthusiasm and efforts to find us close views of the whales made the trip very worthwhile.
Robert_M, Feb 2023
We saw multiple whales, including new caves, breaching on numerous occasions to the delight of not only every single guests but our very friendly and knowledgeable guide. The food, or snacks were more than adequate, but the drinks were plentiful and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Great trip-most memorable!
Disappoint Tour!!! Important: Tickets for your activity in Puerto Vallarta
Nileshkumar_G, Feb 2023
It is with regret to let you know that our tour in Puerto Vallarta was good but not as it should have been.
It was a 4.5 hr tour but the tour lasted for only 3 hr.
We saw a few whales but no dolphins and we were kept on promising that there will be sightings soon but nowhere did we see any.
Please kindly look into this and make a refund at your earliest convenience.
Look forward to hearing from you soon
Shaina_D, Feb 2023
The crew was very accommodating to our family of 3 kids that came on the trip with us. It was an enjoyable experience for all! Loved seeing the whales!
The crew was excellent...
Mark_B, Feb 2023
The crew was excellent and attentive, although I asked the main crew member if there were any snacks left and he said there weren’t, but I went to the car area and there were snacks left. We saw no dolphins and very few whales, and only their backs. That was VERY disappointing, and frankly, a waste of time, although the boat ride was nice and the captain did the best he could to find whales.
Old Boat, Nice Crew.
Lance_O, Feb 2023
We went whale watching with Vallarta by boat. It’s an older boat, but the crew is nice and provides a small snack. The all inclusive drinks don’t start until towards the end of the trip. Overall it’s a nice experience to see some whales.
The whales came very...
Susan_M, Jan 2023
The whales came very close to the boat, it was spectacular! The crew were fun and gave us excellent service. Food and drinkable were great!
Christine_M, Jan 2023
There were 2 or 3 Whales that came to the surface right beside the boat several times. It was just amazing.
Tori_M, Jan 2023
I have nothing but good things to say about our experience!! We went on the 12:30 tour, it was easy to find the port, the boat wasn’t crowded at all and the staff were amazing, they kept a drink in my hand the whole time and were so friendly. The whales were incredible, they came all around the boat and even right under us. What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, I would highly recommend this tour!!!
Refused to honor our confirmed tickets
Jacob_A, Jan 2023
They overbooked the tour and prioritized cruise passengers. We, and several others, were told we wouldn't get on the boat and we'd have to return for another time.
These tickets were booked in advance, and 'confirmed' the night before. We arrived at the meeting point early (spending cab fare) before they told us someone made a mistake with the reservations. Nothing else was available to book the same day, they handled it very poorly and I'm still waiting for a refund.
I'd recommend using Vallarta Adventures instead, that group had many positive recommendations and their space was much more organized.
Margaret_B, Jan 2023
Excellent crew! We saw many whales and a set of bottle nosed dolphins. VERY respectful of the whales per regulations of how close motor boats can be...therefore you should update the photo with a whale near the boat because we no longer are allowed to do that (thank goodness) and it creates a false expectation.