In addition to its beauty, Vallarta‘s beaches offer its visitors the wonderful natural spectacle of whale watching, a unique and unforgettable experience.
Every year, humpback whales arrive in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, specifically to Banderas Bay. They feel attracted by its warm waters, which provide mammals the ideal environment to breed and to give birth to their calves, after a gestation period of almost one year.
The season begins on December 1, and ends in March 2020. This natural event allows you to admire the impressive strength of these animals, as you will marvel at whales of 40 tons of weight and 74 meters in length giving incredible jumps out of the water, and tail slapping.
This impressive phenomenon includes listening to the haunting song of male whales, which is one of the strongest and most beautiful sounds produced by an animal.
The humpback whale is the fifth largest whale in the world, and arrives to Mexican beaches from the Arctic, after a journey of 25 thousand kilometers. A curious fact is that they fast throughout this period, and survive thanks to their fat reserve, since they only feed themselves during the summer in the polar regions.
Vallarta beaches: whale watching tours
In order to protect the natural habitat of these beautiful creatures, whale watching is regulated by the local Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (known as Semarnat in México). So, if you want to enjoy this adventure, there are certain officially approved service vendors that offer tours in strict compliance to existing rules for these mammals watching.
The regulation is also focused on ensuring full protection for you and your family while enjoying the whale watching. In order to accomplish it, there are some basic rules to follow:
- Keep yourself at least 30 meters away from the whales
- Stay maximum 30 minutes close to the animals
- Search for another pod of whales only if there are two vessels that belong to the same group
- Make sure the vessel has the approval of Semarnat (Ministry of Environment)
Being able to whale watching will definitely be one of the most memorable experiences of your life; and staying at Grand Park Puerto Vallarta, where all rooms have ocean views, will be a fascinating bonus to your vacation.
The All-Inclusive plan offers you unlimited meals, beverages and fun. So, book now your dates and enjoy an unforgettable vacation.