A Whale of a Time in Punta de Mita

You’ve guessed it! Whale season is in full swing on Banderas Bay, Mexico! Expect to see one of nature’s greatest shows! This is the time of year when pods of humpback whales and other hefty breeds head south from Alaska in search of warmer waters for feeding, breeding and birthing.


Whale Watching in Banderas Bay
Stunning breaching whale on Banderas Bay


Party Tricks
No matter how many times you’ve seen whales perform party tricks in their natural habitat, there’s nothing quite like whale watching season in Punta de Mita. It might be the simple fact of heading out on a sailing trip around the Banderas Bay, or the sheer size and grace of these magnificent mammals, but a whale-watching tour is a must during the season.

When is Whale Season?

The official whale season in Punta de Mita runs from November until March. However, it’s not unusual to see them as early as October or as late as April. During the winter months of January and February, you are pretty much guaranteed sightings and spectacular acrobatic displays every day, sometimes without even having to set sail on a whale-watching tour.

Nothing quite like a bit of tail slapping near Punta de Mita!


Humpback Whales Off the Punta de Mita Shore

The most common type of whale to visit Mexico’s Pacific coastline is the humpback whale. Occasionally, orcas can be seen, particularly when taking tours outside the bay in the cooler waters, but you have to be pretty lucky for such encounters. Dolphins, however, are a common sighting any time of the year alongside the occasional sea turtle popping up for air.

Front Row Views in Punta de Mita

Most of the villas we promote at Punta de Mita Rentals are located in prime settings where you can see whales jumping in the distance from the comfort of your sun lounger or infinity pool. Even without taking a whale-watching tour, it is totally possible to spot these majestic creatures pirouetting from the coastline during the height of whale season.

Some tail slapping and spy-hopping.


Whale Watching Tours

Nevertheless, the best way to experience these marvellous creatures up close and personal is with a whale watching tour. Punta de Mita Rentals works with the very best guides and yachts, tailoring your itineraries for comfort and ease. Only fully licensed companies can operate whale watching tours on Banderas Bay. We can organise private luxury tours with specialist guides and marine biologists.

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For more information about planning your next getaway to Banderas Bay, please contact us today.

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