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Whale & Dolphin Species in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta sits on the Bay of Banderas which is a unique geographical and topographical feature that plays host to a number of Whale and Dolphin species. The bay hosts a resident population of Bottlenose Dolphins and is the home to one of the largest gatherings of Humpback Whales on the Pacific Coast of Mexico every winter. Tropical temperatures on land and in the sea make for ideal conditions for a thriving marine ecosystem rich in Whale and Dolphin species.

It is into this wonderful realm that Whale Watch Vallarta ventures with our Guests for once in a lifetime encounters with these amazing animals. Throughout the year the resident Bottlenose Dolphin population can be encountered. During the Whale watching season from December 1 to March 23 Humpback Whales can be reliably encountered every day. There are also other species of marine mammals that may be encountered in the Bay of Banderas including; Spotted Dolphins, Bryde’s Whales, Rough Toothed Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, Orca/Killer Whales, and False Killer Whales.

Puerto Vallarta Whale & Dolphin Species List

The following list comprises the Whale and Dolphin species that are found in the Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta. They are divided by how often we encounter each species during the Puerto Vallarta Whale watching season.

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Common

  • Humpback Whale
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
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Occasional

  • Bryde’s Whale
  • Spotted Dolphin
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Infrequent

  • Orca – Killer Whale
  • Rough Toothed Dolphin
  • Spinner Dolphin
  • False Killer Whale