All of Our Tours Include:
- Oceanologist & Naturalist Assistants as your specialized, bilingual guides
- Illustrated field guides and didactic materials
- Complete briefing of Banderas Bay and morphological overview of the Humpback whale and its migration, mating and birthing activities
- Narrated natural and scientific details throughout the entire voyage
- State of the art hydrophone and speaker system to listen to whale & dolphin vocalizations underwater (available during winter whale watching tours only)
- Government certified and trained boat captains and crew members
- Comfortable West Marine auto-inflating life vests for adults
- Additional life vests specifically designed to ensure the safety of younger children
- VHF radio communication systems to ensure ship to shore communication throughout the voyage
- Complete array of safety, first aid equipment and safety certified crew members are all on board
- Dry bags for camera equipment and clothing protection
- 27-foot vessels with open deck plans and on board/on deck restroom facilities
- Morning departures include a lunch consisting of homemade pannini sandwiches, condiments, fruit, snacks, bottled purified water and soft drinks, all with eco-friendly packaging
- Afternoon departures include fruit, snacks, bottled purified water and soft drinks
- Please advise us if you require a vegetarian or gluten-free lunch or if you have any food related allergies when making your booking
- On board gift shop with souvenir caps, tee-shirts, etc. (Please bring cash as we cannot accept credit cards on board. Mexican Pesos, Canadian & US Dollars Accepted.)
About Our Tours
We attribute the recognition of our work and the number of our guests that return annually to share our love of and commitment to the environment surrounding us.
We are constantly pushing ourselves and demanding the very best in our operations in an attempt to immerse our guests in a truly educational environment.
We strive to ensure them an outstanding customer service experience throughout each individual tour. The staff of Ocean Friendly Tours are extremely invested on our attention to our guest’s safety, comfort and enjoyment of their experiences with Nature presenting itself differently each day.
From the time you make first contact with us until the time we are back on shore, our goal is to give you the most incredible customer service experience offered in Puerto Vallarta.
We strive to help you leave the daily grind and work doubly hard to provide you with the very best possible sightings that nature has to offer!
We invite you to join us with respectful and responsible natural encounters with the Humpback whales, dolphins and other pelagic marine species that visit Banderas Bay throughout the year.
We accomplish this by limiting ourselves to small groups of 10-13 guests on unique tours led by a marine scientist, naturalists and specialized bilingual crew members.
Ocean Friendly Tours offers different types of tours that operate during the whale watching season, from December 8th - March 23rd annually and the information is provided on this page for you.
Tours before December 8th and March 23rd are not to be considered whale watching tours.
During the spring, summer and fall there are other tours that allow you to experience the beauty of this remarkable bay year round.
Descriptions of all of our tours and booking instructions are detailed along side each tour on this page. Customized charters, throughout the year.
By booking with Ocean Friendly Tours your participation contributes to important research projects related to the protection and survival of the Humpback whale, The Fluke Identification Program and the Kite Aerial Photography Research Project. We thank you in advance for your support of this important line of research and conservation.
Please e-mail or call us for availability of your preferred tour date and tour before making payment. This is very important. Your e-mail will be responded to within one business day.
Paying for your tour via PayPal’s secure shopping cart system is very safe and easy. Your information will remain private and secure and will never be shared with others. Even if you don't have a PayPal account you can utilize their secure website to make your payment via your debit or credit card.
PayPal will provide you with a receipt that will serve as your boarding ticket.
If you are unable to print the receipt you can bring a copy of it on any mobile device.
Nevertheless, once you receive a confirmation email your name will be noted on the our guest list as confirmed and paid.
After choosing your tour, month and date of travel, simply click on one of the buttons below each tour description to activate your shopping cart. You will be able to change the number of adult participants and update your cart.
If you need to add children to the booking just click on CONTINUE SHOPPING to be returned to this page to add the additional child tour participants.
If there is more than one child, change the number and click UPDATE. You will then be able to check out and pay for your tour(s).
Please review our Terms & Conditions page, especially as it relates to cancellations, before making your reservation. Please provide a local Puerto Vallarta phone number (e.g. your hotel, condo or operational mobile phone) when making your PayPal payment so that we can inform you of any schedule changes should they occur.
Please do not pay for your tour until you have received availability confirmation from our office containing payment instructions and additional information. All payments are due within 24 hours of making your reservation.
It is extremely important that you familiarize yourself the Terms & Conditions and After Booking Info pages before making your payments. Use the information on the Contact Us page to have any questions regarding how to book your tour answered. We look forward to hearing from you.
Cruise Ship Passenger Information
We offer special departure times for cruise ship passengers and groups. E-mail us directly for special arrangements for your group. Keep in mind that ship's time may be different than local Puerto Vallarta time. Check with your cruise ship company and ship's Purser for exact local time here in Puerto Vallarta.
Guest Weight & Balance Surcharges As Related to Safety
Ensuring the safety of all guests on board is our number one priority.
It is important that we maintain authorized weight restrictions our vessels and level balance on board at all times.
For balance and stability on our boats, guests who weigh more than 265-US Pounds/120-Kilograms are required to purchase a second ticket to off-set the overall weight and balance of our vessels to ensure that all water activities are safely conducted and to ensure safe balance.
The price of the second ticket will be determined by the cost of the type of tour chosen by the guest and the amount of guests on board will be decreased by one for each occurrence.
If you, or any of your party may exceed the weight limit quoted above, simply purchase an additional ticket for any individual falling into that category. For example, if you or a guest need a second ticket, simply purchase a second ticket for each individual. You must volunteer this information up front to the reservations agent or be denied boarding with no refund at the departure point.
Ocean Friendly Tours makes no additional profit from this policy. This policy simply allows us to reduce the number of passengers on board to compensate for the weight variance and to ensure guest safety and comfort for everyone on board.
Thank you for your understanding of our safety policies as they relate to all guests. All information is kept confidential and will NOT be shared with any third party.
Port Usage Fees
Mexican Federal Port Usage Fees are not included in the cost of your tours and the $25 Peso per person fee is payable upon arrival at the pier.
Taxi and bus rates are subject to change without notice and are not the responsibility of Ocean Friendly Tours. Please read our After Booking Information page for the most current information available to Ocean Friendly Tours. Information provided by the Federal government is subject to change without notice.
As we have no controls of any bus, taxi and/or governmental fees, Ocean Friendly Tours cannot be held accountable for changes with or without notice and/or currency fluctuations.
Due to Federal restrictions, no business or monetary transactions my take place on Federal properties, including the Federal area of our tour departures. All payments with Ocean Friendly Tours must be concluded prior to arrival at our departure point.
Secure, Global Payments via PayPal
All payments can be made on line via PayPal, prior to your tour by using the Add To Cart buttons above.
Private charter guests will receive a separate email requesting payment via PayPal once the reservation is confirmed. In order to guarantee your reservation, all payments are due within 24 hours of making your reservation.
If you wish to pay in US dollars, Mexican pesos, Canadian dollars or wire transfer, those payments must be made in advance. Please contact us for information regarding payment options to be made outside of the PayPal system.
Other currencies can be accommodated via wire transfer in advance of your arrival. Please ask about other payment options through PayPal. All tour rates are subject to change with currency fluctuation and exchange rates of your particular currency and method of payment.