Available Dates: Daily Departures From December 8th – March 23rd
This tour is one of the most popularly requested tour by new and returning Ocean Friendly guests. Our specialized Whale Watching Ocean Safari Tours became so popular that we extended the journey to 5 hours. This now allows us extra time to focus deeper on providing a well rounded understanding of the environment where the Humpback whales live, the influence of tides and ocean currents on their distribution and the changes in their behavior along the journey.
This extended and spectacular journey covers an attempt to observe a larger variety of open water species such as Bottlenose dolphins, Spotted dolphins, Rough toothed dolphins, Bryde’s whales, Humpback whales, Giant mantas, sea turtles, occasionally Spinner dolphins, False killer whales and even Orcas. The Safari allows us to cover a greater area of the almost 900 square miles within the bay. During the Safari, we describe the origin of Banderas Bay and its relationship within the southern most province of the Baja California and the Sea of Cortez.
The Whale Watching Ocean Safari is also a bird lovers delight where we can observe a variety of pelagic bird species in the open ocean such as Terns, Brown and Blue Footed Booby birds, Pelicans, Frigate birds and occasionally Red-billed Tropic birds. To make this trip even more special, Ocean Friendly Tours provides an experienced bird watching expert on board to further enhance your understanding of this unique ecosystem and to assist with bird species identification and how different sea bird species utilize the beautiful features of Banderas Bay for their survival.
The extended length of this tour gives our photographically inclined guests extra time to get the photos that they are hoping to capture. This tour also includes trained nature photographers on board to help you get the most of your equipment and techniques to highlight your tour experience. Additional notes for participants of this tour are included.
Additionally, you will discover the marvels of the whale world on board our customized fiberglass boats and listen to the tonal songs of the Humpback whales with our underwater hydrophone and speaker systems.