The Whales Had a Good Season / Las Ballenas Tuvieron una Buena Temporada

After the end of the whale watching season in our bay for the period 2016 – 2017, last March, the non-profit organization, Ecología y Conservación de las Ballenas (ECOBAC) announced that the number of Whales that arrived in our returned to a normal number after a significant drop in sightings occurred in the 2015 – 2016 season. This is certainly important information for our destination and environment in general.

In addition, for the first time, a sighting of whales Physeter microcephalus was reported in our bay, which is known for having the larger brain of any known creature in the world. Another good news was that this season were only reported the encounter of three whales stuck in our bay, two of which were released by the RABEN team, a Mexican group that specializes in this type of whale rescue operations.

Despite this good news, it is important to emphasize the knowledge of public awareness and education about the threats that whales face in our bay. For this, ECOBAC has a series of events like the projection of a documentary with the support of different associations of our region or the project Conoce Tu Bahía that takes place in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

For more information on this association and its events, go to If you are a visitor, you will be able to know interesting and different information of what happens in our destination in whale watching season. If you are local, you will be an agent of change for the whale environment to continue to be respected for the good of all.

What is ECOBAC?

Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas, Ecology and Conservation of Whales (ECOBAC), is a Mexican non-profit organization, devoted mainly to research, protection and conservation of Mexico’s natural resources, specially the Humpback Whale in Banderas Bay.

Después de la finalización de la época de avistamiento de ballenas en nuestra bahía, correspondiente al periodo 2016 – 2017, el pasado mes de Marzo, la organización sin fines de lucro, Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas (ECOBAC) dio a conocer que el número de ballenas que arribaron a nuestra bahía regresó a un número normal después de que en la temporada 2015 – 2016 se reportara un importante descenso de avistamientos. Sin duda esta es información importante para nuestro destino y el medio ambiente en general.

Además de que, por vez primera, se reportó en nuestra bahía el avistamiento de un tipo de ballenas (Physeter macrocephalus) que son conocidas por tener el cerebro más grande que cualquier criatura conocida en el mundo. Otra buena noticia fue que esta temporada solamente se reportó el encuentro de tres ballenas atoradas en nuestra bahía, dos de las cuales fueron liberadas por el equipo RABEN, grupo mexicano que se especializa en este tipo de operaciones de rescate para ballenas.

A pesar de estas buenas noticias, es importante enfatizar la importancia de la concientización y educación de la población en general sobre las amenazas que las ballenas enfrentan en nuestra bahía. Para ello, ECOBAC tiene toda una serie de eventos como la proyección de un documental con el apoyo de diferentes asociaciones de nuestra región o el proyecto Conoce Tu Bahía que se lleva a cabo en La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Para mayor información de esta asociación y sus eventos, ingresa a Si eres visitante podrás conocer información interesante y diferente de lo que sucede en nuestro destino en temporada de avistamiento de ballenas. Si eres local, serás un agente de cambio para que el medio de estos grandes seres se siga respetando para bien de todos.

¿Qué es ECOBAC?

Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas A.C. (ECOBAC), es una asociación civil mexicana legalmente constituida y sin fines de lucro, la cual busca primordialmente contribuir a la investigación, protección, conservación de los recursos naturales de México y en especial de la Ballena Jorobada en Bahía de Banderas, México.


The Humpback Whale

The humpback whale season is about to begin, these large mammals travel each year 7.400 kilometers from the north pole to reach the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can be seen along Banderas Bay from mid-December to April, reaching up to 300 of them per season.

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Here in Puerto Vallarta due to the depth of the bay it’s possible to see these amazing animals from downtown and the beach, in any case the eco-tours are available daily so you can take this opportunity to enjoy the show of the whales jumping out of water, the reason for this it’s because that is how males attract the attention of females for mating. Their jumps reach up to 15 meters high.

Today it is estimated that between 6 and 7 000 humpback whales exist in the North Pacific, of which about 3,500 are “Mexican” for being reproduced in national waters. According to the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) whale watching is properly regulated by the official Mexican standard since the 2000 season their safety is guaranteed.

The Vallarta Whale, also known as the Dancing Whale, is a monumental bronze sculpture depicting a humpback whale with her calf. Created by artist Octavio Gonzalez, weighs 12 tons and measures 8.9 meters high and 13 long. Inaugurated on March 14, 2001 and can be seen at the entrance of Marina Vallarta.

The humpback whale watching turns out to be an extraordinary natural spectacle which can be seen just a few meters from the boat, turns out to be an unforgettable experience, highly recommended.

Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas) Puerto Vallarta

Bahía de Banderas Puerto Vallarta

One of the most unique traits in which Puerto Vallarta is established is it’s Bay; Bahia de Banderas, running along 100 miles of coast line graciously surrounded by mountains and dozens of beaches.

Bandera’s Bay is politically divided by two states Jalisco and Nayarit; such division is marked by the Ameca River which ends at the Bay. Being the biggest and deepest of Mexico reaching about 3,000 meters of depth and it’s the second biggest of North America.

Dolphins swiming at Bahía de BanderasHumpback whale at Bahía de Banderas

The bright solar light and its clear blue waters makes the ideal conditions to enjoy an infinite of water activities such as parasailing, surf, water diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, water photography, and many more.

Mexico is one of the five countries with the most biological diversity in the world. This natural bay being so rich with sea life of which visitors can discover by taking the Eco-Tours that are offered, without doubt the one with the most impact is the humpback whale watching tour, among one of the most important is the turtle release program which is held a few meters from the beach at sundown.

Diving at Bahía de BanderasSea Turtle at Bahía de Banderas

Among the recreational activities are the trips in boats along the bay where you can enjoy the sunset with its variety of orange, pink, and violet colors while watching the dolphins very closely (permanent residents of Puerto Vallarta), discover the heavenly beaches such as Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa, you can also visit the Marietas Islands swim with the multicolor shoals at Los Arcos National Park Reserve or even enjoy of a wonderful pirate show on a boat.

The charm of Bandera’s Bay and the similar Hawaiian weather has led to the evolution of Puerto Vallarta and comply satisfactorily with the expectations of today’s modern tourist.

Bahía de Banderas Puerto Vallarta