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Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

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Activity provider: Wildlife Connection

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

Activity provider: Wildlife Connection

From US$ 80 per person

Observe dolphins in their natural environment and participate in a research project that helps understand and protect dolphins in Puerto Vallarta.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Start your day with a continental breakfast
  • Listen to the dolphins communicate using an onboard hydrophone
  • Learn about the world of dolphins from a professional biologist
  • Spot turtles, rays, and even humpback whales
  • Observe and enjoy dolphins in their natural habitat
Full description

Join a team of professional biologists to see bottlenose dolphins up close, not in a pool or artificial environment, and watch these intelligent animals play and interact with each other in the open ocean.

The adventure starts with a light continental breakfast. While enjoying your meal, listen as researchers share their experiences with the dolphins and learn about their natural behaviors and habitats.

Next, hop on a boat to find PV's resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for marine turtles, birds, and giant mantas along the way. From Dec to March there's also a possibility of seeing spinner dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins, and, with a bit of luck, even humpback whales and orcas.

Listen to the dolphins communicate through an onboard hydrophone. The guides are specialists in cetaceans and marine ecology and will have a lot of information to share about these ocean habitats.

Depending on the mood of the pod, the guides may judge that it's possible to go for a swim with the dolphins. This is a truly special experience, as the juvenile dolphins are very curious about humans.

Those who wish may take the opportunity to participate in the guides' research project. These tours are what make this research possible and it's thanks to the data collected that dolphin sightings are 100% guaranteed.

After 2.5 hours of observing and learning about these playful cetaceans, the group will return to Puerta Vallarta by boat.

  • Continental breakfast
  • Hydrophone
  • Professional biologist guide
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

OPEQUIMAR (Vallarta). Located across the street from Westin Resort & Spa Hotel in Marina Vallarta.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

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Such an amazing experience! Our guide was so knowledgable, helpful and friendly. We were lucky enough to see many whales, some with their young, and getting into the sea with the dolphins was just awesome. An unforgettable experience. Wow, just wow! Thanks so much - wonderful memories made.

April 6, 2022

This was an amazing experience my family and I will never forget. The dolphins we saw that day were playful and we had many interactions with them! We also loved our tour guide Christina and our boat captain Cesar, they did an excellent job!

October 6, 2022

The tour “guide” is a very kind and knowledgeable marine biologist, but she needs coaching in how to lead an excursion of tourists. We spent HOURS on that boat, sitting on hard bench seats, shoulder to shoulder while she silently scouted pods of dolphins. She could have told about the landscape, or birds, or ocean currents… It was strange really. We did find dolphins and we did enter the water with them, but the few moments (and they are just moments, the dolphins dove away from us of course) of fun were only barely worth the time and lack of comfort investment.

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August 7, 2022

Product ID: 400993