The winter season in Puerto Vallarta is a magnificent time to visit for countless reasons including the area’s stunning beaches, friendly Mexican hospitality, sunny weather and warm temperatures. One of Puerto Vallarta’s most magical occurrences during this time, though, actually takes place in the glittering waters of Banderas Bay: whale season! Humpback whales migrate to the warmer waters in this part of Mexico to spend the winter months. Whale season officially kicks off in December and continues on until March. During this time, Banderas Bay is one of the best places on the planet to watch humpback whales in all of their glorious splendor. If you want your vacation at the ultra-luxurious Hotel Mousai to be taken up a notch, make sure that you carve out some time in your schedule for an unforgettable whale watching adventure.
The Perfect Location for Whales
The waters of Banderas Bay are far more protected than the open waters of the Pacific, which makes the region an ideal place for humpback whales to congregate and relax. Humpback whales religiously make their annual migration journey in order to mate, give birth and prepare their new offspring for the long trip back north to cooler waters at the end of the season. One of the reasons whale watching in Banderas Bay is particularly amazing is that there is an impressive number of whales spending the entire season there, so the likelihood of spotting some any day of the week is quite high. Puerto Vallarta boasts beautiful weather this time of year, which will make an excursion out on the water to go whale watching truly spectacular.
Why Humpbacks are Unique
When compared with all of the other baleen whale species, humpbacks happen to be one of the most active species. They often put on extraordinary physical displays that are truly a sight to behold, with moves such as breaching, twirling, socializing and jumping. This makes them infinitely easier to spot even when you are quite a distance away from them. While they are often oblivious to groups who approach them to watch their impressive shows, they sometimes retreat back under the safety of the water. Since they are wild creatures, you can never fully predict what they will do next!
Singing a Tune
Observing humpback whales in the wild is an absolute gift, which is why a whale watching adventure often becomes the highlight of many tourists’ vacations. Amongst all baleen whale species, humpbacks have the widest vocal range which they sometimes use to “sing” to each other. Scuba divers and snorkelers often report being able to hear humpback whales singing under the water. Thankfully, many whale watching boats now have a hydrophone and speakers so that you can hear them from above the water’s surface, too.
Whales Rule the Water
Since humpback whales roam around as they please, each and every whale watching tour is different and unique. You cannot fully predict where they will be or what they will do next, so it is up to the experts to spot their activity. When you are able to view these majestic creatures from a nearby distance as they interact with one another, you are sure to be blown away!
Experience some of the most memorable moments of your next vacation in Puerto Vallarta with a breathtaking whale watching adventure. Hotel Mousai will provide a welcoming space when you return to relax and relive the magic of seeing whales in their natural environment!