Oh, the majestic humpback whales in Puerto Vallarta! Their grand ballet in the Bay of Banderas is a breathtaking sight to behold.

Before setting sail on your adventure, there are many ways to schedule a boat ride and explore your options. Perhaps inquire with vendors on the Beach at Los Muertos near the pier or seek the guidance of your hotel's concierge. We highly recommend the smaller boats, known as pangas, over the larger booze cruise vessels. The local skippers possess extensive knowledge of the whales and the region's secrets that you won't find on Wikipedia.

The season for whale watching in Puerto Vallarta begins in December and continues through mid-March. It's crucial to board an authorized boat, so don't hesitate to request to see the permit. Local fishermen and dive masters are environmentally responsible for the most part, with only a few bad apples in the boating industry. Additionally, donning a life jacket is mandatory and showcases your respect for the captain and coast guard rules.

Spotting a humpback is an easy feat, with its distinct hump and long black dorsal fins. Their fluked tail is the hallmark feature to watch for on the water. Once spotted, snap your photos quickly, and then sit back and enjoy the show. Witnessing the rising tail with the cascading sea is an awe-inspiring experience that Mother Nature has gifted us.

While the blue whale is the largest animal in the world, humpbacks follow closely in size. The males typically average 45 feet when fully grown, while the females are even larger and can reach up to 52 feet. Whaling records report the largest humpback ever seen was a female tragically killed in the Caribbean. She was purportedly 89 feet long and weighed almost 100 tons. The average body mass of a humpback exceeds 40 metric tons.

Winter is the courting season for humpbacks, as they feed closer to the poles before honeymooning around our area Witnessing their breathtaking breaching, an exhibition of fierce competition to mate, is a privilege to behold.

So, embark on a journey to witness these beautiful humpback whales in all their glory. The experience is sure to be one that you'll treasure for a lifetime.

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