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Address: | Muelle Los Peines, Puerto Vallarta 48328, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 322 225 3774
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Ocean Friendly Tours was rated by Trip Advisor as one of The Top 10...

Ocean Friendly Tours was rated by Trip Advisor as one of The Top 10 Wildlife Tours in the World - the only whale watching tour operator in the world to be included on that list and recently rated as the #1 Outdoor Activity in Puerto Vallarta and the #1 Boat & Water Sports Activity in Puerto Vallarta. Ocean Friendly Tours is a new concept in responsible tour operation in Puerto Vallarta with a unique visual and acoustic approach to the marine world of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At Ocean Friendly Tours we provide a specialized and personalized service that blends professional knowledge of the marine environment and safety with love and care for nature. Ocean Friendly Tours have become a respectful and sophisticated way to approach the marine life and landscapes in Vallarta. Visit our website to learn more about responsible whale watching tours and the research programs conducted through our non-profit foundation called Deep Blue Conservancy. Thanks to all of our customers that make the effort to leave such beautiful reviews of their experiences. Special departure times for cruise ship guests!

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Whale Watching

I love this company. I have been whale watching three times with them. Oscar is very knowledgeable and respectful of the whales. Banderas Bay is where the whales come to have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
534margaretb
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this company. I have been whale watching three times with them. Oscar is very knowledgeable and respectful of the whales. Banderas Bay is where the whales come to have their babies. It is a great sight to see these humpback whales in their natural setting. Their tour is well organized, the lunch is fresh and a lot of... More 

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Margaret, Thank you so much for your incredible review of our research, education and conservation efforts! We love having you on board and we love see almost 70% of guests back on board year after year! Our work is our life and we thank the Gods daily. Today was our first official whale watching tour of this season. It was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took off from the marina and began our voyage. It was the tail end of Whale watching season, but that didn't matter to us. They really made a great effort to look for the whales based on their past routes that they seen them in previous days. We had a fresh lunch provided with delicious cookies! We saw some... More 

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a positive review. Without having you as part of the Ocean Friendly Family, we could not do what we do regarding research, education and conservation. We are happy to have you as part of the family and look forward to seeing you on board soon! Please book early, as... More 

Sylvania, Ohio
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This trip was amazing. Oscar and his crew were so informative and knowledgeable. We saw 3 whales plus Dolphins. Plus got to hear the whales underwater. No breaching but was beautiful anyway. This was our 3rd whale watching trip and was BY FAR the best!

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We had a great season and a great research season on Monterey Bay, CA. Resting now and before we know it, we'll begin to prep the boats, engines and equipment for the new season that begins on December 1st. We sure look forward to having you back on board! Whale Regards, Keith May,... More 

Niagara Falls, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

had a great time, sights my daughter and grandsons and myself will never forget. organized professional and a job well done. worth every peso we spent. do it again in a heart beat.

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We had a great season and a great research season on Monterey Bay, CA. Resting now and before we know it, we'll begin to prep the boats, engines and equipment for the new season that begins on December 1st. We sure look forward to having you back on board! Whale Regards, Keith May,... More 

Littleton, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Very knowledgeable guide named Oscar who has done research with whales up and down the western coast of North America. You get on a boat from one of the marinas cruise on out into the bay and peel your eyes for spouts. Unfortunately for our party, we only caught a glimpse of a few whales, one right at the end... More 

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Please allow me to address your comments. Our "lecture" is not a 2-hour classroom lecture. However, it is a 30-minute briefing of the days expectations of the tour, Humpback whale information, climate conditions and ocean processes. In almost 24 years of doing this research work, I can guarantee you that no day is ever the... More 

Grandview, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Oscar was very informative. We enjoyed our trip with him and the crew. The tour group was small, boat was clean, lunch was also good. Unfortunately the whales were not the most cooperative, but that was no fault of the crew, they did their best to make the sightings possible. We were able to see a few sightings, so we... More 

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your honest review of this natural experience. We work hard for our guests, for our research and for our educational and conservation efforts and we're glad that you were able to absorb our Love of what we do. Welcome to the Ocean Friendly family and we look forward to welcoming you on board again very... More 

Newport, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

This is not a cheap boat trip but all the money goes to whale research projects and the staff on board are excellent and very knowledgeable. We saw a number of humpback whales as well as dolphins and a good variety of seabirds. You also get the chance to hear the whales as the boat is equipped with an underwater... More 

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Jeffrey, Thank you for taking the time to respond and leave such a positive review of your time on board with us! We love what we do and we're glad to know that it shows! We look forward to welcoming you on board again very soon! Whale Regards, Keith May, Executive Director Deep Blue Conservancy More 

Roseville, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

I have been on this tour 3 years in a row. Love every minute and all the people involved. I have learned something new everytime.

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

How kind of you write this review and know that we are happy to have you as part of the Ocean Friendly family. Seeing our return guests year after years and the "return" whales make it all worthwhile...everyday! We look forward to seeing you again next season as well and we thank you for your ongoing support. Whale Regards, Keith... More 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

A friend and I recently went on one of the whale watching tours. From emails with the company prior to booking, we thought we were signing up for a whale/bird watching excursion. After Oscar's informative presentation on land, we boarded the boat and sped out to the whale watching area of the bay. We realized that there are no guarantees... More 

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your perceived experiences with Ocean Friendly Tours. Feedback from guests often allow us to adjust our tours to meet and exceed our guest's expectations. It is unfortunate when guests choose to listen to only segments of the daily morning's briefing and tour presentation. The Gods are in the details if one listens and the... More 

Glossop, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

Part of the reason for choosing PV was to go whale watching, I did lots of research and decided Ocean Friendly were the company to book with as they promote research and conservation. On arrival to PV our holiday rep but doubts in our mind about whale watching saying there were none in the bay - how wrong! you just... More 

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KeithMayPV, Public Relations Manager at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your most excellent review! It was true...this season, there were so many who denied that the whales were in Vallarta. With our luck and of Love for what we do, we always seems to encounter them. Even in those moments when they are elusive, Banderas Bay is one of the most beautiful and precious places in the world.... More 

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