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Whales?

We are heading to ZIH in a couple of weeks time and we are wondering about .... whales.

I know that often near Puerto Vallarta there may be whales in February but I'm not sure about further south, by ZIH. Is this whale season now? Is the best way to see them either to stand on the beach with binoculars or take a tour like Julio Tours? Gracias.

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1. Re: Whales?

I've been in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo the last week of Feb. every year for many years and have seen whales from the Ixtapa beach about once every three or four years. It happens, but it's an exciting treat when it does...not something you can count on.

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The main difference is that PV uses spotter planes to locate the whales. They locate them and then radio back their position so that the boats can go directly there. Julio, while out fishing, has seen whales almost on a daily basis for the last few weeks. If you took a specific trip to search for whales and view all of the different marine life, you're chances would be even better.

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On our trips in late March, we 've seen whales from the Picante snorkel cruise and also from our balcony at the Dorado, when a couple of frisky young ones came in fairly close the beach. It was fabulous.

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Seeing the whales from the beach is great but it's much better to be in a super panga that can follow them and get much closer while not bothering them. In addition, you will have the opportunity to see many dolphins, sea turtles, jumping rays and other marine life in their natural habitat.

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Outstanding, thank you. We will contact Julio.

I remember a few years ago being in Acapulco bay and seeing a large whale swim lazily by. It was terrific.

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We could see them from the beach and our hotel balcony just this January. We have also hired a local in the past for fishing and had outstanding results which included seeing whales.

We used Julios tours last year with all the advice from this board and found his services to be less then satisfactory.

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7. Re: Whales?

All of the great captains in Zihua do their best to find fish for their customers. They can't control what happens. Remember it's called "fishing", not always "catching".

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Thanks for that outdoors advise Gary, we fish and hunt all over the world and we know good fishing captains when we use them! Julios effort was the issue when we used him. He gave us the impression he could not have cared less if fish were caught or not. He was having more fun clowning around with his first mate? I honestly think he was just out for a joy ride. VERY little effort! He is all about the money as are many of the captains in Z, and yes we have used several. Your best bet is to hire a small time captain who owns his own boat and will work hard for you and REALLY appreciate your business. Just go to the pier and you will find these captains. Good Luck

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Almost all of the captains own their own pangas. Before anyone just goes down to the pier, please read the article on "Coyotes". It is located under Top Questions on the top right hand side of this page. Not a good thing to do.

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10. Re: Whales?

Again, thank you Gary for letting everyone know that they should exercise common sense when talking tours with captains you meet at the pier. The pier is a very safe place to visit and talk with captains. The military is on site all the time. Feel free have fun, just do not put money down in advance that is only asking for temptation to come into play.

Some visitors to this site feel they need to recommend everyone to a specific captain they have used because they feel it will be to their advantage next time they use this captain. So just shop around and get the best possible deal for your hard earned money. Deals are to be had right now as business is very slow due to the decline in travelers. Also your hotel ususally can get you hooked up with a good captain to tour with. We were just there last week and the price quotes were well under $150 for four for a five hour day. Lets see Julio match that!!! Have fun and don't let people scare you into using their guy.