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Wild Dolphin Encounter in Puerto Vallarta

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    Pass By: Vallarta Natours, Calle Popa Muelle I4, Puerto Vallarta Mexico

    You will participate in a small group retreat, for you to let go and simply relax while also connecting with nature. On this 4 hour experience you will be joined by no more than 10 fellow adventurers, lunch and soft beverages are provided as well as the necessary snorkeling gear. An experienced marine biologist will have on board a hydrophone to be able to listen dolphins communicating, and she is ready to answer any question you may have about the marine environment and its inhabitants.

    You will observe the dolphins from a distance and then head into the water to swim in an area close by.  The swims are always conducted with respect and awareness. You will not feed, chase or do anything that might alter the dolphins' natural behavior. This is a life-changing experience. Not only will you enjoy spending some time in the water with wild dolphins, creating unforgettable memories but you will also learn many interesting facts about these magnificent animals and how important it is to take care of their environment.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mr. Cream Pancakes & Waffles, Condominios Marina Sol S/N, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Use of Snorkelling equipment
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • The listed price does not include a $40 pesos per person departure tax, payable at the time of tour check-in. The departure tax is required by our governing authority and is not within our control.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infant meals not included
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to Harbor master indications beacuse of unsafe weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 12 August 2019

    If TripAdvisor had 6 stars, this trip would have earned it! It was truly a life-changing experience for everyone who went. Thalia was the best, most educated tour guide we could have imagined. She has a masters degree in marine biology and shared an immense...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Peter C
    VallartaNatours, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2019

    Dear Peter, Muchas Gracias for giving us the opportunity to spend a lovely morning together. We are thrilled to know that you all enjoyed the experience as much as we did. Respect, passion and education are the base for any nature based activity...fun will always...More

    Reviewed 22 November 2018

    This was the most amazing tour I’ve ever taken and by far my family’s favorite thing we did in Puerto Vallarta! The small group atmosphere provided for an intimate experience with our guide and the dolphins. We swam with a small group of juvenile dolphins...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank Michelle H
    thaliaMsp, Propietario at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2019

    Dear Michelle, Our morning together will definitely stay with me forever, very few guests get to connect the way your kids did with my family of dolphins. They are even more special than what you may feel, a pure heart is what it takes, and...More

    Reviewed 26 October 2018

    Thaila helped me put a group trip together for the Wild Dolphin Swim. She did a wonderful job from picking us up at the cruise ship to explaining what we would see and do before leaving on the boats from the marina. Although the dolphins...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Charles C
    thaliaMsp, Propietario at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

    Dear Charles, It was a pleasure to help to set the tour for your fun group of travelers. Indeed, since we do not feed, nor force the dolphins to do anything they do not want to do, there's always a chance that that day they...More

    Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

    If you are Expecting a run-of-the-mill dolphin encounter that will let you bask in a pool With sickly dolphins and I need to check that box off that you kissed adoption, let me tell you right now that this is not the tour for you....More

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    thaliaMsp, Owner at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

    I feel so honored to have had the opportunity of taking you and your lovely family out in Bahía de Banderas. Working with wildlife is not always easy, we need to be patient and understand that it's not a documentary on TV, nor a controlled...More

    Reviewed 18 May 2018

    This tour is NOT for people that think they are going to go out in the ocean and see dolphins that are trained to give rides and do tricks like they do in some of the tanks around Vallarta. This is a tour by a...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank Steve P
    thalia91, Propietario at Vallarta Natours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

    Dear Steve, Sharing a morning introducing friends is always a great way to spend a day! Dolphins in their natural habitat at happy animals, always curious and looking to play with new friends. This experience is unique, and all senses participate since we can: -...More

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    10 March 2019|
    Response from Charles C | Reviewed this property |
    It can be hard, very hard in fact depending on which boat you use. Her regular boat is very nice with a platform at ocean level and a ladder. It is easy to use and get out. If there is a big group and you need more than one... More
    14 February 2019|
    Response from Charles C | Reviewed this property |
    I think it would be fine. The boat ride is fun. The lunch was good. If you get to be close to dolphins in the wild will all depend on what the alpha male dolphin has to say. They day we went out they would come around... More
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