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Mazatlan Whale Watching Research Excursion

Mazatlan, Mexico (Excursion ID S2227)

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  • Duration
    5 hours
  • Activity Level
  • Minimum Age
    6 Years Old
  • Languages
    EN | ES


  • Round trip transportation from your Mazatlan cruise ship terminal!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed and insured shore excursion transportation!
  • English and Spanish speaking certified eco whale watching excursion guide!
  • Boat ride to search for humpback whales!
  • Lunch, soft drinks and bottled water!
  • Hydrophone to listen to the whale songs live!
  • Departure time 8:30 AM is designed for cruise ships arriving in Mazatlan port at 8:00 AM!

Experience what it is like to become a scientific researcher in search of the migrating humpback whales off the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico. You will learn about the local environment along with real-time insight into the whale's ecology and behavior. There's even a hydrophone on board the whale-watching excursion boat that allows you to hear the whales as they call, and sing, to one another. Be sure to bring your camera along on this Mazatlan cruise shore excursion as well. You will have many opportunities to capture that once in a lifetime shot.

This exciting shore excursion begins when you meet with your English speaking whale watching guide just outside your Mazatlan cruise terminal. Take an air-conditioned vehicle for the 15-minute ride to the Mazatlan Marina. Once there you can use the facilities before you get on board the whale-watching vessel.

The research boat seats up to 10 passengers, so everyone is comfortable and the attention is personalized. Once everyone is settled in, then your experienced whale-watching captain will head out in search of the whales off the Mazatlan shoreline. The captain will navigate close to where the whales are most active. Although it is up to Mother Nature to decide what to show up, be prepared to see breathtaking whale spouting, partial and full breaching along with impressive tail slapping while the whales play, or males fighting for the attention of a female. Wild dolphin, other marine mammals as well as other whale species may be spotted too.

Since it is the whale breeding season there is much to see and hear, especially with the hydrophone that allows you to hear the activity below the surface. If the whale watching excursion captain sees a pod in the area, he will lower the hydrophone into the water in the hopes to capturing the eerie but beautiful whale songs. It's also not unusual to see a female nursing her calf, or swimming along with her calf to help the young one get its bearings. Your Mazatlan whale watching excursion guide will be giving you loads of information about the whales, interesting facts and will be eager to answer your questions. Find out what size the babies generally are at birth, how far the migrating whales travel and much more.

The whale watching shore excursion boat ride takes around 3 hours, during this time you will be searching and luckily spotting humpback whales. Along with these thrills, keep in mind that you are contributing directly to marine research and the conservation of whales and dolphins in this important breeding and birthing region of the Mexican Pacific and the Gulf of California. Enjoy a complimentary light lunch (a torta or sub sandwich) onboard along with bottled water and soft drinks.

Once your time at sea comes to an end you will be taken back to your Mazatlan cruise ship pier terminal.

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Come with us and experience the thrill of a lifetime as you observe one of the ocean's largest and most fascinating mammals, the humpback whale. You will also enjoy the information from the local Mazatlan naturalist whale watching excursion guides that will lead this Mazatlan Shore Excursion!


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     5/5  (Visited on February 2016)
When planning our cruise trip through the Mexican riviera we wanted to book a whale watching excursion, Cabo was our #1 option but unfortunately all of the excursions were sold out so Shore Excursioneer suggested taking the excursion in Mazatlan which was other of our ports of call. This is a once in a lifetime experience that I and my family will treasure forever, thank you to the Captain who knew exactly where to take us in order to see whales! Make sure to bring your camera, you will want to capture the beauty of these animals. This activity is ideal for families, our children were super happy during the whole tour; if your cruise is arriving in Mazatlan you should take this excursion. Just make sure you plan your cruise to coordinate with the whale watching season...it seems February is the peak of the action!
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