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“Another Great Day with Ocean Friendly”

Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Decatur, IL
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Another Great Day with Ocean Friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Go whale-watching with Oscar and crew. You will not be sorry and it will be one of the best days of your life. Oscar loves the ocean and it's creatures and it is so refreshing to witness his passion. Oh and you will see whales, we have been out with Oscar three times and he has never failed to find the whales.

Visited February 2012
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London, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Highlight of our vacation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

This whale watching tour exceeded our best expectations. We saw numerous pods, followed a mother, baby and a male for about 15 minutes while they repeatedly were jumping and actually moving nearer to us because of the baby's curiosity. We eventually put our binoculars away because they weren't needed. This was the highlight of a fantastic vacation. Oscar and his crew are second to none in their knowledge of the humpbacks and how to best enjoy a day watching these magnificent creatures!
Harry/Trudy - Sarnia/Canada

Visited February 2012
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9989gumby
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent for all ages...amazing crew and support staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Let me try to add some things not mentioned in the many other outstanding reviews. Went on whale watching trip with wife and 3 kids - ages 2, 7, and 9. Everyone was engaged on this learning and action packed trip. Oscar is the real deal - 1) A respected expert in his field with interesting and complementary interests such as tracking whales with geo-enabled aerial kite photogaphy, 2) A natural and enthusiastic teacher, and 3) Well respected in the Puerto Vallarta community as evidenced by the many ways that he gives back to the local community. For example, proceeds from our trip went to the local library. Oscar is a righteous and cool dude in every respect.

Keith, Jorge, and the rest of the crew was well represented, nice, accomodating and took time to spend with us to explain all aspects of the trip. Although the whale watching was interesting I was especially intrigued by the underwater microphones that captured the beautiful sounds of these majestic mammals. In one case, the whales emitted a loud squel/alarm and swam away when the noise of another boat approached. An incredible demonstration of the effect of careless boating.noise pollution on the behavior of the whales.

Oscar and his crew made sure everyone was safe and comfortable. For those interested in bird watching (thank you Jorge), there are a series of islands off of Punta de Mita that have special significance.

Visited February 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“My favourite PV attraction - I'll keep going as long as they keep touring.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

My second time with Ocean Friendly Whale Watching and it was as exciting and informative as always. It's the best way to experience seeing whales in the Bay of Banderas bar none. Ozcar knows his whales and treats them with the respect they deserve. You never feel as though you're intruding or harassing the animals.

In addition to his vast oceanic knowledge, Ozcar was also very helpful in giving pointers about about the settings to use to maximize the quality of photographs I got. If you want to check out his photographs, go to the Ocean Friendly Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ocean-Friendly-Tours/177863515566508

However, the selling point I use to other tourists is the hydrophone he uses to listen to the whales while we eat lunch. Ozcar explains about the vocalizations as you listen to them live. It's a fantastic, family-friendly experience that I recommend to tourists and locals alike.

I also highly recommend bringing extra pesos or USD for Ocean Friendly merchandise. I bought a hat to help fund the conservancy and every time I wore it while sailing on the ocean I saw whales breaching. Talk about a good luck charm!

Visited January 2012
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Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic educational experience seeing whales in their environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

The guides are very personable and take time to answer any questions while looking for whales. They are very knowledgeable and educate on whales activity and it is fun to observe their excitement when a new research opportunity such as identification of a baby whale and the mother. We saw up close a whale trying to rid its tail of something (barnicles?) and when complete we saw the blood from the injury -- very interesting. We saw whales in a distance breaching and last year we saw a baby whale up close completely breach several times. This is a wonderful watching tour and much better than the "booze cruises" offered. And I love the gift shop on board.

Visited February 2012
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