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La Orca De Sayulita in Sayulita Mexico

La Orca De Sayulita

Whale watch and whale research company
Biologist guides
Fun eco-tours and experience in Sayulita
Respectful of both the animals and whale watching regulations
3 hour whale watching tours
Leaving directly from Sayulita


Sayulita's first pure whale watch and whale research company. We want to offer a non-invasive, environmentally conscious option for whale watching in Sayulita. We are the first people to conduct whale research from the town, and we hope to improve cetacean knowledge in the area to help to better protect and conserve the whales and dolphins of the region. We use our whale watch trips as a platform to conduct research, therefore all our tours leave DIRECTLY from Sayulita beach.

We respect and love whales, and want to share our knowledge and passion. Nico, our main guide, is a zoologist who has worked with whales in 11 locations on five different continents, including 12 seasons in Mexico! She has a MSc in Marine Science and Management and a BSc in Zoology and is teh first to intensively study the whales here, which is part of her current PhD work. All guides are passionate biologists engaged in whale research.

The word "ORCA" in our name "La Orca de Sayulita" is an acronym originating from the following Spanish words... OBSERVA (observe), RESPETA (respect), CONSERVA (conserve) and AYUDA (help).

We want to make sure that whale watching in Sayulita is of a high quality, respectful of both the animals and whale watching regulations, and that some of the money spent on whale watching goes back directly to help the whales! All profits this season are supporting our research in Nayarit for Nico's PhD work.



  • We offer biologist led, 3 hour whale watching tours, leaving directly from the beach in Sayulita 
  • Licenced whale watching boats.
  • Spaces are limited with small groups of 8 people maximum.
  • The guides are experienced biologists engaged in whale research.
  • Free photos are provided from each trip, and light snacks and water are included.
  • A hydrophone, a special marine microphone, is also onboard so that you can hear the whales. 


  • Tours leave at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, during Humpback whale season (8th December til 23rd March).
  • Price: Adults: $1400 MXN  Children 6 - 12 years $800 MXN
  • Private tour (up to 8 people) $8000 MXN
  • Payment in American/Canadian dollars/Euros etc. is accepted and will be taken at the value of currency on the day of payment.
  • Children 5 years and under are only suited to private whale watch tours.


We will be whale watching in the area around Sayulita, San Pancho, Litibu and the Pacific side of Punta de Mita, avoiding the tourist crowds of the Bay of Banderas. We believe that the beauty of whale watching is to be respectful of the whales, to respect the whale watching regulations, and to be the only boat for miles!

The whale watching industry in the area is based around humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating to the region each winter. However, we may well also see Bryde's whales (Balaenoptera edeni), gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus), false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens), orca killer whales (Orcinus orca), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) and rough toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis). Of course being out on the ocean........anything is possible!

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Fun trip
We had a great whale watching excursion with La Orca. So nice to leave right from the beach in Sayulita, and Nico is so informative about the area whales. This is not your average whale tour, they are researchers who really know what they are talking about.
Thank you for a great trip!
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Experienced: February, 2018
Top notch adventure of learning and seeing remarkable whales and other wildlife
This is a journey not to be missed by anyone who wants to encounter the humpback whales, killer whales, dolphins, manta rays, and pelagic birds of the Nayarit coast, and it is also a rare opportunity to learn about the wildlife from a top notch naturalist who is passionate about marine science. If you're in Sayulita or San Pancho, or anywhere in the area, treat yourself to a trip with La Orca de Sayulita. The boat captains are experienced long-time locals, skilled and knowledgeable about the sea and the environment as well. I enjoyed it so much that I went twice, and several of the other passengers were also repeat adventurers. The journey also offered conservation perspectives, and the proceeds from the tour support research and conservation efforts in the area. It was exciting to see the whales and other wildlife, sometimes up close, and knowing that it was also a genuine "eco-tourism" experience made it all the more satisfying.
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Experienced: February, 2017
Do this!
Best three hours in a boat! Baby whale was a terrific bonus.
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Experienced: January, 2017
Breathtaking - perfect tour
We had an incredible with Nico. Here knowledge was amazing and we got to see a baby humpback taking its first breaths. Both Nico and her driver Angel took great care to show us as much as they could whilst showing complete respect to the animals. We were travelling as a family and their were life jackets for us all - so well thought out. I can't recommend this tour enough - and we would go again in a heart beat.
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Experienced: December, 2016
Not your regular whale-watching tour - thankfully!
So very thankful that we decided to book with La Orca. Nico was a wealth of knowledge and so very animated too. It is easy to tell that she loves these humpback whales (after being on the boat with Nico, you will never again say Humpback Whales in a normal voice) and truly cares about their well being. We had the wonderful opportunity to follow a couple of mating groups, and were even pleasantly surprised by them as they surfaced nearer the boat than we anticipated, using the boat as a marker in their games. Nico was able to tell us what the whales were doing with each of their different activities. It was so nice to have the researched information, and not just guesses.
I brought my camera along, but the choppy waters are certainly not the conditions that I am used to shooting in. I decided to put my camera away and just enjoy the trip. Nico is documenting the whales for an identification catalogue and will share her images with you. If you want to take photos of your family on the boat then bring your camera along, but if you just want images of the whales it is a nice treat to not have to worry about that!
We were a group of 8, ranging in age from 8 to 71, and we all left the boat in awe and so very thankful that we made the decision to book with La Orca. It's definitely an excursion worth investing in.
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Experienced: January, 2016
Great Whale Watching Experience
If you are looking for a intimate, amazing experience with a knowledgeable guide then this trip is for you. We went with Nico in Dec 2014 and have recommended her tour to everyone. We had a great time and were lucky enough to have a day with lots of activity out on the water. All our questions were answered perfectly (In English and Spanish) and everyone on the boat was taken care of. If your looking for a awesome trip run by a small local company who gives back to the environment then look no further than La Orca De Sayulita.
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Experienced: December, 2014
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