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La Orca De Sayulita in Sayulita Mexico

La Orca De Sayulita

Highlights
Whale watch and whale research company
Biologist guides - hydrophone to listen to the whales
Fun eco-tours and experience in Sayulita
Respectful of both the animals and whale watching regulations
3 hour whale watching tours for up to 8 people
Leaving directly from Sayulita - photos included!

La Orca de Sayulita is Sayulita's first pure whale watching and research company. We are a small group of biologists who offer a non-invasive, environmentally conscious option for whale watching in Sayulita. We use a hydrophoto to gift you the amazing experience of listening to the whales communicate. With each tour, we include high quality photos to take home the memories. 

If you are traveling alone or in a group, we welcome to you come and learn more about the whales and dolphins of the region. We are the first in the area to conduct whale research and we invite you to be a part of the learning experience. We aim to improve cetacean knowledge in the pacific region to help to better protect and conserve the whales and dolphins. We watch the whales away from all the tourist masses in the Bay of Banderas and leave directly from Sayulita Beach. 

All guides are passionate biologists engaged in whale research with incredible knowledge of the local whale life. We use our whale watch trips as a platform to conduct research while using profits to support our independent studies. We have been working with whales in Nayarit for 15 years and know individual whales by name and much of their life history! 

We Offer:

Sayulita Whale Watch Trips (3 hours) ($75 USD/$1400 Pesos per person) 

  • Biologist led, 3 hour whale watching tours, leaving directly from the beach in Sayulita. 
  • 8 people maximum onboard (individuals can book alone) 
  • Experienced biologist guides engaged in whale research
  • Free high-quality photos from each trip
  • A hydrophone, a special marine microphone, is onboard so you can listen to the whales
  • Licensed whale watching boats
  • Snacks and water, life jackets to fit all ages and sizes 
  • Departures 8:30am, 12pm and 3:30pm

Sayulita Private Whale Watching Trips (3 hours) ($400 USD/$8,000 Pesos for the whole boat) 

  • Biologist led, 3 hour whale watching tours, leaving directly from the beach in Sayulita
  • Groups of up to nine people maximum 
  • Experienced biologist guides engaged in whale research
  • Free high quality photos from each trip 
  • A hydrophone, a special marine microphone, is onboard so you can listen to the whales
  • Licensed whale watching boats
  • Snacks and water, life jackets to fit all ages and sizes 
  • Departures 8:30am, 12pm and 3:30pm

Chacala Private Whale Watching Trips (3 hours) ($500 USD / $10,000 Pesos) 

  • We take you to the small, quiet beach town of Chacala - an hour drive north of Sayulita, we go out whale watching in the morning and let you enjoy Chacala fro the rest of the day before returning home to Sayulita late afternoon. 
  • Biologist led, 3 hour whale watching tours, leaving from Chacala Marina 
  • Groups of up to nine people maximum 
  • Experienced biologist guides engaged in whale research
  • Free high quality photos from each trip 
  • A hydrophone, a special marine microphone, is onboard so you can listen to the whales
  • Licensed whale watching boats
  • Snacks and water, life jackets to fit all ages and sizes 
  • Departures 8:30am, 12pm and 3:30pm

Two Day Whale Research Trips to Isla Isabel National Park $300 USD / $6,000 Pesos per person

  • This trip is for the adventure traveler and for people who are physically fit and like wildlife, whales, the ocean and camping. 
  • We will drive to San Blas stopping for breakfast on the way to Chacala. We then take a boat out to the National Park of Isla Isabel, whale watching en-route and collecting important whale data. Isabel is an incredibly beautiful island full of booby birds, great snorkeling and a central crater, you can enjoy the island all afternoon and then have dinner around the campfire. We then camp the night and before returning back to Sayulita the next day, we will pass through the area with the highest densities of whales in the region. We get home at around 6PM to Sayulita.
  • Minimum four people needed to book. Groups of up to nine people max. 
  • All food and accommodation is included over the two days. 
  • Experienced biologist guides engaged in whale research 
  • Free high-quality photos from each trip
  • A hydrophone, a special marine microphone, is onboard so you can listen to the whales

Extra Information.. 

The whale watching industry in the area is based around humpback whales migrating to the region each winter. However, we may also see Bryde's Whales, Gray Whales, false killer whales, orca killer whales, bottlenose dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins and rough toothed dolphins. Of course being out on the ocean... anything is possible! 

The word "ORCA" in our name "La Orca de Sayulita" is an acronym originating from the following Spanish words. Oberva (observe), Respeta (respect), Conserva (conserve), Ayuda (help). 

We hope to inspire a passion within you, so that you leave as a life-long ambassadors for humpback whales and other whale species! 

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Perfect way to end the vacation
We were so happy with the whale watching experience. They were so informative, very respectful of the animals. It was a lovely boat ride and saw lots of whales! (As well as dolphins, manta ray, and sea lion!)
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Experienced: March, 2019
Great Experience
Very informative tour with marine biologists Nico and Molly. We saw 6 Humpback whales, couple of dolphins and flying stingrays. Listening to the whale sounds was amazing! A big thank you to the talented boat driver, Angel, for guiding us over the huge swells. He calls it "dancing with the waves". Hard to find as there is no office. We checked beach several times and were lucky enough to see them returning from a tour and lucky that they had room for us the next morning. Better to book online. Also so nice that photos were included and promptly emailed to us.
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Experienced: February, 2019
The ultimate whale watching experience!
If you are seeking knowledgeable, environmentally conscience experts to take you whale watching, this is the company to go with. The Captain, Angel, born and raised in Banderas bay area, is a competent navigator and knows how to find whales. His son Manual was very pleasant and most excellent with the children. Our guide Estaphan, a biologist, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about whales and sea life . We found a pod of bottle nose dolphins. It was fun to watch them jumping and playing and especially delightful to see the smiles of the children in our boat. Then we found whales first 3 and then another joined them. It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life as I witnessed two whales breaching at one time. They did that several times. The male thumped his tail fin on the water to impress the females. This numerous times. It was an indescribable experience! All the while Estephan answered questions and took photographs. Take this tour if you can.
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Experienced: February, 2019
A great day out on the water watching whales!
I went with family on a whale watching adventure with La Orca. We were met in the morning by our guides, Molly and Esteban, at the main Sayulita beach front. Both of them were super friendly and enthusiastic. Our boat crew included a local father-son duo who didn't speak much English, but made up for it with personality. The captain, a bowling ball shaped man, sang sea songs as we chugged along looking out into the distance for tails poking out of the water or blow-hole exhalations.

We came across a handful of whales who were not terribly active, which was a little disappointing - there's a lot of waiting in whale watching. Despite that, Esteban and Molly entertained us with interesting facts about whales, they jotted down some data, and lowered some kind of aquatic microphone into the water so we could hear whales singing in the distance (even if we couldn't see them). Either way, it was a beautiful day and we enjoyed being out in the water.

On our way back into shore, we spotted something in the distance. A "crazy whale" was breaching over and over again. We zoomed straight over and caught a really spectacular finale before heading back to land.

It was a great experience overall - I highly recommend booking your whale-watching tours through La Orca!
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Experienced: January, 2019
Not a tourist trap!!
This was amazing. Nico and her staff were very well educated. We had lots of questions and they had tons of answers. Very educational. Boat was only for 8 guests so that was even better, more personalized. They love what they do and it shows.
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Experienced: January, 2019
Fantastic Whale Watching and Education!
This was our best outing in Sayulita! Nico and her compadre Esteban, and the captain, made our adventure educational, fun, safe and relaxing. We saw many humpbacks and kept a respectable distance and we enjoyed listening to whale songs. Highly recommend!
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Experienced: December, 2018
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
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