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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 hydrophone 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!
Sayulita Whale Watch Trips (3 hours) ($75 USD/$1400 Pesos per person)
Sayulita Private Whale Watching Trips (3 hours) ($400 USD/$8,000 Pesos for the whole boat)
Chacala Private Whale Watching Trips (3 hours) ($500 USD / $10,000 Pesos)
Two Day Whale Research Trips to Isla Isabel National Park $300 USD / $6,000 Pesos per person
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!
Nico, our main guide, has worked with whales in Alaska, Australia, the Azores (Portugal), Canada, Ecuador, Peru, the Philippines, Mozambique, and 15 seasons in Mexico! She has a MSc in Marine Science and Management and a BSc in Zoology, and is a PhD student at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia) whilst still being involved in several other research projects worldwide. Her primary research focuses on investigating the risk of vessel collisions with humpback whales in Nayarit, Mexico and in trying to reduce the risk of this anthropogenic threat. For the next two seasons all proceeds from La Orca will go towards her fieldwork in Nayarit. Additionally, she has a international skipper's license, is certified in marine first aid (RYA 2015), is a qualified MMO and PAM for offshore industries, and speaks English, Spanish, and is trying to learn Portuguese! Her passion for whales, sense of humor and knowledge has led her to be nominated for several tour guides awards, and although now focusing more on her research, is still our main guide and not ready to hang up the tour guide bandana yet! Happy to be out on the water everyday of the season, she has encountered many of the world's rarest cetaceans, and is lucky enough to have had many incredible whale encounters including an afternoon with the famous albino humpback whale "Migaloo".