Mexican Riviera Cruise: Whales of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta SunrisePUERTO VALLARTA TO YELAPA

Puerto Vallarta’s sunrise, on this morning, is a spectacular blend of hot pink and orange clouds hanging low over the city, their reflections dancing playfully upon the water. Enjoy them in the moment. Each color burst fizzles quick like fireworks in the Mexican sky giving way to the full sun of morning and a spectacular view of … Walmart?

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A WHALE OF A DETOUR

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Humpback WhalesWe board a small boat as the only means of transport to Yelapa, a small, secluded beach resort where we plan to kayak, scuba dive and drink plenty of Margaritas.

On our way, we spot seven humpback whales ahead in the distance. They approach a neighboring boat, dip under it, then turn toward ours. Hovering, floating and arcing near the surface, the whales appear to be bubble netting. They collectively blow bubbles in a ring to disorient small fish and come up from the center to scoop a hefty meal with their baleen. The show is unexpected, somewhat unnerving in proximity, and ultimately a mind-blowing encounter. I’m so glad you’re here to experience it with us!

WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR

  • Part 1: San Diego – We see shore birds, pigeons and fish which are pulled fresh from the water at the Empire Beach pier. We ride a silver Mustang seeing more than a few Black Hawks as we drive through San Diego to Coronado Island and beyond, to the beach.
  • Part 2: Ship Sets Sail – The sun is shining, sailboats are gliding through the bay, and the whole of the military is doing flybys to keep us in line on Lido deck. Enjoy the daytime view and stunning sunset from our veranda as the ship makes an impressive half-turn and heads for sea.
  • Part 3: Wildlife of Bahia Magdelena – Bay waters teem with breaching gray whales, humpbacks, a harbor seal swimming for its life and other beautiful sea life.

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  1. Wow… so beautiful!

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