Mazatlan Ocean Wildlife Tours
Cetacean Xplorer (Whale & Dolphin watching expedition)

Join usfor an exciting adventure into the world of whales and dolphins! Let our crew guide your journey through the waters surrounding Mazatlan searching for and observing cetaceans in their natural habitat!. By joining us you will be contributing to the effort Onca Explorations is doing to promote whale and dolphin research and conservation in the region.
Fins and Tails of the Bay...

Our research project “Fins and Tails of the Bay” is focused on local populations of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) inhabiting the coastal waters off Mazatlan and southern Sinaloa, as well as Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) that transit through these waters during their winter migration.
By taking pictures of the dolphins´ dorsal fins and the whales´ tails (Photoidentification), our crew will be collecting information that will help us determine several aspects of these species natural history, like their distribution, movements, social structure and behavior.
By joining us you will be contributing to the research effort Onca Explorations is doing to promote whale and dolphin conservation and environmental consciusness in the region.
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Details for this excursion:

Season Program:
This program operates in two seasons:

Whale Xplorer (December-March: Humpback Whales)
Humpback Whale winter migration. Survey effort will be directed to the search and observation of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) transiting through Mazatlan waters during their winter migration (breeding season). During this season we can also find Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), Bryde´s whales (Balaenoptera edeni) and other less frequent species like the orca (Orcinus orca),

Dolphin Xplorer
(April-November: Coastal and Oceanic Dolphins)
Coastal and Oceanic Dolphins
Survey effort will be directed to the search and observation of coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). During offshore surveys is common to find other dolphin species like Pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata), and spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris), as well as other less frequent species like the Sperm whale (Physeter catodon).

Price Whale Xplorer $89 adult $59 child (age 4-12)
Dolphin Xplorer $75 adults $49 child (age 4-12)
Availability Dolphin Explorer Monday & Friday at 7am | Thursdays at 10am, suitable for cruise ship Passengers
Whale Explorer Monday, Wenesday and Fiday at 7am | Thursdays at 10am, suitable for cruise ship Passengers
Pick Up We do have pick up service / No drop off service
Requirements There isnt any special requirement for this tour other than being able to walk
Capacity 6 People Max per day. The Boats
Private We can make this tour private for your party. Email us for a quote.
Includes

Light Continental Breakfast (not for cruise ship passengers)
15 min small talk on whale and dolphin biology
5 hr. boat survey
Bottled water and soft drinks
Complimentary light lunch
Cetacean Xplorer Certificate

Itinerary

7 am Pick up
7:20 Beakfast and brief talk about biology of whales and dolphins
7:45 Transportation to Marina
8:00 Exploration begins (survey)
1:00 pm Back to the Marina / End of tour

Cancelations Full refund minus $25 cancelation fee per reservation if done before a week in advance. 50% if done in 48 hours to 7 days prior the charter. No show = No refund
Contact Please before e-mailing / calling us read the FAQ and the information about this excusion. In Mazatlan 985-6139
Recomendations Bring sun protection with 50 SPF, hat and cotton clothes
Testimonials Please review the feedback from former clients.

 

Frequently Asked Questions.



Sighting Potential of Cetacean Species in Mazatlan

Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). One of the most studied cetacean species in the world. It is present year-round, coastal habits, easily approaches boats and displays aerial behaviors like leaping and tail slapping. Sighting Potential = High (year-round).
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Migratory species (California-Mexico population). Most whale watching companies around the world direct their observations to this species. Sighted near the shore in tropical waters during breeding season (winter), and in cold to template waters during feeding season (summer). Displays aerial behaviors like breaching almost completely out of the water. Sighting Potential = High (winter)
Long-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis). The most abundant cetacean species in the Gulf of California. Coastal to offshore habits. Present year-round, although its density may vary seasonally according to prey abundance and oceanographic features. They travel in large groups (un to thousands of individuals), is a very active and fast species. Sighting Potential = Medium-High
Pantropical spotted dolphin (Stenella attenuata). Abundant in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, specially in the mouth of the Gulf of California. Coastal to offshore habits. Ocurrence and density may vary seasonally according to oceanographic features and abundance of prey. It is commonly known to be captured in yellowfin tuna fishing operations. Sighting Potential = Medium-High
Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) . Abundant in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. It can be frequently associated with yellow-fin tuna and it is commonly captured in tuna fishing operations. It is well known by its spectacular aerial behaviors, leaping out of the ocean spinning its body. Ocurrence and density may vary seasonally according to oceanographic features and prey abundance. Sighting Potential = Medium
Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) . The second largest whale in the world after the blue whale, it reaches up to 26 m. A resident population in the Gulf of California has recently been discovered. Coastal and offshore movements. Ocurrence and densi0ty may vary according to prey availability (zooplancton and schoolling fish). Sighting Potential = Medium-Low
Bryde´s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) . Medium sized whale, it reaches up to 14 m. It is distributed exclusevely along the tropics. Coastal and offshore movements. In the field it can be recognized by three parallel ridges in the head in front of nostrils. Sighting Potential=Medium-Low
Rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis) . This species occurs in pelagic habitats (offshore) , on a distance it may be confused with the bottlenose dolphin. Little is known about this species due to its elusive behavior, however some studies indicate a tropical distribution. Sighting Potential = Low
Orca (Orcinus orca) . The largest member of the dolphin family, it reaches up to 7 m. in length. It is distributed worldwide from the tropics to the poles. It is the marine predator by excelence. Some orcas feed exclusively on salmon while others feed on other marine mammals like whales, dolphins, and sea lions, and even penguins. It is a highly mobile and umpredictable species. Sighting Potential = Low