One of our biggest thrills is to see the ocean parting as humpback whales breach in the bay - as many as 300 of these majestic mammals making babies on our doorstep from November to April. Experts believe their frequent, dramatic leaps - up to once every 40 seconds for several minutes - are about courtship or displaying strength when challenged.
Each year 200 to 300 Humpback whales migrate to Banderas Bay to cave and mate. It is quite a thrill to see these enormous mammals in their natural surroundings playing in the surf. They come all the way from Alaska and Washington where they spend their summers feeding. Then, they make the 3 month journey to the warm Mexican waters for the winter. During their winter stay, they do not eat at all.
A protected species, by the time they arrive here they've already made the long, dangerous migration from the Arctic feeding grounds to which they return every year. So we do what we can to take care of them while they're here, including licensing only a limited number of tour boats that can take you to see them up close - a moving and exciting experience for even the most blasé. It can't hurt to keep your eyes peeled when you're on your ocean-view balcony, either!