La Orca de Sayulita

The area's first pure whale watch and whale research company.

We offer a non-invasive, environmentally conscious option for whale watching for those visiting Sayulita, San Pancho and around.


We want to learn more about whale and dolphin habitat use of the region, and are the first to conduct whale research in the area. We respect and love whales, and want to share our knowledge and passion.


Our main guide is a Zoologist who has worked with humpback whales in Nayarit, Mexico for twelve years, and has worked with the species in eleven different locations worldwide, on six different continents. Data collected on our tours will be part of her PhD work, which is the first major whale study in this area of Nayarit

We want to make sure that whale watching in this area is of a high quality, respectful of both the animals and whale watching regulations, and that some of the money spent on whale watching goes back directly to help the whales.


We offer researcher led, 3 hour whale watching tours, leaving directly from the beach in Sayulita.

Licenced whale watching boats (there is a legal permit for whale watching in Mexico, please look for the whale flag before going out on a trip!)

Spaces are limited with small groups of 9 people maximum.

The guides are experienced biologists/naturalists engaged in whale research.

Free photos are provided from each trip, and light snacks and water are included.

A hydrophone, a special marine microphone, is onboard so that you can hear the whales. 


Tours leave at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM (sunset trips), during humpback whale season (1st December til 23rd March). Pick-ups and drop-offs from San Pancho can be easily arranged to suit your needs.

Price: Adults: $1400 MXN  Children 6 – 12 years $800 MXN

Private tour (up to 9 people) $7500 MXN

Payment in American/Canadian dollars/Euros etc. is accepted and will be taken at the value of currency on the day of payment.

Children 5 years and under are only suited to private whale watch tours.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL VIA THE CONTACT INFORMATION FORM (outside of the season, email is the best way to contact us!)


We will be whale watching in the area around Sayulita, San Pancho, Litibu and the Pacific side of Punta de Mita, avoiding the tourist crowds of the Bay of Banderas.

We believe that the beauty of whale watching is to be respectful of the whales, to respect the whale watching regulations, and aim to be the only boat for miles!

The whale watching industry in the area is based around humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating to the region each winter. However, we may well also see Bryde’s whales (Balaenoptera edeni), gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus), false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens), orca killer whales (Orcinus orca), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) and rough toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis). Of course being out on the ocean……..anything is possible! 

Contact Information

Owners: Nico Ransome
USA/Canada Telephone: (+52) 322 121 3917
Mexico Telephone: 322 121 3917
Email: [email protected]
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