Banderas Bay, or Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), is bound on the north by Punta Mita and on the south by Cabo Corrientes. The coastline is approximately 62 miles long. Though locally regarded so, it is not the largest bay in Mexico.
It is believed that a whale breaches to send sounds underwater that could possibly communicate messages to other whales and to breathe in air during rough seas that is not close to the ocean’s surface that is full of spray.
The humpback whale is the species most seen during whale watching season which reaches its peak from late December through January. The shallow protected areas of the bay are used by pregnant females for calving and nursing. Most births occur in early January. The humpback whales range in length from 39 – 52 feet. They are known for their breaching, often turning as they rise out of the water to fall on their back.
Bryde’s whales are occasionally sighted in the bay. Known as the ‘tropical whale’, they do not migrate so they can be found in the bay any time of year.
Orcas or Killer Whales are seldom encountered in the bay.
There are several whale watching boat tours, including our friends at Jaguar Boats PV, that you can purchase that depart from the Marina or the Los Muertos pier.
Have you ever witnessed the whales breaching in the bay from the beach?