Whale Watching: Book a tour with a trained guide
35 guides from Barra de Potosí, Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa and la Mahajua have attended our safe whale watching and safe dolphin watching programs. Each year, they renew their training with a follow up program and more join the network.
Trained guides spend two days with skilled biologists to learn detailed, accurate information about whales, dolphins and how to navigate a boat responsibly around them. When you go out with a trained guide, you are more likely to have a better experience on the water because the animals will be relaxed and more likely to want to spend time with you. Whales and dolphins can be dangerous, even deadly, to humans when stressed, so it is very important that we treat them with respect and are responsible with them so we can develop a positive friendship with the marine mammals in our region.
If you go with one of the guides below and would like to arrange for a bilingual early career marine biologist/naturalist to be onboard the boat, share our scientific process with you and answer questions contact one of the guides above and request that they send a member of the Whales of Guerrero Team out with them. We charge 600 pesos for naturalist services on marine tours which goes directly to the volunteer naturalist to support their food and lodging costs. We need at least one week’s advance notice to make sure we will have a person available for this service.
The Whales of Guerrero Research Project does not benefit financially by supporting these guides (except when you buy a shirt, bottle, sticker or make a donation at the end of your trip!). It is our mission and our passion to support safe whale and dolphin watching in the region and so we are proud to recommend the services of the following guides.
You may contact our team to arrange a trip with a trained guide or contact any of the guides listed here directly.
Trained tour guides are:
Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa:
Abel Cortéz Zepeda (Zihuatanejo, Boat: Gran Jefe II; English: Yes) – 755-557-1093
Aguazul Sport Fishing (Amanda Leyva Martinez and Alberto Martinez, Zihuatanejo) – 755-121-7174
Ángel Macias Ortiz (Zihuatenajo) – 5514239203
Fredy Hernández Vázquez (Zihuatanejo; English: Yes) – 755-120-0931
Héctor Orihuela Hernandez – (Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo; English: Yes) – 5570072577
Javier Pérez Sosa and Pablo Mendizabál Reyes (Adventours Ixtapa; English: Yes)- 744-104-7392 and 755-101-8556
João Gouveia & Luis Alejandro Bello Diaz (Zihuatanejo; Website: Dive Zihua; English: Yes)- 755-102-3738 & 755-111-0701
Victor Cano Martinez (Zihuatanejo – Pura Suerte; English: Yes) – 755-108-1285
Samuel (Samba) Núñez Albarrán and Timoteo Núñez Albarrán – 755-101-3054 2018 Barra de Potosi Trained Safe Whale Watch Guides
Barra de Potosí:
The fixed Barra de Potosi certified whale watch coop price is:
1-2 people: $80 USD/1600 Mexican pesos
3 people: $105 USD/2100 Mexican pesos
4 people: $160 USD/2800 Mexican pesos
5 people: $200 USD/3600 Mexican pesos
6 people: $240 USD/4300 Mexican pesos
Bilingual biologist services cost $35 USD/600 pesos extra.*
Drinks, safety equipment, snorkeling equipment are included.
*If you would like to have a Whales of Guerrero Research Project volunteer accompany you as a biologist/translator between January 5 – March 18, the cost is 600 pesos/$35 USD and goes directly to the volunteer biologist. 5 days advance notice is required to make biologist/translater arrangements. Contact Andrea García Chavez at 55-3114 2770 if you want to arrange a trip in English with a non-English speaking guide OR contact any of the guides below and request the services of a biologist/translator in when you are booking your trip.
Book a 3-hour marine ecotour out of Barra de Potosí (2-3 day advance required):
Barra de Potosi’s Trained Whale Watch Guides of 2017-2018 are:
Abel Organiz Bañuelos 755-120-6265 Speaks English: No
Adelaido Martínez Bello 755-120-3976 Speaks English: No
Antolín Albarrán Navarrete Speaks English: No
Araceli Oregon Salas 755-130-6829 Speaks English: Yes
Arturo Mellín Mandujano 755-104-7168 Speaks English: A little (~15%)
Francisco Angel Pérez Chavarría 755-115-2613 Speaks English: A little (~25%)
Gabriel Rosario Lorenzo 755-102-7181 Speaks English: No
Gerardo Gonzalez Abarca 755-139-5038 Speaks English: No
Jesus Diaz Bañuelos 755-132-1881 Speaks English: No
Jesus Martinez Vargas 755-129-2878 Speaks English: No
Jose Antonio Oregon 755-557-2201 Speaks English: No
Juan Carlos Cedeño 755-113-6923 Speaks English: No
Juan Onofre Arroyo 755-132-8738 Speaks English: No
Luis Antonio Lopez Martinez 755-100-1716 Speaks English: No
Omar Zarate Herrera 755-111-5934 Speaks English: Yes
Orlando Banuelos Nava 755-100-1642 Speaks English: A little (~25%)
Rodrigo Pérez Chavarría 755-114-6585 Speaks English: No
Sergio Rosas Fajardo 755-102-6074 Speaks English: No
Yaciel Cabrera Garcia 755-138-2012 Speaks English: No