Great News The Whales are Back

As the cool breeze gently sweeps across the Bay of Banderas, a spectacular natural phenomenon unfolds – the seasonal return of the majestic humpback whales. This awe-inspiring event marks a period of unparalleled excitement and wonder for both locals and visitors alike. The bay, known for its stunning beauty and diverse marine life, becomes a haven for these gentle giants, offering us a glimpse into their fascinating world.

Why They’re Here

The humpback whales journey to the Bay of Banderas for reasons that are as compelling as they are natural. Primarily, these waters provide a sanctuary for breeding and birthing. The warm, sheltered waters of the bay offer an ideal environment for mothers to nurture their newborn calves and for males to engage in their spectacular courtship displays.

Their Whereabouts

From December to March, the bay transforms into a stage for these incredible creatures. The humpback whales can often be spotted breaching the water’s surface, their powerful tails slapping the ocean, creating a spectacle that is both humbling and exhilarating. These magnificent displays are not just for show; they play a crucial role in the whales’ communication and mating rituals.

A View from Xinalani

At Xinalani, our dining room offers more than just a culinary experience; it provides a front-row seat to this breathtaking show. Imagine savoring your meal as you witness the humpback whales in their natural habitat, an experience that blends the joys of fine dining with the thrill of wildlife observation. The panoramic views of the bay from our dining room ensure that you won’t miss a moment of this magnificent natural display.

Sea Safari Whale Watching Tour

To fully immerse yourself in this incredible experience, we invite you to join our Sea Safari Whale Watching Tour. This tour is not just a boat trip; it’s an expedition into the heart of nature. Led by experienced guides, our tour offers an up-close encounter with these majestic creatures, allowing you to observe them in their natural environment while learning about their behaviors, diet, and migration patterns.

Our Sea Safari tour is designed with the utmost respect for the whales and their habitat. We adhere to strict environmental guidelines to ensure that our presence does not disturb these magnificent creatures. Our boats are equipped with eco-friendly features, and our guides are trained in responsible whale watching practices.


The return of the humpback whales to the Bay of Banderas is a reminder of nature’s incredible cycles and the beauty of wildlife. At Xinalani, we are privileged to witness this spectacular event year after year. We invite you to join us in celebrating the return of these magnificent creatures and to experience the magic of the bay. Whether you’re watching from our dining room or joining our Sea Safari tour, the sight of the humpback whales in Banderas Bay is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Join us at Xinalani and be part of this extraordinary natural event. The whales are waiting!

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Jean-Baptiste Belledent

Meet Jean-Baptiste, co-founder, and general manager of Xinalani Retreat, entrepreneur, yogi and loving father of three kids. Since 2009, when he and his family built the first palapa at Xinalani, he has been working restlessly to shape the Xinalani's vision: becoming the best retreat center in the world.