This is a very common question, but incorrect. Whale watching embarked only from Puerto Piramides, a small town of 500 people within Peninsula Valdes, 100 km from Puerto Madryn.
Puerto Madryn is a city of almost 123.000 inhabitants and concentrates the largest number of hotels and travel agencies that sell the destination as if whale watching were done from there, but nothing more unfortunate, a tourist industry focused on communicating that Whale watching is from Puerto Madryn. That is why it is important to understand that if you stay in Puerto Madryn you will spend a large part of the day traveling by bus, or another land vehicle, on a tour to see whales in another location. Of course, the final price is higher and you will be going from one place to another without time to enjoy the incredible experience of getting in tune with the whale and its atmosphere.
To enjoy the incredible adventure that is sharing a moment with the whales, the largest animals in nature, I recommend you analyze this information.
You could live a very intense trip, if you choose to sleep in Puerto Piramides, with all the time to enjoy and observe the hordes of tourists coming from Puerto Madryn or Trelew, arrive and after 2 hours get back on the bus to continue “knowing Península Valdés. .. “, while you live the relaxation of not being part of the herd.
But if you want a city with many services, an infinite variety of cuisine, cinema, supermarkets, shopping, and a large shopping center, the option of Puerto Madryn is the best.
The coastal sightings can be done in the entire coastline of Peninsula Valdes, but in El Doradillo beach, 10 mi ( 15 km ) from Puerto Madryn, the distance of the whales to the coast is so close that sometimes it reaches 15 or 20 meters. It is possible to see between 20 or 30 whales that swim calmly, enjoying the peace of the place. Mothers with their babies born this year, teach you how to behave in the sea. Thanks to the calm waters of this sector of the Golfo Nuevo, the calves learn to breathe and swim and play as well. It is important to keep in mind that there is no bus line to get to this beach, you can only access it with your own vehicle or excursions.
Going back to the whale watching, there are only 6 Whale watching companies and they are all in Puerto Piramides. They have boats specializing in nautical tours and prepared with a trained crew to approach the whales and understand their behavior.
Regular departures of whale watching on board, have schedules that depend on the companies located in Puerto Piramides, it is essential to be in advance at the boarding offices, at least 30 minutes before.