Swim for the Whales 2024

Swim for the Whales 2024

Open-water swimmer Stephanie Montero, known for her impressive 37.5-kilometer swim across Banderas Bay in 2023, is gearing up for an even greater challenge.

In 2023, Stephanie astounded everyone by completing a 23-mile swim from Islas Marietas National Park to Los Arcos-Playa Las Gemelas, south of Puerto Vallarta, in over 14 continuous hours. This year, she’s gearing up for an even more ambitious challenge: a 78-mile (127-kilometer) loop off the coast of Puerto Vallarta!

Stephanie will swim the length and breadth of Banderas Bay in six stages. This will help promote the six micro destinations where she will be stopping to rest.

These stages are as follows:

  • Puerto Vallarta – La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (22 km)
  • La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – Punta de Mita (20 km)
  • Punta de Mita – Chimo (34 km)
  • Chimo – Yelapa (17 km)
  • Yelapa – Boca de Tomatlán (16 km)
  • Boca de Tomatlán – Puerto Vallarta (18 km)

This remarkable journey, called “Vuelta a la Bahía de Banderas,” serves as both a sporting feat and a call to action for humpback whale conservation and marine ecosystem protection in the Mexican Pacific.

The initiative is part of the “Nado por las Ballenas (Swim for the Whales )” project, aiming to raise over one million pesos for crucial conservation actions. These efforts include whale-watching surveillance, coral cultivation, plastic reduction campaigns, and environmental education in local schools.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles