Whale Watching Tour

An unforgettable experience in life

Whale watching is an amazing experience ! We are fortunate to be located in an area where we get to experience 2 seasons of humpback whales visiting our coastline !

From August to November we are visited by the Southern Pacific humpbacks who travel thousands of miles from Antarctica to mate and give birth in the warm shallow waters off our coast.

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The largest number of sightings on record.

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Did you know that the Marino Ballena National Park is the best place for whale watching? At this time of year the most sightings occur here.

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Safety is the most important

High Quality boats

All our boats comply with the requirements and safety standards, so that you can enjoy the Tour with complete peace of mind.

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We take it very seriously

COVID Protocols

We are interested in your health. We follow all hygiene and social distancing protocols established by the government and the WHO.

Tour Information

Dates:      From July 15th to October 15th

Tours schedules:   8 am and 1 pm

Morning tours meet at 9am at our Uvita dive shop and return around 12 pm, and afternoon tours meet at 1pm at our Uvita dive shop and return around 4 pm.

Tour include:

Coffee, Orange Juice, Snacks prior to the tour.
Entrance to the Marino Ballena National Park.
Naturalist Guide, certified in cetaceans.
2 hours and 30 minutes boat tour.
Refreshments (Water / Natural Juice / snacks and fruits) during the tour.
Includes snorkeling session for 20 minutes (if conditions allow)
Visit to the most representative places of the Marino Ballena National Park.
Minimum three people required per tour. Please contact us for combined group scheduling
Foreigns

$ 75.00

Children 6 to 12 years old $55

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Costarricans

₡ 26,000

Children 6 to 12 years old ₡15,000

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  • All children must be accompanied by an adult. An adult can accompany a maximum of two children.
  • We have special prices for groups and families

The Journey

A few months later, from January to about March, we say ‘hola’ to the humpback Whales. They come from the Northern population who similarly have journeyed thousands of miles to escape the Arctic winter.

It is estimated that there are about 6000 whales in the Southern population. However, there are only about 2000 in the Northern migration since many overwintering in Hawaii. So, this means that September and October are the best months in the year to see these majestic, acrobatic, and HUGE mammals… often from very close range!. During this time we have many tourists, both locals and foreigners, who come to experience the humpbacks.

In Costa Rica Dive and Surf we have an adequate boat, safe and comfortable, equipped for this kind of activities.

Tour Description

Whale watching is a once in a lifetime experience! We are very fortunate to be located in an area where we can experience the visit of these beautiful animals twice a year.

During the months of July to November we are visited by the humpback whales of the South Pacific that travel thousands of miles from Antarctica to mate and give birth in the warm waters of our coasts.

Join one of our Tours and don’t miss the opportunity to observe these incredible animals. Our tour begins at our offices located 200 meters before the entrance to the Marino Ballena National Park.

Before the Tour

After welcoming you, you will proceed to check in with one of our hosts while enjoying our fresh coffee, natural juice and snacks.
We will start the Tour with an introductory video and a general explanation of the whale watching tour.

Then, we will walk to the Marino Ballena National Park. A beautiful path will take us to the park beach. There we will embark to start the whale watching tour

The route of the Whale Watching Tour

During the whale watching tour we will visit the most representative places of the Protected Area. We will sail towards the formation of the Whale’s Tail, Ballena stone, Tres Hermanas stone, Caverns, Arco Beach.

During the tour we will locate humpback whales and dolphins.

If conditions allow it, we will have the opportunity to do a snorkeling session at one of the points visited. You will have 20 minutes to cool off and observe different species of tropical fish. Sometimes it is also possible to observe rays, turtles and harmless reef sharks.

Some aspects to take into account during the Tour

There are regulations for the sighting of cetaceans so the time of the encounters and the proximity distance are moderate in order not to bother the animals.

During each meeting, the guide will fully explain all the characteristics of the noble giants, their behavior and distribution, as well as curious facts.

It is very likely to observe them a little more active by placing the fins and tail out of the water or showing their spectacular breaches.

Once the tour is finished, we will disembark at the same starting point where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beach or if you prefer, return to our office where we have showers and toilets available.

What to bring to the whale watching tour?

For the whale watching tour we recommend you bring:

  • Sunscreen (preferably Organic and waterproof),
  • Sunglasses.
  • Cap.
  • Clothes that can get wet.
  • Sandals or water shoes.
  • Camera.
  • Layer of rain.

In the case of suffering from dizziness on boat trips, it is recommended to come prepared with the corresponding medication (This way they will not ruin your experience by feeling bad during the trip).

Frequently Asked Questions about whales in Costa Rica

Where can you see whales in Costa Rica?

The best place to watch whales in Costa Rica is the South Pacific, specifically in the Ballena Marine Park. In this place the humpback whales come to mate and have their young.

What whales come to Costa Rica?

Humpback whales are the most common to observe. However, it is possible to observe other species of whales such as false killer whales, pilot whales and even whale sharks.

What is the best time to see whales in Costa Rica?

The best time to see humpback whales in Costa Rica is between July and October. At this time the Pacific coast receives the cetaceans that come from Antarctica.

Would you like to join the Tour ?

If you want to participate in the Whale Tour in Uvita, Costa Rica. You can reserve your place here. We will get in touch with you shortly.