Whale and Dolphin watching. Enjoy the ultimate eco-tourist attraction!
Whales migrating from both hemispheres pass by Costa Rica, so you have a pretty good chance of seeing whales if you are here in the right season.
Found all around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometers each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical waters like in Costa Rica to breed and give birth in the winter. Here in the Gulf of Nicoya we especially see the Humpbacks that come from the Arctic Ocean from August through December.
Every whale watching tour is different and interesting. There are days that we encounter dolphins close to shore, but no whales, or we just see them from a distance. Other days we get to witness a Humpback whale mom teaching her baby to breach and at times it is possible to get a very close encounter with this magnificent animals.
There are huge resident populations of dolphins up and down of Costa Rica’s west coasts, so it’s pretty likely you can catch a glimpse of these playful creatures as well. Throughout the tour enjoy the scenic beauty of the coastline, numerous islands and beaches in the Gulf of Nicoya. In addition to the whales and dolphins we often encounter sea turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, fish eagles and a lot of other fascinating wild life.
The chances to observe whales and dolphins are high, but not guaranteed every day because they move over big distances so we cannot be sure of the exact place where they are.