Whale watching: an incredible vacation tour in Costa Rica

Written by Peter Conrad
September 21, 2014
Whale watching Costa Rica

Last weekend I spent some incredible Costa Rica vacations with my family. This country is such a beautiful place with amazing beaches, great people and good vibe. We traveled through all the country but I want to talk about one of the day tours we took: the whale watching tour. It is just a magnificent tour… It will blow your mind away.

We traveled from San José to Uvita Beach by car, but you can also travel on bus. It took approximately 3 hours to get there. Uvita’s waters are excellent for swimming, snorkeling and diving offshore. Located just to the south you can find the Marino Ballena National Park, a great place to watch Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles coming ashore to nest, and Humpback whales migrate through the waters, especially during the months of September and October.

On this past weekend here in Costa Rica the Sixth Whale Festival took place (5,6,7,12,13,14 of September). During the festival different activities took place for example: cycling, sand sculpture competition, photography exhibition, concerts, environmental workshops, meals and more; all of them were aimed to general public.

The tour began at 9 o clock and we were really exited. We got to the water in a little boat and our guide, Cesar Fonseca, explain all the rules we needed to follow if we wanted to have an amazing experience. He was so kind and thoughtful. Also he explained everything we need to know about these amazing creatures. We were very very very lucky! We watch 5 whales and a sea turtle just like the ones you see on the film “Finding Nemo”! The specie that we saw is called humpback whale. I swear to you, after I watch the first whale jumped… well, it just made my day if not my whole weekend! Cesar explained us that this type of whales feed only in summer, in polar waters and migrate to tropical waters to breed and give birth.

While we were watching a “little” baby whale playing with its mom, David Palacios, a biologist from Keto Foundation, talked with us about the history of the Humpback Whales. He was very kind too. He is working with Keto Foundation on an investigation of this specie of whales. This Foundation celebrates 10 years devoted to the marine and coastal conservation and development programs with communities.

After some minutes we got to see a third whale, it was a male, and David and Cesar explained us that he was trying to get the mothers attention. It was unbelievable watching the 3 whales jumping, showing their tummy and playing with the tale. At the very end our captain, Mauricio Quesada, let us be as near to whales that we could be and we got to see 2 whales more!

Hope you can make a Costa Rica travel anytime soon! I promise you would be charm by all its magic!

Watch this amazing video of a Humpback Whale in Marino Ballena National Park:

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