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What to know about Whale Watching in Uvita

| Jul 31, 2019 | Dominical - Uvita, Travel Costa Rica

What to know about Whale Watching in Uvita, Costa Rica


July, 2019

Is a whale watching tour in Uvita worth it?

From our experience we have learned that the tour is worth it, even when you don´t see whales. Obviously, the tour is better when you do see these impressive animals; most will rate it awesome!

The Humpback whale and Bryde´s whale are most common in the area. These huge mammals can reach up to 15 meters (50 ft) long; the females are somewhat bigger than the males. Despite their enormous size, they are able to jump out of the water providing a spectacular show for the ones lucky enough to be there at the right time. Another great experience – which is more likely to witness during the tour – is watching the offspring swim and play besides the huge mother whale.

All whale tours in Uvita visit the waters of the marine park Marino Ballena. This extraordinary national park provides more tourist attractions than just whales, which makes the tour also worthwhile when going offseason. Quite often these tours run into schools of Dolphins since several types of Dolphins are common in the park. Other fish and turtles can be spotted while snorkeling over the biggest coral reefs of Central America. And the tour also passes by beautiful beaches as Playa Piñuelas and the spectacular caves of Playa Cinco Ventanas.

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What is the best time for whale watching in Uvita?

Whale watching in Uvita Costa Rica has 2 seasons, from half July to half November and from half December to April. These seasons are based on the annual migration cycle of the pacific humpback whale. These animals travel from far to visit Marino Ballena in Uvita. Each year the pacific humpback whales from the southern hemisphere travel from Antarctica to Costa Rica and arrive around the end of July. The pacific whales from the northern hemisphere do the same, but they travel from Alaska to Costa Rica and arrive around the end of December. They travel between 5000 km (3100 mi) and 8000 km (5000 mi); twice a year!

In September and October you have the highest chance of seeing whales during a whale watching tour in Marino Ballena, Uvita, Costa Rica. That is also the reason why the annual Whales Festival takes place in  these months. The Whales Festival Uvita 2019 will be the 11th edition and will take place September 6, 7, 8, 15 and 16th. Attractive prices are offered for whale watching tours of 90 minutes. The ticket prices of 2019 are not set yet, these are the rates of 2018: CRC 20.000 for adults (+$6,- for foreigners) and CRC 10.000 for children (3 to 9 years old), children under 3 years are free of charge. Tickets can be bought on festival days at the ticket office in Uvita; you can choose a day and time. It is advisable to pick a time early in the morning, because around this time of the year it is likely to rain after 3pm. Please realize that this festival can get crowed, so get your ticket as soon as possible. If you don´t like the crowds, it is advisable to go outside festival days. More information about the Whales Festival in Uvita: http://www.festivaldeballenasydelfines.com/.

“In September and October you have the highest chance of seeing whales during a whale watching tour in Marino Ballena, Uvita, Costa Rica.”

How to plan your whale watching trip to Uvita?

It is most convenient to stay in the area of Uvita and Dominical. There are plenty of Hotels in this area. Whale watching tour operators mostly work from Uvita. However, it is not always necessary to deal yourself with a tour operator; some hotels give very sharply priced package deals that include the rooms, breakfast and the whale watching tour. They take all the work out of your hands. Like Hotel Villas Rio Mar, please take a look at our Whales & Dolphins package.

If you prefer to arrange the tour yourself, it is advisable to shop online for good hotel room deals. Some hotels give strong discount on their website. Like Hotel Villas Rio Mar, we always have some interested promotions running, like our Early Booking Deals and Last Minute Discount.

Our tour desk is more than happy to answer any further questions you may have regarding whale watching in Marino Ballena, Uvita, Costa Rica.


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