Uvita Whale Watching Tour
A friend of mine here in Costa Rica called to see if we wanted to go on a Uvita whale watching tour this week….ahhh of course!!!
She organized a group of 10 of us to go with Captain Marlon on tour. The tour costs $50 per person, plus we gave a tip to the guides afterwards.
The meeting place for the tour is on the whale’s tail beach in Uvita. The beach is part of the Parque National Marino Ballena (the National Marine Whale Park).
The main road to the beach and National Park has parking lots, which I recommend you use for parking. The street parking is not very well marked and I have heard of people getting tickets. Plus, parking only cost 2,000 colones (approximately $3.50 USD).
Then, we had to pay to get into the National Park which was 6900 colones ($6 each or $12).
Remember, the beach/park does not allow any alcohol, so leave that in your car (unless you can sneak it in!!!)
Marino Ballena National ParkFamous “Whales Tail” in Uvita, Marino Ballena National Park Marino Ballena National Park
Uvita Whale Watching Tour
There were 12 other people on the tour with our group, so a total of 22 people. The guides started out with giving us life jackets and instructions on how to board the boat.
Once we got on the boat they stored our bags for us, as getting past the waves can sometimes we very wet; thus to protect our phones and cameras!
Once we were out past the waves, the guides started looking for whales and right off the bat they find a spot where whales have been spotted and two other boats are there watching.
By law the boats can only get so close to the whale and only so many boats can be in the same spot. Even though the photo is zoomed, we were close enough to see how large these animals were!Whales are huge and majestic mammals. Whale “waving” to us!
We then headed north to the Dominical area, where we were able to see a mother with her calf.Whale Mother and calf near Dominical
And they came up to the surface so many times…Whale breaching during the tour.
And I couldn’t believe how many times the calf breached the surface—- or what we would call jumped…didn’t get any photos as it happens so fast and unexpectedly, but did get this video…
During the tour we came across this island, where we got to get out of the boat and swim for a little while which was really refreshing!
After swimming we were giving some fruit (watermelon and pineapple), along with water, which was a nice treat!
The tour then headed south to Playa Ventanas, which is a beach by Ojochal. This beach is famous for the “caves” along the water. It’s said you can sometimes walk or boat through them depending on the tides.Cave at Playa Ventanas
After seeing Playa Ventanas we had a wonderful boat ride (really fast) north back to the whale’s tail beach where we ended the Uvita Whale Watching tour.
The guide said we saw more whales than is normally seen on the tours, so we had a fantastic time with friends and seeing the whales! I can’t believe some of the locals have never done this!!! Wonderful day!