DOLPHIN AND WHALE TOUR
DISCOVER DRAKE BAY'S MARINE MAJESTY WITH EVERY OCEAN WAVE
STARTS AT $175 PER PERSON
ABOUT THE TOUR
Drake Bay is celebrated globally for its marine biodiversity, especially its large and varied populations of whales and dolphins. Distinguishing it from other destinations is the bay's unparalleled attraction of humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres, converging to create the world's longest humpback season. Join us to witness the magnificent display of these marine creatures thriving in the nutrient-rich waters of Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula.
- Guided tour with experienced local guides
- All necessary equipment
- Witness diverse cetaceans including spotted, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales
- Insightful details about marine life by the guide
- Tours typically last 5-6 hours and start from a designated meeting point
- Accessible for all age groups with a general fitness level
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- Best months for whale sightings are from August to November. Dolphins can be seen year-round
- Drake Bay boasts the world’s longest humpback season
- DOUBLE OCC. REQUIRED
Is there a specific time of year best for whale watching?
While dolphins can be seen year-round, August through November is optimal for whales.
What’s the difference between the Northern and Southern humpback migrations?
The bay attracts humpback whales from both hemispheres, making it unique with continuous migrations.
How close will we get to the animals?
The tour maintains a respectful distance to ensure the animals aren’t disturbed while providing a clear view.
Are the tours eco-friendly?
Yes, our practices ensure minimal disturbance to marine life and their habitats.
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DOLPHIN AND WHALE TOUR ITINERARY
Your Adventure Begins at 6:30 AM
Copa De Arbol Resort and Hotel
Your Dolphin and Whale Tour starts from the pristine beaches of Copa De Arbol Resort and Hotel. As you set out early in the morning, the horizon beckons with the promise of majestic marine life encounters.
Sailing the Drake Bay Waters
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
As you cruise the tranquil waters of Drake Bay, your guide will share fascinating insights about the marine ecosystem and the cetaceans that inhabit these waters. The bay is a haven for over twenty species of whales and dolphins. With luck, you might even witness a playful pod of dolphins or a majestic humpback whale breaching the surface in a mesmerizing display.
Peek into the World of Cetaceans
In this prime location, you are most likely to experience close encounters with the resident dolphins, including the spotted, common, and bottlenose varieties. This area has been known to be a meeting point for these graceful creatures, and your knowledgeable guide will ensure you get a memorable experience while ensuring the safety and well-being of the marine life.
Lunch Amidst the Blue Horizon
Open Waters of Osa Peninsula
Around midday, the boat will anchor in a serene spot. Here, you’ll enjoy a packed lunch surrounded by the vast blue ocean. It’s not just about the food; it’s about the experience. The stillness, punctuated by distant dolphin calls or a whale’s spout, will be an unforgettable memory.
Journey to the Humpback Playground
Humpback Breeding Grounds
Venturing deeper into the ocean, you’ll approach the breeding grounds of the humpback whales. Witnessing these gentle giants, especially mothers teaching their calves to breach, is a spectacle of nature that few get to see.
Wrapping up the Adventure at 1:30 PM
Copa De Arbol Resort and Hotel
As your tour comes full circle, you’ll return to the welcoming beaches of Copa De Arbol. With a heart full of memories and perhaps a camera full of incredible shots, you’ll step back onto land, carrying stories of an adventure that many only dream of.
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Discover Drake Bay, Costa Rica, an untouched gem of biodiversity where rainforests meet crystal-clear waters, offering a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty, unique wildlife, and local culture, all waiting to be explored.
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From humble beginnings as a 4-room rainforest hideaway to a newly constructed resort, hotel owners Jason & Mike have lived on this property for over 25 years. In doing so they have built a strong knowledge and understanding of the area and the challenges it faces. As a result, Jason & Mike are fully committed to a holistic approach in the way they interact with the resort staff, the local community, and the environment.
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Copa De Arbol’s mission is to protect this delicate and magical area by establishing partnerships with Costa Rican conservationist while employing local staff so that they may earn a living by protecting their lands rather than depleting its resources. In addition to providing jobs with opportunities for growth, education, and a profit-sharing program, we help nurture opportunities for locals to establish their own businesses. Where possible and appropriate, we try to enhance our guest’s stay with new local offerings ~ Pura Vida!
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