WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOUR
The warm, crystal clear waters just off the Osa Peninsula are home to a variety of whale and dolphin species and are ideal for seeing these incredible creatures up close. Guests can see humpback, pilot and false killer whales, or spotted, bottlenose and spinner dolphins.
Aguila de Osa Inn has several different boats available for whale and dolphin watching tours, all of which are spacious and comfortable. As always with this type of tour, the presence and exact location of these sea creatures can’t be predicted or guaranteed, however sightings are frequent. Pods of humpback and pilot whales, as well as schools of spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins frequent the area at various times throughout the year.
Your tour will head towards Caño Island but may change direction if sightings occur elsewhere. Whales and dolphins can be seen surprisingly close to the hotel, though due to protective laws, snorkeling with them is not permitted. While whales and dolphins are most commonly seen independently of each other, it is not uncommon to see pods of whales accompanied by large schools of dolphins.
Surfacing at regular intervals to breathe, you may see them exhaling with deep, resonating sounds and enormous expulsions of vapor. As they breach the water’s surface their large bodies briefly rise out of the water, exposing their heads, dorsal fin and tails. Since the humpbacks’ yearly southern migration to give birth takes place in this area of Costa Rica, they are frequently seen with their calves from August through October. Schools of dolphin are most frequently seen in open water, frolicking effortlessly along the surface. They will often ride the waves just in front of the boat, giving passengers an exciting close-up view.
“Aguila de Osa’s location in Drake Bay allows for some of the best whale and dolphin watching tours in Costa Rica.”