Whale watching in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica starts in August!

Humpback Whale in Golfo Dulce, photo by Lenin Oviedo of CEIC

Whale watching season has returned to the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica and Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge!

Starting this month in August, the tranquil blue waters of this Pacific gulf, between the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, will receive the astounding phenomenon of the thousands-of-miles-long migration of Pacific humpback whales.
Humpback Whale mother & baby in Golfo Dulce
As southern winter turns the seas to ice in Antarctica, southern humpback whales swim north to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and as far as Costa Rica to its warm tropical waters to breed and give birth. Golfo Dulce is an important habitat for the endangered whales and is vital to the species’ survival, according to the Center for Cetacean Research of Costa Rica (CEIC).

A real-life encounter with humpback whales in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica is an unforgettable experience for anyone. You can see the whales on whale watching tours in Golfo Dulce from August to October.


Humpback Whale mother breaching in Golfo Dulce

Whale watching in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

When you stay at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge you can enjoy daily whale watching tours in Golfo Dulce. Located in the pristine rainforest on a remote beach of the warm water gulf, the award-winning Costa Rica eco-lodge offers boat tours to see the whales, dolphins and other marine life. Rainforest tours in our 165-acre private preserve bordering the Piedras Blancas National Park let you explore the jungle and see amazing wildlife.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Facts about humpback whales

  • Humpback whale and baby
    Humpback Whales are an endangered species with international government-protected status.
  • Humpback whales are named for the prominent hump on their backs.
  • The baleen whales can grow to be 56 feet long and weigh up to 40 tons
  • They live a long life to about 45-50 years old.
  • Babies (or “calves”) are born after an 11-12 month gestation period.
  • Humpback whales are easy to spot since they live at the ocean’s surface.
  • Humpbacks swim slowly and are known as the “acrobats of the sea” for their great displays of jumps and splashes (breaching).
  • Male humpbacks are famous for singing long, complex mating “songs”.

Article by Shannon Farley

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