Dominical Whale Watching & Dolphin Tours

Dominical Whale Watching & Dolphin Tours

It seems that it’s not only humans that have fallen in love with Costa Rica’s South Pacific. Dolphins and whales have decided to make the Southern Pacific coast one of their favorite playgrounds, too! With five species of dolphins and three species of whales inhabiting the waters off the coast of Playa Dominical, it’s time to get your camera ready! This particular part of the southern Pacific belongs to the Costa Rica National Park of Marina Ballena in the Osa Peninsula. As an additional bonus, try to spot the sandbar at Playa Punta Uvita at low tide; years of natural erosion have fittingly created a beautiful formation of whale’s tail. This part of the world offers some of the best opportunities for dolphin and whale watching. This really is one of the best eco tours available in Costa Rica! Private charter tours are available for larger whale watching groups vacationing in Dominical.

Dominical Whale Watching Tours Perfect For The Entire Family!

Whale watching and dolphin watching in Dominical is an eco tour suitable for everyone in the family! There are no age requirements in Costa Rica to participate but children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult who knows how to swim.

Available Dolphin And Whale Watching Tours In Dominical

Costa Rica’s South Pacific Ocean is the perfect setting for whale watching and dolphin watching. Boat tours leaving from Dominical take you to protected marine territory where whales, dolphins, sea turtles and tropical fish are in abundance. Whales migrate to these waters from November to March and then from July to December to give birth to their young, while some whales remain in the region throughout the year. However, these temperate waters of the Pacific Ocean are a permanent home for dolphins! If you are especially interested in getting up close and personal, a separate adventure tour in Dominical is available where you can swim with the dolphins that inhabit Drake Bay off of the Pacific coast of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. This particular part of the southern Pacific belongs to the Marina Ballena National Park.

Wear comfortable clothing and plenty of sun block when enjoying a dolphin and whale watching tour in Dominical. If you sunburn easily then consider wearing a light long sleeved shirt for extra protection. Take your camera and if you have binoculars, bring them along too. Light refreshments are provided on most whale watching and dolphin tours but it is suggested to bring extra bottled water just in case. For additional information about dolphin and whale watching while on vacation in Costa Rica, contact Escape Villas at 1-800-340-2407 or

  • Full Day Eco Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour to Drake Bake and Cano Island 
    Experienced Costa Rican tour guides provide interesting facts about whales and dolphins and get you clued-in on the importance of protecting Costa Rica’s marine wildlife. Transportation to and from your Dominical accommodation is provided. Stop for breakfast and then board a boat that takes you down the Sierpe River and largest mangrove swamp in not only Costa Rica, but in all of Central America! Thereafter, cruise to Drake Bay where the fun and excitement of dolphin and whale watching begins! There are five species of dolphins and several species of magnificent whales and sea turtles that inhabit these coastal waters. This Dominical whale watching tour includes a picnic lunch at midday with a scheduled return of 3.p.m.

Please see our followup article for humpbacks located here.