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Whale watching (Avistamiento de Ballenas) One Day from San Jose

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Whale watching (Avistamiento de Ballenas) One Day from San Jose

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more


Peek into the world of Costa Rica’s marine life on this whale-watching tour from San José. Following a pickup at your San José accommodation, transfer to Playa Dominicalito on the Pacific coast and take to the water with your guide. Cruise through the Marino Ballena National Park, and spot dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays, and turtles in their natural habitat. You’ll also have free time to relax on the soft-sand beach.
  • Spot dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays, and turtles in their home environment
  • Explore the beautiful Marino Ballena National Park with your guide
  • Leisure time to soak up the views and sunbathe on the beach
  • Breakfast plus round-trip transport from your San José hotel included
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Local taxes
Whale watching tour
National Park fees
Bottled water
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Hotel pickup
Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Important always be ready in the Hotel Lobby, our driver or guide will look for it in the lobby, after 10 minutes of the pick-up time, we will continue with the next one. If I arrive 15 minutes late it is a "no show"
** In case your hotel is not on the pick up list, you can request it from our customer service email and we will confirm the exact pick-up time

Departure Time

5:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Comfortable clothes
  • An extra clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap
  • Water bottle
  • Shoes for water
  • Repellent
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GTC Costa Rica
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Unavailable tour was sold to us as available
, Aug 2021
I bought the tickets, received a confirmation email and the tickets. We waited for over an hour for pickup. No one showed up, the hotel called the tour operator who informed them that the tour will not be available until next month. I have filed for a refund, but we lost the opportunity to have a tour that day. I am very disappointed as this was to be the highlight of our trip. I will update whether I have any issues with a refund.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Good afternoon Wendy, many apologies for what happened, what happened was that they made the reservation when our operations and reservations team was out of office, it is always important to confirm our customer service numbers by WhatsApp to confirm that everything is fine . In your case it is something not very common that happens to us, however apologies of the case for what happened! The return of your money is commissioned by the web directly.

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