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Bahia Aventuras

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Uvita, Costa Rica
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About Bahia Aventuras
Bahía Aventuras, located in Uvita-Bahia Ballena, Osa, is a family-friend owned and managed boat and nature tour operator with the mission to responsibly share with national and international visitors their love for and knowledge of marine ecosystems as well as educate and promote the conservation of the priceless natural resources that are found in the Marino Ballena National Park, Mangroves Wetlands Refuge of Terraba-Sierpe, Cano Island Biologic Reserve and the Osa peninsula through fun, friendly and safe boat tour excursions.
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ShaunyP26 wrote a review Nov 13
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma1 contribution
Did the day trip to Corcovado. Absolutely wonderful and friendly crew and staff. Evaristo was our guide and he was great. Very informative, but didn’t club you over the head with too much info. Saw plenty of animals, including sea turtles mating. He kept the hike going, which it’s worth noting was not that difficult physically. Would definitely use them again. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Bakkerfeeling Adventures wrote a review Oct 2021
Heel, The Netherlands8 contributions1 helpful vote
Awesome tour and great guides. From turtles to dolphins and of course the magnificent whales, we had an awesome day out. We went passed the window caves and saw the many birds on whale island. After that we were treated to some snacks while searching for whales. We really were in for a show as we saw multiple jumps and tail flaps and the whale even came closer to wave us off with his fins. We were able to shoot quite some cool footage for our YouTube ravel channel Bakkerfeeling Adventures.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Kathy M wrote a review Oct 2021
Sugar Land, TX.19 contributions
We saw whales, which was the best part, and are glad we went. Because the boat is small, you get pretty close to them which is very cool. However, the boat ride itself was really uncomfortable. Don't sit in the front of the boat if you are short or even average heighth because you won't be able to see the water - you will only see the side of the boat. It's like sitting in the bottom of a bathtub. Not being able to see the water made me very seasick and pretty much miserable. Plus, you get the full brunt of the waves crashing onto the boat. It would have been better if they put taller people in the front row. They spent over an hour in total explaining all the rules which was too much. Fanatics about masks. If you are opposed to wearing a mask outside, this trip is not for you. They told us they would turn the boat around if anyone disobeyed the rules to wear the mask fully over their nose. If you are prone to seasickness, take a dramamine before boarding.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Mandy P wrote a review Oct 2021
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Our family of 5 took the private whale watching tour. It was wonderful. We saw 7 whales. 3 mamas, 3 babies and one male. Our guide Luis was great at spotting whales and talking to other captains to find out where the whales are. I highly recommend the private tour. We were able to move around the boat to see whales on all sides. We were on a boat that seats 17 but it was just us. We saw other boats that were packed. We saw one whale breaching in the distance. Our boat headed that way fast. As we were going the whale breached about 7 times in a row. It was amazing to see. Another whale and ~2 week calf swam right beside our boat. A special unforgettable experience. Bahia Adventures is the best and they took great care of us.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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BienViaje68 wrote a review Sep 2021
Tempe, Arizona282 contributions101 helpful votes
Let me preface by saying that we went on a whale watch boat ride in Maui, Hawaii where we had a mother and baby hump back whales breach and jump about 20 meters from our boat…so we’ve been spoiled. We paid $278 for two people for this tour and our hotel told us this was at a 15% discount. I didn’t know the price before we checked out from our hotel. The tour was good, but not sure it was worth almost $140/person. We met at the Bahía Adventuras offices. GPS found the place with ease. The place is very clean. They offered a light breakfast and water/juice. We then follow them to the Marina Ballena National Park. We were directed to a parking lot that was secure and monitored. I think we paid about $2 for the day. We then walked into the park and eventually to the boat. There isn’t a dock, you access the boat from the beach, requiring you to walk a bit in the water to get on. It’s not difficult ans they are very helpful. They follow Covid guidelines very strictly. The boat is very clean. They require you to wear a mask, even though you are outside, in the sun, with safe distance…even when the boat is moving. If you are fearful of catching Covid, you will feel very safe. If you are less fearful, you’ll probably be annoyed. The boat ride to Cano Island is long. It took over 1.5 hours to get out there. Going to the island, you are going against the tide and wind and it can be bumpy and rough. Our guide was Michael. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about diving, sea life, and Costa Rica. My challenge was he has a thick CR accent and with a mask on all the time, I found it difficult to understand everything he was saying and I’m semi-fluent in Spanish. My wife struggled more to understand him at times. We were able to see some smaller whales along with several large dolphins and some sea turtles. They don’t have it didn’t use sonar equipment to locate the whales, so we didn’t get as close was we did in Hawaii. Snorkeling was okay. We went in September and that’s the rainy season. Water visibility was reasonable but not great. One thing I really liked was that Michael was out there snorkeling with us. He would spot a type of fish, Point it out, and tell us the name of the fish. I’ve never had a guide do that and I loved it! The ride back to Uvita went faster due to going with the wind and the waves. I think it took a little over an hour. When we got to the beach, the boat was picked up by a tractor with the trailer. We stayed on the boat and were towed out of the ocean. Then we got parked and they fed us a very food lunch, right in the boat as it was parked in the shade. The food was very good. There were only a total of 4 tourists on our trip. My wife and I along with another couple. It felt like a very personal tour. We decided to remain in the Marina Ballena Park after the tour and took the opportunity to walk the beach and explore the “whales tail.” I highly recommend exploring the beach after the tour! Overall, I think this company works hard to provide a quality and safe tour. Michael was great! I wish he didn’t have to wear a mask the whole time, it would have made it easier to understand him. I’m not sure I felt I got the value out of the tour for what I paid. We arrived at 7am and didn’t finish until after 2pm, so it’s a long tour! Overall, I think it was a good and solid tour, but it wasn’t great and a must do.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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