In recent weeks, humpback whales have been spotted in Tulemar Resort’s bay area in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, during their annual migration period. The amazing footage was captured by one of the resort’s guests.

“’Simply wonderful,’ is the only way to describe the whales in the Central Pacific; a unique and very special experience that offers a true marine spectacle,” said one Tulemar’s personal concierges, Chris Madrigal.

The humpback whales migrate to the Central Pacific shores beginning late December and linger until March, then return in late July through October. Further south in Costa Rica’s bays there is a larger population that gathers to find adequate depths and temperatures to breed and give birth to their calves. The mothers nurse their calves for about a week before continuing their migration in the open ocean.

Bahía Ballena Marine National Park is a 40 minute drive from Tulemar, and is one of the country’s top attractions. The area is filled with ocean sightings, and frequented by humpback whales, orca whales, and pilot whales. A large variety of marine species make the habitat their home — including bottlenose, spotted, and common dolphins, along with green, olive ridley, and hawksbill sea turtles.

Bonus! Here’s some more footage from Costa Rica that surfaced recently, featuring four whales spouting:

  • Jasmine35

    Whales are such incredible creatures. I have never had the pleasure of seeing them up close like this, but I’m hoping that I will be able to at least once in my lifetime.