Whale Watching with Anne Gordon of Whale Watching Panama
It is whale watching season here in Panama! If you've been thinking about checking out the whales, now is the time to do it... and Anne Gordon of Whale Watching Panama is the woman to do it with. Each year the humpback whales mirgrate to Panama starting mid-June, and they stick around until late October. If you are in Panama during these months, whale watching is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Anne and her crew of knowledgeable guides offer the opportunity to experience the greatness of these creatures responsibly. Eco-tourism is booming in Panama and Whale Watching Panama is one of several companies working hard to preserve the beauty of the country its inhabitants, while sharing these wonders with the world.
Rain Jacket (just incase)
Cash (check the website for prices)
The second migration of humpbacks happens between December and February. This season brings several hundred humpbacks down from Alaska. You are less likely to see these guys since there are fewer of them. Chances of seeing them are about 50/50, where as you are almost 100% likely to see whales during the main season.
We got to swim with the whales and dolphins! Once surrounded by hundreds of dolphins and 4 humpback whales, Anne asked: “who wants to get in the water?” who could resist? Of The majority of our group jumped in. The whales were swimming in the distance, Anne kept the group together at a safe distance. We could hear them and see them above water. The dolphins got up close and personal, we could see them underwater and hear their high pitch squeaks and clicks.
And finally… a moment not captured by our group, probably because we were all in awe, a whale breaching (jumping).
Contadora is part of a group of islands called the pearl islands. These islands are home to hundreds of migrating whales in season. These island beaches make for a great place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. If you are looking for some time to explore the island, Anne offers overnight and week long trips that allow for more time to do so.
There are several places to get lunch on the island; we ate at Gerald’s, which was recommended to us by Anne and was the most convenient stop, since Anne had the menu on broad and was able to put in our order in from the boat.
The waters on Contadora are bright blue and crystal clear. There are lots of things to see below and above sea level.
Taboga is really close to the city, only 12 miles of the mainland. The island is unique; there are no cars on the island. Flowers line the quaint town and locals are friendly, setting up shop in the main square selling fresh ceviche and handcrafted. There are several places to eat and stay on the island.
For more information on whale watching trips visit www.whalewatchingpanama.com or contact Anne by phone at 6758-7600 or by email at email@example.com. If you are looking for a group to go out with, like us on facebook, and we will add you to the playacommunity facebook group - a place to meet other people in Panama looking to explore!