The community of Bahia Ballena and Uvita hosted the II Annual Whale Festival of 2010. The event, which started on September 4th brought Costa Ricans, residents, and foreign visitors together to observe the majestic humpback whales that come to visit the warm and calm waters of the Marino Ballena National Park. Aside from taking a boat tour to observe whales, dolphins and turtles, the festival offered visitors an opportunity eat local foods, partake in typical Costa Rican dances, learn about different non-profit programs and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Uvita.
Punta Uvita: A Seaside Gallery of Smells, Sounds, Sights, and Fun
The focal point of the festival took place on the main entrance to the Marino Ballena National Park, sector Punta Uvita. The street was converted into a seaside walkway with shops, restaurants, and information booths lining the way. Fresh food, great gifts, cold beer, some music and sun, were all a part of what made the II Annual Whale Festival a successful event.
Grupo SURF Shows Community Members How to Get Things Done
Community participation in the event was at an all time high! The youth program “Grupo SURF” completed sweeping beach-clean ups near the Uvita entrance and started an artistic painting depicting the beauty of our local oceans. The group was also responsible for delivering news to the public, which ended up bringing 50+ visitors to the Bahia Aventuras & Bodhi Surf offices to the showing of “The Cove”, a documentary about the slaughtering of dolphins that occurs annually in Japan. The KETO Foundation and the Costa Rican chapter of the World Society Protection of Animals sponsored the documentary showing. Overall the event served as a wonderful opportunity to show visitors the importance of protecting Costa Rica’s coastline.