Snorkeling in Marino Ballena National Park

Snorkeling in Marino Ballena National Park

DURATION: 2 hour tour

Please note that snorkeling conditions are dependent on the weather!

The boat departs from Punta Uvita to the Ballena Island and Rocky Reef where you will snorkel for about 2 hours.

You will be taken to the best 2 sites to snorkel – first to Uvita Point (the rocky reef), this is a small island with the biggest rocky reef in the Ballena National Park, and then afterwards to the small rock island of Ballena. This is an attractive small rocky island also belonging to the National Park and it is one of the best sites for snorkelling.


On this tour you will enjoy the marine life behaviour in its natural habitat. You will discover a pristine and fascinating underwater world with a multitude of bright colourful fish and other marine creatures as well as amazing living coral reefs with sponges and various crustaceans.

The guide will show you the best place for looking at the corals and reef fish! The most commonly seen are the bumphead parrot fish, butterfly fish, puffer, eagle rays, yellow fin surgeonfish, freckled porcupine fish, spiny lobsters, eels, starfish and much more.


  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Park entrance fee
  • Transfer
  • All snorkeling equipment


  • Multitude of underwater marine life
  • Humpback and Pilot whales (During season) and Dolphins
  • Snorkeling in the coral & rock reefs
  • Scenic views of mountains, Ballena and Las Tres Hermanas Islands and park beaches

What to Bring

Swimsuit, hat or cap, strap sandals or water shoes, mosquito repellent, sunblock, sunglasses, raincoat or poncho, underwater camera, plastic bags, water bottle, set of extra clothes and a towel.

About the Park

Ballena National Marine Park named after the Whale, as Humpback and Pilot Whales migrate each year through the park, Dolphins are also regular visitors and species include the common dolphin, Bottle Nose dolphin and the Pantropical Spotted dolphin. The park was created in 1989 and protects a coral reef with 18 species of identified corals, second largest in terms of diversity in the pacific coast of the country and one of the largest marine parks on the Pacific coast of Central America.
The Nucura (Porites labata) is the most common coral and within these diverse reefs the bumphead parrot fish, butterfly fish, yellow fin surgeonfish, freckled porcupine fish, lobsters, starfish and sea fans are most commonly seen. By diving the white-tip reef sharks and nurse sharks can also be seen. You can easily assess the park via Playa Uvita and Playa Ballena beaches nearby.