Please note that snorkeling conditions are depending on the weather and time of year! The best time to take this tour and spot whales is during whale’s season (July through mid October and December through mid April).
The boat departs from Punta Uvita and combines the best highlights of this Marine National Park namely; whale and dolphin watching, coral reef snorkeling and the caves at Ventanas. On this tour you will enjoy the marine life behaviour in its natural habitat.
The captain will take you to the best places in and around the Marino Ballena National Park for a chance to spot the Humpback Whale, Bottle-nosed and Pantropical Spotted Dolphin as well as other occasional visitors to the area including the Spinner Dolphin, Pilot Whale and Bride’s Whale. If the conditions are right it will be possible to jump into the water and listen to the whales singing – a truly magical experience!
You will also be taken to the best 2 sites to snorkel – first to Uvita Point (the rocky reef) and then afterwards to the small rock island of Ballena. 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 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.
This tour will also take in the sea caves at Playa Ventanas, where, on a calm day, the boat can pass through 2 of the caves.
- Professional bilingual guide
- Park entrance fee
- Boat trip & Captain
- All snorkeling equipment
- Snack of Tropical fruits
- Multitude of underwater marine life including sea turtles
- 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.
- Birds and lizards on Ballena Island
What to Bring
Swimsuit, hat or cap, strap sandals or water shoes, mosquito repellent, sunblock, sunglasses, underwater camera, water bottle 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 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 park on the Pacific coast of Central America.
The Nucura (Porites labata) is the most common and within these diverse reefs commonly seen are the bumphead parrot fish, butterfly fish, yellow fin surgeonfish, freckled porcupine fish, lobsters, starfish and sea fans. 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.