Marino Ballena National Park

Whales & Dolphins Tour

| Dec 2, 2016

Marino Ballena Whale Watching Tour

Marino Ballena National Park is home to the southernmost migration point of the humpback whale, an endangered mammal 15 to 16 meters long, of which only around 5,000 remain in the world. Marino Ballena was created in order to protect Bahía Coronado’s coral reefs and rocks, as well as the migrating whales, which can be observed from end of December to April and from July to November. Besides the migrating whales, the park is famous for its `Whales Tale´. A process called sedimentation created a sand bridge between Uvita Bay and the mainland which together looks like a giant whales tale. The whales tale can be seen and accessed during low tide.

The park was created in 1990 and protects 44.5 terrestrial hectares (110 acres) and 2175 marine hectares (5375 acres), including the largest coral reef on the Pacific coast of Central America. Marine wildlife is abundant, including: sponges, coral, mollusks, algae, echinoderms (Sea Horses) and crabs. Marino Ballena is also an important refuge and breeding ground for numerous marine birds. Marino Ballena National Park protects 14 km of coastline including the scenic beaches of: Playa Ventanas, Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ballena, Playa Hermosa and Playa Bahía.

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Tour description

This tour is offered the whole year, but whale sightings are most likely (although not guaranteed) during whales season, which runs from end December to April and from July to November. Our tour desk receives daily updates about the arrival of whales in the park.

The boot tour starts and finishes at Punta Uvita beach and takes about three hours. Transport to Uvita is not included, but our tour desk will be more than happy to arrange it for you. The drive from Hotel Villas Rio Mar to Uvita takes 20 minutes.

The professional guide will inform you about this amazing marine park while searching for the impressive humpback whale and pilot whale. These tours frequently run into schools of dolphins as well. The Bottlenose dolphin, the Spotted dolphin, the Common dolphin, the Spinner dolphin and the Rough Toothed dolphin are often seen in the waters of Marino Ballena National Park.

Marino Ballena National Park is home of the biggest coral reefs in Central America and you will have the opportunity to snorkel over these reefs (when weather and sea conditions allow).  You will be surrounded by beautiful fish and other marine wildlife on the snorkel spots called: Piedra Ballena and Tómbolo Punta Uvita.

The tour will pass by many beautiful beaches – like Colonia, Arco and Piñuelas – which you can admire from the boat. You will also see the famous caves of Playa Ventanas from sea.

Departure Time: 8:30 am (at meeting point in Uvita)

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  • Boat transportation
  • Park entrance fee
  • A professional guide (speaking both Spanish and English)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Life jacket
  • Water & Fruits


  • Sunblock
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medicine (if applicable)
  • (Water) camera


Tour reservations & questions

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