Snorkeling Marino Ballena
Snorkel amongst the Pacific Ocean's crystal blue waters and spot a colorful array of marine life in the Marino Ballena National Park on this 2 hour tour.
- Duration: 3 hrs
- Available Days: Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
- Schedule: 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Encompassing 13,300 acres of ocean (5,400 marine hectares) and the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America, the Marino Ballena National Park is a snorkeler's paradise. Fish to be spotted include parrot fish, spotted rose snapper, pacific dog snapper, and butterfly fish; turtles and manta rays can be seen cruising slowly through the water, and a variety of sea-floor creatures - including starfish, sea cucumbers and sand dollars - can be observed creeping slowly along the bottom of the ocean. The park's 18 different species of coral reef can likewise be enjoyed, providing snorkelers with a colorful and intricate perspective into some of the ocean's most vital life-forms. Furthermore, dolphins and whales can occasionally be seen plying the waters around the boat.
This tour includes visits to Isla Ballena - where much of the snorkeling is done - and the Ventanas Caves, wonderful natural water passages that, if weather conditions permit, the boat's captain will navigate the boat through.
This tour lasts 2 hours.
Attraction VisitedMarino Ballena National Park
Encompassing 270 acres of land (110 terrestrial hectares) and 13,300 acres of ocean (5,400 marine hectares) is the Marino Ballena National Park (Parque Nacional Marino Ballena). Positioned just 10 mi (16 km) south of Dominical and 112 mi (180 km) southwest of San Jose, Marino Ballena is one of the newest national parks in Costa Rica. Established in 1990, the park contains the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America. The park&s waters are also great vantage points for viewing the humpback whale as it migrates (Dec. to April) from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii down to Cano Island, just off of the Osa Peninsula.
What to Bring
Sunscreen, camera, swimming suit, hat, towel, sunglasses, insect repellent.
Transportation from all hotels in the Dominical, Uvita and Ojochal areas, park entrance fees, water, fruit, and snorkeling equipment, bilingual guide.
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Even if I said no to surfing lessons the first time, I have really enjoyed it and my daughter has just loved it. The instructor was absolutely knowledge and helpful. The experience was fantastic and the representation of this tour was again spot on.
This was a great tour that we requested. Keep it on your list. Carlos has the perfect personality for his business. He was fun, easy-going, but ensure we were safe the entire time. He treated us to fresh fruit and cookies. I think he represented Pura Vida" the best.
Amazing also...second to none!