Waves & Caves at Ballena Park

 MARINO BALLENA NATIONAL PARK

The Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 to preserve and protect the 4500 ha of coral reef that surrounds Ballena & Las Tres Hermanas Islands. This park also protects 13 km of pristine coastline including beautifully scenic beaches such as: Playa Ventanas, Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ballena, Playa Hermosa and Playa Bahia. Marino Ballena Park`s most interesting sedimentation process has formed a Tombolo, or land bridge, linking the offshore reef to the mainland of Uvita Bay. This interesting formation can be seen and accessed only at low tide.

In the park there can be found sponges, corals, mollusks, algae, echinoderms, crabs and other creatures which are adapted to the strong tidal swell. Green Iguanas abound in the park, feeding on plentiful alga plants. It is also an important refuge and nesting place for numerous marine birds including the frigate and the sea earwig. It is considered the most median point of reproduction of the Humpback Whale which comes to these tropical waters during winter months.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Before heading out, we provide you with professional and safety equipment procedures. Our bilingual guide will share with you locations of caves & explain the natural history of the park. You will witness one of the most scenic places in the area, with over 30 different caves, 2 of which are accessible by kayak (weather and conditions permitting). We stop at one of the most beautiful beaches of the area, Playa Ventanas, where we will serve refreshments and tropical fruit. Steps away from our stop, there are 2 caves for you to explore and hike during low tide. You can enjoy and have fun surfing the waves on your kayak. After hours of fun, we start to paddle back.

Departure Time varies with TIDE

$80 per person

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing, strap sandals, sunblock, sunglasses, water proof camera, plastic bags, extra water bottle, set of extra clothes, and a towel. And don’t forget your prescribed medicine if you take any.

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