Marino Ballena National Park


Whales and dolphins emerge from the water and offer a show that you can witness.
 
It is the favorite place of humpback whales and several types of dolphins, this park turns on and off in a natural scenery where these animals can be observed.
 
Humpback whales come every year (July to October) to carry out their reproductive cycle; they arrive to the park place where there is a rocky and sandy formation that resembles the tail of a whale. This curiosity is the main attraction of the place.
 
Inside the park you can visit the tómbolo (whale tail), go and enjoy the beaches or practice superficial and deep diving to see a huge range of marine life. You can also enjoy the calmed sea that bathes these shores or boating on nearby islands.
 
In addition to the humpback whale, they can be found in its waters species like the spotted dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, manta ray, hammerhead sharks, parrotfish and mackerel.
 
“Take advantage of your visit and enjoy the attractions of the area, such as horseback riding, canyoning and waterfalls,” said Gallardo.
 
The Marino Ballena National Park has 4 official access routes for the enjoyment of visitors, all are located by South Inter-American Highway: Uvita, Colonia, Ballena and Piñuela.
Services:
 
• Area for lunch
• Camping area
• Sanitation services
• Showers, no drinking water
• Parking (Ballena Sector)
 
Main attractions
 
La Cola de la Ballena (Whale Tail): It is a natural rocky and sandy formation caused by the sedimentation generated by tides. You can only visit it during the dry tide. The shape of the tail can only be seen from high parts or doing a flyby. It is also known as the Tómbolo and the passage of Moses.
 
Isla Ballena: Located about 1.24 miles (2 km) from the coast, it is a rock formation that houses some species of birds and iguanas. In its vicinity there are coral reefs.
 
Tres Hermanas Islets: They are three rock formations where nesting birds are also given.
 
Beaches: In addition to Uvita, where the Tombolo is located, there are other beaches within the Protected Wilderness Area:
Bahía, Colonia, Ballena, Arco and Piñuelas.
 
Snorkeling: You can perform this activity during low tide near the tómbolo or whale tail, just mask and snorkel is permitted, diving fins are not allowed.
 
Whale watching: Humpback Whale watching in season (July to November) and resident dolphins throughout the year in the area.