Marino Ballena Park Costa Rica Kayak Tour


We will start the trip by paddling out in our kayaks to Ballena Island (about 1 1/2 hours). Once we arrive at the beach we will indulge in local fresh fruits and cold drinks. If you would like to experience an amazing tour of rich marine fauna we will set you up in snorkel gear and take a swim around the island. Or if you just feel the need to rest, lay back on the beach and put your feet into the sand.

The Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 to preserve the Bahia de Coronado, including Punta Uvita. Within the park are important mangroves and one of the largest coral reefs on the pacific coast of Central America. Of special interest are the large green iguanas that live on algae in the saltwater pools. Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles come ashore from May to November to lay their eggs. Bottlenose dolphins are commonly sighted frolicking offshore. In the park are natural sponges, coral, mollusks, algae, echinoderms and crabs that have all adapted to the strong waves, swell, and tides. The park is an essential refuge for nesting marine birds, such as the frigate bird and the sea earwig. The reserve is also considered as the southernmost point of reproduction of the humpback whale, as it migrates from Alaska, Baja California and Hawaii and travels through these tropical waters from December to April.


We will drive about 30 minutes from Dominical to launch at Playa PiƱuelas. On the way we will stop at various off road hideaways to spot exotic birds, monkeys, sloths and other wildlife. Before launching the kayaks we will review safety guideline and equipment and give you a short introduction to paddling techniques in the waves. The bilingual guide will also tell you about the national history of the park and the wildlife you can expect on this tour. We will then paddle for 1 1/2 hours to Ballena Island where you will enjoy regional refreshments. You can then choose to snorkel or build sandcastles or, in the fashion of Manu Villas, take a deep breath and enjoy the tickle of the warm sea on your toes. The schedule is subject to sea tides.

The schedule is subject to sea tides


  • Light lunch
  • Park access