Kayaking and Snorkeling on Marino Ballena National Park

Length

4 Hours

Activity Level

Moderate

Great for:

Ocean and water lovers; nature lovers; sport lovers

Kayaking and Snorkeling on Marino Ballena National Park, this full-day tour will see you kayaking towards a splendid snorkelling site at Marino Ballena National Park. You will be transferred to Arco beach (30mins away from Dominical). From there you will paddle to Ballena Island (a 45mins journey), where you will then get the chance to snorkel around the island, observing the rich marine life of the area. Or, if you prefer, you may choose to simply relax on the island and explore its numerous caves. Once done, you will retrace your route and return to Dominical.

  • Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 to preserve and protect the 4500ha of coral reef that surround Ballena and Las Tres Hermanas Islands.
  •  Marino Ballena’s most interesting feature is a ‘tombolo’, or land bridge, that links the offshore reef to the mainland of Uvita Bay. This natural bridge, formed by sedimentation, can be seen and accessed only at low tide.
  • The tour begins after a 30min drive from Dominical to Arco Beach, where you will launch your kayaks. On the way, you may make some stops to observe sloths, toucans, and monkeys. Bes
  • Once at Arco Beach, your guide will impart a safety talk detailing paddling techniques and will give you more information concerning the history of the national park. This tour provides you with the safest equipment available and our guides go out of their way to ensure you make the most of the experience.
  • An easy 45min paddle brings you to Ballena Island, where a fresh fruit lunch and cold drinks served in a tropical style will be waiting.
  • You will then get the chance to snorkel around the island, observing the rich marine life of the area. Or, if you prefer, you may choose to simply relax on the island and explore its numerous caves.
  • After an adventurous day, you will paddle back to Arco Beach and return to your hotel.

Transportation from/to Dominical, bilingual naturalist guide, park entrance fee, fruits, drinks, and snorkeling equipment.

Comfortable clothing, strap sandals or sneakers, mosquito repellent, sun block, sunglasses, camera, plastic bags, extra water bottle, dry clothes to change into, and a towel.

You have to know how to swim and be in good physical condition.