National Park Marino Ballena
The best place for Humpback Whale and Dolphines
The southern humpback whales, which begin to be seen from August to October , come from as far away as Antarctica, we are talking about one of the longest migrations of animals on the planet. In the tropics, these humpback whales do not eat, and survive completely from the fat reserves they have accumulated. Humpback whales grow up to 17 meters long and can weigh up to 43,500 kg. They are found in the oceans throughout the world, and spend half of the year feeding on cold, nutrient-rich waters, then migrating to warm, tropical waters to mate with the humpback whales of the northern and southern hemispheres. The humpbacks of the north, who visit us between January and March, come from as far away as California.
The Ballena Marine National Park is recognized by the visit of the humpback whales during two occasions a year which come to give birth to their young and to reproduce. In addition to the humpback whales, it is possible to see bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, turtles, whale sharks, manta rays and a variety of coral fish. It is also a good spot for bird watching that sits elegantly on the shore of the beach; Near the islets you can see ibis, curlews, pelicans, brown boobies, frigate birds and oystercatchers.
n Costa Rica Routes we can include in your trip an expedition to see whales and dolphins. It is a mid-morning tour where you can have the opportunity to also see birds and visit the whole area by boat. The route includes a boat ride passing near cliffs and cave formations around Playa Ventanas.
When the sea level is low, a sand bank appears that forms a perfect form of whale fin. Depending on how low the tide is, we will also walk along the famous fin and climb the mountains behind the park from where you will enjoy a fantastic view of the sea and the silhouette of the Ballena National Marine Park.
The Park is located in the South Pacific of Costa Rica in the middle of the mouths of the Morete River and Piñuelas. It is the first marine park created in Costa Rica, whose main objective is the protection of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. It has an extension of 110 terrestrial hectares and 110 terrestrial hectares and 5,375 marine hectares.