Marino Ballena Scuba Diving Tour
Costa Rica Dive and Surf’s Marino Ballena Scuba Tour is one of the most popular activities we offer. Our brand new Uvita dive shop is just seconds from the main entrance to Marino Ballena National Park, allowing for later start times and less travel time to our dive sites, enabling our customers to enjoy more of their vacation time—before, during and after their dives. Because of its popularity, singles and couples have a better chance of joining tours without having to meet our group minimum. Remember to reserve early because availability can vary with the time of the year and customer demand.
Located in Uvita on the “Whale Coast”, El Parque Nacional Marino Ballena is one of the least explored marine gems in the world. It wasn’t that long ago that Uvita was only accessible by four-wheel drive or boat, so the park—both its land area and adjacent marine environment—are relatively unspoiled. Created in 1989, Marino Ballena National Park encompasses over 400 acres of land, nine miles of coastline and over 13,000 acres of ocean. The mission of the enormous Costa Rica National Park System, encompassing a quarter of the entire country, is to protect, preserve and showcase some of the incredible ecosystems that Costa Rica offers.
Marino Ballena National Park affords protection to the largest coral reef on the Pacific side of Central America, which is over 40 miles long. The largest part of the reef stretches right through the park boundaries and is full of breathtaking reef walls, rock pinnacles, islands and underwater sea mounts. Marino Ballena was also created to protect the nesting areas of Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Turtles, providing them with areas relatively free of human interference, integral to their survival as species. The park also protects part of the migratory path of northern and southern Humpback Whales as well as the aptly named “Whale’s Tail” beach formation. Dolphins come to feed and frolic within the currents and river mouths that invigorate the coastal waters of this marine paradise. The spectacular reef system and naturally occurring geological features make an inviting home for other exotic creatures of the deep and an even better place for divers wanting to explore this aquatic utopia. It’s easy to see why the Costa Rican government protected Marino Ballena National Park. It’s truly spectacular and if you’re wondering why Costa Rica scuba diving has the great reputation it does, your questions will be answered when you take our Marino Ballena Scuba Diving Tour!
Marino Ballena Scuba Tour Information:
- Morning tours depart around 9 a.m. and afternoon tours leave around 1 p.m.
- Tours last three to four hours and include two dives, fruit and water
- Minimum 3 people required per tour, but can be mixed Divers and Snorkelers.
- Please contact us if your group is smaller as we may be able to combine you with another group
- Price per person is $120 for Marino Ballena Scuba Diving and $65 for Marino Ballena Snorkeling