A Paradise for land and marine species

The Marino Ballena National Park is located in Costa Ballena and belongs to the Osa Conservation Area. It extends from the Morete river mouth to Punta Piñuela. It was declared National Marine Park in 1989, and its limits extended in 1992. It has a land area of 284 acres and 13,276 acres of sea.

Exploring the Marino Ballena National Park

The focus of Marino Ballena National Park is to preserve the rich marine ecosystem and its pristine landscape value. In its warm waters, we find very interesting geological formations, such as sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and small barren islands.

Offshore there is a row of small islands and submerged rocks, starting with Roca de la Viuda and followed by the famous Whale Tail located at Punta Uvita , a 700 meters long sand isthmus, which at low tide can be walked between the two large bays, with a 360 ° view over the sea, the beaches, and the mountains. It is the largest coral reef on the Central America Pacific coast, forming a crescent necklace with three little islands known as The Three Sisters and Ballena (Whale) Island. The terraces are home to a large amount of habitat for countless marine species comprising 18 species of coral, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, fish, starfish, mollusks, crabs, sea fans and sponges, among others.

By protecting the coral reefs and keeping our beaches and rivers healthy, we take care of a unique and rich ecosystem, which is a breeding and reproduction area for whales and many marine species.

If you want to walk on the plunger or Paso de Moisés at Uvita Beach you should do it at low tide. During the low tide, you can walk to its very end.

The park is fortunate to receive two annual migrations of whales, the Humpback Whale of the North visits the South Pacific Coast from December to March and the humpback whale of the South begins migration in July which ends in October.

Find here information about whale watching tour >>>

Camping:

In the Marino Ballena National Park camping is allowed only in Colonia or Chamán, and Piñuelas beaches, bonfires and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Park.

RESTRICTIONS:

Pets, bonfires and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Marino Ballena Park, Costa Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica camping allowed areas

 

How to get to, schedules and fees

From San José, take Route 27 towards Orotina, pay attention to the exit to Jaco – Tárcoles, carry on to Parrita and Quepos, and follow the new Coastal Highway (route 34) to Dominical and from there to Uvita. Travel time: about 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Alternatively, from San José, take Cerro de la Muerte (Route 2), to San Isidro and then take route 234 to Uvita. Travel time: about 4 hours and 30 minutes.

From Palmar go North on the Coastal Highway.

Nearest airports: Quepos and Palmar Sur.

TRACOPA buses, on their way from San José to the Panamanian border, make a stop in Uvita. Travel time: about 3 hours 30 minutes.

The Park is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm every day, the entrance fee is $ 2 for nationals or residents and $ 6 for foreigners. THIS ENTRANCE ALLOWS YOU TO VISIT ALL PARK BEACHES ON THE SAME DAY.

If you want to walk on the path or Paso de Moisés at Punta Uvita, you should do it at low tide.

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Marino Ballena National Park

Whale´s Tail, Marino Ballena Nationalpark

Marino Ballena National Park - Photo Candy Fisher

Ein Paradies für Land- und Meerestiere

Fakten: Der Marino Ballena National Park befindet sich in Costa Ballena, und gehört zu dem Naturschutzgebiet von Osa. Er erstreckt sich vom Fluss Morete bis nach Punta Piñuela. 1989 wurde Marino Ballena zum Nationalpark erklärt und 1992 hat er seine Grenzen ausgedehnt. Seine Landgröße beträgt 115 Hectar und die Meeresgröße beläuft sich auf 5,375 Hectar.

Den Park erkunden

Das Hauptziel des Parks ist es, das vielfältige Meeres-Ökosystem und die wunderschönen Landschaften zu erhalten. In den warmen Gewässern sind viele interessante geologische Formationen zu beobachten, wie zum Beispiel die Sandstrände, die felsigen Klippen und die kleinen kargen Inseln.

Vor der Küste liegen eine Reihe kleiner Inseln und versunkene Felsen, angefangen bei Roca de la Viuda bis zu dem bekannten Walfischschwanz, eine 700 Meter lange Sandbank. Bei Ebbe kann man auf diesem Walfischschwanz zwischen den beiden Buchten hinauswandern, und man hat einen 360° Blick über das Meer, den Strand und die Berge. Es ist das größte Korallenriff in Zentralamerikas. Es bildet eine sichelförmige Kette mit drei kleinen Inseln, bekannt als die Drei-Schwester-Inseln, und mit der Ballena (Wal)-Insel. Dort ist das Zuhause von unglaublich vielen Meeresbewohnern. Darunter sind 18 Korallen-Arten, Wale und Delphine, Meeresschildkröten, Fische, Seesterne, Molluske, Tiefseegorgonien und Schwämme sowie viele andere.

Indem wir das Korallenriff schützen und unsere Strände und Flüsse sauber halten, schützen wir das einzigartige reiche Ökosystem, das einen perfekten Brut- und Fortpflanzungsort für viele Tiere bietet.