The stretch of South Pacific coastline from Dominical to Ojochal, known as the Costa Ballena, is swiftly becoming one of the hottest destinations in Costa Rica. From kayaking pristine waters to other water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling, it’s a water lover’s paradise. Hike the Corcovado National Park, explore the flora and fauna of Terraba Sierpe National Wetlands or spend a relaxing day at Playa Ventanas nearby. Whether you are looking forward to an adventure-filled vacation or just want to relax by the beach and soak up the sun, there is something for everyone here.
WILDLIFE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION TOUR
In this tour meet the sanctuary residents while learning about their history, biology, and conservation needs. The wildlife sanctuary offers refuge to a wide variety of animals including a variety of monkey species, two-toed sloth, anteater, parrots, scarlet macaws, toucan, and a crocodile, amongst others.
Scramble through natural obstacles in a canyon and rappel down waterfalls. Learn the fundamentals and proper techniques of rappelling. – with 6 waterfalls. The largest of the falls is 27 meters, or 80 feet. The canyon ends at the Uvita River where there are some pristine swimming holes for jumping & sliding or relaxing and reflecting.
The areas of Ojochal and nearby Uvita are home to beautiful waterfalls, surrounded by lush forests, that make the perfect place to hang out and swim if you would rather have a break from the beach. The best falls in our neighborhood include Ojochal Waterfall, El Pavon, Poza Azul, Nauyaca and Uvita Waterfall.
BARU WILDLIFE REFUGE TOURS AND TRAIL
The Baru National Wildlife Refuge conserves 330 hectares (815 acres) of tropical rainforest, mangrove, wetlands, river bank, and beach front. This wide variety of ecosystems means a high level of biodiversity, with over 365 species of birds sighted on the refuge. Ecological, canopy, hiking and overnight tours are available to all visitors.
DOLPHIN & WHALE WATCHING
The humpback whale season in Costa Rica is officially December to April and July to November. Uvita, just a short drive away is considered the best location for a whale watching tour as they come to breed and raise their young on this part of the coast. Dolphins are present year round.
CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK DAY TOUR
Described by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on earth, the Corcovado National Park is the largest stronghold of primary forest on a Pacific coastline. In a full day of a guided tour hike, have an unforgettable experience in one of the richest eco-systems in the world.
SIERPE MANGROVE & WILDLIFE TOUR
Explore one of the most important mangrove ecosystems in Costa Rica on this relaxing boat tour. Terraba Sierpe mangrove has 20000 acres of beautiful mangrove wetland ecosystem. There will be plenty of opportunities to see animals in their natural habitat such as hundreds of bird species, mammals, reptiles, and insects.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Come and enjoy the rapids, exuberant vegetation, waterfalls and unique scenery. This tour takes place in rivers without dams for a natural ride. Along the run you will have the opportunity to feel the rush and adrenaline that white water rivers offer. The rivers are good for beginners as well as experts.
CAÑO ISLAND SNORKEL OR SCUBA DIVING
Designated as one of the top best snorkel and scuba diving sites in Costa Rica, Caño Island sits in the Pacific Ocean about 52 kilometers (32 miles) from Marino Ballena National Park. This biological reserve is home to a copious amount of marine wildlife such as sharks, eagle rays, fish and turtles.
SEA CAVE KAYAKING TOUR
If you are down for this memorable challenge, a sea kayaking trip is a great way for travelers in Costa Rica to experience the country’s gorgeous ocean scenery. You will get the opportunity to kayak on the turquoise waters to see the amazing cave and arch formations along the lush, mountainous coastline of Ventanas Beach.
SUP Tours is a great way to experience the peaceful nature in Costa Rica. It is highly recommended for nature lovers, bird watchers, and those interested in the fascinating forest ecosystem that is periodically flooded by the action of the tides. Come explore the mysteries of Terraba-Sierpe wetland mangrove system.
NATURE TRAIL TO PLAYA TORTUGA
Right from the grounds of Villas en el Bosque find the trail through the jungle that will take you to Tortuga Beach. In this 800 meter nature trail, chances are you will see howler or white face capuchins monkeys, beautiful parrots, toucans, scarlet macaws and many other bird species.