Only 10 minutes south of Dominical by car, is the 13,344 acres (including 11,120 acres of ocean) Ballena National Marine Park. The park extends along 13 kilometers of sandy shores and rocky coast and is the home of the Pacific coast’s largest coral reef.
There is excellent snorkeling close to shore at low tide. You can also reach the island at the tip of Punta Uvita to discover corals, sponges, and sea anemones. Make sure you take time to explore the caves here as well. Isla Ballena and the rocks known as Las Tres Hermanas (The Three Sisters) are a haven for frigate birds and boobies as well as pelicans and even ibises. Whales tend to congregate near Las Tres Hermanas. Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles nest on these beaches during May to November.