Explore the “Whale Coast”, the perfect setting for high-comfort explorers.
The “Whale Coast” is truly an untouched part of the country that few know exist, let alone explore. We can arrange for half or full day trips to the area’s many natural parks and reserves, expert guided hikes and boating excursions, our seven beaches and stunning waterfalls.
Explore the Rainforest
You’ll discover the largest area of protected land designated to parks and nature reserves in Costa Rica
Parks & Nature Reserves
Visit the seven plus natural parks in the immediate area:
Ballena Marine National Park. Costa Rica’s only marine reserve, known for its iconic giant rock and sand formation in the shape of a whale’s tail. It’s also a spot where Humpback Whales are known to migrate to the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica.
Caño Island Biological Reserve. The second best spot in Costa Rica for snorkeling and diving.
Corcovado National Park. 3% of the world’s biodiversity and rated one of the most biodiverse places on earth by National Geographic.
Piedras Blancas National Park.
Amistad International Park.
Chirripó National Park.
A visit to the spectacular Nauyaca Waterfalls is an all day tour which includes a horseback ride through the rainforest and a Costa Rican lunch at Don Lulo’s, the local owner of this incredible area.
The first cascade is a 45 meter free fall to the second fall, which is 20 meters high. The falls form a set of gorgeous pools below where you can enjoy an afternoon swim.
You’ll find dream-like diving and snorkeling, extraordinary marine life, and the chance to catch a glimpse of the famous Humpback Whales
Visit the Ballena National Marine Park, Costa Rica’s only marine reserve, for the chance to spot Humpback whales as they migrate from both hemispheres to the warm tropical waters of Costa Rica.
Plan your visit to the “Whale Coast” around their arrival: mid July to October and again from December through March.
We can arrange for half day whale watching tours where you might also see pilot whales, bottlenose and spotted dolphins — residents of the Uvita coast.
Diving & Snorkeling
Visit Caño Island Biological Reserve — one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in Costa Rica.
We can arrange for a full-day tour that includes a picnic lunch and an optional guided hike on the island.
You’ll have the opportunity to see turtles, dolphins, sting-rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna snapper, parrot fish, puffers and more.
Dive deeper off the island and you might see white-tipped reef shark, silky shark, bull shark, with occasional whale shark and the amazing humpback whale.
Sun & Sand
With seven beaches in the area and 35 kms of coastline, find your spot in the sand and enjoy the sunshine
The seven beaches in the immediate area are all within a 15 to 30 minute drive:
Playa Ballena. One of the best places in the country to see exotic wildlife. We have private beach access exclusively for Kura guests.
Playa Ventanas. A gorgeous swimmer’s beach renowned for its fine sand, deep sea caves, and caverns carved into the cliffs.
Play Uvita. Part of the Marino Ballena National Park and home to the Whale’s Tail sandbar, it’s one of the most iconic beaches in the area.
Playa Hermosa. The longest beach in the area known for its expanse of white sand, little to no stones, gentle waves, and hardly any rip tides. The perfect beginner’s surf beach.
Playa Arco. A stunning sight of “rainforest meets the sea”. This enchanting, little-known beach is encircled by wooded, rocky cliffs, has a small waterfall with a freshwater shower, and a cave accessible at low-tide.
Playa Dominical. A haven for advanced surfers and is well-known for its large, year-round waves. Due to strong rip tides, the beach is equipped with life guard towers and personnel.
Corcovado is home to 3% of the world’s biodiversity. With its raw and untamed beauty, you’ll discover a place unlike any other in the world
Corcovado and Sierpe
One of the most exciting experiences you can have during your stay at Kura is a visit to Corcovado National Park and Sierpe, the gateway to the Osa Peninsula. This area is described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth”.
It’s also famous for having the largest area of primary forest on the Pacific coast.
We can arrange for an all-day tour, only 1.5 hours by boat, departing from the biggest mangrove in Central America. On the way, you may spot white-faced, spider and howler monkeys, sloths, coatis, tapirs, crocodiles, snakes and scarlet macaws.
When you arrive, you’ll hike the trails with our expert guides, spot and learn more about our exotic wildlife, and have the chance to take a rest at a secluded jungle waterfall.