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Snorkeling, Hiking, Humpback Whales at Bat Islands, Costa Rica

Snorkeling, Hiking, Humpback Whales at Bat Islands, Costa Rica

The Bat Islands are an archipelago in the Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It’s a popular spot for scuba divers and an incredible, unique place for hiking, snorkeling and and ocean adventure.

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Hey guys, this morning we are at a very special place in Costa Rica. We’re at the Bat Islands in Santa Rosa National Park, it’s a beautiful place in Guanacaste we cannot wait to show you so let’s go.

We departed from Playas del Coco beach bright and early with our good friend Marcy who knows Santa Rosa National Park very well. It takes about 1 and a half hours to boat from Coco to the Bat Islands as we would be boating throughout the whole Papagayo Gulf.

On our way to the islands, we saw turtles, dolphins and got gorgeous views of the Guanacaste coastline.

The Bat Islands is one sector of Santa Rosa National Park and it is boat access only to the main island, Isla San Jose.

The Islands are a popular scuba diving destination and we went snorkeling where we saw more turtles, huge fish, manta rays and a nurse shark not far from shore.

Afterwards, we went onto the island to walk their 3 kilometer trail. This trail leads you up to absolutely incredible views of the ocean, the mountains in the national park and nearby islands. It was an unforgettable experience and we were the only ones besides the park rangers on the island the entire time.

We boated back to Coco in the afternoon, passing by Witch’s Rock, a popular surfing spot and Naranjo and Nancite beach, two very important turtle nesting beaches in Costa Rica. As we visited in August, we also saw a mom and baby humpback whale along the way.

The Bat Islands is a fantastic day trip for anyone who wants to see and experience a beautiful destination in Costa Rica not many people know about.