During your week-long surf and yoga camp at Bodhi Surf School, you will be spending a great deal of time learning to surf in a one-of-a-kind “classroom” — the Marino Ballena National Park. Created in 1989 to protect coral reefs and the visiting humpback whales, the park’s conservation area covers 110 land hectares and 5,385 ocean hectares, and is touted as being the first marine park in Central America. It was listed by National Geographic Spain as one of ten best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching, and one of the most important habitats for humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, it is an incredibly special corner of the world to spend time, and an especially unique place to learn to surf!
Your experience learning to surf with Bodhi Surf School means sharing this remarkable space with its inhabitants: whales, dolphins, turtles, pelicans, and other marine and terrestrial wildlife. It is very possible that during your time here, you may even be fortunate enough to see an ocean animal or two! The area has adopted a model of economic development that values conservation, which means that as you sit on your board, looking inland from out in the ocean, your view will be of the unadorned coastal mountain range instead of a line of high-rise hotels.
Playa Colonia is the beach within the Marino Ballena National park where Bodhi Surf holds its surf lessons. It is a long and gradually sloping sandy beach that makes for a wonderful place to hang out and lay low. There are a number of factors that make this beach the best place to learn how to surf: sandy bottom, gently sloping beach, beginner-friendly and slow rolling waves, tropical waters, and the lack of crowds.
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A meaningful experience in nature
Our goal at Bodhi Surf School is to help shape responsible, independent surfers who are not only skilled in the sport, but also have a heightened awareness and sensitivity towards the environment in which the sport is practiced. The classroom, aka the Marino Ballena National Park, provides us with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to provide memorable experiences and facilitate educational opportunities that create lasting pro-environmental behavior change in our patrons and guests. Join us for this rare opportunity to surf inside a clean, well-preserved, and pristine area – and allow it to inspire you!