From the tranquil waters of the river to the gentle waves of the sea you can enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica’s natural aquatic scenery on a boat or ship tour. These tours are ideal for visitors looking for an activity that brings them closer to nature in a relaxing and delightful way! Boat and ship tours can give you the opportunity to spot some of our most treasured creatures such as whales and dolphins. Some of the ship tours even include snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, so that you can experience the marine world from above and below the water’s surface in the same tour. Contact us now to see the boat tour and cruise options so that you can reserve a spot.
Boat Tours: The boat tours are a great option for those who would like to get to know Costa Rican Flora and fauna in a less physically demanding way. These tours give you the opportunity to spot birds and wildlife as well as the aquatic environment, and Costa Rica’s wealth of trees and plants.
You can get to know Costa Rica’s marine life in the dry comfort of a boat from where you may have the opportunity to spot dolphins. You can also choose to fish for some of the many fish species such as marlin on a sport fishing tour. The peace and serenity of sailing these pristine waters is an unforgettable experience, and viewing the sunset from the deck while anchored in a beautiful secluded bay is truly romantic. Boat tours also take you through some of the most extensive mangrove forests in the world, an experience that is truly unique. Boat Tours are offered on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts particularly in the Gulf of Papagayo, Samara, Tortuguero, Uvita, and Montezuma. There are also tours offered on rivers such as Rio Tempisque in Guanacaste. Contact us well in advance to reserve a tour.
WILDLIFE SPOTTING ALONG THE CANALS: This is one of the favorite activities in the Tortuguero area. Tortuguero’s surroundings are composed of canals and thin strips of land. The area’s lodges organize boat tours along the canals, ideal for spotting birds, caimans, river turtles, and more. These tours are included in the package prices, though the entrance to the National Park is not (all the canals are included in the park’s area).
BOAT TOUR IN THE CAÑO NEGRO WILDLIFE RESERVE: Caño Negro is a birdwatcher’s paradise located 25 Km (20 miles) Southwest of Los Chiles Town, near the Nicaraguan border (approximately 2 hours from La Fortuna). Caño Negro protects a large variety of bird species that gather in the reserve. This is also home to a significant number of endangered mammals, and reptile species, including crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, and tapirs.
SAILING TOURS: These boat tours take place around several beach areas, particularly the Gulf of Papagayo, Sámara & surroundings, and the Montezuma region. They often depart early in the morning, and offer opportunities to snorkel, stop at deserted beaches, watch the sunset in the ocean, or spot dolphins.. Depending on the place where you will be staying, we can recommend a boat tour that best suits you.
SUNSET SAILING CRUISE: The peace and serenity of sailing these pristine waters is an unforgettable experience, and viewing the sunset from the deck while anchored in a beautiful secluded bay is truly romantic. A morning sailing tour is also available with a snorkeling stop included, ideal for the whole family.
DAMAS ISLAND BOAT TOUR: This excursion includes an explanation of Quepos’ history and foundation. During the excursion you will have drinks and at the end of the tour a memorable Costa Rican lunch or dinner made by a local Costa Rican family will be served. Isla Damas features three types of mangrove forests connected by a myriad of choked and hidden waterways. Guests on this highly recommended tour are often rewarded with glimpses of white-faced monkeys, giant anteaters, three-toed sloths, exotic bird species, alligators, boa constrictors, rare crab-eating racoons, and more. The tour includes transportation to and from Quepos, as well as a delicious lunch served in a local restaurant at Isla Damas.
WHALES & DOLPHING WATCH: You will be taken to Ballena Bay, 18 km (11 miles) from Dominical, where you will board the boat and meet your captain. Once on the boat, you will start touring the shore and looking for cetaceans. With an extension of 5375 hectares in its marine portion, this spot is known worldwide due to the migration of Humpback Whales that come to warmer waters to breed. The best months for whale watching are from July through September, when whales migrate form the south, and from November through March when they migrate from the North. Dolphins are also commonly seen traveling and feeding. Additionally, you will have the chance to snorkel in these warm waters and admire the marine wonders of the area.
ISLA DEL CAÑO: From the town of Sierpe you will board a boat that will take you to Isla del Cano. The ride will take you down the Sierpe River, passing through the biggest mangrove forest in Central America. This wetland is home to many resident and migratory species of birds. After 1½ hour, you will reach the mouth of the river, which will take you to Caño Island, a biological reserve known for its marine wildlife richness. Once you arrive relax on the beach and then, you can choose to snorkel, hike up the island or stay on the beach to rest or swim until it is time to return to Sierpe.