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Nature Discovery Journey - Costa Rica's Pacific Scuba Diving

ITINERARY

Day 1 – YOUR ADVENTURE IN COSTA RICA BEGINS
Our guide will meet you at the airport and welcomes you to Costa Rica. He will give you a little briefing, while escorting you to the hotel, and help you check-in. Then you will have a welcome dinner in San José.
Night: Casa Conde
Meals: Dinner included.

Day 2 – POÁS VOLCANO // EL COCO BEACH
Highlights:

  • Poás Volcano: 1.5 hours.
  • Transfer to Guanacaste: 3.5 hours.

You'll have an early start in order to visit Poás Volcano National Park, an enormous active crater with a sulfur lake and fumaroles, located at 9 thousand feet above sea level, considered as one of the biggest and most enchanting craters of the world. Poás has breath taking views over the Central Valley, and its beautiful craters are all surrounded by Tropical Cloud Forest vegetation. Then you'll transfer to the North Pacific shore where you will spend the next three nights.
Night: Toro Blanco Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 3 – BAT ISLANDS DIVING
Your dive master will introduce you to the North Pacific Ocean, its current status and some of the environmental issues it faces today. You will explore today the incredible Murcielago Islands or Bat Islands, located inside the Marine Part of Santa Rosa National Park. These islands are influenced by both a cold open ocean current and warm coastal currents, creating a wildlife variety beyond compare in the area. Strong currents and surges are common. These dives allow for encounters with Bull Sharks, Black Tips and Tigers, and a chance to see turtles mating, flying fish, flipping rays, and very often Orcas, Humpback whales, and dolphins.
Night: Toro Blanco Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, light lunch and dinner included.

Day 4 – CATALINA ISLANDS DIVING
Catalina Island is a volcanic rock formation along with almost 30 other great dive spots near it. It provides home to a large variety of underwater species like Giant Manta Rays, Bat Rays, Mobley, Spotted, Bull's-eye and Stingrays as well as barracudas, white tip and tiger sharks, moray eels, sea turtles.
Night: Toro Blanco Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, light lunch and dinner included.

Day 5 – CROCODILE SAFARI // MANUEL ANTONIO
Highlights:

  • Crocodile safari: 1.5 hours.
  • Transfer to Central Pacific: 3.5 hours.

You will leave the dry forest of the north and will head to the transition forest of the Central Pacific: on your way you will have a close encounter with some of the biggest crocodiles in the country at the town of Tárcoles you'll take a photo safari boat ride: this river has the highest concentration of wild crocodiles: your guide will step ashore into the gooey mud and draw one of these giants up onto the bank to snatch chicken from his hand! You'll also see a great variety of birds, such as roseate spoonbills, whistling ducks, storks and even scarlet macaws.
Finally you will go to the Manuel Antonio area, one of the most visited National Parks in Costa Rica, known for its beautiful beaches and abundant fauna.
Night: Espadilla Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6 – MANUEL ANTONIO // DRAKE BAY
Highlights:

  • Manuel Antonio National Park: 1.5 hours.
  • Transfer to South Pacific: 3 hours.
  • Sierpe River: 1 hour.

After a quick hike in the Manuel Antonio, you will be back on the road to reach Sierpe River: here you will go back to the water as your boat takes out through the mangrove and into the ocean. You will spend the night in Drake Bay in Osa Península, one of the most biologically intense areas of Costa Rica.
Night: Jinetes de Osa
Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7 - CAÑO ISLAND DIVING
Your dive master will introduce you to the South Pacific Ocean, its current status and some of the environmental issues it faces today. Isla de Caño is located 15 Km off shore and is a fully protected biological reserve, surrounded on all sides by a beautiful reef. With ocean depths ranging from 5 to 25 meters, its reefs offer a rich diversity of fish and underwater fauna, including mantas, stingrays, white fin sharks, shark-whales, crick banks and king snake eels. The water is warm and the visibility ranges between 50-80 feet. One of the best spots in Costa Rica for scuba diving!

Night: Jinetes de Osa
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8 - CAÑO ISLAND DIVING
Another day to explore the many incredible spots of this reserve; from the cave of the sharks, the arc – a breathtaking unique rock formation, the devils rock that attracts a huge number of species, or the coral gardens, will keep you busy for the entire day.
Night: Jinetes de Osa
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 – DRAKE BAY // SAN JOSÉ
Transfer out of the South Pacific, to return to the capital city for your last night in our country.
Night: Casa Conde
Meals: Breakfasta and dinner included.

Day 10 - RETURN
Farewell to Costa Rica. Transfer out to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, say good bye to your new friends, and.... SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!! HAVE A GOOD FLIGHT HOME!!!
Meals: Breakfast included at the hotel.

This itinerary includes: Private transportation for the group according to the program (mini bus with A/C, driver and gasoline) all transfers specified in the itinerary. Full-time services of a Professional Bilingual Naturalist Tour Director & Guide. Overnight stays on double occupancy, twin or double standard rooms with private bathroom on every hotel or lodge according to the itinerary, no extras, all breakfast and dinner included at the different hotels; some lunch according to the itinerary. Entrance fees to the national parks and other programmed activities; and of course all the natural beauty, and the friendship of some peace loving people that Costa Rica has to offer ...COSTA RICA, NO ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS !!!

This itinerary does not included: airline tickets, meals other than breakfast or any not mentioned in the description, extras at the different hotels (phone calls, laundry, mini bar, etc), optional tours or activities not specified, tips, porterage, personal insurance, airport taxes or anything not specified on the itinerary.

The hotels reserved are 2 or 3 star hotels, rooms are neat and comfortable but simple. Most of the hotels will have the Certificate for Sustainable Tourism or demonstrated good practices. Not all rooms have A/C, but at least a fan. They don't have a mosquito net, they have a screen on the window so if you keep your door close you will have no problem with mosquitoes.

We always reserve breakfast at every hotel. If we reserve the other meals you'll have no flexibility to choose the time to spend and activities to do in every region, this way you can choose the restaurants where you'll like to eat on site. Also will give you the chance to manage your own dietary restrictions and of course more variety in meals.

It's important to know that in order to go from one region to the other it takes time because of the bad condition of the roads in the country, but is the only way to get to know the country better, anyways the landscapes are beautiful and we make several stops on the way. The sun in Costa Rica rises around 6.00 hrs and goes down around 18.00 hrs so we have 12 hours of sunlight per day all year round to enjoy the different activities, on this itinerary all activities and visits are possible to do by leaving the hotels around 7.30 am or 8.00 am.

 

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