Starting at $65 per night

Overview

This is an opportunity to experience hiking at Cahuita National Park and snorkeling in the sparkling Caribbean combined in one tour. The national park is in the La Amistad Conservation Area which is on Costa Rica’s southernmost Caribbean coastline. It was established in 1982 in order to protect the rain forests, beaches, coral reefs, and their inhabitants. This is a tour that you will likely remember as this area has a diverse assortment of life in Central America.

The adventure begins with snorkeling at Cahuita National Park. The day starts with transportation from your hotel in Cahuita or Puerto Viejo and includes a bilingual guide who will escort you into the park. You will board a 12 person boat captained by a professional who will take you to the prime areas of the 600 acre coral reef around the park. Since the area is protected, this is the only way anyone can experience snorkeling here. Weather permitting, you can see over 35 coral species, many crustaceans, as well as hundreds of fish species, and shellfish. The tour includes all snorkeling equipment: mask, fins, and breathing tube. Lunch will also be provided for your group. This is approximately a 2 hour adventure that can offer you a lifetime of memories.

The second part of this tour is a hike through the National Park. This particular area is home to many rare and endangered species of animals including all the cats of Central America, the Ornate Spider Monkey, and Tapir. Your naturalist guide will point out any sloths, monkeys, iguanas, butterflies, and other wildlife living in the area. You will see rivers that have carved spectacular waterfalls into the mountainous landscapes. Your guide will take you to the best areas for photographs.

Come prepared to maximize this experience with your camera, binoculars, completely enclosed walking shoes, insect repellent, sunblock, rain gear, drinking water and snacks. You will want to have dry clothes to change into after snorkeling in your bathing suit.

This snorkeling and hiking tour includes a professional guide, transportation from Cahuita or Puerto Viejo, entrance to the park, and lunch. One way transportation to the park will take at least 15 minutes from the village of Cahuita, and up to 1 hour from Puerto Viejo. Combined time of tour, lunch and round trip transportation can take up to 8 hours. If the weather negatively affects the visibility underwater, the snorkeling portion of the tour may be canceled, and you will be refunded $10. The best months for the snorkeling tour are March, April, May, August, September, or October.

What to Bring

  • Sun Block
  • Bathing Suit
  • Dry Clothes To Change Into
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Enclosed Hiking Or Water Shoes
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Cahuita National Park and Snorkeling Combo is available from Cahuita, and Puerto Viejo

Tour Time

  • 9:00am

Tour Type

  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Beach
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 9°44'22.24". Longitude: W 83°10'39.02"

Reviews

  • Overall 86.8% (31 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 85.2%
  • Expectations: 84.0%
  • Guides: 89.0%
  • Logistics: 89.0%
  • Value: 87.7%

01/23/2017

Snorkeling was great fun...did not have enough lotion on so got burned....and coral reefs in trouble. Walk through the jungle with guide was great....only 3 of us plus guide.

10/31/2016

Guide was OK, but not great. Reef a bit underwhelming -- but still enjoyable!

10/04/2016

We couldn't go hiking / snorkeling because of waves / no swim warnings. The native village tour we did instead was excellent though (10). Our guide was knowledgable and we saw and did lots of interesting things.

09/11/2016

Nice tour !! I didn't liked the tour company (too commercial), but the guide, Rudolf, was the max. He was very good and he was so passionated. We had so much fun with him. My target was surching a snake and he found 2 pieces.

04/05/2016

The hike through the jungle with our guide Alex was fantastic. The snorkelling wasn't as good as we'd hoped but that was only because the sea wasn't quite right so everything was a bit murky.

04/04/2016

Color of coral was not very good

03/01/2016

Weather unfit for snorkelling. Excellent logistics...received a call from tour operator to my hotel room to arrange alternative tour. We enjoyed our trip to Tree of Life Rescue Centre. Our guide for the day, Adam ..excellent.

02/13/2016

This one was replaced due to all of the weather. The replacement was very good!!

11/15/2015

Was cancelled due to weather. Went on Bri Bri cultural tour including iguana farm and chocolate making. Better than I expected. Two of us later went on the hiking tour in Cahuita National Park on one of our free days.

06/24/2015

Got rained out!! Very disappointed. But I did go hiking on my own at the Cahuita NP and it was great.

02/17/2015

We had an alternate tour because runoff had clouded the ocean. Our hike was abbreviated because of needing to wade a stream, which we would have gladly waded. Was great to talk with Eduaro, learn some of the history.