Catamaran Cruise - Planet Dolphin
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Looking for a unique way to relax and unwind? If so, the Planet Dolphin Catamaran Cruise along the Manuel Antonio coast is a great activity to add to your trip.
After you are picked up from your Manuel Antonio hotel, you will be brought to the Pez Vela Marina in Quepos where the Planet Dolphin boats are docked. Then you will board the catamaran and be on your way.
As you navigate south, you will pass by islands and incredibly beautiful coastline. The hills of Manuel Antonio are covered with rainforest that extends all the way to the beaches and rock outcroppings. It truly is a magical sight, almost as though you are viewing a live Jurassic Park!
Along the way a guide will be on the lookout for dolphins, whales, birds and sea turtles. Dolphins can be observed nearly year round and frequently cruise along next to the boat. Whales from both hemispheres pass through at different times of the year, though the best time is in the heart of the rain season, September. Sea turtles can be seen year round with the best possibilities between May and November. Of course, you must keep in mind that in nature, nothing is on demand and this is not a wildlife observation tour.
After a while you will reach Playa Biesanz. The boat will anchor and then you will be able to swim and snorkel. Manuel Antonio is not the best area for snorkeling, but you may be able to see some of the 50 species of tropical fish that inhabit the area.
While the swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing and possible marine life observation are all fun, this activity is all about having a good time, taking it easy, and relaxing. Natural fruit drinks, Costa Rican coffee, and cocktails are included. A tasty lunch with plenty of variety will be served as well. Those that reserve the afternoon tour will have a late lunch, so a light meal or snack a couple hours before the trip is recommended.
When choosing your tour time, keep in mind that there are pros and cons to each time slot. The morning tour usually has calmer waters and a lower risk of rain. The afternoon tour has a great sunset view on clear days as you sail back to harbor.
After the cruise you will be returned to your hotel. The tour with transfers included is expected to last around four hours, though this is subject to change. This relaxing and fun tour includes transportation, lunch, and drinks.
- Catamaran cruise along the Manuel Antonio coast
- Swim and snorkel at the exotic Playa Biesanz
At a Glance
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Location and GPS Coordinates: Latitude: N 9°24'23.61". Longitude: W 85°49'56.52"
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What To Bring:
Camera, bathing suit, towel, insect repellent, sun block, rain gear.
Location and Availability:
The Catamaran Cruise - Planet Dolphin is available from Dominical, Herradura, and Manuel Antonio.
Tour Type:☐ Adventure☐ Extreme☐ Nature☐ Surfing☐ Fishing☑ Romance☐ Archaeology☑ Beach☐ Learning Family☐ Culture☐ Diving☐ Zipline☐ Hot Springs☐ Rafting☐ Hiking☐ Birding☐ Canyoning☐ ATV☐ Canopy Bridges☑ Snorkeling☐ Wildlife Hike☐ Safari Cruise☐ Waterfalls
Overall experience: 8.86 out of 10 from 243 reviews
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04/07/2017: The snorkeling was mediocre but everything else was fine. The guys are not really guides but were adequate
03/29/2017: It was a lovely cruise. The snorkeling was fair, but we were able to see dolphins from the boat early on.
03/23/2017: I expected to actually sail. The snorkelling part was underwhelming.
03/14/2017: Fun experience, beautiful view from the boat and amazing to see the dolphins so close.
03/14/2017: Managed to see dolphins. Fun activities. Food was good. Friendly staff.
03/14/2017: We really enjoyed this. There were no guides per se. They went out of their way to make us enjoy the experience.
03/01/2017: Another great adventure!
02/25/2017: Fun catamaran cruise, but no dolphins, no whales, and very mediocre snorkeling with just a few varieties of fish. Good eats on board and friendly staff.
02/23/2017: Terrible food and overall not worth the money/time spent.
02/20/2017: Very fun! Saw dolphins, not too many but a couple. The drinks and food were incredible as well as the dip in the ocean. Wish this was a longer excursion.
02/15/2017: Very fun. But snorkeling was so so. No coral and very few fish. Water was stirred up.
02/07/2017: The snorkeling wasn't what I expected. The water was cloudy and I we couldn't see any fish unless someone fed them.
02/03/2017: Pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The snorkeling isn't outstanding, but there were a lot of fish.
01/05/2017: It was fun and the guides were fun. Just too many people snorkeling at the same time in a small area
01/05/2017: This was more of a booze cruise than anything. Unfortunately we didn't see any dolphins. The sunset was lovely. Buffet dinner very average to poor. snorkelling a joke - a small rock with very few fish. The people outnumbered the fish by a lot. Of all our excursions this was the only one we didn't like. I was surprised based on everything else recommended that this made the cut. Too many people.
01/05/2017: We were very glad we went in the morning. There were not that many people on the cruise. They said they were full on the afternoon cruise. The lunch on the cruise was the best lunch we had.
12/30/2016: The snorkeling itself was not fantastic, cloudy water with little to see and the entire group was stung by something in the water but the overall trip, the boat, the water slide, the scenery, the crew, the food, the drinks and the sunset were amazing! Would do it again for sure!
12/29/2016: The tour was way more commercial than we liked for our own personal taste. We have done other catamaran curises on similar boats with much smaller groups. We don't like the loud music, etc. Both my husband and son were stung by jellyfish at the snorkelig spot. Would not promote the spot as a good place to snorkel - even without the jellyfish. Beautiful view of coast. Lunch was served at 3:30 - much later than I would call lunch - we were starved.
12/26/2016: too big of group. People over took any fish there was to see
12/25/2016: Very nice and accommodating staff. Lunch quality was average - fish was tough and not tasty. Snorkeling quality was only average to poor. Nice boat ride. We found and sailed with dolphins which was very nice.
12/20/2016: Snorkeling not good at all.
12/13/2016: The tour was fun and seeing dolphins was a bonus ... the snorkeling left something to be desired
11/11/2016: Not really geared towards people with children. Experience was ok at best.
07/31/2016: Great crew, food, music, etc... Loved jumping off the top of the catamaran and sliding down the water slide.
07/17/2016: We had a great time on this cruise! The food was lovely, the guides were too and we did see some lovely dolphins. I wished we had had the opportunity to snorkel a bit more. This felt rushed, and because there was a time factor, I wasn't able to enjoy the activity as I wanted to. The guides were very nice, and the boat was almost empty, so it was even better!
05/27/2016: The catamaran boat was very nice and comfortable. We did indeed see dolphins on the tour. They provided drinks and a nice lunch too. The snorkeling conditions were not the best, but we did see some fish and had a blast jumping from the upper deck.
05/23/2016: The food was very good. The guides were very good.
05/18/2016: Fun but the snorkeling area did not have the variety of sea life I was hoping to see
04/16/2016: Didn't see any dolphins, but not the fault of the crew. They made up for it with interesting information, time for playing in the water, and a wonderful meal. Fun getting to know the other passengers!
04/09/2016: Not great fish to view but he crew were awesome, food and drinks great a very relaxing afternoon
04/06/2016: The tour went smoothly and the sunset was gorgeous. I was disappointed in the snorkeling. The visibility was not good and there were three boats of people trying to snorkel around the same rock (too crowded).
04/04/2016: food was spectacular, guides were friendly and made the trip pleasurable. of course, snorkeling was uneventful. the free cocktails weren't worth consuming but that's okay.
03/27/2016: only 45 minutes of snorkeling.
03/27/2016: For some reason I expected a much smaller, more intimate vessel. This felt very commercial and touristy. The snorkelling is not worth the trip, and the cruise on the water is just average. The food was excellent, but I would skip it and save my money for something more meaningful.
03/23/2016: Loved everything about this from the snorkelling to the good and cocktails to seeing dolphins and the sunset. The crew took our safety and wellbeing very seriously. Totally perfect
03/21/2016: Snorkeling wasn't so good but dinner and drinks were great. Beautiful boat
03/21/2016: The outfitter was professional and the lunch was great. Unfortunately, three boats full of tourists arrived at the reef at the same time to scuba dive. There reef was only large enough to accommodate 1 boat, so it wasn't a very enjoyable experience.
03/04/2016: This was probably my favorite tour. It was so relaxing and loads of fun! The sunset on the Pacific was absolutely breathtaking!
02/22/2016: This was a nice, relaxing tour. We met some people who grew up in our home town in Texas--small world! The dinner was enjoyable and the scenery was nice. The snorkeling was not the best, but the sunset and the Brown Boobies made up for it.
02/16/2016: it felt like almost a private tour since there were only 16 people in our whole group on the large boat. We loved the staff, the food and the experience.
02/14/2016: The catamaran was amazing. Even though I had something smaller pictured in my mind, I never gave it another thought. Even with a full ship, you still felt at ease and had plenty of room to find your own place to savor the views and sunset. The meal was an added bonus and was delicious. Snorkeling and jumping off the ship and slide were highlights I hadn't expected to experience.
02/14/2016: Very romantic and peaceful. What a way to see a sunset!!!
02/13/2016: This was the worst snorkeling experience I have ever had ! The water was so cloudy you could hardly see any fish or coral !! I would never recommend this ! Only the boat was nice and large and the food was good.
02/13/2016: Snorkeling was poor. The site was dirty and there were no fish or coral.
02/12/2016: the food was very good
02/07/2016: We opted out of the snorkel part and just enjoyed the boat trip. On the boat they indicated that the visibility was not very good.
02/02/2016: Amazing tour! Great staff and delicious food!
01/30/2016: This tour totally exceeded my expectations! The boat was big and comfortable and the staff was warm and welcoming. The "little rock" we snorkeled around for an hour had an incredible number and variety of fish that we haven't seen since snorkeling in the Tahitian Islands. They fed us great 'fish kabobs', healthy drinks (make of that what you will! LOL), and we got to see dolphins play in the wake of the catamaran, topped by a beautiful sunset. We were 'selling' this cruise to other visitors we met. Well done!
01/29/2016: snorkeling spot was pretty bad and a lot of other groups in same area. Staff and food were very good.
01/27/2016: serve an amazing lunch
01/24/2016: This was more fun than I anticipated. Very relaxing, snorkeling was fun...even for a beginner! And the food was good. Great sunset and great way to end our vacation.
01/22/2016: Tour bills as a dinner sunset cruise, they actually serve lunch not dinner. Food was great but we thought we were getting dinner so we ate lunch prior to the tour. Disappointed in the alcohol, very watered down. Staff was super friendly and helpful.
01/22/2016: Only two dolphins and poor snorkeling
01/09/2016: Lots of fun on this cruise, wanted to spend longer time snorkeling though. the food was great! We saw lots of dolphins!
01/06/2016: Very nice, pretty views and fun to go snorkeling - nice for last afternoon - we did not see dolphins which they had thought we probably would.
01/04/2016: Great, and the grilled tuna kabobs were delicious! The snorkeling spot was a bit crowded with 2 other boats besides our own. That's the only reason it's not all tens.
12/28/2015: Wonderful crew on the boat. Great food also. This was a lot of fun!
12/18/2015: This was okay but the snorkeling was very crowded with other tours and the water was not clear at all
12/06/2015: Not my kind of trip. Little to do.
11/27/2015: Staff was GREAT - snorkeling wasn't too good but the overall experience was a highlight of our trip!
11/11/2015: Lots of fun beautiful views and loved the dolphins. Good food on the tour also.
08/07/2015: Great food and snorkeling.
08/01/2015: The crew was great pointing out The Whale and her Baby, Turtles. The lunch was deliscious and the swim was refreshing
07/27/2015: Great adventure.
07/25/2015: Enjoyed it. Good food and drinks.
07/25/2015: Excellent tour, well managed. Great food/drinks. Very good staff. Had a great time.
07/01/2015: Didn't rally see any marine life aside from a few all fish, but lunch and juices were fabulous!
07/01/2015: This was a bit disappointing. We drove around collecting the other passengers and spent 3 hours on the catamaran looking at beautiful Costa Rica but no sea animals. The guides were good and food adequate. We snorkeled in murky ocean water and still saw nothing. The guide informed us that this was due to the rainy, winter season. We understand that sea animals may not be cooperative for tours but the snorkeling should have been better. We did not feel the value was there.
06/29/2015: I rated it less as I thought the trip was going to be longer & the lunch was limited with nothing that my grandkids would eat. A hot dog or hamburger would work, as many kids do not like fish.
05/27/2015: The tour was great. The staff was very friendly and were ready to serve us drinks. The dolphins were very cool to see. The snorkeling stop seemed short but actually probably just the right amount of time to get a good feel for the activity. The water wasn't very clear though so it was hard seeing fish unless they were right in your face. Natures problem though not the tour company. The lunch was very very good....the food everywhere was amazing. But this was especially nice for a boat tour.
05/19/2015: The snorkelling was extremely poor - the meal was OK, I understand you can't control what sea life we see but this was not the greatest.
05/07/2015: One of the highlights of our trip! Perfect in every way! Highly recommend!
04/27/2015: We were able to see plea try of dolphins, and the snorkelling was great! And of course with a free bar how do you go wrong
04/23/2015: The boat ride, scenery, sunset, all were terrific. The snorkeling was disappointing.
04/02/2015: Again, too many people on one boat, the snorkling was in groups with 50 other people, saw more legs than fish, it felt too turisty and crowded to us
03/31/2015: Great meal, great service (head guide speaks fluent English and Spanish, impressive!), great fishes, kid loves jumping from the roof top of the boat.
03/17/2015: The overall cruise was enjoyable. The location and crowd where we snorkeled was disappointing. Too many snorkelers in a small space with little sea life to see.
03/12/2015: Beautiful boat, very large..... thankfully not full. A bit of crowding at the start. Food was good, staff good. Drinks were so so, but they were there. Include the beer in the trip (nobody will get intoxicated on the local beer :)), or give drinks chips if volume is an issue. -- Comfort was fine, but the snorkeling was a bust=no great. There was nothing to see under water, so I would just as well go swimming. The guide and the ocean view of the coast was amazing, as well as the "planned" sunset. Great day. Snorkeling, no bueno.
03/11/2015: BEAUTIFUL AND FUN!
02/11/2015: Fun day, good food.
02/09/2015: Another highlight for us, we really enjoyed this activity. It was a small group, only about 20 people on a boat for 100, so lots of space. Food, snacks and drinks were wonderful. Guides were good, moving around to answer questions/chat as appropriate. The snorkeling was really fun and the slide on boat was fun too. Saw dolphins and flying fish, so overall was a really fun day!
01/31/2015: Had a delightful time - even saw some dolphins.
01/29/2015: I especially appreciated the guide helping me with snorkelling.
01/28/2015: Had a lovely time. The meal was probably the best we had on the whole tour. Catamaran was not crowded. Nicely done.
12/27/2014: The tour was lovely, the sunset amazing and the food wonderful. However, we didn't see any dolphins at all.
12/27/2014: We had a blast! The shops prior to going are great at the marina. The staff were amazing. The food was delicious. The views--beautiful. It was fun to see the Parador from the tour. Snorkeling was really fun. Our five and fourteen year old loved it. Jumping off the boat was fun for Dad and the oldest.
12/26/2014: The snorkeling was lame; swim 50 feet to explore one rock and then come back, all the time surrounded by 200 people. But we had fun on the water slide and found dolphins right before sunset.
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