Damas Island Riverboat Safari

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Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
Damas Island Riverboat Safari
  • Located on the Central Pacific coast, a little north of Manuel Antonio, the Damas Island Estuary is a great place to observe rare and exotic wildlife. This tour will take you through this interesting refuge on a covered riverboat, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the scenery and natural surprises around every turn.

    The day starts off when you are picked up from your local area hotel. Most guests will be coming from Manuel Antonio, which equates to about a 20 – 30 minute drive. Those coming from Uvita, Dominical, or Jaco will have a longer drive. Once you reach the refuge, you will meet your guide and board the boat for your safari.

    The riverboat is covered to protect from sun or rain. It is equipped with a quiet engine so you have a better chance of hearing the wildlife and guide. Your bilingual guide is certified by the ICT as a professional naturalist guide ensuring you receive the best information on the wonders you will witness.

    The Damas Island Estuary is loaded with wildlife! It is not uncommon to see playful capuchin monkeys, silky anteaters, sloths, and other mammals. Of course, there are plenty of reptiles including boas, crocodiles, and caiman. Many coastal migratory birds stop in at different times of the year. Egrets, herons, and spoonbills are commonly observed.

    The tour is tide dependent as its on a coastal estuary. Be prepared to spend around 2.5 hours on the boat.

    After returning to the dock, you will enjoy a traditional Costa Rican meal at a local restaurant. You will have time to swap stories with your fellow adventurers and guide.

    Following the meal, a transfer will be provided back to your hotel. After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Your safari adventure includes transportation, bilingual guide, gear, and a meal.

    In total, the tour is expected to last 4 hours, though this is subject to change and longer if you are staying in Jaco, Dominical, or Uvita. Transportation from these areas is at set times. If you have to wait for the tide to come in or wait for the bus back to your hotel, don't worry, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beach, or hanging out in the restaurant; please be prepared for these eventualities. Depending on the tides, the full day trip can be up to 8 hours, please do not coordinate other activities on this day when staying in Jaco, Domical, or Uvita.

    . Your safari includes transportation, bilingual guide, drinks, and a meal.


    • Riverboat ride through the Damas Island Estuary
    • Chance to see exotic wildlife
    • Enjoy a typical Costa Rican style lunch
  • At a Glance

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    Location and GPS Coordinates: Latitude: N 9°27'30.76". Longitude: W 85°47'56.63"

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    What To Bring:

    Insect repellent, binoculars, camera, and rain gear.

    Location and Availability:

    The Damas Island Riverboat Safari is available from Dominical, Herradura, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, and Uvita.

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    ☐ Surfing
    ☐ Fishing
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    ☐ Beach
    ☐ Learning Family
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    ☐ Zipline
    ☐ Hot Springs
    ☐ Rafting
    ☐ Hiking
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    ☐ Snorkeling
    ☐ Wildlife Hike
    ☑ Safari Cruise
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  • Visitor Ratings

    Overall experience: 9.31 out of 10 from 85 reviews

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    02/27/2017: The guide was excellent in describing the importance of the mangrove forests. The boat operator was very skilled in spotting birds and animals that most of us would have missed. The traditional lunch was great.

    01/19/2017: This tour was not the most exciting one by any means. The guide was quite informative, but there wasn't that much to see. The best part of the tour was when we entered a narrow straight, where we were greeted by several monkeys who didn't really want human invading their turf.

    01/19/2017: Nice if you would just like to kayak. But not much wildlife.

    12/30/2016: Tour with guide was great. Started out rough with a 50 min delay getting picked up. Again, lunch was at 4:00 - not lunchtime. This was misleading. I wished we had known.

    07/20/2016: Much better than our expectations. We saw a lot and learned a lot. the guide, Michael was very knowledgeable. and the whole trip was enjoyable.

    04/12/2016: Very good tour....our guide was very good and personable. Even on the trip back to our hotel he stopped to point out scarlet macaws....wonderful.

    04/06/2016: Guides knowledgible and spoke excellent english, Lunch provided simple but very tasty

    02/24/2016: We enjoyed this trip very much. The guides were good and again, we saw interesting wildlife. It was a relaxing trip.

    02/03/2016: In general, less adventure, more passive an activity than most of the things we did

    02/02/2016: Was a little excited at the end, thought the monkeys were going to get us. The meal was wonderful!

    01/31/2016: While I understand that some of these tours rely on the 'luck' of finding the wildlife, we hit the jackpot! Lots of white faced monkeys and a golden furred anteater, among others. The guides were professional and knowledgeable and the great little breakfast afterward was a nice bonus. It was clear that our guide had grown up among the mangroves and knew the land and wildlife intimately. Great tour, highly recommended.

    01/30/2016: Enjoyed the tour and the guide was excellent. According to our itinerary, lunch was expected but breakfast was provided.

    01/26/2016: Was okay. Early start, understanding that you need to catch the tide, but didn't see much wildlife.

    01/23/2016: Very disappointed that we saw so little wildlife. We love the monkeys though.

    01/06/2016: Wonderful. Boat was noisy - (but hubby wanted motor boat, I think I'd have liked to kayak)

    08/03/2015: Randall was our guide and he was very informative . He has eyes like a hawk. The breakfast was delicious.

    07/28/2015: Absolutely fabulous, great guide.

    07/10/2015: Iguana Tours really exceeded my expectations. Randall remembered us from the night before and as this day was my birthday he had everyone sing to me. Really went out of his way to make my day and trip special. Andre the boat driver was always the best. We sat in the back with him and he pointed out things to us along the way. I would definitely recommend Iguana Tours again!

    07/10/2015: Randall and Andres are the BEST!!! We also took a night tour with them. They were super friendly and knew a lot about the mangroves. This was one of our favorite tours and it was because of them.

    06/28/2015: This was a good tour once again wish we could have seen more animals

    06/08/2015: Randall from Iguana Tours was very knowledgeable and personable. He really wanted everyone to see and love his country the way he did. We had some wonderful encounters with Capuchin Monkeys and learned all about the eco-system of the mangroves.

    05/07/2015: Fabulous tour - not strenuous - thankfully!!!! great wildlife!!

    02/19/2015: My wife and I both enjoyed this trip, it was excellent. The guide and boat captain were able to find lots of wildlife to show us.

    01/27/2015: Fascinating. Had a good time. Breakfast was a quality treat we weren't expecting.

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