Starting at $50 per night

Overview

This Arenal Oasis Night Hike Tour is an excellent evening activity for families and nature lovers of all kinds. As remarkable as the rainforest is during the day you will have seen only half the sights the forest has to offer. Have you ever noticed that after tucking in for a nights’ sleep in Costa Rica, the forest sounds seem to get louder? Night hikes cast away the mystery of darkness and reveal some amazing nocturnal creatures.

The hike is hosted at Arenal Oasis Eco-Lodge, a hotel and nature reserve that is dedicated to preserving the surrounding ecosystem. Specializing in the conservation of frogs, they have carefully designed Arenal’s only frog sanctuary, providing the perfect environment for frogs to reproduce, thrive and be seen by enthusiasts from around the world. The frog sanctuary contains beautiful native plants and fresh spring water ponds nurturing their natural habitats.

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to Arenal Oasis Eco Lodge, where the night hike tour will start around sunset. Here you will meet your certified naturalist guide who will provide you with a flashlight and tell you about what you might see in the area before setting out on the well maintained trails winding through the rainforest. Your guide will be quick to point out any glow-in-the-dark creatures like phosphorescent fungi or you may discover a few fireflies on your own.

As you pass through the frog sanctuary your guide will shine the light on a variety of colorful tropical frogs species. Have you ever seen a red-eyed tree frog? The bulging red eyes are the most distinguishing feature of this unique amphibian. Glass frogs typically are found at this site too. You’ll know a glass frog when you see one. Its body looks as transparent as glass, allowing you to see all of the veins and internal organs throughout its body.

It has been estimated approximately one third of the world’s frog population has become extinct since the 1980s. Scientists are concerned because frogs represent the health of the overall food chain that can affect the balance of nature. Genetic defects have rapidly increased since the 1990s, thought to be caused by stressors placed on the natural environment. There is a worldwide effort to protect frogs and other environmental indicators as well as preserve their natural habitats which is the goal of the Arenal Oasis Frog Sanctuary.

This interesting night hike tour includes transportation from the La Fortuna area, entrance fee, bilingual naturalist guide, flashlights and bottled water. Please wear comfortable clothes, long pants, enclosed hiking or tennis shoes, rain gear, camera and bring bug repellent. One way transportation to the Arenal Oasis Eco-Lodge can be between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the location of your hotel. Combined tour time with hike and round trip transportation can take between 2 to 3 hours.

What to Bring

  • Long Pants
  • Enclosed Hiking Shoes
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Arenal Oasis Night Hike Tour is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, and Arenal Zone 3

Tour Time

  • 6:00pm

Tour Type

  • Nature
  • Learning Family

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 10°27'40.43". Longitude: W 85°20'17.92"

Reviews

  • Overall 92.1% (81 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 91.0%
  • Expectations: 89.0%
  • Guides: 95.0%
  • Logistics: 92.9%
  • Value: 91.1%

06/30/2019

We saw everything from venemous creatures to so many frog species and the famous red eyed tree green tree frog. AMAzing and the guide was too good to be true.

05/16/2019

The guides were very patient with the boys and very knowledgeable.

05/01/2019

The tour was great and so was our guide. Transfer was a little late but worked fine otherwise. Unfortunately, we were in Fortuna in the afternoon and could have met up with the guide there or driven to Oasis on our own. Instead, we rushed back to the hotel, just to drive back with the guide who then had to drop us off at the hotel after the tour (1/2 hour each way)

04/15/2019

I was not expecting to run into so many spiders 😂 the rest was wonderful! The guide was very knowledgeable we moved at a good pace and got to see wonderful nightlife frogs

04/01/2019

Best night tour of the trip.

03/29/2019

I would highly recommend this tour and the guide . He was really informative and we saw a lot of different frogs ( which is what you expect on such a tour)

03/26/2019

Guide was very willing to take pics for everyone

03/09/2019

Guide was fanatastic and excited to share his knowledge on the critters we discovered.

01/29/2019

We saw many frogs and got lots of photos. Our guide worked hard to try to find things for us.

12/24/2018

Absolutely wonderful. We say 18 different species of frog, insects, and a poisonous snake. Guide was great. We have pictures that are absolutely terrific.

12/23/2018

Guide was great. We got some great close up photos.

12/21/2018

Even in the rain this tour and the guide were excellent.

12/20/2018

The tour was the best night walk of the trip. The guide was great and the location was perfect.

12/09/2018

I was part of a small group which limited the opportunities to take good photos since by the time everyone had a chance to take photos the frogs were showing stress from the flash light. I would have preferred a more personalized tour that would have given me more time to get the right photos.

11/30/2018

I did expect to see more different types of animals, but I was still pleasantly surprised at the things we did see. The only reason why the overall experience wasn't a 10 was because I was afraid a spider would fall on me but that is not the tour's fault. Still was a very eye opening experience and I wouldn't give it up if I had the chance.

11/22/2018

Our guide even climbed a tree to try to show us some frogs. We had a great time!

11/06/2018

I thought we would see at least one animal or something besides spiders, millipede, one snake and frogs

11/02/2018

Gerald was excellent

09/19/2018

Good guide-- satisfaction will depend on what animals are out that night. We did fine.

07/21/2018

11 species of frogs and 2 species of venomous snakes.

07/07/2018

Incredible amount of frogs and insects seen. Stunning. Was somehow under the impression we might also see slots or other mammals. Not sure how I got that impression. Maybe from marketing photographs about the tour?

06/19/2018

The tour was ok. I'm glad we did it but I had hoped we would see more things. I didn't realize that the tour was mostly frogs.

06/12/2018

This was so unique and fun! Our guide was fantastic and knew a lot about the wildlife.

04/28/2018

The Night Hike did not disappoint. We saw so many incredible creatures. There was a bit of confusion at our pick up from Tabacon when the driver was expecting only 2 people not 5, but he quickly got on the phone and notified the Oasis office and they scrambled to bring in another guide so that we could not have to go as a large group, but instead it was the 5 of us with another guest and then the other group had 8 or so. The only reason I marked an 8 is because of the initial party number confusion, but they still managed to sort it out quickly and give us a wonderful experience.

05/03/2017

Good time very informative, great guide. Highly recommended.

12/18/2016

Our guide was extremely knowledge and made the experience interesting for the whole family

07/17/2016

It was a pretty neat tour. We saw some cool wildlife with a very knowledgeable tour guide.

08/24/2015

outstanding!

02/21/2015

Fantastic!!!
Wish we had stayed at Arenal Oaysis.