Looking for a relaxing way to spend a few hours? If so, the Catamaran Cruise along the Manuel Antonio coastline is just what the doctor ordered.
The day starts off when you are picked up from your Manuel Antonio hotel. After picking up some of your fellow travelers, a short drive will bring you to the Quepos Marina where the boat is docked. The double-decker catamaran style boat is up to Costa Rica maritime standards and life jackets are readily available.
When the boat leaves the Quepos Marina, you will travel along the gorgeous Manuel Antonio coast. This is a beautiful and scenic area with jungle-lined mountains that roll down to the sea. You will see tropical islands and eventually reach Playa Biesanz. This is where you will have a chance to swim and use the waterslide. You will also be provided with snorkeling gear to explore the sea life. This area can be hit or miss for snorkeling with the best snorkeling typically between January and April, but you will always have a good chance of seeing some tropical fish.
This tour also provides the possibility of seeing marine mammals, coastal birds, and reptiles. From late August through September, there is a reasonable shot at seeing humpback whales. Dolphins are frequently observed during most of the year. Sea turtles are commonly spotted during the rain season and of course, the coastal birds can be seen year-round.
While snorkeling and wildlife observation are possible, the main attraction of this tour is to relax, unwind, enjoy the music and have a good time. There is a nice selection of snacks and drinks including cocktails with Costa Rican liquor. A typical Costa Rican lunch will be served about half way through the tour, so this will be an early lunch for those that select the morning tour and a late lunch for those that choose the afternoon tour.
When deciding on tour times, visitors should keep in mind that the morning tour usually has better weather than the afternoon tour, particularly during the green season. When the weather is nice, the sunsets can be incredible on the afternoon tour.
After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Including round trip transfers, this activity is expected to last around four hours, though this is subject to change. This tour includes transportation from Manuel Antonio area hotels. A surcharge is applied for transportation from other zones and is not included in online rates. It also includes drinks, and a snack.
The Catamaran Cruise - Iguana is available from Dominical, Herradura, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, and Uvita
Nice trip, good weather, some drinks, fruit and a lunch.
But unfortunately no wales, no dolphines, not so clear water and thus snorkling was not interesting.
And I met a jellyfish... luckily they had a product for that.
I was so impressed with how we were treated. There were only 4 of us on a tour that accommodated 70 people. Yet Alex and crew acted like we were all VIP's. They actually extended the tour a bit to see the complete sunset and the frigatebirds roosting on the rocks. They caught a tuna and cooked it for us on the spot. We found flying fish and lots of dolphins. A perfect tour.
This was so much fun and the views were breathtaking. Thomas was very friendly and really made the trip,
Friendly service. Meal above average for this sort of thing. Not much in way of guiding but then who really needs much guiding with swimming and just staring out to sea.
Thank you to PTW staff for being so helpful making last minute changes to the schedule to meet our needs. It really made a difference!
The staff was amazing- great snacks, views and snorkeling! We had a wonderful time.
The snorkeling was ok. Occasional currents would pop up near the site and my poor wife got banged against the coral. She gave up after that. Visibility was low. I thought there would be more fish/coral. I still enjoyed myself. The music on the boat was super loud.....it would have been better with no music.