Starting at $65 per night

Overview

Are you ready to go kayaking along the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline? If so, this is a great tour for you! The day starts off when you are picked up from your Manuel Antonio area hotel and brought to the Pez Vela Marina at Quepos. When you arrive, your guide will provide you with a life jacket, double-seat kayak (singles available on request), and then a quick safety and operational lesson for the kayak.

As you paddle along the coast, you will pass by the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline. An emerald jungle covers the hillside that rolls down to the coast. And out in the Pacific Ocean, small tropical islands teem with nesting birds. Truly a gorgeous sight to see!

Eventually you will reach Playa Biesanz, a hidden beach that few tourists get to see. There, white sand meets the green jungle frequented by plenty of wildlife. While on shore you can take the opportunity to walk the beach, go for a swim, and use the snorkel gear that will be provided. Manuel Antonio is not known for great snorkeling, but you will likely see some colorful fish and during certain times of the year, dolphins, turtles, and whales have been sighted.

After some fun in the sun at the beach, a group consensus will be taken on whether to kayak further to observe nesting coastal birds or return to the marina. When you do return to shore, a hearty lunch will be provided to replenish your energy.

It must be noted that this activity is performed on the ocean so there can be strong waves and currents at times. Experience with above seat ocean kayaks is preferred. Participants should also be reasonably physically fit. Children 7 years old and up may go but might be placed in a double kayak with an adult.

After the tour, you'll be returned to your hotel. Including round trip transportation, the tour is expected to last around 4 hours, though this is subject to change. In addition to transportation, this trip includes guide, kayak, snorkeling gear, and lunch.

What to Bring

  • Insect Repellent
  • Clothes
  • Water Sandals
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Bathing Suit
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sun Block

Location and Availability

The Coastal Kayaking and Snorkeling - Iguana Tours is available from Dominical, Herradura, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, and Uvita

Tour Times

  • 8:00am
  • 1:00pm

Tour Type

  • Beach
  • Snorkeling

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

7 and up kids might have to use double kayak with parents.

Location

Latitude: N 9°24'14.76". Longitude: W 85°49'53.12"

Reviews

  • Overall 87.9% (35 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 88.3%
  • Expectations: 88.0%
  • Guides: 86.6%
  • Logistics: 88.9%
  • Value: 88.9%

06/22/2017

there were only two of us in the tour, the guide was friendly but very layback, the tour itself is kind of disappointing, I thought we are going to see more but only stopped at one beach for a very short time

06/21/2017

This was our only disappointing tour. Our guide was from Limon, of Carribbean heritage, and we could barely understand what he said. I understood his Spanish much better than his English. He knew very little about Costa Rican wildlife - but instead told us tales full of superstition. That was fine in and of itself but the snorkeling experience was limited. We wished we had signed up to kayak in the mangroves instead.

12/31/2016

This was a fun element that was kind of different than the other things we did in CR. Snorkelling was fun, but the little jelly fish stung a bit. No bueno. But, Pura Vida. We say an eel, an octopus, and many variety of colorful fish. Then we went to the shore and enjoyed rock hunting and wading.

12/23/2016

Enjoyed!

12/13/2016

guide was really goood

07/28/2016

Wonderful nice staff. Very helpful with our needs.

03/22/2016

Fantastic!

12/28/2015

Very fun, arms were very sore!

12/13/2015

This was so much fun. Neither of us had ever ocean kayak'd or snorkeled around tropical fish before, so both were great experiences. The views from the ocean were absolutely amazing.

The pineapple we had while we took a break on the beach was the best pineapple i've ever had it my life.

08/16/2015

Really enjoyed this tour! Kayaking was a blast and we enjoyed both spending time at the beach and snorkeling. Luckily, we arrived before the big boats with lots of people did, so we enjoyed our time. We haven't done much snorkeling (and I know it pales in comparison to the Caribbean), but we still had fun. Lunch was good too.

06/22/2015

Just a kayak from one side of the bay to the other with a short snorkel. Guides didn't help make it more interesting- no information on local history or fish etc. Worst part of the whole trip

06/13/2015

It would be nice if the kayaks had foot controlled rudders as other's I've been in like in HI and AK had, and really the water is a bit cloudy to have much of "snorkeling" component but the guides were very good and took care of everything well.

04/21/2015

Kayaking was fun, but the snorkeling was not as expected. Water was very cloudy hard to see much of anything.

03/11/2015

A fun ocean paddle and snorkeling experience. We saw many fish and enjoyed our time on a beautiful beach post-snorkeling.