Starting at $65 per night


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

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

Tour Time

  • Depend of the Ocean Tides

Tour Type

  • Safari Cruise

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

All Family


Latitude: N 9°27'30.76". Longitude: W 85°47'56.63"


  • Overall 93.0% (148 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 92.7%
  • Expectations: 91.5%
  • Guides: 94.5%
  • Logistics: 93.2%
  • Value: 93.5%


Excellent and guide was very knowledgeable. The lunch that was prepared was also tasty and simple!


I wish I'd seen more wildlife on the tour, but it was great nonetheless.


We got to see a variety of birds and the guide was very knowledgeable.


Enjoyed it very much - the guides again were knowledgeable and we saw a lot of wildlife.


Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide




Small group, relaxing, nice lunch and great guide.


Loved that we ended up getting lucky and basically had a private tour. The guide was entertaining and really knew how to connect with his guests. The boat driver had such a good eye at spotting things so I would like to truly offer my thanks to him as well. He really helped make the experience better.


Randall was an outstanding guide (and driver). He went over and above what was necessary to spot animals and the boat captain was also fantastic. After spotting the rare silky anteater, Randall climbed back through the mangroves to get photos on my camera. AMAZING! The meal prepared for us after the boat ride was excellent, with the best chicken we had on our entire trip.


Our guide Randell was fantastic, was expecting to see more wildlife, but that is know fault of anyone, it's just the way it goes sometimes. also, the breakfast was awesome and huge amount of food was served.


Again a very knowledgeable guide, really interesting.


Nice trip. Would have been nice if an hour longer - only complaint is that it felt too short.


Wasn't sure what to expect here...but this was great. The guide as very knowledgeable and boat driver great. This is not a must do but I am really glad we took the time to go here.


If we hadn't taken the Cano Negro trip this would have got a 10 too, we just didn't see very much though enjoyed the boat ride a lot and the guide did his best to locate animals.


We missed the first safari date as my husband was still, "under the weather". The rest of the family went but it got rained out half-way down the river. The Safari ended up getting rained out. The Guide rescheduled the trip for the next day, which my husband and I were able to participate. What a great trip it was and so very thoughtful on the part of our guide. He was most gracious. It was appreciated.


Theses guys did a great job ! Food was excellent


Really enjoyable, nice guide


Appreciated the lunch included option, would like more of this in future trips. Appreciated the small group.




Incredibly knowledgeable tour guide, learned a ton but he kept it lively even for teenagers.


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.


Nice if you would just like to kayak. But not much wildlife.


The guide and boat captain were amazing at spotting the wildlife, and we learned a lot.


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.


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.


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.


Guides knowledgible and spoke excellent english, Lunch provided simple but very tasty


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


In general, less adventure, more passive an activity than most of the things we did


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


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.


Enjoyed the tour and the guide was excellent. According to our itinerary, lunch was expected but breakfast was provided.


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


Very disappointed that we saw so little wildlife. We love the monkeys though.


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


Randall was our guide and he was very informative . He has eyes like a hawk. The breakfast was delicious.


Absolutely fabulous, great guide.


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.


This was a good tour once again wish we could have seen more animals


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.


Fabulous tour - not strenuous - thankfully!!!! great wildlife!!


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.


Fascinating. Had a good time. Breakfast was a quality treat we weren't expecting.