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