Sailing, Snorkeling, & Dolphin Watching Tour (Manuel Antonio)

The content on this page was last updated on May 28th, 2017

We currently have discounts for this tour!


Operated by Planet Dolphin

November 1st 2016 – October 31st 2017:

TOUR OPERATOR’S TOUR PRICE PER ADULT: $80.00
PURA VIDA! EH? TOUR DISCOUNT PER ADULT: $8.00
TOUR PRICE PER ADULT TO PAY TO THE TOUR OPERATOR: $72.00

TOUR OPERATOR’S TOUR PRICE PER CHILD: $45.00 OR $5.00 (SEE BELOW)
PURA VIDA! EH? TOUR DISCOUNT PER CHILD: $0.00
TOUR PRICE PER CHILD TO PAY TO THE TOUR OPERATOR: $45.00 OR $5.00 (SEE BELOW)

  • Age group(s) eligible to receive the child rate for this activity: 6-10 years (0-2 years are free; 3-5 years pay flat fee of $5.00)
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Discount disclaimer: In order for a Pura Vida! eh? discount to be valid, a complete tour reservation form must be submitted via our website and accepted by our team. In addition, travellers must follow the steps/requirements outlined on our “How Pura Vida! eh? Works” page. Please note that Pura Vida! eh? discounts are: a) not valid for preexisting reservations already placed through other companies or tour operators,  b) only valid for the specific day requested on the tour reservation form, and c) may only be claimed by the individual whose name appears on the tour reservation form. Tour reservation change requests may be made by travellers, but such requests are subject to approval by our team; unapproved tour reservation changes may result in a change or loss of the discount amount awarded. Tour reservation cancellations and no-shows will result in a loss of the discount amount awarded. All prices on our website including Pura Vida! eh? discounts are listed in the currency of US dollars, however at the tour operator’s discretion, tour payment may be collected in the currency of either US dollars or Costa Rican colones. For more information, please see our “Frequently Asked Questions” page.

ABOUT THE TOUR

Tour departure/return location: Manuel Antonio

Tour times: 9:00am, 2:00pm

  • Afternoon tour available between December 1st and April 30th only

Tour duration: Approximately 3.5-4 hours

Tour includes: Sailing tour, guide, lunch or dinner (depending on the tour time), snorkel equipment, drinks (natural juices, water, vodka/run/cacique cocktails), and round-trip transportation to/from Manuel Antonio hotels (hotels that fall outside of the regular transportation zone may have an additional fee; leave us a comment at the bottom of this page if you wish us to confirm the transportation amount that would apply to/from your specific hotel)

Tour operator’s description: Since 1989, Planet Dolphin has served thousands of satisfied customers. We are the pioneers of the Dolphin Watch tours in Manuel Antonio and continue to be the leader when it comes to offering quality aquatic adventure tours. Client satisfaction is our number one priority. Our tour is designed for the visitor who enjoys living life to its fullest. Your ‘Catamaran Island Adventure’ begins when we pick you up at your hotel or private house in one of our comfortable, air-conditioned vans for the trip to the Quepos pier. There, a Planet Dolphin representative will accompany you down the ramp and on to the floating platform to board you on our catamaran. Leaving the Quepos harbor, you will head toward the horizon, cruising through the aquamarine waters toward the spectacular and scenic coastline of Manuel Antonio Park. Our experienced captain will pilot the boat while our friendly, bilingual guides offer you a wide array of beverages, including fresh fruit drinks, bottled water, sodas, beer and tropical cocktails. Soon you will be in open water and on the lookout for spotted dolphins, migrating humpback whales, sea turtles and manta rays. You will be captivated by the sight of dolphins frolicking in the boat’s wake, or the inimitable sound of a whale’s song. As we make our way down the coastline of the park, the mysterious islands, jagged cliffs and unique rock formations will look almost close enough to reach out and touch. These are the nesting grounds and home for numerous species of marine birds, including pelicans, boobies and ibises. While touring the coastline, the captain will hoist the sails, wind permitting, and you will delight in the feel of the catamaran cutting quietly through the blue waters of the Pacific. Our onboard guide will be ready to answer any questions you might have, and will point out sights of interest while giving a brief history of the area. After touring the coastline, we will anchor in a protected cove within the pristine Biesanz Bay for snorkeling. We provide the masks, snorkels and fins, all you need to submerge and observe the underwater playground for over 50 species of colorful tropical fish. After you have finished snorkeling, come back on board and enjoy the delicious lunch we have prepared for you: Grilled fish brochettes with onion and green pepper, pasta salad with vegetables, fresh tropical fruits,  and beverages. As you relax over lunch on our boat in the tranquil bay, surrounded by the lush verdant landscape, having enjoyed all our tour has to offer, you might well feel that you now know the meaning of the word paradise. The last leg of the tour is the trip back to the Quepos pier. An unforgettable added bonus for anyone who comes on one of our summer season afternoon tours is the chance to witness one of our dramatic tropical sunsets en route to the harbor. Once back at the pier, our drivers await you for the trip back to your hotel. The total time of our catamaran tour is 3 ½ hours, but the memories will last a lifetime. Planet Dolphin offers two distinctly different catamarans for your island adventure. The Tom Cat is a roomy and comfortable 60-footer with a capacity of up to 50 passengers. The boat is partially roofed, providing a large shaded area with plenty of banquette seating. The bow of the boat features an open air trampoline deck and additional banquette seating. The Tom Cat is an exceptionally stable and smooth-riding boat, perfect for the trampoline deck and additional banquette seating. The Tom Cat is an exceptionally stable and smooth-riding boat, perfect for the customer that wants a bit of comfort during the tour. The Spanish Dancer is a 38-foot MacGregor sport catamaran with a capacity of 16 passengers. This boat is a fast and maneuverable craft and recommended for those who like being closer to the elements and truly enjoy the feel of the sun on your face and the sea air in your lungs. Both of our boats have all requisite licenses, inspection certificates and insurance. Our captains and guides are seaworthy professionals and tourism industry veterans who always put the safety, well-being and enjoyment of the customer first.

Additional details

  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run. Please contact us to inquire about tour availability if your travel group is comprised of less than the tour operator’s required minimum number of participants.

MINIMUM/MAXIMUM AGE/WEIGHT/HEIGHT/OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • None

What to bring for tour participation

  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes (no high heels allowed on the boat)

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