Diving on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica can be simply described as spectacular. Isla de Caño is located 15 Km off shore and is a fully protected biological reserve, surrounded on all sides by an exceptionally beautiful reef
Itinerary #2: (12d/11n) San Jose – Arenal Volcano – Monteverde Cloud Forest- Manuel Antonio – Drake Bay- Alajuela
Day 01: San Jose
Day 02: San Jose/ White water rafting/ Arenal Volcano
We will pick you up at your hotel and head through Costa Rica’s colonial capital city of Cartago before rising up through the fertile countryside that surrounds the base of Turrialba Volcano. We’ll stop for a delicious traditional Costa Rican breakfast along the way. Once we arrive at the verdant banks of the Pacuare River, our professional guides will instruct you on paddling techniques and safety procedures before you don your helmets, grab you paddles and climb aboard the inflatable rafts for an unforgettable adventure. The Pacuare is a swift flowing river that offers visitors a unique and exciting rafting experience within one of Costa Rica’s most unspoiled wilderness areas. In fact, expert rafters call the Pacuare one of the world’s best white-water runs. Lunch on the way. Continue to Arenal Area. Overnight at Arenal Volcano Inn hotel, a small and cozy hotel, located on the way to the volcano, the hotel has two swimming pools, one for adults and one for children, plus a Jacuzzi with temperate water, bar, restaurant, spa, and all of the rooms with view to Arenal Volcano, equipped with air conditioning, minibar, private bathroom, hot water and terrace.
Day 03: Arenal Volcano National Park and Ecotermales Hot Springs
Breakfast . Free morning. In the afternoon visit to Arenal Volcano National Park and Ecotermales Hot Springs, Ecotermales is a sanctuary of nature and beauty that has been the life work of the Hidalgo family. The smallest of the Arenal Hot Springs, Eco termales is geared toward privacy and relaxation and does not accept more than 100 visitors at a time. Visitors are invited to enjoy the beautiful environment as guests of the Hidalgo family not as walk in tourists. Dinner at Ecotermales. Overnight at Arenal Volcano Inn hotel.
Day 04: Arenal/ Monteverde
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you may spot birds such as the silvery-throated jay, spangled-checked tanager, black-thighed grosbeak, and the yellow-throated finch. Free afternoon, we recommend you to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the richest and most diverse tropical cloud forests in the world. Dinner. Overnight at the Trapp Family Lodge. The nearest hotel to the famous Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve, the Trapp Family Lodge offers the feeling of being in the middle of a charming cloud forest. The mountain suites have a spectacular view to the Monteverde Reserve.
Day 05: Monteverde/ Selvatura canopy and hanging bridges
After a delicious early morning breakfast, you will be taken to Selvatura walkways; it’s an unforgettable experience, the excitement of looking to one side and seeing the tops of the trees and at the same time feel the sensation of walking among the clouds. Selvatura walkways is a unique system of suspension bridges that zigzag through deep canyons at the level of the treetops, then you will enjoy an adrenaline adventure: the canopy tour. Free afternoon to enjoy other attractions of the area. We recommend you to visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Overnight at Trapp Family Lodge.
Day 06: Monteverde / Manuel Antonio beach
Breakfast. Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in our country, in Manuel Antonio you can hike in the trails and also enjoy a beautiful beach where you can swim. Overnight at Mango Moon Resort, which offers amazing views of the Ocean.
Day 07: Manuel Antonio beach
Breakfast. Free day to enjoy the beach and the area. Overnight at Mango Moon Resort.
Day 08: Manuel Antonio/ Drake Bay/ Corcovado
After breakfast, transfer to Sierpe with the shuttle bus. Boat transfer to Pirate Cove. Lunch. Free afternoon to enjoy the beach. Dinner. Ovenight at Pirate Cove, a small hotel, consisting of comfortable cabins and bungalows, located on Osa Peninsula, the most bio-diversified area of Costa Rica. In Pirate Cove you will experience the true pristine and nature beauty of Costa Rica and nearby Corcovado National Park.
Day 09: Drake Bay/ Scuba Diving in Caño Island
Breakfast: Diving tour in Caño Island : You will encounter both pelagic (open ocean) and reef fish. If you like to see large schools of jacks and barracudas, sting rays and manta rays, and if you like sharks, you will enjoy your dives here. Dive sites range from 10 meters (30 feet) to 40 meters (120 feet), and current ranges from mild to fairly strong.
The tour leaves Drake Bay each morning at 7:30-8:00 a. m. The island lies about 15 kilometers offshore and our trip takes about 45 minutes. Upon arrival your guide will check in at the island before the first dive. Then you will return to the island for a surface interval and picnic lunch, which consists of pasta, home made bread, salad and fruits, and maybe some muffins for desert. After that, you will do your second dive and return to Drake Bay at around 3:00-4:00 p. m. It is not allow for the customer do snorkeling in the island from the beach according to the new regulation of the Island; also the divers cannot walk in the trails of the island. This tour is a diving tour not snorkeling or hiking tour. Dinner. Overnight at Pirate Cove.
Day 10:Drake Bay / Scuba Diving in Caño Island
After breakfast, you will enjoy another diving tour in Caño Island, the best diving places in Caño Island are:
Barco Hundido (Sunken Ship) Depth: 15-20 meters (50-70 feet) Skill Level: Beginner We've never found a sunken ship here. This is a calm dive among various rock formations. If you stay in one spot the fish come and go. Generally you find sharks, mantas, Moorish idols and other smaller fish but also some good-sized schools pass through. This is a wonderful spot for underwater photography.
Bajo del Diablo (Devil's Pinnacle) Depth: 15-40 meters (45-130 feet)
Paraiso (Paradise) Depth: 20 meters (60 feet) Skill Level: Intermediate
Day 11: Drake Bay / Alajuela
After breakfast, boat transfer to Sierpe River, where our driver will be waiting for you, private transfer to Alajuela. Overnight at Holiday Inn Express located just 3 minutes from the International Airport.
Day 12: Alajuela/ Flight back home
Breakfast. Transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport for your flight back home.
Private transfer from International Airport to San Jose Hotel
Private transfer from Sierpe to Alajuela
All the transfers with the shuttle buses
01 night of lodging in San Jose
02 nights of lodging in Arenal
02 nights of lodging in Monteverde
02 nights of lodging in Manuel Antonio
03 nights of lodging in Drake Bay
01 night of lodging in Alajuela
11 breakfasts, 04 lunches, 04 dinners
Tours: Pacuare River Rafting, Arenal Volcano National Park and Ecotermales Hot Springs, Selvatura hanging bridges and canopy tour, Scuba Diving in Caño Island: The tour includes the entrances fees, guide, 2 dives, diving equipment, reservations with the Island
Rates from: $ 1,698,00 per person based on double occupancy
This rate applies from December to April - July and August, if you are planning to visit our country during May, June, September, October and November, please Contact Us and we will send you the itinerary with our special rates
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