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An ideal tour combining your passion for scuba-diving and the discovery of Costa Rica. This itinerary has been designed for you to explore Costa Rica's most beautiful and most famous seabeds. Notably Isla del Caño near the Osa Peninsula, the islands off Manuel Antonio, and the Gulf of Papagayo's seafloor.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Juan Santamaria Airport - San José
  • Day 2: San José - Juan Santamaria Airport - Drake Airport - Drake Bay
  • Day 3: Isla del Caño (Corcovado National Park) - Drake Bay
  • Day 4: Corcovado National Park - Station La Sirena (Corcovado National Park) - Drake Bay
  • Day 5: Drake Bay - Sierpe - Manuel Antonio
  • Day 6: Manuel Antonio
  • Day 7: Manuel Antonio - Papagayo Gulf
  • Day 8: Isla Catalina - Papagayo Gulf
  • Day 9: Papagayo Gulf
  • Day 10: Isla Murcielago - Papagayo Gulf
  • Day 11: Papagayo Gulf
  • Day 12: Papagayo Gulf - Juan Santamaria Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Juan Santamaria Airport - San José

Welcome to Costa Rica ! Reception at the Juan Santamaria International Airport near San José , at 1150 meters above sea level in the heart of the Central Valley.
First contact with Costa Rica, your private driver will give you your travel documents and will take you to your hotel.

Your english speaking guide will escort you to your hotel.

Night at Grano de Oro Hotel.
Standard Room.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: San José - Juan Santamaria Airport - Drake Airport - Drake Bay

Transfer to the international airport 2 hours prior to the departure time of your domestic flight.
You will take a domestic flight between San Jose and Drake Bay, and arrive to the little air field in Drake Bay
Arrival at Drake Bay's air field, shuttle to your hotel.
Dinner at the lodge.

Night at Copa de Arból Hotel.
Luxury Room.
Included : private transport, domestic flight, shared transport, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 3: Isla del Caño (Corcovado National Park) - Drake Bay

Day to discovery Isla del Caño, a formely sacred place for the Diquis, precolumbus indians.
You will dive twice at Isla del Caño, one of the best diving spot in Costa Rica. Dolphins, whales and rays live together in these warm waters.
Return to the hotel in the afternoon, by boat.
Food included (Lunch box and Diner at the lodge).
Dinner at the lodge.

Night at Copa de Arból Hotel.
Luxury Room.
Included : lunch (no drinks), local guide, private transport, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 4: Corcovado National Park - Station La Sirena (Corcovado National Park) - Drake Bay

Early morning start for a full day exploration of the Corcovado National Park, considered as the best of the wet tropical reserves. You will stroll by boat or by foot through the biggest wet tropical forest of the Pacifque coastline of America with waterfalls and crystal water pools on the walking paths of San Pedrillo. You will have the opportunity to observe a great variety of birds including the harpy and red macaw. This is the best place place to watch jaguars and tapirs particularly on the beaches by dark.

Lunch included (lunch box).
Dinner at the lodge.

Night at Copa de Arból Hotel.
Luxury Room.
Included : lunch (no drinks), local guide, entrance fees, excursion (shared), room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 5: Drake Bay - Sierpe - Manuel Antonio

Boat ride to Sierpe, approximately 1 hr 30 min navigation through the heart of Costa Rican mangroves.

This road follows the coast until the Manuel Antonio, a wonderful park that owes its name to a spanish conquistador. Sport fishing and palm oil production are higly developped in this area. You will have the opportunity to stop on the beach along the way, near Uvita or Dominical.
You will arrive at the hotel where the rest of the day is free.

Meals are not included.

Note: 2 hour drive
Note: Manuel Antonio National Park is closed Monday




Night at hotel Tulemar.
Standard Bungalow.

Note : the breakfast can't be included in this hotel
Included : shared transport, car rental, insurance, mobile wifi hotspot rental, room

Day 6: Manuel Antonio

Half a day to explore the waters of the twelve islands off Manuel Antonio (depending on weather conditions). You will dive with your guide who will take you to see octopuses, lobsters and with a little luck, you will cross the path of marine turtles and coral sharks.

Note: activity subject to weather conditions; 3 persons minimum.

Night at hotel Tulemar.
Standard Bungalow.

Note : the breakfast can't be included in this hotel
Included : local guide, private transport, equipment rental, room

Day 7: Manuel Antonio - Papagayo Gulf

Free time to enjoy the many attractions of the region.
Then departure to Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste, continuing to the Pacific coast.
Then, transfer your ocean side hotel. End of the day free to relax on the beach.

Note: 5 hour drive

Night at the hotel Andaz Papagayo.
Standard Room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 8: Isla Catalina - Papagayo Gulf

Admire the many species during this underwater adventure. You can come across rays, huge schools of striped white tips, eagle rays, white tip sharks, schools of barracudas and seahorses.

Note 1: 2 dives, over 30 meters deep.
Note 2: The best time of the year for this dive is from April to November.

Night at the hotel Andaz Papagayo.
Standard Room.
Included : local guide, equipment rental, shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: Papagayo Gulf


Relax on the beaches of Guanacaste. Protected from the wind by the highlands, where turquoise waters blend with white sand. Many excursions are offered in the Guanacaste province, even to neighboring Nicaragua. Check with your hotel.

Night at the hotel Andaz Papagayo.
Standard Room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 10: Isla Murcielago - Papagayo Gulf

The Islas Muercielagos biological reserve is an amazing destination to discover the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

During the trip to the islands, it is not uncommon to see dolphins and whales, schools of
barracudas and pacific sting rays,. White tip sharks are also common residents of these waters so rich in pelagic fauna. But the most typical and atractive fish of the area is the bull shark (Tiburón Toro or Carcharinus leucas); this magnificent animal will change your idea about the bad reputation that these predators have. In fact, they are rather shy, elusive and whithout much interest in divers.

Note 1: 2 dives over 30 meters deep.
Note 2: The best time of year for this dive is from April to November.
Level: PADI certified experienced divers only,


Night at the hotel Andaz Papagayo.
Standard Room.
Included : local guide, equipment rental, shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 11: Papagayo Gulf


Relax on the beaches of Guanacaste. Protected from the wind by the highlands, where turquoise waters blend with white sand. Many excursions are offered in the Guanacaste province, even to neighboring Nicaragua. Check with your hotel.

Night at the hotel Andaz Papagayo.
Standard Room.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 12: Papagayo Gulf - Juan Santamaria Airport

Morning departure to join San Jose.
Three hours before departure you will need to return your rental vehicle and take the schuttle to the airport for your return flight.

Note 1: 5 to 6 hour drive
Note 2: Instructions on returning you vehicule will be given later.
Suggestions: You can go from Liberia to San Jose by plane - contact us

IMPORTANT: depending on the time of your international flight, provide a night in San Jose the day before departure

Hotel Grano de Oro   San José

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Grano de Oro is located in a street close to San Jose main avenues. The hotel is really an oasis, a sanctuary Cet hôtel est un véritable oasis, un sanctuaire dans le cœur de la ville. C'était anciennement une maison victorienne et aujourd'hui l’hôtel a su garder la qualité et la commodité d'un lieu exclusif.

Copa de Arbol   Drake Bay

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Copa de ArbolHotel is a paradise both luxurious and wild Imagine a refined and elegant lodge, between jungle and ocean. An unforgettable stop on the Osa Peninsula as the framework, comfort and hotel services by the welcomimg and the staff's attention. Only 11 rooms carefully decorated and personalized.

Tulemar Bungalows   Manuel Antonio

Level : 5*
Included : room

This hotel is located in the middle of a quiet property of 33 closed hectares. The gardens lead down to its own exclusive beach. Tulemar Beach is located in a protected bay allowing you to enjoy the various water activities, the "Hideaway" Beach Bar will allow you to enjoy cocktails or dinner accompanied by the soft sound of the waves.

Andaz Papagayo Hotel   Papagayo Gulf

Level : 5* sup
Included : room & breakfast

Recently opened Andaz Papagayo is positioned as one of the best hotels in the country. You will appreciate its modernity, its calm, its location and the quality of services. The beautiful rooms offer stunning views of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean. They are decorated with wooden elements and feature a large bathroom. Three restaurants are on site, and you will taste locally-inspired dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. The only thing left to do is relax.

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