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The mangrove kayak tour leaves one or two hours before high tide. This trip explores the mangrove estuaries in Platanares River delta in the the Preciosa Platanares Wild Life Refuge. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you up and down a river under the canopy of 70-foot tall mangrove trees. Learn about the mangroves and look for all types of wildlife -- monkeys, raccoons, iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards, crabs, crocodiles, caimans, snakes, all types of birds, butterflies!

The trip takes 3 hours, and we supply snacks (tropical seasonal fruits), kayak with back rest for comfort and dual blade paddle, life jacket , instructions before the trip and a knowledgeable guide. No previous experience required.

Suggestions on what to bring:

Dry bags for all your gear, even cameras and video gear are suitable to bring if protected. Bathing suit, sunscreen, long pants and log sleeve shirt of dry fit fabric for sun protection (specially from December to April), tennis shoes or sandals with straps (shoes will get wet), light rain jacket (only from August to November), neck strap to secure glasses, hat, dry clothing, towel, plastic bags for wet clothing. Don’t forget to bring a bottle for water, we provide water to refill your personal recipient, we are trying to help the planet by discouraging the use of disposable bottles.

Peaceful and calm, the winding mangrove forests of the Preciosa Platanares Wildlife Refuge are best enjoyed by kayak. On this tour, quietly paddle through the brackish waters of a large mangrove forest with a guide who shares interesting information about the plants and animals, but knows when to be quiet to increase your chances of seeing more animals in the wild.
  • Preciosa Platanares Wildlife Refuge kayak tour
  • Guide leads you through the waters and helps you spot more wildlife
  • Learn about local plants and animals as you paddle
  • Kayaking is a peaceful way to explore the protected mangrove forest
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Reviewed 15 August 2018
Best day in Costa Rica!

By far our groups favorite activity. The guides are extremely nice, knowledgeable, and fun. They prepared an amazing lunch for us as well as two snacks through out the day. They will teach you how to open a coconut with a stick and it will...More

Thank La_Spi614
Reviewed 11 August 2018
Kayaking through a primary mangrove forest

We loved our kayaking tour through the primary mangrove forest. Our guide taught us about the difference between the red and black mangroves, and she described some adaptations for each. Highly recommend this tour!

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 8 March 2018
Excellent company and great tours!

We went on both their mangrove tour and their sunset + bioluminescence your later. They provide everything. The groups are very small (We had 3-5 kayaks on each), We have never seen anything like what we saw in their bioluminescence tour in our lives! It...More

1  Thank SARAC5920
Reviewed 23 February 2018
Tranquil and beautiful kayak tour of a hard-to-reach biome

1. Guide Laura taught us how to open a coconut with merely a hardwood stick on the beach. I tried her method the following day in Corcovado and the rangers were impressed, for a gringo. 2. The deeper into the mangroves we paddled, the bigger...More

Thank Luke H
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile
Mangrove kayak and bioluminescence tour

Great tour and fun for kids too if they are not afraid of the dark. Our guide was very knowledgeable and attentive. Booking was easy and they reply quickly. The coconut and pineapple was very refreshing.

Thank myimooi
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