The Pacific South Jewels
The Pacific South JewelsThe Pacific South Jewels GG-136-06 Package Includes Tranfers Airport – Hotel – Airport.
The Pacific South Jewels
GG-136-06 Package Includes
Tranfers Airport – Hotel – Airport.
2 nights in Sleep Inn Hotel San José.
4 nights at Villas Rio Mar Hotel in Dominical Beach.
Transfers San José – Dominical – San José in private services.
Snorkeling in Marino Ballena National Park with lunch included.
Kayaking Waves and Caves with box lunch included.
- Kayaking and snorkel equipment.
- Park entrance fee.
- Bilingual naturalist guide.
- 4 Species of Monkeys, many bird species & mammals
- Breathtaking scenery
- Possible sightings of dolphins & whales
- Great snorkeling visibility and much, much more...!
Day 01: San José (Arrive)
Transfer Airport to Sleep Inn Hotel and lodging
Day 02: Dominical Beach
After breakfast we departure to the magical Dominical Beach on the virgin Pacific South after 3.5 hours driving you can get relax at the Villas Rio Mar Hotel the rest of the afternoon.
Day 03: Dominical Beach
Departing early in the morning in our comfortable van we'll drive down the Costanera Highway and along the Pacific Ocean for about 1 ½ hour to the town of Sierpe . There, we'll stop for 30 minutes to eat a tasty breakfast . After breakfast we will board our cozy boat and cruise for 45 minutes down the Sierpe River through the largest Mangrove swamp in Central America , watching the abundant wildlife along the shores.
Once through the Sierpe River mouth and into the Pacific Ocean we will start our search for some of the 5 species of Dolphins, Whales and/or possibly the Sea Turtles that inhabit these waters. Your guide will illustrate the trip with interesting facts about these fascinating mammals and their Natural History. The spectacular views of Drakes Bay , Caño Island and Violines Island will amaze you. When you get hungry we will prepare a delicious picnic lunch and then get back to Dolphins and Whales watching. Around 3:00 p.m. will start to head back to Sierpe and to Dominical.
Day 04: Dominical Beach
This morning after breakfast we will launch our kayaks at Playa Piñuelas, a short 30 minute drive from Dominical in our comfortable van. Along the way we may stop to watch birds, monkeys, sloths, etc. Aside from exuberant flora and fauna you will also see breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. At the put-in, our bilingual guides will tell you all about the park's history and teach you important safety techniques. We do our best to make sure that you get what you expect from the tour and will provide you the safest equipment available.
An easy 1½ hour paddle brings us to Ballena Island where a lunch of fruit and cold drinks in tropical style will be provided. We will then snorkel around the island, observing the richest marine fauna in the area. Or, if you prefer, you may choose to simply relax on the island and explore the numerous caves. After an adventurous day we’ll paddle back to Playa Piñuelas and return you to your hotel. And lodge in Villas Rio Mar Hotel
Departure Time: 7:30 am
Return Time: 1:30 pm
Day 05: Dominical Beach
Starting with 30 minutes drive from Dominical to the put in section in Ventanas Beach. During this 23 kilometer road trip, we will stop, if we get to spot some of the wildlife such as: birds, monkeys, sloth’s etc. You will see all this, along the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean and the exuberant vegetation of the coast.
At the put in section we provide you the most professional and safe equipment a safety speech by a professional and bilingual tour guide. After that, the guide will illustrate the 1 hour ease paddling to where the caves are, with natural history of the park, than you will witness one of the most scenic place in the area, over 30 different caves and 2 of them are accessible -depending on the oceans condition- by kayak. After that we will go to one of the most beautiful beaches of the area, Playa Ventanas, where we will set you up on a tropical way, with fruits and drinks. Steps away from our fruit stop, there are 2 caves for you to explore hiking through during the low tide, you can also enjoy and have fun surfing the waves at this beach on your kayak. After all this, we start to paddle back to our take out point at Playa Piñuelas and drive back to your hotel. And lodge in Villas Rio Mar Hotel.
Departure Time: 7:30 am
Return Time: 12:30 pm
Day 06: San José
After breakfast departure to San José in private services and lodge in Sleep Inn Hotel in San José.
After breakfast transfer to the International Airport.
- Net price: $695.00
At the International Airport there is a departure tax $26.00 per person which you can pay in US$, colones or Visa credit card. No traveler´s check or other credit cards are accepted.
All the transfers in private services.
Prices valid until November 30st, 2007.
- We can operate this tour with a minimum of 2 people.
Please require extra charge availability for picks season.
WHALES AND DOLPHINS WATCHING ON THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC COAST
Whales & Dolphins have always fascinated us. Their graceful, playful, and intelligent nature is inspiring and captivating. There are 5 Species of Dolphins living in the waters off the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica: Spotted, Spinner, Bottlenose (Flipper), Common Dolphin and even Orcas. 3 Species of Whales: False Killer, Pilot & Humpback Whales can be sighted nearly year round. The acrobatic Humpback Whale, a mammal measuring 15-17 meters long, migrates to these tropical and subtropical waters during our winter season to birth their young.
Many species of dolphins and whales are endangered and protected. Perhaps none more so than the Humpback Whale, whose numbers continue to decrease. Come, join us, learn and love them even more. This tour will surely be an unforgettable experience for you.
MARINO BALLENA NATIONAL PARK
The Marino Ballena National Park was created in 1990 to preserve and protect the 4500 ha of coral reef that surrounds Ballena & Las Tres Hermanas Islands. This park also protects 13 km of pristine coastline including beautifully scenic beaches such as: Playa Ventanas, Playa Piñuelas, Playa Ballena, Playa Hermosa and Playa Bahia. Marino Ballena Park's most interesting sedimentation process has formed a Tombolo, or land bridge, linking the offshore reef to the mainland of Uvita Bay. This interesting formation can be seen and accessed only at low tide.
In the park there can be found sponges, corals, mollusks, algaes, echinoderms, crabs and other creatures which are adapted to the strong tidal swell. Green Iguanas abound in the park, feeding on plentiful alga plants. It is also an important refuge and nesting place for numerous marine birds including the frigate and the sea earwig. It is considered the most median point of reproduction of the Humpback Whale which comes to these tropical waters during winter months.
What to Bring: Comfortable clothing, strap sandals, hiking or sneakers shoes, mosquito repellent, sunblock, sunglasses, raincoat or poncho, binoculars, camera, plastic bags, extra water bottle, set of extra clothes, and a towel. And don’t forget your prescribed medicine if you take any.
Dominical is a small ocean side village with tasty restaurants and a renowned surf break. Most evenings one or more of these restaurants will have music and dancing. Locals from all over the area like to demonstrate their beloved meringue and salsa dances. Some smaller shops in the village offer necessities such as surf boards, beach towels, food and drinks, souvenirs and there is even a small ‘supermercado.’
The drive South of Dominical is one of the most beautiful section of road in Costa Rica. It was just recently paved and offers magnificent views of the Pacific with many small bays and secluded beaches.
The area has an average temperature of 83F (28¾C) and is green year round, with a dry season from November through April. During the rest of the year, the mornings are almost always sunny with warm rains many afternoons. The winter months are the best time of the year for nature lovers. The rain brings everything to life.