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Kayak & Snorkel Tour in Tamarindo Bay, Tamarindo

Kayak the pristine Playa Tamarindo shorelines to Capitán Island, where you can snorkel a spectacular coral reef


You will paddle out over the azure waters of Playa Tamarindo and eventually reach Capitán Island, located about a 20-minute paddle offshore. There, you'll have the opportunity to do some snorkeling and observe the underwater coral reef, which is home to exotic fish. After snorkeling, you'll return by kayak to the mainland. With short paddling distances involved, this trip is perfect for the entire family, or for introducing your children to kayaking.


  • Paddle across the azure waters of Playa Tamarindo
  • Observe the colorful coral reef and exotic fish while snorkeling
  • Enjoy a family-friendly kayaking trip suitable for all ages

Know before you go

3 hours
Recommended for
5 years old & up
Small group

What you'll do

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable kayaking adventure on the stunning coast of Tamarindo! Meet your expert guide and group at the designated spot and get equipped with your kayak and safety gear. Your guide will provide you with a safety briefing and paddle instructions before you set out on your journey.

Paddle out over the shimmering waters of Playa Tamarindo and marvel at the stunning coastline from a unique perspective. As you paddle towards Capitán Island, take in the gorgeous scenery of white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and the lush, unspoiled nature of the area.

Once you reach Capitán Island, grab your snorkeling gear and immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters. Admire the vibrant colors of the coral reef and the diverse marine life that surrounds it. Keep an eye out for exotic fish that are unique to this part of the world.

After an unforgettable snorkeling experience, paddle back to the mainland, taking in the beauty of the Tamarindo coastline one last time. With its relatively short paddling distances, this tour is perfect for families and anyone looking to try kayaking for the first time.

Please note that departure times vary based on the tides.

What's included

  • Bottled water
  • Naturalist bilingual guide
  • Transportation
  • Single or double kayaks and all necessary kayaking equipment
  • Snorkeling equipment

Traveler reviews

Mark P.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Reviewed on Apr 09, 2023
This was a pretty standard tour – a 20-minute canoe ride from a beachside resort to small island and then snorkeling around it – but it was perfect for a 5- and 7-year-olds first snorkeling experience. And great guides. Read more

This was a pretty standard tour – a 20-minute canoe ride from a beachside resort to small island and then snorkeling around it – but it was perfect for a 5- and 7-year-olds first snorkeling experience. And great guides.

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