This 13-day itinerary is perfect for travelers who like to combine their mountain adventures with a bit of a beach holiday. After arriving at the airport in Liberia, you'll head to Rincón de la Vieja to explore the nature surrounding one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to spend a few days crossing suspension bridges, ziplining over trees, and hiking through the jungles of La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. You'll end your trip by returning to Guanacaste for some relaxation on the beaches of Papagayo.
Snorkeling or Diving at the Catalina Islands, Guanacaste Pacific Coast
This was a very cool experience. The staff was very friendly. They pointed out wildlife on the way. We saw turtles mating on the way out... Read more
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Fantastic guides. Made us feel comfortable even though we are not great swimmers. We saw tropical schools of fish, manta rays, sharks, puffer fish and more!
- Enjoy a boat ride to a group of volcanic islands
- Snorkel off the boat around colorful coral reefs
- Spot giant manta rays, sea turtles, parrotfish, and more
Know before you go
5 years old & up
Fresh fruit, cookies and juice
What you'll do
Board a boat for a 40-minute ride to the Catalina Islands. You'll stop at two different sites, with about 40 minutes to spend at each. All year around you will be able to see pufferfish, parrotfish, and schools of jacks. During the dry season (December to April) this is also the feeding ground for giant manta rays, where you can encounter ray as big as 20 feet wide.
After several hours of boating and snorkeling, you'll head back to the dive shop, then transfer back to your accommodations.
- Bilingual guide
- Fruit juice
- Snorkel gear
Itineraries with Snorkeling or Diving at the Catalina Islands
Experience both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica — and all that's in between — on this 9-day adventure. Starting in the bustling capital of San Jose, you'll make your way to Tortuguero National Park, where you'll watch sea turtles hatch on the beach. Then head inland to the Monteverde Cloud Forest for incredible wildlife and rainforest trails. After two nights in the heart of the jungle, you'll travel to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Papagayo. Here you'll go snorkeling and surfing, and end your journey with a spectacular sunset cruise around the bay.