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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
WELCOME TO CABINAS MANOLO
IN DRAKE BAY
Cabinas Manolo has its own tour operator and own specialized guides with over 15 years of experience guiding in Corcovado.
All our equipment is in perfect conditions. Excelent boat and engine. Life jacket, hikings boots and rain coats. Snorkeling and diving gear. Let us be your guide!
THIS ARE OUR TOURS AND ACTIVITIES:
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING: hiking boots, sandals, swimsuit, hat, sun block, water, insect repellent, camera or binoculars.
San Pedrillo Station, Corcovado National Park
San Pedrillo is the closest National Park Ranger Station to Drake Bay, and the 20 minute boat ride offers possible sightings of dolphins and other marine and aquatic marine life, passing an island nesting spot for the Brown Booby. Our arrival at the beach location of the Ranger Station is a wet landing, so bring your sandals in addition to sturdier footwear for the trails through the National Park. Our bilingual naturalist guide will lead a morning 3 hour hike through the primary and secondary forest, locating and explaining the extensive rainforest wildlife and flora. The rich biological diversity of the area is astounding, and sightings may include as many as 3 types of monkeys, as well as coatis, sloths, anteaters, and much more. Bird lovers will be enchanted by a wide variety of birds, including tanagers, flycatchers, kingfíshers, trogons, crested guans, and spectacular scarlet macaws and toucans. At noon after a lunch at the park ranger station, there is a second shorter hike to a beautiful waterfall - bring your bathing suite for a refreshing swim in the cool clear water! This full day tour starts at 7:30 am, and returns at approximately 2:00 pm.
The tour includes lunch, beverages, park fees, and a skilled and informative naturalist guide equipped with telescope and first aid kit.
Lunch consists of sandwiches, pasta salads, fruits, cookies, son drinks, bottled water, and tropical juices. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the National Park. Two single-sex public bathrooms are available in the ranger station.
Snorkeling at Caño Island Biological Reserve
Caño Island is a biological reserve located 12 nautical miles from Drake Bay. Aquatic life around the island is abundant and includes a broad and colorful spectrum of Pacific Coast reef fish, such as parrot-fish, angel and puffer, among many others, as well as rays, white tip reef sharks and sea turtles.
The main activity of this tour is snorkeling. The tour runs either from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:00 p.m., depending on national park regulations each day. Morning tours conclude with a relaxing walk and picnic lunch at San Josecito Beach en route back to Drake Bay. Afternoon tours begin with the San Josecito walk and lunch followed by the snorkeling.
The boat ride to and from Caño Island is approximately 50 minutes. During the scenic ride it is sometimes possible to enjoy sightings of dolphins, marine birds, as well as in-season humpback whales.
This tour includes an informative bilingual naturalist guide who will assist beginning snorkelers, if necessary. Also included is snorkeling gear, park fees, and picnic lunch with beverages.
Diving at Caño Island
After an hour and half by boat you will arrive at one of the three diving points near the island. You also have the possibility to explore a small part of the water and the fish of the Pacific Ocean and on the ride back you will have the chance to see dolphins or whales if you are lucky. (Duration 7-8 hours)
Mangrove Forest Tour
Take a tour with our experienced Naturalist guides to a hidden world, accessible only by boat. We depart at 7 am for the Rio Sierpe/Terraba Mangrove forest, with over 80,000 acres, it is the largest wild mangrove forest in Central America. From the comfort of the boat, explore the beautiful maze of canals and rivers and your guide points out the region's fascinating wildlife. The Mangrove is home to nearly 100 species of birds and an abundance of reptiles, including caimans, crocodiles, tree frogs, boa constrictors, iguanas, and river turtles. Mammals can be spotted as well: sloths, coatis, and as many as three species of monkeys. This is a great tour for those who wish a more relaxing eco-adventure. No walking is involved - just sit back and enjoy the mangroves in comfort. Return to the hotel is at approximately 2 pm. Lunch is included.
Dolphin and Whale Watching Encounters
Explore the Pacific waters of Drake Bay and Caño Island for close encounters with dolphins from the comfort of our boat, and - in season and with a little luck, thrilling sightings of humpback whale mothers and their calves. Whale seasons are December - April and July - October. This tour departs at 8 am and returns at 2.30 pm, and includes lunch, beverages, fruits, and a naturalist guide.
San Josecito Beach and Río Claro River Tour
Visit one of the most pristine and impressive beaches on the coast of the Osa Península. San Josecito is ideal for snorkeling, relaxing laying in a hammock under majestic palm trees. A 20 minute hike with your naturalist guide along a picturesque beachside trail takes you to Rio Claro, a crystal clear freshwater river with a beautiful waterfall. We depart for this tour and 8:30 am, enjoy lunch on the beach, and return at approximately 2 pm.
Lunch consists of sandwiches, pasta salads, fruits, cookies, soft drinks, bottled water, and tropical juices
Poison Dart Frog Tour and Rainforest Hike
Observe these fascinating tiny and colorful frogs, many of which are specifically indigenous to the Osa Peninsula area, while hiking in the tropical rainforest with a specialized naturalist guide. The tour lasts approximately two hours, covering some rugged and steep terrain as we seek out these miniature wonders.
This tour includes and skilled and informative naturalist guide equipped with telescope and first aid kit.
Bird Watching Tour
For birding enthusiasts Drake Bay is a national treasure. Our professional guides have extensive knowledge of the area and the numerous species that reside here. The tour last approximately 2 hours, and is available in either the early morning or late afternoon for peak bird activity. Common sightings are tanagers, hummingbirds, macaws, toucans, hawks, robins, flycatchers, honeycreepers, trogons, and woodpeckers. Your guide will be equipped with a high-powered telescope to aid in spotting - with a little cooperation from the birds, great for spectacular close up photos!
A tour for all ages. Horses are available for the experienced and novice rider alike, as we spend 4 hours exploring the beaches, rivers, waterfalls and tropical rainforest of the area, spotting birds and wildlife with your naturalist guide. Your horse can walk peacefully as you enjoy your surroundings, or take you for an exciting gallop across the sand!
Get a bird's eye view of the forest as you whiz along the tree tops on a safe and secure zip line. Fun and exhilarating, the canopy tour is a favorite for tourists in Costa Rica. Scheduling is flexible and can be arranged upon request.
Many rainforest inhabitants are nocturnal, making the rainforest an exciting and magical place to visit after dark. Equipped with flashlights, you will be able to see an examine life that is normally hidden to the human eye. Throughout the tour leader will reveal interesting and informative aspects of the night activity in the rainforest - the impact of insects on our lives, and of us on theirs. Moths, iguanas, frogs, and spiders are common sightings, with snakes, even wild cats and other species of animal life present but less frequently observed.
The tour departs shortly after dinner and lasts approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. A good flashlight will serve as your primary light source when walking through the rainforest. Hiking boots are highly recommended.
Lead by resident naturalist guides, the night tour awakens you to a world you might never have known existed.
The tour will provide you a flashlight for the rainforest, however, it is recommended to bring a flashlight for the walk back to the hotel.
The Pacific Ocean teems with life and you can spend a day here fishing these beautiful deep blue waters for Marlin, Swordfish, Mackerel, Roosterfish and dozens more. We offer different size boats for different price ranges and we will gladly clean and cook your catch for your evening dinner. (Duration from 4 to 8 hours)
Rent a Kayak
You can explore the Ocean and the rivers by yourselves, and you can enjoy the adventure by hour or by a full day. You can also rent a kayak to see the amazing sunsets on the bay.
Sirena Station, Corcovado National Park
The Sirena Park Ranger Station is situated in the heart of Corcovado National Park. Its location is more remote, a 60 minute boat ride from your Drake Bay, with a wet landing on the beach for which it is recommended that you wear sandals. Upon reaching the Ranger Station, you will have the chance to change to more rugged footwear to explore some of the Park's wildest terrain. Since this station is less accessible, there is greater opportunity to spot some of the rarest rainforest wildlife such as anteaters, wild peccaries, tapirs as well as many others. Sirena rewards the more adventurous traveler with the true experience of what National Geographic Magazine has called "the most biologically intense place on earth."
This tour includes lunch, beverages, park fees, and a skilled and informative naturalist guide equipped with telescope and first aid kit.
Lunch consists of sandwiches, pasta salads, fruits, cookies, soft drinks, bottled water, and tropical juices. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the National Park. Bathrooms are available in the ranger station.
Two Day Hike and Overnight, Sirena Station, Corcovado National Park
Corcovado is considered by many to be the “crown jewel” in the Costa Rican national park system. Therefore, in addition to our one day tours, we also offer a special two day hike and overnight for active, experienced travelers in overall good health. This tour is not for the faint hearted as Corcovado is indeed the jungle. However, our expertly trained and fully bilingual (English and Spanish) guide will ensure your trip is safe and as amazing as the landscape and animals you will find. During the six to seven hour hike on the first day (inclusive of picnic lunch and periodic rest breaks) you will have extended time to explore the myriad Sirena trails and savor the magnificent beauty and wildlife of Corcovado. Refresh with a mid-afternoon swim in the Rio Claro and experience the changing colors of the sky and sounds of the forest at dusk and nightfall. After dinner and lodging (either in very simple dormitory style rooms or tents) at the Sirena Ranger Station, arise very early the next morning to the barking of the howler monkeys and take a pre-dawn hike to watch and listen as the rain forest wakes up for a new day. Following breakfast, head out for a full morning of hiking to enjoy Corcovado and all its glory once again. We will return to Drake Bay by boat in the early afternoon.
This tour includes: Round trip boat transportation from Drake Bay to Sirena, Park entrance fees for both days. Experienced, skilled, and informative bilingual (English and Spanish) naturalist guide equipped with telescope and first aid kit. Meals—picnic lunches; dinner; breakfast; fresh fruit and snacks. Bedding and towels for lodging at the ranger station (either cots in very simple dormitory-style rooms or tents) [Note: Same sex bathrooms and showers are available at the ranger station.]
Bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, Bathing suit, Water bottle, Long sleeved shirt, pants, Toiletries and insect repellent, Flashlight or headlamp, Long pants or shorts as you feel more comfortable, Camera, binoculars (with protective plastic bag) and a raincoat/poncho, Closed-toed boots/shoes and also water sandals for wet landings and river crossings.
Important information: The Sirena station only has lodging to accommodate a relatively small number of people. Therefore, in order to guarantee availability during the high season, this tour must be booked at least one month in advance. Accommodations may be available fewer than 30 days in advance, but they cannot be guaranteed.
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY AND THE TOURS WE OFFER YOU…
Tour Reference Rates:
Corcovado National Park San Pedrillo $ 80
Snorkeling at Caño Island $ 80
Diving at Caño Island $ 135/140
Whale and Dolphin $ 70* (half day) and $ 115* (full day)
Whale seasons are Dec-Apr and Jul-Oct
Manglar Tour $ 90
Corcovado National Park Sirena $ 90
Two Day Hike and Overnight at Sirena Station $255 per person
(restrictions apply, please contact us)
--- THE PREVIOUS TOURS INCLUDE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ---
Horse back tour $ 40
Night Hike $ 40
Canopy $ 60*
Sport Fishing * (half day) and $ 350* (full day)
Contact us to verify prices marked with *.
Tour rates DO NOT include 13% tax.
If you have more questions or need any help please contact us. Manolo and Bella, owners.
Tels. (506) 2775-0929, (506) 2775-0946 firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind there are no banks in Drake Bay. It is highly recommendable to bring cash (colones or dollars), since when paying with credit card usually an additional fee is charged.
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