Tamarindo Estuary Boat Safari

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Tamarindo Estuary Boat Safari
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From $45.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Just outside the crowded beaches of Tamarindo, Las Baulas National Park offers an often-overlooked natural getaway. This tour takes you through the park’s vast network of mangrove forests on a relaxing boat trip. As you float down the river, your guide points out wildlife like howler monkeys, crocodiles, and tropical birds that you might not see on your own.
  • Mangrove tour in Las Baulas National Park from Tamarindo
  • Escape the crowds without having to travel far from Tamarindo
  • Get the chance to see the rich diversity of the mangrove forest with a guide
  • Shade-covered boat is a cool and comfortable way to spend a day

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Tamarindo/Langosta area
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation from Playa Brasilito, Flamingo, Potrero, Las Catalinas
  • Transportation from JW Marriott/Hacienda Pinilla
  • Transportation from RIU Hotels/Playas del Coco/Hermosa/Panama

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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End point

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Pickup details

We include transportation from hotels, condos and private residences in the following areas: - Langosta - Be ready 30 MINUTES before the start time of the tour - Tamarindo - Be ready 20 MINUTES before the start time of the tour Pick up times above are an estimate. Please be ready outside 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time, but it can take up to 10 minutes longer depending on the day's pick up schedule and traffic. If you need transportation from another location, contact us for more information.

What To Expect

Immerse yourself in nature on this boat safari through the mangroves of Las Baulas National Park. Escape the crowds with a small group tour and see wildlife you might miss on your own.

Your day starts with pickup from your Tamarindo or Langosta area hotel or accommodations and convenient transfer to Tamarindo Estuary. Board the shaded boat for an approximately 2-hour boat tour through the mangrove forests.

During the boat safari, your guide will point out wildlife such as crocodiles, howler monkeys, and tropical birds, while providing more insights on the flora and fauna of the area. Stay refreshed and cool under the shade and with the provided bottled water. The tour ends back in Tamarindo.

Las Baulas National Marine Park

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Playa Langosta (Pass By)

Tamarindo (Pass By)

Tamarindo Beach (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Operated by Native's Way Costa Rica

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
An amazing trip highly recommend. Excellent value for money. Ivan was very knowledgeable & we saw numerous birds & wildlife, including a croc, racoons, howler monkeys, a large iguana, heron, vulcher, catfish with luminous eyes, crabs, hawk & parakeets, Water or beer & tasty fruit.


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Highly recommend
Geraldine_M, Apr 2024
Ivan was a great tour guide. We saw two baby crocodiles, monkeys, birds and lots of birds. It was a great tour!
Don't miss this!
Tracey_M, Apr 2024
An amazing trip highly recommend. Excellent value for money. Ivan was very knowledgeable & we saw numerous birds & wildlife, including a croc, racoons, howler monkeys, a large iguana, heron, vulcher, catfish with luminous eyes, crabs, hawk & parakeets, Water or beer & tasty fruit.
Great Mangrove Estuary Tour
Sian_C, Apr 2024
Ivan was an excellent guide. He had good knowledge and was easily understood. We saw Crocodiles, Racoons, Hollower Monkeys, Iguanas, Shark and Herons. It is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours away from the busy resort.
Very interesting boat trip at Tamarindo Estuary
Guy_M, Apr 2024
The general environment of the Tamarindo estuary, and the howler monkeys were great to experience during a smooth boat trip
Worth it!
Cristalyn_V, Apr 2024
Iban was a phenomenal tour guide and has great observational skills. He also impressed me with his boat driving and navigation. The pinapple he handed out was one of the best pineapples I've had in my life. He also handed out water bottles and beer. The only negative aspect was the seats are too close together and very uncomfortable.
Great nature viewing
Michael_G, Mar 2024
Over all very good experience . Was able to see monkey , cocodriles and different kind of birds . Recommended
Not as abundance of wildlife
Doug_C, Mar 2024
Good tour and understanding of the ecosystem, not as much wildlife as expected but guide did his best to find all the main attractions, monkeys, alligators, bird's
Pleasant ride
Laurie_D, Mar 2024
This was a pleasant ride along the estuary but didn't see many animals or not very clearly. The length was good. It would have been nice to have more information or music or something to make it more lively. I appreciated that the captain brought pineapple from his backyard as a snack for us and bottled water was available.
Jennifer_S, Mar 2024
It was a nice relaxing ride. We saw alligators, monkeys, raccoons and many birds. Ivan was very informative and the water and fresh pineapple were as a plus!
Wonderful Trip
Andrew_M, Mar 2024
The tour was great and we got to see many different species of wildlife. Ivan was great at pointing out the animals and identifying them for us. It was an awesome day on the water.
Wonderful introduction to Costa Rica ecosystem
Tanya_L, Mar 2024
Ivan was friendly tour guide. He was great at helping us spot the wildlife and educate us about the importance of the mangroves. He was also great about giving everyone enough time to take pictures. Leading up to the trip the company was great at helping us arrange transportation from our hotel.
Excellent experience
Shannon_K, Mar 2024
This was an excellent tour through the estuary. It was so beautiful and we saw many animals. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Well worth the trip!!
Tamarindo boat trip
John_K, Mar 2024
Ivan was great a great guide. Every ran well and picked us up from hotel. The trip was full of great information. Lots of birds, beautiful estuary. And some crocodiles! Highly recommend.
Nice boat ride with wildlife viewing
Julie_F, Mar 2024
We had the most knowledgeable guide, Ivan, who spotted all kinds of birds, crocodiles and monkeys for us. He really took the time to share information and make sure everyone got a photo and a view.
Pleasant Morning Tour and Boat Ride
Stuart_L, Mar 2024
Pleasant tour with Ivan who was knowledgeable and friendly. We started at high tide and early which was great for bird sightings but not so great for viewing monkeys or crocs. You should know that there is a short wade thru water to get to boat. Too bad they didn't tell us that in the tour description or we could have prepared.
Beautiful & relaxing
Cari_G, Mar 2024
Beautiful tour of the estuary. We saw many different birds and a crocodile. If you are looking for a relaxing way to see some of the local wildlife, take this tour
Easy morning boat ride
Julie_M, Mar 2024
Nice easy boat ride with monkeys, crocs, & tons of birds. Ivan was a great guide. Really nice tour of the estuary.
Great tour of tamarindo estuary
Lidia_A, Mar 2024
Ivan was very knowledgeable about flora and fauna and was very friendly. The boat was very comfortable and we enjoyed the tour immensely. Thank you
Nice tours
miaredd1, Mar 2024
Great tour with a very informative guide. We were able to see crocodiles, different species of bird and even some really cute monkeys.
Nice trip
fast1970amcamx, Mar 2024
The guild was very informative and helpful. Pineapple was a nice treat. Highly recommended. Well worth it very inexpensive compared to alot of tours

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