Start the tour from Puerto Jiménez where you will meet your local tour guide. We will take you on a 10-minute drive where you will jump on a kayak for the adventure. Paddle in the Golfo Dulce until reaching some unspoiled coral reefs easily accessible from shore. Make sure to look far ahead from your kayak as pods of dolphins inhabit the gulf.
Plunge in the shallow water to explore unique marine life while searching for the most colorful fish and reefs. The calm water is often sparkling clear due to the extended dry season. Your guide will provide the best snorkeling advice to discover the most interesting sights of this exclusive underwater world.
After snorkeling, get back on your kayak and follow the coastline. You might observe wildlife on shore. Have a snack on the beach and continue to the mouth of a river surrounded by mangroves looking for endemic species of the varied flora and fauna.
The Golfo Dulce is one of the few Fjords around the World and hosts some of the most epic creatures. Join us for an incredible sightseeing excursion that combines different activities!
- 5-hour combo tour
- Safety equipment
- Bilingual local & naturalist guide
- Fresh fruit, sandwish and drink
- Roundtrip transportation from and to Puerto Jiménez
What to bring?
- 1+ liter of water
- Insect repellent
- Long sleeve shirt
- Camera (in a dry bag or plastic bag)
Why book with us?
- Emails and phone calls answer in English, Spanish or French
- Safety experience is our priority
- Eco and sustainable tours
- Professional, experienced and certified guides
- Helping and supporting locals
- Competitive prices
- Fair cancellation policy
- No hidden fees
- Rated 5-stars on TripAdvisor
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- The sun is hot, be prepared with sun protection and stay hydrated
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Travelers must have valid travel insurance
- Must advise of any particular conditions or allergies before booking
- Tour available all days of the year; water visibility in the rainy season might be poor
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour requires a deposit. For a full refund, cancellation must be at least 7 days before the start date of the experience.
If your guide determines that the weather conditions are not good or safe to realize the tour, you will be able to reschedule or receive a full refund.
About mangrove forest in the Osa Peninsula…
The Osa Peninsula has one of the biggest mangrove forests of the whole Central American Pacific: the Terraba-Sierpe National Wetlands. The overall mangrove area in the Osa Peninsula is estimated to be 20,000 hectares, which is about 40% of its land and marine territory. Worldwide, mangroves represent as low as 0.4% of all forests and these fragile ecosystems are disappearing at a faster speed than other ecosystems due mainly to climate changes and deforestation.
Present in coastal saline and brackish water, mangrove trees need high temperatures, low-oxygen soil and slow-moving water to grow. Essential actor in the food chain, they offer a perfect shelter for fish and birds as great protection from predators. Healthy mangroves provide fresh water supply, food, sediment filtration, flood control, and groundwater recharge. They also host a wide variety of wildlife such as roseate spoonbills, caimans, boa snakes, and even sloths.
The ecosystems take up to five times more carbon emission compare to an average tropical rainforest. In other words, when left undisturbed, mangrove can sequester and store carbon for hundreds of years. Mangroves accumulate sediments (heavy metals and soil/dust/sand) providing nutrients to an incredible number of living species and allowing the water to stay clear.
About bioluminescence in the Golfo Dulce…
Renowned of its bioluminescent plankton, biologists and scientists from across the World are amazed by the frequent occurrence of the biochemical light in the waters of the Golfo Dulce.
As a matter of fact, the gulf contains all the elements needed for an optimal bioluminescence activity. As many rivers of Osa and Golfito pour out freshwater into this tropical fjord, it reduces considerably the ratio of saltwater making it favorable for living organisms including an incredible array of rare marine species. The proximity to the equator and the calm of the water surface for microscopic marine organisms to liberate their eggs are excellent conditions for the proliferation of these ocean creatures.
The light emission phenomenon occurs after dark, and the best conditions to appreciate a maximum of plankton and other marine life sparkling are five days after the full moon on a cloudy, but none-raining night, far away from any light sources during the dry season (January to April). When the water is agitated, the microorganisms emit a glow making the ocean seems fluorescent at night.
Animal species who live in mangroves
- Sea bass
- Baby sharks
- Juvenile snappers
7 types of mangroves seen in the Golfo Dulce
- Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle
- Red mangrove (Rhizophora racemosa), (Rhizophora harrison),
- tea mangrove (Pelliciera rhizophorea),
- black mangrove (Avicennia germinans)
- white mangrove (Langucularia racemose)
- buttonwood or Button mangrove (Conocarpus erectus)
- Out of these seven types of mangroves, the most dominants are the red, black and white mangroves.
8 reasons to protect mangroves
Biodiversity. Provide a nutrient-rich breeding ground and nesting habitats for a large variety of marine species and other wildlife.
Livelihoods. Natural resources for communities who depend on these essential ecosystems.
Shoreline protection. Robust mangroves protect the coast from destructive storm and strong winds, surge, and floods. They help prevent erosion by stabilizing sediments with their dense tangled root systems acting as a natural barrier for coastal communities.
Water filter. Maintain water quality and clarity, filtering pollutants and trapping sediments originating from land, preventing contamination and protecting habitats such as coral reefs and seagrass beds.
Carbon storage. Carbon dioxide is absorbed and stored by mangrove forests easier than it is in a mature tropical forest.
Medicinal. Extracts and chemicals identified from mangroves are mainly used in bush medicine, insecticides and pesticides.
Economical. Exploited for firewood, charcoal, construction of dwellings, furniture, boats and fishing gear, tannins for dyeing and leather production are some traditional uses of the mangroves.
Sustainable development. Ecotourism in healthy mangrove without compromising coastal ecosystems benefits community dwellers.