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Palo Verde Boat Safari
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Palo Verde Boat Safari

By Native's Way
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 6h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English, Spanish
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  • Lunch included
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • National Park fees
  • Entry/Admission - Palo Verde National Park
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - 7:00 am ($50 transport fee per booking, not per person)
  • Las Catalinas ($50 transport fee per booking, not per person)
  • $50 extra per booking Tour Picks up from JW Marriott, Tamarindo, Langosta, Grande, Conchal, Flamingo
  • $50 extra per booking Tour Picks up from RIU Guanacaste/Palace, Playas del Coco
  • $50 extra per booking Tour Picks up from Playa Hermosa (Occidental, Villas Sol, Condovac)
  • $50 extra per booking Tour Picks up from Playa Panama (Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste
    Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • Option 2
    JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Hacienda Pinilla, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
    Hacienda Pinilla/JW Marriott: 6:30 AM Please let security know we are coming
  • Option 3
    Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • Option 4
    Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:10 am
  • Option 5
    Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • Option 6
    Guanacaste Province, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • Option 7
    Hotel Riu Palace, Provincia de Guanacaste, Carrillo, Costa Rica
    RIU Guanacaste/Palace 7:00 am - please bring copy of passport
  • Option 8
    Playas del Coco, Provincia de Guanacaste, Coco, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Coco - 7:20 am
  • Option 9
    Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
    Villas Sol, Condovac, Occidental Papagayo, and all Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Hermosa - 7:30 am
  • Option 10
    Playa Panama, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
    Villas Sol, Condovac, Occidental Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove and all Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Hermosa - 7:30 am
  • Option 11
    Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - a Concept by Hyatt, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica
    Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - 7:00 am (with an additional charge per booking, not per person)
  • Option 12
    Playa Danta, Las Catalinas, 4km Norte de Playa, Provincia de Guanacaste, Potrero, 50304, Costa Rica
    Las Catalinas (with an additional charge per booking, not per person)
Pickup details
  • Tour Picks up from JW Marriott, Tamarindo, Langosta, Grande, Conchal, Flamingo, RIU Guanacaste/Palace, Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa (Occidental, Villas Sol, Condovac), Playa Panama (Secrets Papagayo, Mangroove) Fours Seasons, Andaz, Planet Hollywood (with an additional charge)
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17279P3

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      How much is Palo Verde Boat Safari?
      Palo Verde Boat Safari price starts from S$174.70. Discover and book Palo Verde Boat Safari on Tripadvisor
      What is the Palo Verde Boat Safari cancellation policy?
      Palo Verde Boat Safari cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Palo Verde Boat Safari on Tripadvisor
      Which company provides Palo Verde Boat Safari?
      Palo Verde Boat Safari is hosted by Native's Way. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Native's Way on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Palo Verde Boat Safari on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17279P3

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      • 1
        Palo Verde National Park
        Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
        Hotel Pick up You will be picked up from your hotel journey one hour through the back roads of Guanacaste’s Sabanero (Cowboy Country) Province to Palo Verde National Park. 2 Hour Boat Safari on Tempisque River After a scenic guided drive, you will then hope into your boat and spend 2 hours on the Tempique River that borders the Palo Verde National Park, best known for its murky water and spectacular wetlands. Your naturalist guide will help to spot wildlife in the dry forest vegetation and mangroves. There are over 600 different species of birds, both local and migratory. Appropriately, this tour is a real treat for bird watchers, as you’ll have the chance of spotting a wide range of fowl that includes storks, egrets, spoonbills, grebes and more. Also be on the lookout for monkeys, iguanas, scarlet macaws, anteaters, crocodiles and caimans, which can often be seen lingering along the banks of the river. Costa Rica Style Lunch After your boat safari, you will be taken to eat a plentiful Costa Rican style meal called a Casado with rice, beans, salad, plantains, choice of meat, and more. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Guaitil Pottery Village Before heading back, we will visit the Guaitil Pottery village that is famous throughout Costa Rica and the rest of Central America for its pre-Columbian Chorotega style. They will show you how they make the pottery and there is an opportunity to buy some if you like!
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        Playa Langosta
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        Tamarindo
        Playa Grande
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        Pinilla
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        Culebra
      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Native's Way
        2,646
        Tamarindo, Costa Rica
        Joined in February 2013
      • C1401IFlesliea
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A real live National Geographic experience!
        Iban was great. He worked really hard to find us a turtle laying her eggs. We got to see one and watch her climb from the sea, create her nest and begin to lay her eggs. He was incredibly generous with his time. We also saw a nest hatch and 40 or 50 babies make their way to the sea.
        Written 3 March 2024
      • Odyssey655870
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful and relaxing
        Lovely trip, our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw so many birds and monkeys. We also saw a crocodile, but he was a baby.
        Written 2 March 2024
      • TeresaRn89
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Must do while in Costa Rica
        The full day adventure pack was a great experience from start to finish! The tour began with a complimentary pick up from our air bnb, and a stop to get breakfast at an authentic café. Our tour guide Ivan made sure to keep the group up to date with how the activities and the day was going to plan out. No need to rent a locker, all your belongings can stay in the van throughout the day, you return to the van after each activity. We started with the horseback riding which was the perfect start, next we went to River tubing which was class 2-3 rapids, it was very fun and exciting, yet alittle scary, but there are staff stationed all throughout the river to help if there is any issues. Best was zip lining which was an adrenaline rush, along with the NOT optional Tarzan swing. Safety was their number one priority throughout the entire zip line course. We ended the day with the hot springs and volcanic mud bath. The lunch buffet was very good with plenty of different options to choose. When they say it’s a full day adventure they really mean a full day! In total it was about a 12 hour day from pick up to drop off back at our air bnb.
        Written 1 March 2024
      • elizabethnS8676AL
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Recomend
        My lesson was with Jona. He was nice and gave great instructions. This is a good experience even if it is your first time surfing.
        Written 1 March 2024
      • michellemQ5701NB
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely trip
        Had a great time on this trip. Our guide was IVAN, he was funny, knowledgeable, and interesting. Saw some birds, crocs, and even a black tip shark! The mangroves were amazing and the trip was a lovely day spent.
        Written 29 February 2024
      • Janetrs47
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Such a flight!
        What a wonderful experience! So much fun. Crew were awesome. So friendly. Drinks plentiful. Food was great. Everyone had a great time. Snorkeling was fun.
        Written 29 February 2024
      • Leelou85
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour possible for solo travellers
        I am travelling solo and that was the only company able to take me and add me to a group. A wonderful experience! Waterfall are Magical and our guide Kevin was very helpful and knowledgeable
        Written 29 February 2024
      • Traveler768gurl
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Terrible Transfer
        Worst shuttle/transfer service from La Fortuna to San Jose! Poor communication, very late to pick me up (thought they weren't coming), no local number or Whatsapp number, only a USA 800 number available. Driver was grumpy and so bad at driving that half the bus felt sick, even when on city roads. They also didn't actually take me to my hotel. Just dropped me off at a Denny's close to SJO airport and then drove off before I could even call a taxi. Would not use again.
        Written 28 February 2024
      • Saskseashore
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Crocs & Howler Monkeys!
        We had a great tour and got to see crocodiles, howler monkeys, iguanas, and many species of birds in their natural habitat. Our guide was experienced and very knowledgeable. After doing several hikes through the jungle this was a welcomed and relaxing tour!
        Written 28 February 2024
      • alecp634
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome Day in Rio Celeste
        Kevin and Joselito showed us a great day through Costa Rica. They were excellent hosts, super knowledgeable and accommodating. The guides at the sloth sanctuary were also pros! We saw so much wildlife during our trip. Would definitely recommend for a great chill day touring CR.
        Written 28 February 2024
      • 398ricki
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Typical Tour
        I normally don't do group sightseeing tours, but this was an easy chance to visit Nicaragua. Like a lot of tours, you spend a lot of time traveling and not enough time actually seeing the stuff that you want to look at. This was particularly true of the volcano. Due to activity of the volcano, I guess, we only had 7 minutes out of the van before we had to jump back in and head down the mountain. That being said, it was a good tour, and I'm glad I did it. The guide was enthusiastic, and my fellow travelers were fun.
        Written 27 February 2024
      • lhoff33
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience on estuary boat safari
        The whole experience was lovely. Our guide, Ivan, was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. He pointed out a lot of animals to us. The ride itself was very enjoyable. We highly recommend it.
        Written 27 February 2024
      • 692titat
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun activity with family
        My family and took part of the Boat Safari. It was fun and relaxing activity with the family. We got to see lots of different wild life.
        Written 27 February 2024
      • Alan I
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A worthwhile experience
        This was a very interesting tour. We really didn’t see much wildlife. The volcano and hot springs made the tour worthwhile. The mud baths were also fun. Another highlight of the tour was swimming at the waterfall. The tour was well organized and we had plenty of time at each attraction. A note of warning- Ithe steps on the volcano hike were a challenge but doable.
        Written 27 February 2024
      • M9999LMjasmineb
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nice for bird lovers, but hardly any crocodiles...
        We ran into a bit of trouble with this tour. We had booked for the 7am tour, but they canceled us via email 48 hours before the date, saying that the early morning tour wouldn't be possible because of high tides. We were invited to reschedule for the 1pm afternoon tour on the same day, which we did. Unfortunately, wildlife is less active in the afternoon, so we didn't get to see as much animals as we would have liked. Various herons and one tiny baby crocodile is all we saw while on the boat. A brief walk in the jungle mid-tour allowed us to witness howler monkeys and iguanas, which was nice, but we still felt a bit cheated of the trip we were supposed to have. While speaking with the guide, we learned that he had witnessed different animals while guiding the morning tour... what? There was a morning tour!? So why were we canceled? Overbooking? Or we were the only ones and they did not care to do a private tour? We'll never know... Although we were disappointed by the situation and the company, it's important to note that our guide did a good job at finding birds for us. But I do wish he chatted less with the customers and paid more attention to spotting animals in nature. Overall, an OK experience, but if I could do it again, I would try a similar tour with another company. I feel like I could have had a lot more for my money.
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      4.5
      4.5 of 5 bubbles79 reviews
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      J M
      Corbyville, Canada3 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      Similar experience to others regarding pick up: We were told to be ready for pick up at Riu Palace before 7 a.m. and we were. At 7:10 we were still waiting, a Native's Way bus pulled in but it was not for our tour. The guide on that tour contacted the office and arranged for another van to come pick us up (just the two of us). When that one arrived 10 minutes later, the driver said he was taking us to a depot and that we would not be doing the tour with Native's way, but Jaguere Tours. We felt like we had been tricked and were not too confident about how the rest of our day would go.

      The boat trip portion of the excursion was not what I expected and certainly not as depicted. We never got more than half a mile up river. That said, our guide, our boat driver and our bus driver were excellent. They located all the species we anticipated seeing and made sure that everyone on the boat had opportunities to get good pictures, turning the boat if need be. We even got to watch a man casting net to catch shrimp for fishing bait. Earlier Mike stopped the bus so we could get out and get photos or a group of Howler Monkeys he spotted while driving. Andre was very knowledgeable, explaining the various habitat features and behaviors of the wildlife relative to the seasons, and all manner of historical and current cultural information about Costa Rica. That included an explanation of collecting sand from the bottom of the river with oxen. The stop for lunch was a treat of Costa Rican food. Presentations on pottery making and sugar cane processing at the farm were excellent. A good day in the end.
      Written 12 February 2020
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      Kim D
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2021
      This boat safari was the perfect way to see the Costa Rican wildlife up close and personal! Ariel was a great tour guide! He and our boat driver were excellent at spotting animals along the riverbanks and getting us as close as possible. There were crocodiles swimming right alongside the boat. The best part was the monkeys! We parked the boat right next to their tree and the monkeys were literally climbing on our boat. Our kids were able to take selfies with the monkeys and we absolutely loved it! As hot as it can be in Costa Rica, the ride was very comfortable under the roof of the boat. I would highly recommend splurging for the private tour if you can. That allowed our kids to have a chance to drive the boat, the ability to move around to get the best views of the wildlife and all the time they wanted to interact with the monkeys. A great half-day excursion!
      Written 22 June 2021
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      Elizabeth J
      Goldsboro, NC1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      We met up with Hugo for our River Boat Cruise tour and from the first moment to the last he showed us Costa Rica. He was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. I especially like the small tour we were on because it enabled him to answer all our questions. The Monkeys were our favorite the would come right out of the tall trees and you could really see them and take picutres well. Thanks for a great time! Miquel our boat driver and guide was awesome also! He knew right where to go to give us the chance to see the wildlife.
      Written 3 March 2020
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      ShirleyM0609
      Edinburgh, UK33 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2023
      We booked our tour direct with Native’s Way in Tamarindo and we’re delighted with their service and price.
      We were picked up on time and met the tour guide,Santos and driver William. William proved to be a safe and highly competent driver as he negotiated the roads and tracks to and from the NP.
      Santos pointed out things of interest as we made our way to the NP and as we entered the park he went full “Dr Dolittle” as he summoned the howler monkeys into view by mimicking their sounds,this allowed for great photo ops. Once we boarded the boat and set off Santos again came into his own as he highlighted the abundance of wildlife.Crocs,iguanas,various members of the heron family,capuchin monkeys,egrets,kingfishers and storks.He also pointed out the local flora. More great photo ops.
      Lunch was a traditional dish of chicken,blackbean,rice with salad followed by freshly brewed coffee.All good. It was then a pottery making demo by a local potter,7th generation of his craft who explained how pottery was made back in the day by the indigenous people of the area.
      It was then back to our pick-up points,a very enjoyable 1/2 day tour.
      Written 18 February 2023
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      SanAntonioGirl2013
      San Antonio, Texas12 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023
      We were staying in Playa Grande for a week and four (adults) of us took this tour. We loved being picked up by Juan Carlos at our Airbnb and driven to the start of the boat ride. He rode with us on our nearly two hour boat ride along with the naturalist guide. The guide pointed out crocodiles (several) and a large variety of birds and other wildlife including white faced monkeys. It was very enjoyable. Afterwards we stopped for a delicious lunch at an outdoor restaurant in a nearby town where we also saw a demo of pottery making by Willie before being driven home. We had a rental car but we were more than happy to leave the driving to someone else!
      Written 3 February 2023
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      mgnapoli1
      Pittsburgh, PA150 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the Palo Verde excursion. The guide, Alejandro, was so knowledgable and the boat driver knew exactly hoe to spot wildlife without disturbing them. Lunch at Ranchero Los Coyotes was good, and I loved the visit to Guaitil to see the indigenous pottery. I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
      Written 3 December 2022
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      DrPaulS
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The shuttle to pick us up was right on time, the guide, shuttle driver and boat captain were all professional and very informative. We stopped several times on the dive to see wildlife that they spotted as we drove: this seemed a bonus. The lunch was very nice, served family style. And we also had a demonstration from a local potter / craftsman who explained the traditional materials and methods as he was creating a pot. It made for a very nice half-day from Tamarindo, with time to enjoy the beach in the afternoon.
      Written 26 December 2022
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      Anamarta L
      Highlands Ranch8 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022
      What an amazing experience! We booked direct through Palo Verde Boat Tours and it was $55 USD per person with $11 pp for the lunch which was absolutely delicious! Every individual we encountered for this tour was delightful, kind and helpful. We were staying in Playa del Coco so it took us about an hour to get there and most of the road off of 21 was a bit rough but the scenery was beautiful from the many sugar cane fields, cantelope, just true life in Costa Rica. Incredible on the boat to see crocodiles swim literally alongside the boat (and a bit scary), howler monkeys in the trees, iguanas the size of yard stick - truly an amazing experience. Book direct with them for the best price!
      Written 28 April 2022
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      Nancy B
      Brooklyn, NY14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      My husband and I had a wonderful time with our guides on the bus, boat ride, lunch and return. This was an excellent 1/2 day trip! We signed up for the 9 o’clock boat and were picked up at our hotel in playa flamingo at 7am We connected with our tour bus 20 min away in Huaca where we met our lovely fellow travelers and guide. The drive was beautiful and so interesting - rural and authentic with sugar cane farms, cattle, horses, goats and 100+ year old houses along the way. We had one stop for a bathroom break at a country way station and and continued on dirt roads for the remainder of the ride. It made for an exciting ride for those in the back seat. (We all took turns with that seat!) The guide saw a family of howler monkeys in the trees ahead and we pulled over and climbed out to watch a mother and father with babies clinging to their backs climbing and swinging through the branches! Amazing! When we got to the river it was an easy and quick transfer to the boat and we immediately began seeing incredible species of birds, golden iguanas, crocs and white faced howlers! The guide and captain were excellent at finding the animals and took time to bring the boat close and share information about them all. The lunch was delicious served at a country road side restaurant connected to a traditional pottery - I had hoped to see more of the pottery but the demonstration was marvelous and what we saw we loved.
      It was an amazing trip and we were back in playa flamingo with time to take a rest and then go to the beach for a late afternoon swim and dinner. Pura Vida!!! Thanks !!
      Written 11 February 2023
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      Cathy O
      2 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2023
      On the whole this was a very enjoyable experience. It was interesting to watch the oxen pull loads of sand from the river uphill to the waiting trucks. The boat ride was educational, crocs were thrilling, monkeys cute and amusing, birds plentiful and the captain and guide attentive, helpful and informative. Lunch was fresh and the service was very good.
      The only negative comment I could make is the road is rough in many places and the van could use new shocks and better air conditioning.
      We were four and all of us thought it to be well worth our time and money.
      Written 3 March 2023
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