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Palo Verde Boat Safari
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Palo Verde Boat Safari

By Native's Way
Recommended by 97% of travellers
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from
S$191.18
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
S$191.18
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration:
6h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English, Spanish


  • 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


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • 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
  • Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • 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
  • Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:10 am
  • Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • Guanacaste Province, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica Hotels, Condos, and Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 7:00 am
  • Hotel Riu Palace, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica RIU Guanacaste/Palace 7:00 am - please bring copy of passport
  • Playas del Coco, Provincia de Guanacaste, Coco, Costa Rica Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Coco - 7:20 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ($50 transport fee per booking, not per person)
  • Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, Playa el Jobo La Cruz de Guanacaste El Jobo, Guanacaste Province, 51001, Costa Rica 6:00 am - $200 transport fee per booking, not per person
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure 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.

A note from Palo Verde Boat Safari
  • At entry points establish control measures to reduce people, communicate current sanitary measures, at docks we ensure that occupancy levels are equal to or less than 50% of capacity, we should be promoted to carry few items and disinfect backpacks. If you would like a mask let us know in advance.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Palo Verde Boat Safari?
Palo Verde Boat Safari price starts from S$182.97. 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

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 12 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 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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    Pass by
    Playa Langosta
    Playa Conchal
    Tamarindo
    Playa Grande
    Playa Flamingo
    Pinilla
    Playas del Coco
    Playa Hermosa
    Playa Panama
    Culebra
  • You'll return to the starting point
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scam tour operator
scam tour operator tried to keep the $230 i paid after they waited until the following day of my booking to inform
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Great time
The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly, we saw lots of amazing animals and had a delicious traditional meal!
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Best tour
Tour guides, Jorge and Carlos, went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible. I'd highly r
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Packed adventure day!
First of all, Natives Way, is outstanding. They really know their excursions. There’s no need to shop around or go
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Absolutely amazing!!!
This is a must do!!! Such an incredible adventure!! Honestly, better than I could even imagined… crew and guides we
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Amazing day
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Excellent
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Great tour
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Fun-filled day!
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Best time of my life
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Kim D
4 contributions
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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Tiago B
New Providence, NJ3 contributions
The tour was great, and Ronny and his driver Jeffery are the ones you want along on this one. They are fantastic guides and take the time to explain everything well. They are also very helpful and accommodating if there are certain stops that need to be made along the way to the boat ride. The boat ride was fun, my group saw a couple of herons, crocodiles, an osprey and even a white face monkey. The driver would turn around for us to get and better look and Ronny would take some great pictures for you using his binoculars, ask him about it! After a typical Casado lunch we went to a place where they make awesome pottery and Ronny even showed us the process behind it, one of the main reasons you should have him as a guide for this trip too. I bought a small piece but they have a good variety at the spot and cheaper than it would be at the souvenir store. A good trip overall.
Written 22 November 2020
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Anamarta L
Highlands Ranch8 contributions
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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Andrew S.
6 contributions
Couples
My wife and I decided to take this tour during our first visit to Costa Rica. Overall it was a good experience but we wouldn’t do it again. We were picked up on time from the JW Marriott where we were staying, but then proceeded to change vehicles 2 times over the course of 2 hours and 45 minutes before finally arriving at the boat dock. It was slightly concerning when we drove past the turns that we would have needed to take to the boat tour, almost arriving back in Liberia, before making the last transfer to the bus. We had no knowledge this would happen and what should have been a 1 hour drive to the dock turned into several hours. The return home was only slightly better, with just one vehicle transfer.

Our second complaint is that we thought that our tour was with “Nature’s Way Costa Rica” but it was actually with Jacamar Nature Tours. It was slightly unsettling feeling like you’re being tossed around and have no idea where you’re going or what you’re doing.

That being said, once the tour finally began, it went well. Our guide was very knowledgeable on the local culture and nature in Palo Verde National Park. My wife and I are both very nature loving people and have an above average understanding and knowledge of animal life and behavior, but we still learned things. The boat tour itself wasn’t quite 2 hours, actually about 1.5, and we only explored a very small section of the Rio Tempisque, which was disappointing, but we still saw tons of crocodiles, monkeys, birds and more.

Once the tour was over we headed to Rancho los Coyotes for lunch and a pottery demonstration. Lunch was incredible and so tasty. We love trying cultural dishes and foods when we travel and this was one of the best. It was just basic enough that picky eaters won’t have problems, but still very delicious. The pottery demonstration was good and interesting and of course there’s a sort of gift shop where you can buy some of the pieces.

Overall the experience was good, but we wouldn’t do it again. I would highly recommend that if you haven’t done it before, do it, but expect to spend more time than you think in a vehicle.
Written 24 January 2020
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J M
Corbyville, Canada3 contributions
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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CJBlaylock707
Miami, FL108 contributions
Family
We took this boat trip to see more of nature in Costa Rica. The guide was very knowledgeable and explained things on our drive to the boat, on the boat, and during our return. He supplemented his descriptions with reference books he had brought along on the boat tour. He and the boat captain worked in tandem to locate animals for us to view and photograph. A really good time.
Written 1 January 2020
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7preacher7
Detroit Lakes, MN7 contributions
Our guide Athiel was very informative and spoke great English. He and the boat driver went out of the way to find birds, monkeys etc. on the shore. Athiel had a bird book and showed us the birds we asked about. He also stopped to knock on a tree looking for Mccaws, and answered all our questions. It was a good tour, but Athiel made it great!
Written 5 January 2022
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tabhauser
Glen Cove, NY772 contributions
If you have an interest in nature while in Tamarindo consider a two-hour small boat tour on the estuary with Natives Way . Onboard Captain Ivan pointed out several species of birds, iguanas, a few small crocodiles, and some howler monkeys. This is an easy and inexpensive way to view a little wildlife. This is a laid back trip worth a couple of hours when in the area
Written 19 April 2022
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Elizabeth J
1 contribution
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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Neisha L
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica19 contributions
My elderly parents and I enjoyed the tour. We saw monkeys, various birds and a crocodile. Weather was nice and mosquitos were minimal. Our guide picked us up and talked about the local area and wildlife. He was very knowledgable. We would recommend this tour for those not able to do the walking tours.
Written 21 September 2022
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