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Address: Golfo Dulce | Peninsula De Osa, Puerto Jimenez 8203-24, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 8368 8154
Today
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Changing Tide Tours has had over 7,500 guests tour the Golfo Dulce with us...

Changing Tide Tours has had over 7,500 guests tour the Golfo Dulce with us during the past eight years. We are proud of the fact that, in addition to being the longest operating tour boat provider on the OSA, we are also known as the ‘Premium Tour’ on the Gulf. That's because our custom-built tour boats are safe, comfortable and well equipped; and they are always manned by a professional, licensed Captain and English speaking Guide team. Changing Tide Tours finds the dolphins over 90% of the time. Come with us and enjoy a fun, informative, 25+ mile guided tour as the Golfo Dulce (‘Sweet Gulf’) serves up its many “magical” wonders. Whales, Dolphins, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Sea Turtles, numerous Fish, and Sea Birds—all these have been seen by our guests. Our tour boats are equipped with quiet, eco-friendly four stroke motors, contoured seats and a full-canopy sun top for your comfort and protection. After a short crossing, you will experience the Gulf’s lush, rugged Eastern Shore, up close and personal to "one of the world’s three tropical fjords." Along with your Dolphin Cruise and informative eco- tour, your crew will offer Swimming, Snorkeling and Plane Boarding when and where conditions permit. And when you return to the boat, you can enjoy a fresh water rinse and fresh fruit. Tour is 4-5 hours.

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Fabulous day trip

We spent an amazing day on this tour. Our guide, Phoebe, a marine biologist, shared her knowledge and passion with us. We say pods of spotted dolphins, flying fish, and sea... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an amazing day on this tour. Our guide, Phoebe, a marine biologist, shared her knowledge and passion with us. We say pods of spotted dolphins, flying fish, and sea turtles. We snorkeled, dove off the boat, and relaxed on the deck. Phoebe and her crew were incredibly hospitable. A truly memorable day.

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Thank ldpots
ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

We were definitely in flying fish heaven that day, I have never seen so many in one tour! We really appreciate your taking the time to write this review, it means a lot to us so a big thank you. Have a wonderful rest of January and we really, really, really hope to see you all again on your return!... More 

Quebec
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were greeted by our leader ,Phoebe ,who is an experienced marine biologist. She is a vibrant young woman with a love for the nature of Costa Rica. She wants you to have fun and appreciate the world she is introducing you too. The dolphins, swimming and snorkeling added another fantastic dimension to the trip. We were a group of... More 

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Thank gardensQuebec
ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

Aww, you guys were a complete BALL to have on board- What a fun day we had! Thank you very much for taking the time to review your tour with us and we definitely hope to be able to do another trip with you guys in the future for more diving fun! Big hugs to my favourite Canadian fam! Pura... More 

Wayland, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We just returned from our seventh trip to Costa Rica, and our second to the beoootiful Osa Penninsula. Golfo Dulce is a tranquil bay, home to dolphins and whales, with warm water that is perfect for swimming and kayaking. So on this trip we booked a tour with Changing Tide to look for dolphins, visit the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary on... More 

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing this review, Mark! It is greatly appreciated! We LOVED touring the Gulf with you both and hope to see you again on your return. Sending big sloth hugs your way! Pura vida! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

The staff was friendly and experienced! The whales were amazing to see so close! And there were a lot of dolphins and other marine life as well.

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review, London! Pura vida! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The tour begins at the dock. Phoebe and Fipi are great tour guides. They are very friendly and helpful. Phoebe is an experienced biologist who knows a wealth of information on the whales and dolphins that you will see. We saw baby humpbacks splashing around and hitting the water with their pectoral fins. We took excellent photos and a pod... More 

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Thank Steph S
ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

What kind words, thank you so much Steph! More amazing wildlife like the humpback whales await your return here in Costa Rica! Hasta la proxima vez! More 

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

We traveled to Osa with a group of students this past March. Phoebe was a great contact and so easy to work with. We spent the whole day on the Golfo Dulce visiting the sanctuary, snorkeling, eating lunch at a beach side restaurant and enjoying fresh fruit Phoebe provided. Phoebe was also a very knowledgeable tour guide and easily answered... More 

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to have you and your group on board! We look forward to seeing you again next year, pura vida! More 

San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

To travel with changing tides is like a dream come true. Sailing comfortably on a deep blue ocean at Golfo Dulce surrounded by dolphins everywhere you look! Just remember to wear sunscreen because the sea breeze is so refreshing that is easy to forget about the sun.

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

What kind words, thank you very much Monica! We look forward to cruising the Gulf together again in the future! Hasta pronto! More 

Wien
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

We visited Golfito as part of our Panama Canal cruise on the Azamara Journey. Our tour guide Phoebe and her crew met us at the port and we headed out across the Gulf to Saladero resort for lunch. On the way, Phoebe, who is a marine biologist, gave us an overview of the area and much information on the resident... More 

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

I am glad to read how clear it is I am in love with this area! I originally came for 3 months and never left.... cruising the Golfo Dulce is like a dream every time and I am very grateful to be able to share this wonderful place with visitors like yourselves. Thank you so much for sharing your experience... More 

Wareham, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

This was one of the highlights of our entire trip! The day was just great, from beginning to end. Our family of four loved every minute of it, even my five year old son. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable, the weather was perfect, and we saw so many dolphins! The mangroves were cool too, and snorkeling was a... More 

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Thank Heather Z
ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

Hi Heather! Thank you very much for your positive review- it was a pleasure to be able to share this experience with you and your lovely family :) Sooooooo many dolphins, I think we almost had the whole pod around us at one point! Thank you again and we hope to tour together again in the future! More 

Queenstown, Maryland
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207 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

We also traveled with Changing Tides from the Azamara Journey, in a smaller boat for 4 guests. Our guide was Diego and our driver Pepe. We traveled to the Osa Rescue Center. After which they provided pineapple and oranges on our way to travel through the mangrove areas. We also saw many dolphins and went snorkeling. The snorkeling wasn't very... More 

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Thank Darren L
ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review, Darren! The snorkeling wasn't the best that day unfortunately due to the big storm that hit the previous night... at least the dolphins shone through! We hope you had a wonderful rest of your cruise through the Americas, what a beautiful way to see this incredible part of the world :)... More 

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