Explore Manuel Antonio National Park on this sea kayaking adventure that lets you savor the perfect combination of sun, sea, and fresh air on your Costa Rica vacation. Paddle through the smooth inland waterways of the Damas Island Estuary, one of the most unusual types of vegetation on the planet, and learn the importance of this delicate ecosystem.
Mangroves thrive where the salt waters of the ocean meet the fresh waters of tropical rivers creating a periodically submerged forest of interlacing aerial roots. Explore the coastal sea environment on your sea kayaking adventure in Isla Damas mangroves.
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Trip Length Half Day
Departures: Morning or afternoon depending on the tides.
Experience Type Family & Explorers
You will be given paddling instructions at the beginning of the tour. Your bilingual guide will show you the wealth of animal and bird life that lives in this unique habitat, such as mangrove wrens, swallows and an abundance of shore birds.
On the banks of the estuary, you’ll see the main protagonists of the mangrove ecosystem: the Sally lightfoot crab, as well as boa constrictors tangled in the aerial roots, silky anteaters and monkeys in the upper branches, and crocodiles slipping in and out of the water.
Minimum Age 8.
From 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Extend your trip by a day (or two or three!) and stay at the award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare River. Our all-inclusive ecolodge trips include on-site rainforest adventure activities and three lodging options to meet varied tastes and budgets.