Guanacaste and Northwest

Private Gulf of Papagayo Boat Tour

Matapalo, Costa Rica

From USD 280.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 7 days in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover Snake Bay and the Gulf of Papagayo on a full-day, private tour that explores remote beaches, wildlife, and scenic hiking trails. This customizable boat tour includes a gourmet grilled lunch on the beach, and accommodates your private group of between four and eight people. You can go where you want and enjoy Costa Rica's Gulf of Papagayo beyond the tourist resorts.
  • Private boat tour on the Gulf of Papagayo
  • Barbecue lunch on the beach
  • Drinks included: soda, juice, beer, and water
  • Fully customizable tour
  • Pickup and drop-off at selected hotels

What's Included

  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 am

Pickup details

We can pick you up at at any other location near by the resorts listed.

What To Expect

Start the day with pickup at your hotel selected hotels only), then transfer to the pier to meet your private boat and personal guide for the day. This is the perfect time to create the perfect itinerary for your group's interests, whether you'd like to explore far-flung beaches, spot the whales and dolphins that appear seasonally, scout undiscovered surf spots, or simply enjoy the sun and scenery on the Gulf of Papagayo.

Motor past the estuaries and beaches that edge the Gulf of Papagayo and Snake Bay; when it's time for lunch, head to a quiet beach for an oceanside barbecue. Relax in a comfortable “beach camp” that your guide prepares, then sip a cool beer, soda, water, or juice as lunch is prepared. Dine on a fresh, Costa Rican-style meal of freshly-grilled chicken, fish, and sides.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy exactly as you wish: join your guide for a hike down the beach, snorkel in the pristine waters, or simply relax and soak up the sun on the beach. At the end of the day, board the boat for the return trip to the original launch point. Your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Gulf of Papagayo

Begin with 8am pickup at your hotel (selected hotels only, see “Important Info” for details), then travel to the boat dock to begin your day on the Gulf of Papagayo. Work with a local guide to create the perfect itinerary for your group, whether you’re interested in finding, exploring remote beaches, spotting dolphins or whales in season,fishing or just relaxing in the sunshine. Take in some of the beaches in the Gulf of Papagayo and Snake Bay, then land at a remote beach for a barbecue on the sand. Enjoy a comfortable beach set up as the guide serves a meal of  freshly grilled chicken, fish, and side dishes, along with cool water, juice, soda, and beer. After lunch is your time to snorkeling on the beatiful reefs of the bay, and if desired, you can take a hike along the beach with the guide. Board the boat for the return trip to your original departure point, where you’ll meet a driver for the return trip to your hotel.

5 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • children's price only applies with 4 adults
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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Amazing Lunch excursion
Paula_S, Jan 2023
We had a wonderful time with Mariano and Santiago. I have done several snorkeling and boating excursions but this special lunch was amazing. Grilled fish, chicken and plantains cooked and served right on the beach separated this boat excursion from any other that I have been on. I told them my food allergies ahead of time and they did a great job avoiding them.
This trip/tour was beyond our...
NoraT_L, Mar 2018
This trip/tour was beyond our expectations! It is a must for anyone traveling in the Guanacaste area. The tour guide, captain, and assistant went above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying our selves. The captain grilled delicious chicken and fish for our lunch. Cold drinks alcoholic and non alcoholic were provided throughout the trip.