Mangrove Kayak

Badge of ExcellenceQuepos, Costa Rica

From USD 70.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 to 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The lush mangroves of the Damas Island Estuary are renowned for their unique ecosystem and incredible diversity of wildlife. On this tour, take to the water and paddle along the scenic waterways by kayak, as you learn about the natural landscapes and local conservation efforts. Look out for wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, and iguanas, and perhaps spot crocodiles and turtles along the way.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to the Damas Island canals
  • Ecotourism tours include garbage collection program
  • Choice of multiple departure times throughout the day

What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Certified Tour Guide

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Nacarcosta Wildlife Adventure
      2 km norte de la estación de servicio Paquita Puntarenas Paquita, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601, Costa Rica

      400 mts West from sign of Nacarcosta

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Isla Damas

    2 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours 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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    Fun time
    jeffrey_t, Mar 2023
    Laid back beautiful environment. Easy paddle, enthusiastic guide. Good for all. Saw lots of monkeys.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    It is a pleasure to hear good comments for the entire Nacarcosta Wildlife Adventure group, . We are committed to giving you a good experience as you deserve it. Thank you for visiting us, see you soon
    Great guide, mediocre experience
    Jeff_V, May 2022
    Michael, our guide was really laid back and fun to talk to. He was sure to point out some wildlife we would have missed on our own, and was also gracious enough to teach us how to say some of the animals in Spanish. We showed up a few minutes before 10:30a as that was when our tour was schedule to start. However, we didn't actually get started until 11:00a with a brief (approx 10 minutes) walking tour around the farm. Since we were on vacation, and trying to go with the flow of the day, we didn't mind the delay much, but it would be worth noting if you're considering going on this tour. We did the group kayak tour, and we were the only ones on the tour at that time. It was $70/person for what turned out to be about a two-hour kayak float down to the end of an inlet and back to the dock where we started. We saw a couple of sloths, a snake in a tree, a troop of capuchin monkeys. While wildlife sightings are never guaranteed, we saw more the next day at Manuel Antonio National Park without a guide. At the end of the tour, we were fed some iced tea, fresh fruit, and chicken rice, which was good. And again, Michael was a great companion to have with us. Though overall, I might spend the money and the time elsewhere on a trip to Costa Rica.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Hello, it is a pleasure to hear your comments. I see everything you liked about our tour was good and that you saw many animals. The only annoyance is that you saw more animals in other place; but as you say, the animals are not confined and are free in the wild. We are a company that does not feed the animals, so it may be more difficult to see them.
    Amazing tour
    Robin_K, Apr 2022
    Mr Anderson gave us a tour through the jungle on individual kayaks. It was an amazing experience, saw a lot of wildlife and nature. Would recommend
    Worth the time and money
    Jillian_W, Mar 2022
    It was a little challenging to find the location. Our guide was very patient, informative and willing to take photos of me and my girls. This was an amazing experience! We loved the serenity of the river and a chance encounter with a small troup of monkeys! Afterwards we enjoyed some freshly cut fruit. I would definitely recommend.
    Great Tico Time in Nature Away from Crowds
    Tom_S, Jan 2022
    Eli provided a relaxing tour of the grounds and let my wife ride the water buffalo (Chibolo). Then Daniel led a group of 6 kayaking in the tributary to and thru the mangroves, close to the coast. Saw many monkeys. Tour complete with fresh fruit, a sandwich, and fresh coconut milk.
    Rad tour but the guides feed wild animals :/
    johnshane_m, Jan 2022
    Awesome tour, saw lots of animals and had a pleasant time out on the water. Would be 5/5 but had to dock two stars because the guides feed the monkeys to bait them into pictures. Not a good look, and not the right thing to do. Be good stewards Nacarcosta and leave the monkeys be!
    Response from Host, Jan 2022
    Hello John! We are very thankful for your comments, here at Nacarcosta we have very strict policies about feeding the wildlife animals and all of our tour guides know it very well. In fact we are the only company that runs tours in the same canal that stick to the Costa Rican normative of not feeding the monkeys. Unfortunately there are other companies that offer a monkey tour where they will attract the monkeys with food. We have been trying to make raise awareness between the neighbor companies to stop this bad habits.
    One of the most memorable time with my mom in Manuel Antonio!
    Julie_J, July 2021
    My mom and I had an unforgettable experience at Nacarcosta with Elias this week. We were worried at first since my mom has never done kayaking before, but it took only a couple of minutes for her to learn how to paddle and feel confident. The kayak tour was peaceful and full of exotic experiences. We were totally immersed in the sound of nature as we travel down the canal. We passed by the white face monkeys and some wildlife species including tiny bats, and we were lucky to see the sloth and her baby from a close distance. Elias taught us many new things about nature and Costa Rica which made the tour so adventurous. After kayaking, Elias and the team served us a sandwich and fresh pineapple, plus fresh coconut per my mom's wish! (thank you!) While we were waiting for our taxi, we walked around the farm and once again reminded of how perfect mother nature works. I'm so grateful to Nacarcosta and Elias for giving me and my mom such a special memory in Manuel Antonio! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to have a peaceful time and truly commune with nature.
    AMAZING GUIDE and experience
    Ishi_M, June 2021
    Elias was an AMAZING guide. It was so relaxing to float down a calm estuary in a tunnel of mangrove trees. We saw a boa constrictor dormant in the trees, a bunch of birds, Jesus lizards and Elias was super knowledgeable on all of the fauna of the mangroves.
    calme et beauté
    BRUNO_D, Jan 2021
    MOMENT UNIQUE AU CALME AUTHENTIQUE ET HORS DU TEMPS. Sortie pour les amoureux de la nature Petite ferme plein de plantes de papillons avec de trés jolie explication.......et bien sur ensuite le tour de la mangrove en kayak et pour finir un petit repas; BEAUCOUP MIEUX QUE FAIRE LE TOUR DE LA MANGROVE EN BATEAUX A MOTEUR. Sortie écologique
    Response from Host, Jan 2021
    Cordialement de l'équipe Nacarcosta. Nous sommes très reconnaissants et heureux de nous avoir fait part de votre expérience au Costa Rica et que vous ayez apprécié l'activité menée à notre place.