Costa Rica has many boat tour operators but they are not one in the same and there are some criteria you should consider before deciding to tour with any company. For example, is the company reputable? Has its safety been evaluated? Does the company carry insurance? There are three main types of boat adventure options in Manuel Antonio, as in all of Costa Rica’s beach locations.
The first option is a traditional fishing day. You will pay to charter a boat that goes out for a half or full day. They’ll usually provide the equipment and bait. These boats are strictly for serious fishing and the grand majority of boats are not luxurious. If you’d like to experience fishing with family members or friends who might want to relax onboard, then these charters might not be the best option for everyone.
Another way to get out on the water is on a catamaran tour. These trips are well advertised. Be aware that although it’s advertised as a “romantic sunset cruise,” it may be nothing more than a booze cruise – a bunch of college aged strangers getting drunk and ruining your idea of private romance or family fun.
The final, and most ideal, option is to privately rent your own boat for your group. Tres Niñas is a wonderful boat rental company that has options for groups of up to 8 people, with or without a captain. The company is licensed, insured, and the boats are safe and comfortable.
Many of fishing charters or group party boats can cost upwards of $200 per person. With Tres Niñas you can enjoy being out on the water for more affordable rates. For example a two hour rental, perfect for romantic and private sunset cruising, costs only $195. A full day adventure is $450 – just split the total between a fun group of friends who want to enjoy a private, independent outing.
Tres Niñas Boat Rental will provide you training on how to drive the boat and give you everything you need from GPS to fishing equipment. The Manuel Antonio waters are full of Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, Snapper, Blue Marlin, and Pacific Sailfish. For your friends who aren’t into fishing there are cushioned seats, coolers, and an I-pod stereo to enjoy. Other luxurious extras include a waterproof storage area and a fresh water shower.
Everyone will enjoy their time on the calm water. There are a few places to anchor the boat and go for a swim or search for marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. Sea turtles are frequently spotted in the area. Snorkeling in this area is spectacular and the coastal views are picturesque!