Ocean Eco Adventures
Exploring the Golfo Dulce by Sea
The Golfo Dulce is a special place to kayak. Travel along the blue/green waters with the dramatic rainforest canopy in the background. Keep your eyes open for dolphins and other marine life swimming by. There are also several nearby rivers where kayaking offers a great chance to paddle into the jungle and see a variety of sea and jungle birds that live in the area. This is a safe paddling area that is ideal for beginners to spend a relaxing hour paddling, or for the experienced and adventurous to spend a challenging day exploring the coastline and nearby mangroves. Ocean kayaks are available for all guests to use in the vicinity of the lodge at no charge. We also offer guided kayaking adventures to other parts of the gulf.
» See our Kayak Exploration package
River Tour (easy/moderate, 4-5 hours
Spend the day exploring a pristine river. Our guide will describe the interesting bird and marine life and vegetation of the Rio Esquinas, as we wind through the river that flows between the Golfo Dulce and inland jungles.
Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour & Coastal Adventure (easy, 2-4 hours)
This is a wonderful tour of the Golfo Dulce, a spectacular, protected gulf off the Pacific Ocean. You have a great chance to see at least one of the three types of Dolphins most common in the Golfo Dulce (spinner, spotted and bottlenose). You will spend several hours touring the blue, green waters of the Gulf looking for dolphins, sea turtles and marine birds with one of the Nicuesa’s guides and boat captains. You will also stop for a snorkel at one of the area’s reefs and/or a secluded beach to swim and enjoy fresh coconut and other snacks. Guest will learn about the natural and cultural history of the Gulf, one of the deepest in the world, and one of the few tropical fiords that exist. (This tour is approximately 4 hours)
The Golfo Dulce offers tremendous fishing opportunities both in-shore and big game sport fishing.
On any given day, you will be able to enjoy both:
Inshore Fishing (easy, 2-4 hours)
Jump on our boat and a few minutes later you can be catching a variety of in-shore fish including red snapper, grouper and countless other fish. We will have a full supply of equipment for fishing in the Golfo Dulce, and local guides that know the best spots. Or, just fish right off the pier.
Enjoy the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce right off the dock or kayak to a private beach.
Big Game Sport Fishing.
A 30 minute boat ride leads to the best sportfishing that the Pacific Ocean can offer anywhere. The Golfo Dulce area has numerous sportfishing operations that have based themselves here for the great fishing. We have arrangements for trips with the areas best captains that have modern boats equipped with specialized tackle that will help you catch Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, and Dorado (Mahi Mahi). Charters complete with a professional captain and first class boats range from $750 to $1500 for a full day, depending on boat and number of people.
You catch them and we will cook them up for your dinner!
» Learn more about Fishing at Nicuesa Lodge
Snorkel off the Dock
Put on snorkel and fins and jump right off our dock to see multitudes of reef fish!
Fishing from Dock or off Kayaks
Our staff can set you up with the proper equipment so you may throw in a line right off the dock or from a kayak. Bring home tonight’s dinner!
Kayak/Snorkel Tour (moderate, 2-3 hours)
Paddle along the dramatic shoreline of the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce. Explore secluded beaches. Keep a look out for wildlife, dolphins and turtles. Then, dive into the inviting blue-green water to discover the marine world of fish, eels, corals, and starfish.
Snorkel right off our beach to see many beautiful tropical fish, or in minutes we can whisk you to a beautiful rocky cove or one of the reefs of the Gulfo Dulce for a fun snorkeling trip. The lodge will have a full supply of snorkels and fins for guests to use within the vicinity of the lodge at no charge.
» See our Multisport Escapade vacation package
Sunset Boat Tour (easy, 1.5-2 hours)
Relax and sip a cocktail while tooling around the gulf watching the sunset over the mountains
Go to a point off of Matapalo that is known for its right point break-perfect for any level
All overnight stays include unlimited self-guided hikes, use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment at no additional charge. All of our guided half day and full day tours are customized to meet the interests and skill level of our guests. The charge for these tours range from approximately $25 to $100 per person depending on the trip, number of participants and hours requested.