Summary : From the north Guanacaste beaches to the forests of Osa Conservation Area, the country’s diverse landscapes and its flora and fauna are yours to discover. Experience three national parks and a wildlife refuge. Go on forest hikes in search of wildlife—sloths, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-faced capuchins, scarlet macaws, hummingbirds, and iguanas. Paddle board and snorkel in marine-life rich Papagayo Gulf; and kayak and skiff among the mangroves of Golfo Dulce.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
$4,195 to $7,795
Welcome to Costa Rica! Warmly greeted, you’ll be transferred from the San Jose airport to the Intercontinental Hotel (or similar) for your overnight. Rest after your day of travel or explore San Jose on your own.
The next morning is yours to enjoy as you wish—take advantage of the hotel’s amenities and lunch at a restaurant nearby. An afternoon transfer with your new shipmates brings you to Caldera Port and the Safari Voyager. The captain and crew help you settle in to your new home for a week’s worth of wonder. Sail north with a celebratory glass of champagne.
Postcard-worthy beaches and dry tropical forest are signature landscapes along Papagayo Gulf. Get your feet wet on this first day of adventure and water activities. Kayak and paddle board through the gulf’s deep blue-green water. If conditions are right, snorkel for bright tropical fish, green sea turtles, and elusive octopuses. And take a sand-between-your-toes stroll or lounge on a tranquil Papagayo beach. Known for epic sunsets, complete your day with a cool beverage from the ship’s deck.
On the north Pacific coast of Guanacaste sits Santa Rosa National Park—protected home to a significant number of sea turtle nesting sites. Check into the park at the Murcielago Islands station, then set out for a quiet cove and a day of water ops. The Guanacaste shores are some of Costa Rica’s best for seeking life below the surface, so take it all in.
At the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, dry tropical forest meets wet tropical forest. Today, explore the unique flora and fauna Curú National Wildlife Refuge. The lush trees teem with life—scarlet macaws, parrots, motmots, spider and howler monkeys, iguanas, lizards, butterflies. Count how many species you find on a hike through the forest. Afterwards, you’ll find the blue waters near Isla Tortuga refreshingly irresistible. Snorkel, kayak, paddle board—make a splash!
There’s no question, this forest is alive—feel the vibrant energy of the jungle all around you. When howler monkeys begin to bellow, that feeling amplifies. Manuel Antonio National Park is a haven for an astounding diversity of life nestled among 340-plus species of plants that grow here. Two- and three-toed sloths, white-faced capuchins, basilisks, iguanas, and over a hundred bird species—watch for the park’s many residents on a guided jungle hike.
Aptly named, Golfo Dulce—or “sweet gulf”—is a sweet spot for biodiversity. Kayak and skiff through mangrove waterways. The forest hums with chattering birds, monkeys, and insects. Keep an eye out for caimans, crabs, fish, and egrets. A tour through a botanical preserve reveals flowering tropical treasures—bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias. Hummingbirds and butterflies, too. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells from every tree and bush, uncovering the gulf’s ambrosial secrets. At the end of the day, watch a lightshow of bioluminescence from the bow of the Safari Voyager.
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panama are all unique, and on your last day, its captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Hosting hundreds of avian species, you may enjoy superb bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration, or stroll a charming coastal village that boasts the hemisphere's second oldest church. Later today, prepare to experience one of the top bucket-list destinations—transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panama Canal. Truly a marvel of engineering and human tenacity, it took 9,000 workers to build it. Celebrate this absolutely unforgettable voyage with a special farewell dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting the week’s adventures.
After breakfast aboard the Safari Voyager, you’ll be transferred to San Jose for your flight home.
Due to the nature of expedition traveling, itineraries are guidelines and can change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Wellness Departure: 7/6/2018, 8/17/2018
In the world's greatest spa—courtesy of Mother Nature—take a journey of serenity, renewal, and healthfulness. Guided by a wellness host, find rejuvenation in this stunning landscape.
Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional activities; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; gratuities; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.