A true journey of discovery: enjoy active volcanoes, picturesque cities and dive with sharks, turtles and mantas in the Gulf of Papagayo.
Visit Arenal Volcano and take in Tabacon Hot Springs before heading over to the Gulf of Papagayo on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Travel south to dive the south Pacific coast before finishing your trip in the capital, San José.
Fly to San José
Arriving later the same day, you will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation.
Arenal volcano & Tabacon Hot Springs
Today, take a scenic drive to the Arenal National Park. After slumbering for more than 400 years, Arenal erupted with tremendous force in July 1968, and since then activity has decreased significantly.
Relax at the Tabacon Hot Springs with its five thermo-mineral swimming pools, jacuzzi, waterfalls and exotic gardens. Overnight at the Hotel Arenal Paraiso (or similar).
Day of activities
Spend the day at leisure exploring this fascinating area. Optional activities include white water rafting, a trip to Venado Caves or La Fortuna Waterfalls or a tree top canopy walk.
Arenal to the north Pacific coast
Transfer around the picturesque Arenal Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Costa Rica. The whole area is surrounded by lush rainforest, farms and mountains. You will pass by the picturesque city of Tilaran and then Canas to continue through the Guanacaste Pampa to arrive at the Papagayo Gulf.
Dive the Gulf of Papagayo
You will be based at the charming Bosque del Mar hotel located right on Hermosa beach (or similar).
Each day you have the opportunity for two guided dives; most of the Gulf of Papagayo’s 41 dive sites are accessible within a 30-minute boat ride. Experience the ultimate diving adventure, with massive schools of fish, rays, jacks, whale sharks, giant mantas, turtles, mobula rays, bull sharks, white-tip sharks, dolphins and many more.
Papagayo Gulf to Herradura Beach
After an early breakfast, take a private transfer along the Central Pacific Coastal Road to Herradura Beach and the Punta Leona Resort. Costa Rica’s magnificent Central Pacific Coast provides an awe-inspiring setting for Punta Leona; a unique tropical rainforest and beach resort. This nature lover’s paradise offers guests a wonderful blend of charming accommodations in an exotic setting.
Part of the 300 hectare property is officially a wildlife reserve, and home to numerous animals, including spider monkeys and coati. Guests also enjoy three beautiful pristine beaches featuring white sand and the clear blue waters of the Pacific.
Pacific coast diving
You have two dives per day to experience a different area of Costa Rican marine life. A high nutrient content heralds an impressive, and abundant, variety of marine life in the waters off the coast of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Humpback whales, dolphins, reef sharks, giant manta, mobula, and stingrays, octopus, turtles, groupers, snappers, angel fish, moorish idols, trumpet fish, various types of eels, crustaceans, huge schools of barracuda, jacks and much more. Soft and hard coral formations are common but not as colourful or abundant as some other areas of the world.
Transfer to San José
Spend the morning exploring or relaxing before transferring by road back to San José for an overnight stay.
Explore San José & depart
There may be time to explore San José before catching your transfer to the airport for your flight home.