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Catamaran Manuel Antonio Reviews
MUST DO while in the Quepos area. We took the 4 hour sunset cruise on the Ocean King from Quepos along the shore to the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park. The views were amazing and we were lucky..... more »
This sunset catamaran trip was billed as a whale watching/snorkeling trip -- though I knew from my research that the snorkeling is terrible in Costa Rica -- there is no offshore reef, so the water is.... more »
I think it would have been fun to go on the Ocean King if they had ever come to pick us up from the hotel like they said they would and we didn't wait in the scorching heat for around an hour while we tried to contact them and they never picked up the phone. We booked them through another company which we booked several tours/experiences though and had no problem with so I do not think it was their fault but it could have been some fault on with the communications between companies. But they actually picked up the phone and were able to help us figure something out as opposed to the Ocean King guys who never picked up the phone. This especially sucks when you only have limited time in Cost Rica and you are not really able to afford, time wise, to try and rebook something like this.
If you want to party on a boat with really loud music and alcohol, this is the trip for you! I expected something else though, and wanted to relax on the sea, see some animals and enjoy a relaxing sunset. The bus picked us up at 1:30 and the boat was scheduled to leave at 2 but because some people were stuck in traffic we had to wait on the scorching heat at the marina for 30 minutes. After that we went to the boat and were allowed to get some drinks but we had to wait another 30 minutes. In the end we left and hour later but were still back in the marina at 6. The food was okay, and you could get endless non-alcoholic drinks. We were also served pineapple and watermelon which was nice. The staff on the boat was also friendly, but the guy who took and sold pictures was very pushy and obtrusive. We stayed close to the shore, so we had some very nice views of the coast and the Manuel Antonio park. I'm rather prone to seasickness, but the sea and the boat were really stable so it didn't bother me at all!
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