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Changing Tide Tours - Private Tours

Playa Canaza, Peninsula De Osa, Puerto Jimenez 8203-24, Costa Rica
506-8305-1111
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Owner description: Changing Tide Tours has had over 7,500 guests tour the Golfo Dulce with us during the past eight years. We are proud of the fact that, in addition to... more » Owner description: Changing Tide Tours has had over 7,500 guests tour the Golfo Dulce with us during the past eight years. We are proud of the fact that, in addition to being the longest operating tour boat provider on the OSA, we are also known as the ‘Premium Tour’ on the Gulf. That's because our custom-built tour boats are safe, comfortable and well equipped; and they are always manned by a professional, licensed Captain and English speaking Guide team. Changing Tide Tours finds the dolphins over 90% of the time. Come with us and enjoy a fun, informative, 25+ mile guided tour as the Golfo Dulce (‘Sweet Gulf’) serves up its many “magical” wonders. Whales, Dolphins, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Sea Turtles, numerous Fish, and Sea Birds—all these have been seen by our guests. Our tour boats are equipped with quiet, eco-friendly four stroke motors, contoured seats and a full-canopy sun top for your comfort and protection. After a short crossing, you will experience the Gulf’s lush, rugged Eastern Shore, up close and personal to "one of the world’s three tropical fjords." Along with your Dolphin Cruise and informative eco- tour, your crew will offer Swimming, Snorkeling and Plane Boarding when and where conditions permit. And when you return to the boat, you can enjoy a fresh water rinse and fresh fruit. Tour is 4-5 hours. « less
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Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

As someone who has spent significant time on the Golfo Dulce and knows the area well, I felt like I had seen it all on this glorious stretch of water. Yesterday, I was treated to an amazing tour of the Golfo Dulce with Changing Tide Tours, and it was like a brand new experience for me. Mating turtles, pods of... More

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Deepbluh20, Owner at Changing Tide Tours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for spending the day with us - there is truly something magical about the golfo dulce and we are so happy to share it. Hope to see you back with us soon. Mary Ann More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The owner, Mary Ann Epp, and I spoke for nearly an hour, to get a feel for how the experience is for discerning Americans such as those who are on an incentive travel program that typically begins at one of the luxury resorts further north. The experience that Changing Tide Tours (CCT) is a once in a lifetime experience. They... More

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Deepbluh20, Owner at Changing Tide Tours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for spending the time on your interview with us and posting your review. I am going to assume (or hope) that the negative rating was a mistake as you seemed pleased with the information and tour that is offered. Or at least to experience the tour first hand for an objective rating. Again thank you for your time,... More

Davos, Switzerland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Tino brought us to the most beautiful locations and Mark, he lives on the Dolfo Dulce for 18 years, was able to answer all questions and to tell and to show us a lot. We have certainly seen more than 50 dolphins and a sea turtle. The snorkeling was very interesting, I was able to take beautiful photos. Plane boarding... More

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are so glad to hear you had a great time. I would also like to say thank you for sharing your pictures, it is so good to see the moments people capture on the tour. Hope to see you back out with us again. More

Ballston Spa, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Great morning on the water - Captain Tino and Guide Jessica - found the elusive (that day, anyway) spotted dolphins - a big pod - and we had fun following them around the top of Golfo Dulce. Then stopped for snorkeling - water was not as clear as we would have liked, but Tino and Jessica found a beautiful purple... More

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation and so glad you enjoyed your day with Changing Tide Tours. The time with dolphins always make for a magical day. Hopefully we will see you back with us again one day. Mary Ann More

Wayland, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We took our group of 8 adults and 11 kids (ages 9 through 17) on an incredible day aboard the Delphine Blanco. Mary Ann and Jessica were incredibly friendly, and Captain Tino had an unbelievable talent for spotting animals in the thick mangroves. The highlight for our group was seeing a very large pod of dolphins "in hunt" really up... More

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ChangingTideTours01, Owner at Changing Tide Tours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Greetings and thank you for your response. It was indeed a truly wonderful day and a pleasure to have you join us. I look forward to having your families come back and see us in the future. Mary Ann More

New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This was my second trip to Costa Rica. This trip was a bit different than the last. I went to Guanacoste and Pacific Ocean last time. This trip I decided to do something different.....the Osa Peninsula and Puerto Jimenez....what I would call "The Last Frontier", is definitely different. This is not an area for people who want the typical tourist... More

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Francestown, New Hampshire
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8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been going on this tour for the last 4 years every time is a new adventure .we saw tons if dolphins also got to swim with them the new team is amazing we had the pleasure of being with Jess on her first tour and she was excited as we were what a sweet heart loved this trip... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

A great day on the calm water of the Golfo Dulce with Josh as our guide. We saw two types of dolphins (one group of the smaller ones with at least 50!!) and Ridley turtles.

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Novato, CA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

This tour company was recommended to us by a family who had traveled with them and met us up in Alajuela. I was able to find an email address and reach out to them before we reached Puerto Jimenez, and got an immediate response from Mary Ann. I am so glad I did! Our family of four, including kids ages... More

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

An incredible tour to be sure. It was definately costly for us but was something we were so happy we spent the extra money on. Do not miss out on this one! The dolphins were the highlight for sure, do the plane boarding in the water with them. It's the closest you'll ever get to being a dolphin! Thanks Josh,... More

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