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“Frogs by flashlight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge

Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge
AP. 21, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
(506) 2479 9526
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Frogs by flashlight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A non-strenuous activity which children of all ages will enjoy as you get to be an explorer in the dark!

Knowledgable guide and a walk that took around 2 hours to complete. We saw various types of frog, including the fabled "blue jeans" and "red-eyed" varieties.

Starts at dusk (5.30pm) - back in time for dinner.

Visited July 2014
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Concord, California
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“Excellent night walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were surprised by how much we loved this night tour. We saw many different types of frogs, including a red eyed tree frog which our guide even picked up and put down closer for us to see. The highlight for me was finding tree frog eggs on a tree trunk and being able to see the frogs moving around inside them. Apparently this was a rare find, because our guide was really excited about it. My 11 year old's favorite moment of the night - and one of her favorites of our whole trip - was finding a cloudy snail-eating snake, which our guide allowed her to hold, since it is harmless. We were even able to see some bats in an empty termite nest. The 8 and 5 year olds were a little bit afraid of being out at night but enjoyed themselves anyway.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney
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“Excellent Night walk, worth getting wet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We did a nightwalk with Jason recently. It was one of those evenings with non stop down pour but it was a perfect evening for sighting so many frogs and snakes. Jason was a great guide whose very passionate about his work. We saw many different species of frogs, also saw many red eye frogs mating. We saw an eyelash snake as well as a cat eye snake that even Jason had never seen before. Cost of the walk was dearer than at other walks however it was well worth it and we would definately do it again.

Visited May 2014
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Darwin, Australia
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“Nocturnal frog hunt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Inti was our guide.As per previous reviews we learned the history of the small reserve & current efforts to maintain it. Inti's passion & enthusiasm for this work fuelled our enjoyment of the experience. Despite minimal recent rains we saw a variety of frogs including the red eyed tree frog and smoky jungle frog down in the pond area, an orb spider, microbats and an eyelast pit viper.

Visited May 2014
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Washington, DC
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“Nice night walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We did an evening "frog walk" by making a reservation the day of and starting at 545. Our guide was an outside independent guide Oasis had hired apparently, he doesn't work for the refuge, but he was excellent. They provided water and flashlights. The property used to be a farm in a past generation and the current owners apparently dedicated it to a refuge.

What you see depends on a variety of factors, including how attentive your guide is and the general weather conditions such as how dry it is. We were here in April 2014, very hot and relatively dry, yet we still saw several frogs including a red eyed tree frog. We went open-minded and just enjoyed seeing whatever we could find. Managed to spot a variety of frogs, snakes, lizards, ants, stick bugs, crabs, tadpoles, eggs, birds, so many interesting insects. Our guide was responsive to questions and customized the tour to our interests. Well worth the time.

Visited April 2014
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