The entire experience at the Manatus -- including transport and trips -- was absolutely one of the highlights of our stay in Costa Rica.
It's a pleasure having every detail taken care of, from start to finish, and in such a professional, ineresting way.
They arrange everything. We were picked up from our San Jose hotel very early in the morning -- the pleasant driver & guide arrived exactly on time. The drive to the first stop was also fascinating, as our guide pointed explained and pointed out sights on the way -- we didn't feel the time at all. Outdoor breakfast buffet near a stream in Guapiles was wonderful.
The boat ride through the canals to get to the hotel was also part of the fun.
And then we arrived at the hotel: wow! the grounds are gorgeous, and so are the rooms.
We saw more wildlife on the grounds and in the several trips as part of our package, than we did almost anywhere else: frogs, iguanas, snakes, birds, monkeys, lizards, and more. Fantastic!
All meals were ordered from a menu. Not an enormous variety, but very good quality and presentation, and they were quite accommodating to special requests. very pleasant staff.
We, too, did the turtle nesting night tour (for an extra fee), which was also an experience. At first, it seemed a bit disorganized --- we waited on the beach, standing in the dark, for an hour. But then, it was our group's turn, and we actually saw the green sea turtle laying her egss.
Highly recommended. Expensive, and worth every penny.