My family (12 year old son, 9 year old son and partner) went on the morning double kayak mangrove tour with Safari Adventures. The tour was easy to book through our hotel and the tour picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel.
The adventure itself was a difficult trip for us. It was a hot morning, the air and the water were still. My 12 year old and I were both tired from a long week of activities. Keeping up with the rest of the group was tough for us. At one point our guide gamely offered to tow us, which would have been a big 'fail' for us. We (maybe just I ) kept on paddling. I didn't take pictures because I was too busy trying to catch up with the others and had missed what the guide was pointing out.
We did not see a lot of wildlife on the trip. (Well, I didn't.) We saw monkeys swinging through trees, which was amusing. (We had seen the same type monkeys, however, in the trees at our hotel and at Manuel Antonio National Park). We learned about the mangrove Eco-system, which was interesting for the adults. The kids did not care about the subtleties of the eco-system.
At the end of the trip we were given a tasty, cooked typical Costa Rican lunch. The food was good, and it was a welcome way to end the morning.
I don't think this was the right trip for our family. The kids were bored, hot and tired. Our 9 year old complained bitterly ( and my apologies to the rest of the group.) If i were to re-do this trip, I would take the boat tour (rather than kayak) and bring along some cold water and camera. I don't think the kayaking was particularly hard, but it wasn't the right choice for us.
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