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“Awesome Snorkel trip but we ran over whales...” 3 of 5 stars
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Zuma Tours
Main Street | Next to Montezuma Supermarket, Montezuma 60111, Costa Rica
+506 2642 0024
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Owner description: Zuma Tours, your ocean experts in Montezuma since 1993, Tortuga Island Tour, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Water Taxi Boat to Jaco & Montezuma, Shuttle/Transfer Connections with Mal Pais & Santa Teresa, San Jose, Airport, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Uvita, Sierpe. Also: Sport Fishing, Horseback Rides, ATV Tours, Canopy Tours, Surfing, Cabo Blanco and Curu reserves. Tours and transportation, Zuma Tours: a reliable and professional tour company.
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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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“Awesome Snorkel trip but we ran over whales...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This snorkel tour to Tortuga Island was amazing! The staff was wonderful, snorkel stops amazing, food delicious and sights outstanding! I would love to give these guys 5 stars, but being an animal loving, environmentally conscious person, when we chased and practically ran the boat directly over groups of pilot whales, it left a bad feeling in my mouth. Luckily the whales were smart enough to swim deeper and escape. It's always a beautiful thing to see wildlife, but we need to spread awareness about doing it with respect to the animals.

Visited June 2014
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ZumaManagement, Manager at Zuma Tours, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Thank you very much for your words and feedback.
We already took note about what you have mentioned about the whales and talked with all our guys to prevent any damages to the wild life, that we also respect and love to watch in freedom here in our sea.
All of our guides and captains said the same thing about this type of whales called Pilot whales, that look like big dolphins.
They like a lot to play with the boat, get closer, make sounds, make turns, even if the boat goes slow they come close to it, it looks they like to be part of the show.
We uploaded about three days ago a video on our facebook site where it shows what we're saying.
Kind regards.
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Astoria, NY
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“Very Reliable Transport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We wound up using Zuma Tours a few times during our stay. We booked taxi boat transport across the Nicoya (both ways), along with ground transport to San Jose. We even went on their Tortuga Island tour. The guys were all really great, very prompt and reliable. I really liked that you can book your transport and pay ahead of time from home, one less thing to worry about while traveling.

Visited June 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Beautiful Tortuga Boat Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Me and my family (6 members) booked athe Isla Tortuga tour from Montezuma earlier this month. We found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful; from booking (online, and follow up questions) to the boat captain and mates.

Our tour included a hour boat ride to the islands, snorkling, lunch, play time, then a boat ride back to Montezuma.

The staff on the boat were very friendly; I've never launched a boat from the beach before, but the staff were helpful to ensure we all boarded safely, offered everyone a drink of choice (great beer by the way!), and we were on our way.

While snorkling, our guide spent a lot of time pointing out fish and other sealife to whomever was swimming close by, and would make sure everyone had an opportunity to see something unique (like puffer fish, starfish, eels, sharks, etc.); things snorklers might have missed otherwise.

There was plenty of fresh fruit on board (pineapple and watermelon) and at lunch (more melon and coconuts), and drink as well. After lunch (which was good, but nothing to write home about) we had plenty of time to take it easy in the water around the beach before boarding the boat for the ride back.

I found the tour to be interesting, and fun. Zuma seems to be a first-class outfit!

I don't know if it was intended or not, but we booked online and received an automatic 10% discount off the advertised rate.

Thanks Zuma!

Visited June 2014
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Water taxi and transport to San Jose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very good experience with Zuma. The crew was very good and professional, and we saw quite a few dolphins, it was more like a tour than just a taxi boat ride.

Everything was very professional and on-time!!!

Visited June 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Airport Transport and Water Taxi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This company is Top-Notch!! They gave me pick up times for airport transport and water taxi the next day - they were on-time both days. If your looking for a reliable company, call Zuma Tours!!

Visited May 2014
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