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“Very nice operation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dolphin Private Day Tours Costa Rica

Dolphin Private Day Tours Costa Rica
Uvita, Costa Rica
+(506) 2743-80-13
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“Very nice operation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We did the half day dolphin/whale tour. They were very professional. Nice operation. The only problem I ran into is that I don't speak Spanish & they speak very little English. It would not have been an issue if I had known how to find them. Here is a tip- take 34 just past the 2nd BM in Uvita, turn right onto the paved road right before Cabana Gato, follow that road until it ends at Dolphin tours. We had to stop 2x for directions- once again my Spanish is horrible.
We did not see a whale, but it's late in season. We literally saw hundreds of dolphins. They offered us lovely watermelon & pineapple all morning along with ice cold water. The snorkeling was not good (poor visibility) but we didn't come to Costa Rica for that anyway. The snorkeling spot they pick is not good for small children unless they are good swimmers & experienced at snorkeling. It was a beautiful ride & very relaxing. Monica the guide & the captain were very nice. We managed to communicate fine with our broken English/ Spanish combo.

Visited March 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding Service, Value, Attention to Detail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We had a perfect day with Dolphin Tours. there were 4 of us, joined by another couple for a total of 6. Our two guides were young, energetic, helpful, and truly enthusiastic about showing us things we never otherwise would have seen. You wouldn't know they do this every day. We paid for the trip to snorkel Cano Island and have a picnic somewhere on the Osa side. We got so much more because they WANTED to show us the Booby floating on a log, the Olive Ridley turtle only they could see at first. Our lunch was set up on a table under shade on a very quiet and lovely beach. it was wonderful food with lots of choices for all tastes. They then heard from a friend that a humpback whale was in the vicinity so we were off and running! And we were lucky - this doesn't always happen. This group is the best

Visited February 2013
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous trip and saw lots of dolphins!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We are a family of six and considered several different water-based excursions before settling on Dolphin Tours. I was quoted a rate comparable to other half-day trips in the area ($70), but was then told that for an extra $10 per person they would make it a private tour, so we jumped at the chance. We did have a little trouble finding the office as the directions on the web site are limited (it's near the Marion Ballena entrance at the Uvita Beach end... not near the park entrance about a half-mile further down the main road). Julio was our guide, and he was great. He took us out on the boat for about four hours. The first thing he did was find dolphins as we had said that this was our priority. He communicated via radio with some other boat operators to find out where the dolphins were, and then took us straight there. For about half an hour we stayed in that area, and he moved around as needed to help us get the best view of them. He then took us on a tour of the park, including some rocky islands (where there were tons of cool birds) and some caves, and we had two opportunities to snorkel (at the island and also at the "whale"). The snorkeling was better at the whale - more fish - but there were also more people snorkeling around there. He provided bottled water and fresh fruit.... literally the best pineapple I've had in my life. The boat was in excellent condition and looked almost brand new (there is adequate shade so you can stay out of the sun for the most part if you want to, but be aware that there is no bathroom on the boat). The snorkeling equipment was also in excellent shape. All in all, a quality operation. It was a fantastic experience and all four of my kids rated it as the high point of our 11 day trip to Costa Rica.

Visited January 2013
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