Bahia Rica Adventures
Bahia Rica Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkelling • Boat Tours • Fishing Charters & Tours • Sightseeing Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching
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A variety of exiting places are easy accessible by boat from Bahia Rica. The gulf of Nicoya is known for its spectacular weather, beautiful beaches, impressive cliffs, calm water and islands full of wildlife. Our boat trips will take you to many special places where you can encounter lots of different animals like monkeys, lizards, iguanas, birds, turtles, butterflies, dolphins and a number of different fishes. Bahia Rica also offer a complete sport fishing package after fish like Pacific Sailfish, Roosterfish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Cubera Snapper, Wahoo, Pacific Jack and Marlin of different species.You can experience Costa Rica’s exotic west coast from a kayak with Bahia Rica. Paddle in calm bays with fascinating island where you can go ashore on untouched virgin beaches. Or you can try the Stand Up Paddle Boards on the calm water in the Gulf of Nicoya.
Paquera, Costa Rica
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B D
21 contributions
Nov 2021
We spent a week in Costa Rica and our favorite tour of the entire trip was the Isla Tortuga tour and Bioluminescence tour at Bahia Rica. Thomas and Vigdis are so warm and accommodating. The night time bioluminescence tour is such an incredible phenomenon to experience and the kayaking was a breeze in a very calm area. The Isla Tortuga tour was timed perfectly with a visit to the spider monkeys island, snorkeling, a delicious lunch, and swimming/lounging at the beach. The people you meet on these tours come from all over the world and we will have fond memories of this trip. This is a definite MUST DO activity while in Costa Rica.
Written January 3, 2022
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Vigdis V
Thank you so much for this raving review! It just makes our day when we see that our guests enjoy our tours! We are so happy with our team both on the Isla Tortuga boat tour and our guides on the bioluminescent kayak tour.
Written March 1, 2022
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Rafael F
3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
We went here to kill some time while waiting for the ferry. We weren’t sure what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. The location is beautiful and there is a super chill vibe. The staff were super friendly and the price was great! We rented the stand up paddle boards and they gave us a quick run through of how to use them and advised us on the best direction to head considering the wind, current, and where we might see some animals. We saw mostly rays and brightly colored puffer fish. Pura Vida
Written April 6, 2022
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durangotraveler15
Durango, CO4 contributions
I really didn't know what to expect: two hours of classroom Spanish, plus two hours of "applied Spanish," plus an optional two hours of sea kayaking with a Tico guide? What I got was personalized and challenging Spanish lessons, which were organized and run by the Norwegian co-owner, Vigdis, and co-taught by a wonderful local Costa Rican woman, Marjorie. I was lucky because I was the only person taking Spanish at Bahia Rica at the time, so the lessons were especially well-tailored to my needs. But I think I would have loved them no matter what because Vigdis and Marjorie were thoughtful and patient, and because I had so many hours of conversation with Marjorie and other locals.

The guesthouse where I stayed is not for everyone: there are 250 steps from there down to the main house (although Vigdis and her husband-and-Bahia-Rica-co-owner, Thomas, are happy to provide rides back and forth), and the open deck merges with the jungle--there's no railing on the second floor. For me, it was as if I were living in the jungle, only a few yards away from howler monkeys and tropical birds. A couple of geckos took up residence in my room, and a frog lived in the open-air shower in the bathroom.

The sea kayaking with another local guide, Danny, was a good complement to the classroom time. I saw iguanas and stenosaurs, pelicans and herons, rooster fish and jumping eagle rays, eagles and frigate birds. We kayaked through a rock tunnel, explored an estuary, and stopped and met with local fishermen on the islands where they lived or camped.

It was a pretty magical way to study Spanish.
Written January 3, 2011
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DCGirl232
Greenville, SC6 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
We went on the bioluminescence tour with Kellan who claimed he had just finished a course in being a sea kayaking tour and had been leading tours for Thomas at Bahia Rica for a month. In order to see the bioluminescence, we traveled without any lights. We were told that although some fishing boats come by, they are further out in the bay and don't move very fast and that we would be very safe. Nope. At one point, as we were heading in, two fast-moving boats came right into our group, splitting us up and nearly hitting two kayakers. Kellan did not have an adequate light or noisemaker (e.g. foghorn) to draw attention to our group which was too far away from the shore for safe travel anyway. Afterwards, Thomas and Kellan told us that really, nothing could be done, that "all's well that end's well" and cheerfully collected our money when people could have been badly injured or killed. Kellan did a terrible job of helping our group. We had some inexperienced kayakers, but rather than check to make sure the group was together and that we were all okay, he spent his time with one couple chatting about their hometown. At one point, after a wake hit our boats, he called out into the darkness, "Is everyone okay?" Two people answered and he just continued on instead of making sure that EVERYONE was okay. He also instructed us not to kayak too close to shore in case we ran aground - running aground is infinitely better than being run over!! In my opinion, this tour is a disaster waiting to happen, particularly as boat travel picks up with the ferry terminal. If you go, take your own airhorn and bright light, pay attention to boat traffic and keep close to shore, regardless of what the guide says.
Written December 19, 2018
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Thank you so much for taking time to review our tour - we take all comments serious, and do our best to every day improve our activities. We took this incident very serious. We have lived here for 12 years, and been doing the bioluminescent kayak tour for 10 years now - and we have never experienced boats coming that fast close to shore. That same night we made calls and found out who had been driving the two boats, and we had serious talks with them and their parents. That kind of reckless boating is not only dangerous for us and our tour, but for other boaters as well. The two boys have apologized and we have not had that kind of driving here since. Your other comment about our guide Kellan. He did have only one month of doing the tour here with us, but after he finished his course, he worked for a season as a kayak guide in Canada. We expect him to care equal for all the people on the tour - and of course to give extra attention to the ones that have less experience kayaking. We did have a sit down with him after the incident with the boats rushing through our kayakers, and worked on better routines and individual follow up of every participant.
Written January 18, 2019
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Mayson C
Atlanta, GA162 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We went on the snorkeling and monkey tour and it was a lot of fun. Our guide Jeff was great, very interactive and very funny. The reefs we saw were great and we were able to see thousands of beautiful fish. It is nice that it's a smaller group (8 people) as we don't like bigger, less personal outings. The spider monkeys were really cool as well. We got really close and fed them some fruit. The lunch and beach you spend some time on (tortuga) were both fantastic. Definitely touristy but was fun. I would definitely do this again.
Written June 8, 2016
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NatalieLBDJ2328
Thank you so much for doing the tour with us - and writing us a review!!! We are very pleased to read all these positive reviews, especially now that the temporary world crisis is at the highest level. In any case, we hope to welcome you back soon, so that we can enjoy together again. We send many positive vibes, energy and love from the Bahia Rica Team
Written April 1, 2020
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IsaCostaRica
Costa Rica18 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
We spent 2 nights camping and kayaking last weekend with Vicky/Vigdis and two of our great friends as well as 3 other wonderful folks! It was Pura Vida as we say in Costa Rica or truly the "Pure Life". The beaches we camped on were gorgeous. The kayaking was also amazing as well as the sunrises and sunsets.

Vicky adapts easily to everyone and makes it all work so smoothly. The birds, howlers and scenery was hard to beat. We live in Costa Rica and have been blessed to be able to visit and experience so much in this beautiful country but this was one of our most fantastic trips ever! Says a lot.

You are camping so it is rustic but that's part of the fun! Vicky utilizes and works with the local community so dinner and breakfast was cooked by the local Costa Ricans who live at the two spots we camped at. Everything was fresh and delicious. I've heard if you stay at Vicky's lodge, she is an amazing chef! We plan on doing that next time.

The evening bioluminescence tour was the highlight for me! Something we've never experienced before. Truly life-altering and something we should all have a chance to see if we can.

Thank you, Vicky! We will be back.
Written December 7, 2014
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WI_Kate
Wisconsin12 contributions
My husband and I enjoyed a 1/2 day fishing adventure with Vigdis and Thomas. It was one of the highlights of our honeymoon. Beautiful weather, high-end equipment, and easy conversation. Fun to meet such an energetic, welcoming couple who are following their dreams. We caught some nice fish, lots of sun-rays, and had a fantastic afternoon! They shared great tips for our later adventures in Costa Rica! If we didn't have to leave Paquera, we would have tried a kayaking adventure with them too!
Written November 9, 2009
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LudvigSorlandet
Sorlandet10 contributions
We are a middleaged couple with some exprerience in kayaking and a common wish to be fluent in spanish (someday). That is why we were delighted to find a vacation offer in exotic surrondings combining these activities. And we were not disappointed!!!!
Vigdis and Thomas combine excellently the roles of hosts, tour guides and spanish classes, all with a very high quality. What is special is their enthusiasm and their warm and personal reception combined with their ability to tailor the excursions and the spanish lectures to individual wishes.
Their use of local "tico" guides in both the fishing, kayaking tours and in the spanish courses makes it possible to practice spanish daily. Vigdis is a competent pedagog and an excellent spanish teacher. Thomas enthusiasticly shares his knowledge of marine biology in the area, and combines this with excellent cooking of the local raw materials.
Overall, this is a holiday that can be easily recommended to our friends! You only have to hurry up and order before it gets too popular!
Written June 14, 2009
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Bev L
Costa Rica9 contributions
I spent two days kayaking with Vigdis and a Costa Rican fisherman, Danny, around the islands near Paquera. They showed me sea life I would have never seen on my own, and on one island, we watched the spider monkeys put on a great show. The entire experience wasn't touristy....both Vigdis and her husband, Tom, have a great love of this area and want visitors to feel the same way.

Tom's sport fishing trips and cooking are also highly recommended!
Written March 10, 2009
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Yvette N
Pittsburgh, PA148 contributions
Jan 2020
I've done 2 bioluminescent kayak tours with Bahia Rica. I thought the first was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I went again to bring my daughter, and it was just as magical. Being in the sparkling water with the the bright, twinkling stars above makes me feel both essentially a part of the Earth and yet so infinitessimally insignificant. The hosts are gracious, provide a little snack, some education, and share their excitement and enthusiasm for this beautiful place as if they just got there. I hope to come and stay at their lodge in the future, and go on a whale watch tour, but I'd go back to the Peninsula just for the bioluminescent tour with Tom and Vigda.
Written February 1, 2020
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NatalieLBDJ2328
Thank you very much for your review! We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed and even came back for a second tour with your daughter. We are absolutely look forward to welcoming you again in the whale season! Warm regards, the Bahia Rica Team
Written March 30, 2020
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