Wahoo Fishing & Tours
Wahoo Fishing & Tours
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Get your Pura Vida... wet! Join us for near and/or offshore fishing, dolphin and snorkeling trips, we will work with you to design the best trip possible. All trips include fresh fruit, snacks and water. Our captain, Pino, was born and raised in Puerto Viejo. He knows the southern Caribe like you know your living room... it is his living room. He will delight you with his humor as he coaches you in the ways of traditional line fishing. If the water's right, he'll dive and find you a langosta for dinner. Rods, reels, bait and tackle included, as well as snorkeling equipment. Find us on the beach across from HOT ROCKS. Put the Wahoo in your Costa Rica vacation! **Boat shown is no longer in use, inquire which boat will be in use as it may vary.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Caitlin G
Brewster, NY13 contributions
Aug 2021
Big thanks to Pino and his crewmate for a super memorable day. We met Pino promptly at 7:30 am for a private half day on the boat. He was ready for us with a cooler of goodies and the boat already in the water. With Covid, it was so nice to have our own boat - nobody but us, Pino and his crewmate. The fish weren't biting much (Pino's crewmate said they were at church which made me laugh) and the kids were eager to swim so they brought us to the most amazing beach south of Manzanillo. There Pino was tireless in his effort to bring home lobsters and found many impressive ones. Both Pino and his crewmate were very responsive to our boys - 6 and 8 - making sure they felt comfortable and were having fun. I've spent many days on the beach in this area but this was my first out on the water. It was a splurge but well worth it. While we only booked a half day, Pino was certainly not looking at his watch. We were out there for 5 hours and loved every minute. Dinner of mackerel and lobster on the grill wasn't bad either. This isn't a luxury cruise or a serious fishing trip, but for our family it was a perfect day on the beautiful waters of Costa Rica.
Written August 19, 2021
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Richard C
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Mar 2020 • Friends
We are a group of friends that are avid and competition fisherman. I was weary after reading some of these reviews, but our 1/2 day charter was excellent. Capt Pino has the only production make boat at the harbor. Quiet clean and a spacious 21 feet. Fishing started out slow ,but the capt made an incredible effort to get bait and we had almost non stop action on snapper king mackerel Spanish mackerel jacks and more. We chose a few yellow tail snapper and Nick ferried them over to a restaurant that cooked them. It was fantastic and very reasonably. Highly recommend!!!
Written March 1, 2020
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Thanks for honest and detailed comments. In the past year we turned the day-to-day operation of the business over to Pino, he was always the main attraction anyway. We (Nick and Janet) continue to support him by providing the on-line correspondence, booking & reservations, and, when available, customer support. I'll make sure he hears that his efforts were appreciated! We're glad you had a great time and hope to see you again!
Written March 4, 2020
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Richard L
Isla Colon, Panama4 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Captain Peno took my two brothers did a 1/2 day tour. We began by trolling and caught one fish. The Captain then picked up bait and we headed out to a reef for non stop action catching mackeral. Once a pod of porpoise started a feeding frenzy on the mackerel, we decided to call quits after getting great photos of the porpoise. An added bonus was seeing a large sea turtle. We ended catching 27 fish. Several great fish fries. I highly recommend Captain Peno.

Written September 12, 2022
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Chris
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
This is a total bait and switch. The boat and equipment you see aren’t the ones you will be using. It was a panga boat with no shade, horrible equipment that was falling apart. The price $400 for three hours impunes a better setup. When I called the operator they pretended they had no idea what i as taking about, that they haven’t used that boat in years, and although every business in Costa Rica uses Trip Avisor, tried to pretend they had no idea where I got those pictures. No contrition, no apology which makes me believe they know exactly what they are doing. Don’t use Wahoo tours. They make a business of ripping off people who don’t know any better.
Written April 10, 2023
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Fish Hunter
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Sep 2019 • Couples
This was one of my most disappointing experiences.

they offered us a fishing trip from 7:30 to 13:00 with Pino, a local fishermen.
when we arrived there, the boat wasn’t ready so we didn’t start the tour before 8:00. After 3 hours the guide said we need to go back to the harbour because he needs to check whether everything was okay with the engine - which he did and although everything was alright the trip was over after just 3 hours!! while we were waiting for the guide, some friends of him already started cutting and taking the fish we had caught (although we were promised we’d be able to keep it - "it’s included"). When we asked for a discount as this was not what we were promised, Pino got upset and declined.

Unfortunately - in all the hurry - we forgot some things on the boat and called to check when we could pick them up but once they had our money no one ever responded. Don’t book any trips with them - it’s just a waste of money.
Written September 20, 2019
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Indeed, you were disappointed with your trip, and it's due a response. First, when you booked the trip, we made it clear to you that our usual boat was out of service, and that you would be going out in the captain's private boat, a small panga. This was booked as a 1/2 day Fishing with the Captain, a trip that puts you in the boat to fish along with Pino, it's 1/2 the price of the typical exclusive tour. Pino will always put safety first, and if he had concerns about a motor, he's going to prioritize your safe return to shore. I'm sorry the day was cut short, but I am surprised at the characterization that Pino got upset and declined the refund, we understood a different outcome; but we were not on the beach, so I can only assume there was a misunderstanding. Yet, as we've spent many hours on the beach, we can understand the scene on the beach where you lost your fish, and we apologize that that happened. Part of the "charm" here is that this beach scene is one of the last truly unchanged scenes of the old days. When the boats come in, the local townsfolk do what they've done for generations--pull the boats to shore, check out the day's catch, talk smack, jump in to help clean, and take home dinner. I love the energy, the banter, the razzing among the fishermen and the haggling from the women who burrow their way in, but I also get that it may not be charming to everyone. Pino should have hollered, "get your hands off the lady's fish or i'll thrash your ***." But i think he was tending to what he thought was a problem. You told us you did get fish, plenty of fish, just not a particular one which you wanted. I'm sorry. You should have had first dibs. We have been very responsive. We exchanged several emails and at least 4 phone calls with you prior to your trip. We sent you a PayPal invoice for the deposit, you never paid it, opting to pay Pino on the beach. We discussed your dissatisfaction immediately following your trip, and spoke with Pino at that time, too. When we spoke with you at noon you were still on the beach where the boat was on the sand. We did not receive any phone calls about your lost items, nor did we get any emails about it. We do not have any funds from you, any money paid was directly to Pino. Going forward, we've enjoyed running the boat, working with PIno, and living the unique experience of running the only (in)formal fishing tour in an old-time fishing village. But, at this juncture Nick and I are realizing our plan to retire to a small fishing village, that turned into 9 years of waking at dawn, long days of hot sun and/or high seas, afternoons covered in sand, salt and fish blood, are waning. As our boat is out of service, we are directing our tours to local fishermen, continuing the commitment we've always had to support the families of the town's original settlers. In referring tours out, we lose a bit of the control of how things are done, and, like in this case, some fish might get away (on the beach) and "momma" won't be there to make sure everything gets picked up and put away. I'm genuinely sorry you and your girlfriend (who wrote the NO GO review) were so disappointed. It's important to me that the fishermen have clear feedback about what they could improve. I will encourage Pino and others to: 1) to establish a policy and to communicate clearly what will happen if a tour is cut short due to safety concerns; 2) to organize fish cleaning so that the paying guests and their catch are recognized/prioritized; 3) remind guests to gather all their items before getting off the boat.
Written September 21, 2019
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Charisse R
North Cape May, NJ118 contributions
We went on the captains choice with Pino, Janet, and Travis from North Carolina. Janet was able to work out a shared trip for us with Travis. We had a beautiful day and Janet and Pino could not have been better hosts! We started off fishing for game fish and trolled down to come to Punta Mona. Once we arrived at Punta Mona we snorkeled. The water was very deep and very clear. Pino went diving for lobster. We stopped at several other snorkel stops while Pino went diving for lobster. At the end of the day we had 8 lobster, a large crab,a Bonita, and a hog fish! Janet brought along snacks and beverages. The trip lasted from 8-2 and was the highlight of our trip! Luckily for us we rented a house and were able to have a delicious lobster dinner that evening and had enough left over for lobster salad on the beach the following day! This trip is highly recommended! Janet, her husband Nick, and Pino are awesome! 😃
Written March 23, 2014
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Thank you for the nice words! We really enjoyed our time with you both as well. You mention sharing the boat, and that day it worked out perfect! The trip was extra fun because of the great connection between guests who became fast friends. I hope you'll visit again! Meanwhile, enjoy the happy memories and warm thoughts we send. Janet
Written March 12, 2015
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Jubropamil
London, UK20 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Book Pino and Nick. Super knowledgeable and ultra friendly.
We've never been fishing before and it was great. Caught lots of jack's which were cooked in 'Hot Rocks' restaurant on our return which was fab.
We also went snorkeling which I loved. They supplied all the gear plus yummy drinks and snacks, (thanks Janet- fab humous)
Wish I could go again tomorrow!
Written July 16, 2017
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Shucks, thanks for such a nice review. We would love to take you back out, so come back soon!
Written July 18, 2017
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Shari R
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Oct 2016 • Family
We spent almost a year planning our trip to Costa Rica with our 4 kids and this deep sea fishing trip was suppose to be the highlight, we were all looking so forward to it! First I have to say that Nick and Pino were great-they were very knowledgeable, friendly and made us all feel very comfortable on board. We saw many dolphins that day which was great! My daughter caught the only fish that day in the afternoon. Sadly, the fish didn't co operate which is a reality when you fish!
We brought our water bottles as instructed to reduce plastic but there was very little water on board for us to have. We were also told that there would be ample am and pm snacks. There was not. During the snorkelling 2 octopus and a lobster were caught, I thought we would have a beach bbq with this since we did not catch any fish in the morning. We did not.
We cut the excursion short and went back to town as everyone was dehydrated and starving. We booked a full day excursion and hadn't eaten since breakfast.
I'm sure we would have still have had a good time even though the fish were not biting that day if there had been snacks and water on board to get us through the day. For the price we paid I would have expected a little more or a little more preparedness on their part.
Written October 30, 2016
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We had two back-to-back disappointing tours, and I can only assure you we learned some valuable lessons that week. Life happens, and as ex-pats living in Costa Rica, some of Nick and my lives exist thousands of miles away. I was out of the country for an extended period, Nick was home in Puerto Viejo to run the business and dealing with a family emergency. We showed our human side, and darn, it is humbling! I pack a mean cooler, and yet, you will never know it because in my absence they just missed the mark. They planned for a full day tour, and the intention to cook fish on the beach, but, no fish in the AM, as you said, geez, when has that ever happened? There are so many variables in offering tours dependent on seas, fish, weather, etc., so it is very frustrating for us when it's our own shortcomings that disappoint our clients. We appreciate the feedback, we have already addressed the cooler/snack issue. It did give me (Janet) just a hint of satisfaction to say, "Hey boys, I knew you needed me more than you'd ever admit!"--but sorry you had to be the one to point it out, folks.
Written November 18, 2016
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Amanda F
Silt, CO2 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
What a great day out on the waters with Pico as our captain! We went as a group of 4 for an all day excursion in which we caught many different kinds of fish topped off with a snorkeling trip in the afternoon. Pico took us to all the great spots and even taught us all how to fish by hand line, which was a great new experience for all of us on board with experience levels from beginning to experienced with fishing. Pico even topped the day off by taking us back to his home to make fresh ceviche with our catch from the day! Well worth the money and an amazing experience for our vacation!
Written March 2, 2016
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Thanks for the nice review, and especially for recognizing the wonderful man we work with. Pino has been with us since we opened the company, in fact, we probably wouldn't do it without him!! There are few things that top a day on and in the water, fishing and snorkeling is a must-do in southeastern Costa Rica, and we take pride in offering that with a comfortable boat and a skilled captain. Come see us again!
Written June 30, 2017
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kwhits
Houston, TX6 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
My husband (an avid fisherman) and I went on an all day fishing trip while on our honeymoon and loved it!! We caught a couple of king fish, mackerel, and jacks and it was cooked for us on a private little beach by one of our guides, Pinot (the best fish I have ever eaten). I loved that we were only a few miles from shore and the water was very calm, perfect for this girl who tends to get a little sea sick. Definitely recommend this for people who like to fish or try new things!
Written October 27, 2014
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We love honeymooners! Sometimes we call Wahoo the love boat, we seem to attract so many of them! As you point out, Pino is indeed a great guide and cook. September and October can be some of the most amazing seas, and we are so happy you were here for them! Thinking of a place for that first anniversary? We'd love to see you again! Janet
Written March 12, 2015
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