Paddle 9
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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2024

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Natasa N
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
It was the best time spending with this company
Im from Canada and we decide to do Waterfall Adventure and hire the Paddle 9 team it was the best experience ever. They all make sure we get safe to the falls and make sure all our cellphones are dry. The places we visit was apsolutly amazing. This trip was worth every penny
I strongly recommend doing this trip is you are in Costa Rica amazing time

Thank you Paddle 9 we will do it again with yoy guys different trips we apsolutly loved everything
Written December 4, 2020
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Kelsey T
Hammonton, NJ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Not even sure where to begin! Before this incredible trip to Costa Rica I had the undeniable fear of heights. After this trip, I can say that I no longer have that fear all thanks to Paddle 9. I was able to conquer this fear through their guidance, patience, and impeccable coaching. They had the power to make our group of strangers feel invincible just by the tone they set in the beginning of the trip. The staff was incredibly well spoken and direct about the safety goals to ensure for a successful day. When we arrived at each location all the fears I once had about jumping were gone. Paddle 9 was able to coach me through conquering something I didn’t think I would be able to accomplish. They even had me considering jumping 30ft off a cliff without much hesitation. Paddle 9 was extremely professional the entire tour.
Something that really stood out to me was how they had the ability to incorporate the beauty of Costa Rica in the tour. I have truly never been a part of a more magical journey. They have such passion for their business because they see the beauty of the country and all of its potential. I would recommend Paddle 9 to anyone looking to jump outside their comfort zone. My boyfriend and I will absolutely be returning again primarily for this life changing experience. I owe them the biggest thank you because it’s so rare we find passionate people who help change our lives for the better. No matter what age- I recommend taking the journey with them. You never know what kind of doors it may open for you.
Written March 1, 2020
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Chi L
Irvine, CA204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When I first booked this tour (through our hotel), I thought it was gonna be visiting a few waterfalls with some swimming at the lagoons at the end of the waterfall. Turns out we ended up jumping off the waterfall, sliding down waterfalls, jumping of 30 feet cliffs, and jumping through waterfalls. What a truly amazing adventure. What made it great were the guides (Alvaro, Ben, Cory, Gustavo, JD, Andres, and the driver..I forgot his name). They were funny, informative, and most importantly, took care of all of us by ensuring our safety. After each jump, they always extended out a helping hand. Their genuine concern for the safety and enjoyment of the guest really made this a great trip. If you like adventure, this is definitely the tour. Also they provided a great lunch of fresh tilapia (served whole) with great sides.
Written January 11, 2020
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Michael D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
From the moment Anthony "DK," Alvaro picked us up at our villa we had a blast. My mother was very hesitant to go on the trip but Anthony helped her throughout the entire tour. He told us a lot about the geography and history of Quepos and the areas we visited. We ended up running into Anthony at a local restaurant and he was very friendly and hospitable giving us other recommendations to try on our trip. We cannot wait to go down and see the guys and go on this trip again. Top notch!
Written February 2, 2020
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Ariana L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
My mother and I went on the Nauyaca Waterfall tour (picked up around 9AM and dropped off around 6PM) and it was amazing!

Immediately, the guides (Andres, Roberto, and Ismael) were inviting and energetic. They all contributed to teaching us more about the areas we drove through, the plants and animals we saw/ they pointed out to us, and anything else we wanted to know.

We stopped at a smaller waterfall first to “practice” jumping off to prepare for the opportunity to jump off a bigger one later. They helped wade you through the water and there was even a photographer with us to help capture all the moments (super affordable).

After the first waterfall, we drove to the entrance of the hike to Nauyaca. There was a station there with picnic tables and bathrooms that we could use before taking a tractor down to the actual hike.

There’s a spot that the tractor drops you off with swings and bathrooms. Also, there were walking sticks + the guides brought a first aid kit and spread themselves out during the walk to make sure we were all good. We walked down to the lower falls and the guides invited us to climb the waterfall (~30 feet) and jump off. I went up along with 2 others from my group and I felt like I was in good hands the whole time.

After wading in the pool of the lower falls for a bit, we trekked to the upper falls and had a snack and had the opportunity to go in the upper falls pool too (none of our group chose to).

We enjoyed the area for a bit and then hiked back to the place with the swings, waited for our tractor, got back up to the summit with the picnic tables and bathrooms, and showered before getting our food.

The food was really good (note: we’re 1 vegetarian + 1 vegan and they accommodated us easily) and there was even beer brewed there for purchase!

We took off after watching the wildlife and drove back to our hotels. It was a really memorable tour and I’d highly recommend! Make sure you’re in decent shape (able to walk 2 miles and sustain an incline for a few minutes).

The guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and fun! Shout out to you guys :)

Note: I marked us as “family with teens” but it was just me and my mom (late 20s and mid 60s)
Written January 17, 2023
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Kandis S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We had such an amazing time on our cliff jumping Paddle 9 tour. The crew of Ismael, Roberto/ Mako, Dianysis and our American photographer were all amazing and made everyone feel incredibly safe and capable (no matter the age, sporting ability or fitness level), as we had a huge range in our group and everyone had a fantastic time. The guides also spoke excellent English and were both entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable about the area’s flora & fauna and brought the history they shared to life for us. Their enthusiasm was contagious from the moment the tour started till the end! They encouraged guests to jump but also happily supported those who chose not to. The lunch was local and very tasty. Well done Paddle 9 team for giving our whole family a tour to remember! Mikaila and Kiara, my teen daughters, both loved Ismeal’s crazy enthusiasm, technical jumping guidance and his gentle encouragement!
Written March 18, 2023
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davidj38552022
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Our family of four, two littles (6&8), and my father (72) took the Paddle 9 Waterfall Tour out of Quepos, Costa Rica, and it exceeded our wildest imagination?! The three guides: “Mako,” Elliott, and Reece were AWESOME! They took great care to ensure that everyone had an amazing experience while also taking every precaution to ensure the safest experience possible even if that meant jumping off the side of a waterfall from 30 feet. In between each of the 3 waterfalls that we visited, Elliot and Mako did a great job telling us about the history of Costa Rica, and what made each region unique. Our guides were consummate professionals: patient, funny, warm, attentive, and full of energy. After the last of the three water falls, we ate at a local Tapia fish bank that was delicious! We ended the trip at Playa Ventanas, Puntarenas, which has two sea caves that had been formed by volcanic lava, and have the ocean tide come in and out of it. This makes for great photo opps. The scenery from the beach is jaw dropping, and the swell from the beach is great for boogie boarding. Be careful and be sure to apply sun tan lotion as the sun is strong!

Reece, Elliot, & Mako went out of their way to make sure that we had the excursion of a lifetime, and I know that our children will remember this day long after I am gone.

Could not recommend this trip more highly!

Note: This is a fairly rigorous adventure trip involving narrow pathways through the jungle on uneven ground, slippery rocks, and incredible jumps from 6 feet, 10 feet, and the opportunity for a 30 foot jump. There is a “water slide” that is effectively like a 70 degree water park slide from 20+ feet up. It is worth the trip alone?! The water was refreshing and not chilly at all in early January 2024. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to bring water shoes, and don’t worry about bringing your phone to take pictures as Elian, the photographer, took professional photos all day for purchase at the end of the trip.
Written January 2, 2024
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Trif123456
Calgary, Canada73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great Full Day Waterfall Tour. Visited 3 separate spots to jump into the pools at the base of varying sizes of waterfalls. Ismael, Mako, driver Carlos and photographer ? (sorry never clearly heard his name) were all great. Safety was a huge priority!!! Clear instructions were given for each location. Ismael and Mako literally guided you into the water and across any slippery parts if you needed/wanted it. They provided life jackets for anyone who was nervous about the jump or the slide (it seemed fast moving the day we were there). They also positioned themselves with one on the top of the jump to guide the jumper and the other at the bottom to assist with any current or eddies at the base. Or in my case just making me feel more confident. I chose to only do one jump but my 67 year husband did all of the jumps. Some more than once.

The lunch was very good. The fish was the best we have had in a week of eating in Costa Rica. The view was amazing as we looked out over the whale-tale shaped bay of Uvita,
Written November 12, 2023
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Devon D
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Amazing surf lessons for our two young kids. Matthew and his team spent their time and patience teaching my 6 and 8 year olds how to surf. Paddle 9's excitement for the sport rubbed off and our kids showed no fear of getting in the water and standing on the boards. My 6 year old is pretty adventerous, but my 8 year old is typically cautious. The team at Paddle 9 knew how to teach to both personalities. We'll use these guys for future lessons when we head back to CR.
Written February 14, 2022
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Gwen R., Chicago
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Family of 9, including preteens and teens, thoroughly enjoyed this adventure! Initially we thought we would see a couple of waterfalls, swim in a water hole, hang out on a quiet beach.... Well, we got this AND a whole heck of a lot more! Between jumping off small cliffs to sliding down a natural waterfall to watching our teenagers brave a jump off a 30 foot cliff, not sure what to say was our favorite part. Fresh Tilapia and delicious Costa Rican sides topped off this amazing day. A big call out and thank you to Lorenzo for taking care of our mom and keeping her safe. To Tomas, Ben, Correy, and Anthony, for making this excursion memorable and showing us that we can all do brave things. #ifyourgonnabedumbyougottabetough
Written January 3, 2020
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