We're spending 8 days in a rental villa in Ojochal over Christmas (only time this winter we could get away - I know it's not ideal travelling time!).
We want to spend time chilling out in our villa and on beaches, but also want to do some exploring - hiking and snorkelling in particular. But all the arranged group trips seem SO expensive - over $100 per person for a day trip. I don't mind spending that once or maybe twice (say for cano island), but is it necessary? Are there places to hike without a guide or group trip? Is there good snorkelling from the beaches of the Ballena marine park, or do we really need a boat snorkelling trip?
We're in our early 30s, no children, fairly independent, and would rather do our own thing if possible.
Any help or advice greatly appreciated.