We visited Gumbalimba park as an excursion from a Carnival Cruise. The tour was called Pirates Parrots and Monkeys ( in some order). We had an excellent tour guide, Teddy, who spent the time explaining things to us. We got to see a lot of birds and got our pictures taken with them. You could buy their pictures or take your own. After that, we went on to the monkeys. They were encouraged to sit on people's shoulders by being given sunflower seeds. We stayed here for a while and truly enjoyed ourselves.
After the scheduled tour, we had some time to go to the beach or walk around. We chose to go to the beach and snorkel a bit. We had our own mask and snorkel with us, There was a fellow on the beach who offered to take us out to the reef for "a tip" He got us fins and an inflatable vest for $5 (total for both of us) and took us out. He guided us past the boat lanes and out to the reef. We swam around for a while and saw an abundance of fish, coral and even a lobster!
Back on shore, we gave him his gear back and tipped him what we considered a very moderate amount ( but he considered a great tip) and were thrilled with our experience.
The park has refreshments available, clean restrooms and lockers to rent. A beautiful day on a beautiful island...what more could you want?
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