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“Awesome Aqua Combo Tour for a grou of 30”

Charlie's Adventure Tours
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Owner description: Charlie’s Adventures is the Premier Tour Company in the Papagayo Gulf with over 14 years of experience. We have multilingual tour guides, our own equipment and fully insured boats. We know that next time you think of Costa Rica, and especially Papagayo Gulf and Matapalo Beach – Guanacaste, you’ll think of Charlie’s Adventure and the days you had the best moments of your life!
Reviewed August 2, 2014

You can't go wrong with this trip... We booked the "Aqua Combo Tour" for 30 people to be a great conclusion to a week long mission trip in Costa Rica. This trip was... In a word... FANTASTIC. Carlos (the son of the owner) was captain of the boat on our trip, and took awesome care of us... they were ready to go when we arrived at the beach, and we had a fantastic day of boating, snorkeling, and exploring the Playa Huevos cove... topped off with a fantastic bbq lunch cooked on the beach at Playa Huevos... a lunch which included fish we had just caught. I honestly believe that this trip will be considered by the entire group as one of the highlights of their time in Costa Rica. It most certainly was for me.

Thank Rob_in_Costa_Rica
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Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

Terrible tour agency. They cancel your tour at the time to go onboard. Not because of bad weather, simply because they cannot plan really a tour. Which should be their expertise. In addittion I'll have to wait 3 days to see if I'll get my money back.
In summary, this agency should not be operating.

1  Thank luabe
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

There was a Charlie's tour office at our resort (Allegro Papagayo) and we found the service there very good. Helpful, informative and not pushy at all. The prices are also really quite reasonable. We booked and went on a boat trip across the bay to Coco Beach. I don't remember his name, but our guide was fabulous and worked so very hard. We all felt really bad for him as he was doing a two-person job by himself. He had to maneuver the bigger boat we were all in, as well as a smaller boat that didn't even have a motor that picked you up from the beach and brought you to the bigger boat. At the same time he was trying to help us all into the boats while keeping them steady. And when we came back after a few hours at Coco Beach, the sun was setting and we realized there wasn't even a light on the boat and so we travelled in the dark for a while. The stars were beautiful but you couldn't help but wonder about the safety issues. And then the poor guide had to go all the way back to Coco Beach (over an hour away) in the dark by himself. So while we had a good time, all of us on the boat felt bad for our guide and wished he would have a helper as it is clearly a two-person job.

Thank Traveller3229
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We used Charlie's Adventures for a snorkeling trip while staying in the Gulf of Papagayo. We were staying at the Andaz and were picked up right at our hotel beach. The boat arrived right on time. It is a full day of boating and snorkeling and lunch. Our guide, Bruno, was great. The trip to the bay for snorkeling was a bit slow but it was a beautiful day on the water. The snorkeling spot was a bit rough but Bruno made it all amazing, diving for fish and star fish and bringing them to the surface. The beach location was great for swimming and the caves were amazing to explore. We headed for bottom fishing which was really fun and we caught fish for lunch. You are treated to an abundance of tropical fruit. I am still dreaming about the pineapple. Lunch on the beach was actually very good and the staff so friendly. Overall this was a great experience for families or couples. We have done of number of snorkeling tours on vacation and this was as fun as any despite the fact that the snorkeling itself happened not to be great on the day we went.

Thank listravellers
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Charlie's was really awesome. We were happier with their tours than the ones we booked through our tour rep. The person who helped us book was super helpful and friendly, and helped us make the best of our time there. There was no pressure, and they actually suggested various items to us so that we didn't double up on the same experiences when booking multiple tours. The booking agent gave us tips on the best days to go on tours so they weren't so packed (he knew which days the resort would be getting new groups in, so he let us know which days would be busier and quieter based on our preferences).
The Aqua Combo was the perfect choice for a fun and relaxing day out on the water. The boat picked us up at our hotel. Within 10 minutes of being on the water we started seeing humpback whales! It was incredible. The guide was really friendly, and hilarious and made sure we never missed a thing. He took us to a lovely spot for snorkeling. He got right in there and was diving down to the bottom and showing us all kinds of amazing creatures! After snorkeling we were all given the chance to fish for lunch. Super exciting to see all the people on our boat catching fish! We got a little show when birds started circling our boat looking for food...really neat! We stopped at a secluded white sand beach for a delicious lunch cooked by the guide's wife. The food was better than the resort food in my opinion. After lunch we had time to relax, swim, and check out the caves and wildlife on the beach. The boat ride back was relaxing and scenic, we just kicked back and had drinks and they served us a fresh pineapple for dessert. The boat had a bathroom on it, and it was stocked with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The guide and his wife were kind to serve us, but also allowed us to fix what we wanted to drink which was nice. We also booked a boat ride to Coco Beach with Charlie's. We had planned to take their sunset cruise, but the person working there explained that we would see many of the same things as the aqua combo, so if we booked coco beach instead, we would get to see new things and we would still get the benefit of the sunset cruise since it returns from Coco Beach right at sunset. Well played Charlie's. Not only did they save us money, but they allowed us to make the most of out time and see and do more. I should also mention that they didn't have a tour to Coco Beach booked on the day we wanted to go...but they set it up for us. Clearly they had no problem selling tours for that day because it ended up being full. Halfway through our vacation we switched resorts and were worried that we would have to cancel our Charlie's tour, they were so accommodating and came to pick us up at our other hotel!! We talked to other guests at our hotels who had booked other tours with Charlie's and everyone had a great time with them. I would highly recommend taking a tour with Charlie's. They made our trip to Costa Rica that much better!

Thank Jenn613
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