Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks

Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks

From AUD $5,090


Discover the treasures of one of Costa Rica’s richest regions, Guanacaste, on a six-day voyage. Snorkel and kayak among a multicolored galaxy of tropical fish and palm-lined beaches in the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hike, ride horseback, and zipline amid mist-shrouded volcanic peaks in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where 32 rivers and streams cut their way through incredible biodiversity. As we venture from uninhabited isles to wildlife-rich jungles, bask in the “pura vida” that infuses this ecologically rich country.

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Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs & Volcanic Peaks
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 72 metres Passenger Capacity: 100 guests (in 50 cabins) Built: 2017 Designed with decades of expedition experience in the region, National Geographic Quest more than comfortably accommodates 100 guests in 50 cabins. Her twin expedition craft landing platform allow us to rapidly get on and off the ship to take advantage of wildlife sightings and to ensure we maximize our time off the ship exploring. Created with a shallow draft, Quest draws only nine feet of water allowing her to sail into places where much larger ships cannot go. PUBLIC AREAS: Global gallery; fitness centre; LEXspa; lounge with full service bar and facilities for films and presentations; observation deck; mudroom with lockers for expedition gear, and a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables. Our ‘open bridge’ provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation. MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and dinner is served family-style. Menu emphasises local fare. CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls. Some cabins have balconies. EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Expedition landing craft, a fleet of 24 kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splashcam, underwater video camera, video microscope, snorkelling gear for all guests (where applicable). SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest internet access, elevator, National Geographic certified photo instructor, a video chronicler and undersea specialist. WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features a gym with an elliptical machine, treadmill, exercycles, handweights and resistance bands. Treatments in the LEXspa are available by appointment.


Day 1 - DAY 1: San José, Costa Rica / Puerto Caldera / Embark
Upon arrival in San José, the capital of CostaRica, transfer by land to Puerto Caldera andembark our ship the National Geographic Quest.Enjoy a sunset dinner on board as we chart acourse for the Guanacaste region on Costa Rica’sPacific coast. (D)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Zapotal Beach / Bahia Huevos
Drop anchor off remote Zapotal Beach, wherewe’ll spend the morning soaking up the sun orsnorkeling in waters fringed by offshore islets,which create outstanding habitat for a variety oftropical fish. Or choose to walk along a rarely usedfour-wheel drive track, which takes us back into abeautiful gallery forest. The area is rich with birdand plant varieties, and our naturalists describethe intricate web of life in these oceansideecosystems.After lunch on board, we cruise north to thePapagayo Peninsula, dropping anchor in BahiaHuevos. Our Zodiacs take us on an exploration ofthe bay and the peninsula. If conditions, permit,we drop kayaks and paddleboards and explore thenearby mangroves (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: Santa Rosa National Park / Guanacaste Conservation Area
Weather permitting, don a snorkel and fins todiscover a rich underwater world or hike into theupper reaches of the Guanacaste ConservationArea for commanding views over the full length ofthis rarely visited archipelago.Back on board, we sail toward the mainland whileenjoying a delicious lunch. Depending onconditions, we may choose to explore Santa ElenaBay in Santa Rosa National Park, JunquillalWildlife Refuge, or Cuajiniquil Bay, all part of theextraordinarily biodiverse GuanacasteConservation Area. While venturing out by kayakor taking a relaxing Zodiac cruise, we immerseourselves in the tropical environment, alive withcolor. Yellow and black great kiskadees sally fromexposed perches looking to capture a flying insectfor an evening meal, and orange-frontedparakeets chatter overhead. Predators such asmangrove hawks may take wind, setting out on alate afternoon hunt, while ringed kingfishers, richlycolored in brick red and deep blue, wait patiently,watching the shallows for a fish’s silvery flash.(B,L,D)**Please note: National Geographic Quest will sailto Nicaragua overnight where necessaryimmigration requirements will be completed priorto returning to Costa Rica on Day 4
Day 4 - DAY 4: Rincón de la Vieja National Park / Hacienda Guachipelin
Our adventure today continues as we set offinland to explore Rincón de la Vieja National Park.This mountainous region is also a part of theGuanacaste Conservation Area and encompassesmore than 34,000 acres. The area, with its forestscarpeting the sides of two active volcanoes, isalive with geothermal activity as gurgling, bubblingmud pots spout and steam rises above thecanopy. Choose between several enticing optionstoday including a hike through the transition zonewhere tropical dry habitat meets the temperatecloud forest. Here, we keep an eye out for exoticwildlife, with the possibility of encounteringmantled howler monkeys and regionally specialbirds including the noisy and conspicuous white-throated magpie-jay. Alternatively, after a shorthike into the forest, opt to swim below LasChorreras Waterfall. Or choose to ride horsebackacross lush meadows, or soar through the canopyby zipline before enjoying a sumptuous lunchserved poolside at Hacienda Guachipelin whilelocal marimba gu
Day 5 - DAY 5: Curu National Wildlife Refuge / Isla Tortuga
Along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, and inmany ways demarcating the line between thewetter jungles of the south and Guanacaste’s drierenvironment, sits Curu National Wildlife Refuge,Costa Rica’s first private national wildlife reserve.Learn about the hundreds of species of birds,reptiles, and mammals that inhabit this thrivingecosystem while exploring the park’s tracks andtrails. Here we look for white-faced capuchinmonkeys, turquoise-browed motmots, and withluck, scarlet macaws. The northern tamanduaresides here, and while often elusive and quiet,this primarily arboreal member of the anteaterfamily may be spotted.Later, as we enjoy lunch on board, we cruise to acluster of offshore islets collectively called IslaTortuga. Choose to stand-up paddleboard, kayak,or simply relax on the beach shaded by swayingpalms and tropical vegetation. As the sun beginsto set on our Guanacaste adventure, a watersidebarbecue dinner awaits—the perfect way to finishour voyage. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - DAY 6: Puerto Caldera / Disembark / San José / Home
Disembark after breakfast in Puerto Caldera. Driveto the airport in San José for flights home. (B)
Day 7 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change

Trip Dates

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21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $5,090Category 1
21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $5,750Category 2
21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $6,080Category 3
21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $6,640Category 4
21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $7,070Category 5
21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $7,840Category 1 Single
21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $8,640Category 2 Single
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $6,640Category 4
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $7,070Category 5
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $7,840Category 1 Single
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $8,640Category 2 Single
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $5,090Category 1
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $5,750Category 2
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $6,080Category 3
01-12-202206-12-2022AUD $5,090Category 1
01-12-202206-12-2022AUD $5,750Category 2
01-12-202206-12-2022AUD $6,080Category 3
01-12-202206-12-2022AUD $6,640Category 4
01-12-202206-12-2022AUD $7,070Category 5
01-12-202206-12-2022AUD $7,840Category 1 Single
01-12-202206-12-2022AUD $8,640Category 2 Single
06-12-202211-12-2022AUD $5,090Category 1
06-12-202211-12-2022AUD $5,750Category 2
06-12-202211-12-2022AUD $6,080Category 3
06-12-202211-12-2022AUD $6,640Category 4
06-12-202211-12-2022AUD $7,070Category 5
06-12-202211-12-2022AUD $7,840Category 1 Single
06-12-202211-12-2022AUD $8,640Category 2 Single
10-01-202315-01-2023AUD $5,340Category 1
10-01-202315-01-2023AUD $6,040Category 2
10-01-202315-01-2023AUD $6,380Category 3
10-01-202315-01-2023AUD $6,980Category 4
10-01-202315-01-2023AUD $7,420Category 5
10-01-202315-01-2023AUD $8,230Category 1 Single
10-01-202315-01-2023AUD $9,080Category 2 Single
12-03-202317-03-2023AUD $5,240Category 1
12-03-202317-03-2023AUD $5,930Category 2
12-03-202317-03-2023AUD $6,270Category 3
12-03-202317-03-2023AUD $6,840Category 4
12-03-202317-03-2023AUD $7,280Category 5
12-03-202317-03-2023AUD $8,080Category 1 Single
12-03-202317-03-2023AUD $8,900Category 2 Single
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $5,240Category 1
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $5,930Category 2
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $6,270Category 3
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $6,840Category 4
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $7,280Category 5
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $8,080Category 1 Single
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $8,900Category 2 Single
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $5,240Category 1
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $5,930Category 2
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $6,270Category 3
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $6,840Category 4
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $7,280Category 5
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $8,080Category 1 Single
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $8,900Category 2 Single


    • Navigate the pristine coastline of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, snorkel crystalline waters, and explore wildlife-rich parks and preserves
    • Discover diverse tropical ecosystems while exploring via kayak and paddleboard, on foot, on horseback, and soaring by zipline
    • Spend an afternoon enjoying Isla Tortuga’s palm-shaded beaches before a barbecue dinner on the sand
    • Explore the volcanic landscapes of Rincón de la Vieja National Park and search for exotic wildlife, from monkeys to macaws