Isla Chira, Costa Rica

Isla Chira One Day Adventure

Full Day | Getting to Know Locals, Wildlife Viewing and Fishing

During this day visit to Chira Island, you will observe an impressive mangrove forest, a variety of wildlife such as exotic birds and crocodiles, learn about traditional fishing practices and enjoy a delicious lunch made with fresh products from the sea.

Chira is the biggest island in the Golf of Nicoya with a size of 43 km² and the most populated island of Costa Rica. Its residents work in small-scale fishing, clam harvesting, handicraft production and rural community tourism. The island has a designated Responsible Fishing Marine Area, which is home to hundreds of species of fish, birds and other animals, giving Chira Island its rich, natural splendor.

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Full Day

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Connect with Nature


English-speaking guides are available for extra cost

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Island and Small Towns/Villages


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited


Locally Owned Community Association
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Speaks: Spanish


  • Stories about the Island and the Women's Association of Chira Island.
  • Mangrove forest.
  • Wildlife such as crocodiles and exotic birds.
  • Visit Paloma Island, sanctuary for waterbirds, and learn about traditional fishing practices.



The public boat from Costa de Pájaros to Bocana leaves twice a day, at 7.30 am and at 2.30pm.


Flexible Departure Date
All year


2 travelers minimum

What's Included




Fishing, Cultural Activities, Community Visit, Getting to Know Locals, Wildlife Viewing, Class/Workshop, Birdwatching and Boat Tour


Bilingual guide (extra $) and Local guide (not bilingual)


Food made with fresh products from the sea at La Amistad Rural Lodge.


Boat, Walk and Public bus

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Locally Owned Community Association

ACTUAR (Costa Rican Association of Rural and Community Tourism) supports a network of over 40 partner communities across Costa Rica. They offer innovative and customized programs for visitors who wish to live authentic experiences of Costa Rican culture and experience the local charm. They combine the great classics of Costa Rica ecotourism and visiting destinations in rural communities, planning fun, educational trips that promote a harmonious relationship between conservation and rural development.

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Getting There

Transport options

Boat, Drive and Bus (multiple)
Drive or take the bus to the port of Costa de los Pájaros and catch the 7:30am public boat. Your guide will be waiting for you at the arrival point on Chira Island!