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.

Right for You?

Duration

Full Day

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Connect with Nature

Languages

Spanish
English-speaking guides are available for extra cost

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Island and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

ACTUAR

Locally Owned Community Association
Starts at:

$236/group

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Speaks: Spanish

Highlights

  • 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.

Details

Schedule

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

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

2 travelers minimum

Go early in the morning to Costa de Pájaros, a purely fishing community, where you will travel by public boat like the local people. You will ride around the Gulf of Nicoya to Chira Island and get off at Bocana’s berth where your local guide will be waiting for you.

Take the unusual public bus which will transfer around the little communities, while you will learn some stories of the Island and also about The Women’s Association of Chira Island. After a 20 minutes crossing the Island, you will arrive to Palito, where you will take a boat to observe the impressive mangrove forest where 5 of the 7 mangrove species of Costa Rica can be found, with a little bit of good luck you will see crocodiles, many exotic birds, visit the Paloma Island a sanctuary for waterbirds and learn about traditional fishing practices.

Around one hour and a half later you will be back in Palito, where you will take a local transportation to La Amistad Rural Lodge to enjoy a delicious lunch made with fresh products from the sea. Don’t forget to have a cup of coffee before to go back to Bocana where you will board the public boat back to Costa de Pájaros.

What's Included

Lodging

None

Activities

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

Guide

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

Food

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

Transport

Boat, Walk and Public bus

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ACTUAR

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!