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“Outstanding trip”

Almaco Diving & Tours
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Owner description: Almaco's private customized boat tours are a great way to experience Costa Rica from the ocean’s point of view. For almost a decade we have been designing dynamic tours for small groups and families who want a little bit of everything while out on the water. We offer snorkeling, sport fishing, scuba diving (and instruction), surf trips (and instruction), standup paddling, sunset tours, and unforgettable full day beach barbeque tours with delicious gourmet food.
Hagerstown, Maryland
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“Outstanding trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

We did the full day charter last week on the Nai'a with Almaco and it was the perfect trip! We had 4 adults and 5 kids (ages 7-15) , and we were picked up at the beach at our resort, which was extremely convenient. The day started with a short trip and then the kids went tubing which they could not get enough of. Most of the charters we have taken were on sailboats or catamarans, but this boat, with its twin engines, was the most fun. We were able to go fishing and then take a trip up and down the coast in no time at all. We then went to a quiet beach and bay where we went snorkelling and paddleboarding before we had a great BBQ lunch. The chicken, swordfish, and lobster were outstanding and the kids had a blast playing at the beach while the adults relaxed with their wine and beer. Before we knew it, it was late afternoon and we didn't even have time to go wakeboarding, which we had originally planned to do. We then took a quick trip through the mangroves before the kids went tubing one more time. This time, there were dolphins jumping through the kids wake! We have been on a lot of great charters before, but this one was most likely the best. The crew was gracious, accommodating and had a ton of activities for us the whole day. Booking the charter online was easy and their office was responsive and easy to work with. A first class operation all around!

Visited March 2014
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Richardson, Texas
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“Awesome Adventure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

We were in Costa Rica this past week with dear friends and booked the all day boat tour with Almaco. Our boat crew included Chipopa, Jorge and Alex. They were fantastic and so knowledgeable about the area, they made us comfortable and kept us learning while having fun! We did some fishing and caught some Red Snapper and Grouper. Next, we moved onto snorkeling which was really amazing! Jorge guided us through the beautiful coral where we saw many different and beautiful fish and eel. We were also lucky enough to swim with several schools of fish something that will take your breath away if you are lucky enough to do! Chipopas was busy creating our lunch when we arrived at our secluded beach that was set up with hammocks, a lovely table and chairs and all sorts of yummy sides to munch on! They even had beer and wine for us to enjoy! The chicken, lobster and fish were all excellent and cooked to perfection! After eating we just enjoyed the water with paddle boards, swimming and looking for shells. The day was coming to an end and we headed back to our resort but not before we got to see the sun set on the ocean which was also amazing! Later, I realized that I had left a bag on the boat and we were set to check out in the morning. To my amazement, Jorge had brought my bag back to the hotel the following morning just in time for me to take it back home to Dallas! Thank you so much Jorge for going above and beyond the call of duty! I can't say enough about this crew, trip and adventure! If you are going to book a boat tour pick Almaco and you are sure to be thrilled with your choice!

Visited March 2014
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Golden, Canada
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“fabulous ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

Knowledgeable, interesting and charming host. Snorkeling in warm water was disappointing only because few fishes there. Saw dolphins, a huge sea turtle and the Temisque River estuary too. Surely one of the best things we did in Costa Rica.

Visited March 2014
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Boston
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“Awesome day on the water with Almaco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

My family had wonderful day with the crew of N'aia of Almaco Diving. The beautiful boat picked us up at our beach in front of the Andaz hotel and took us for a six hour adventure in which we saw multiple dolphins (which the captain managed to entice to swim and jump in our wake for about 10 minutes while he piloted the boat in circles) and breaching/jumping whales. We visited a couple of beautiful remote beaches and snorkeled twice seeing some nice fish and a nurse shark. Lunch was great and diverse on the boat (they'll also set you up on a beach if you wish). On the way back to the resort, we trolled and caught a nice size Jack and then stopped to jig for multiple small grouper and snapper. This trip had just enough of everything for everyone. Highly recommend this company, tour and crew. Chipopa's the man!

Visited February 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“A++++ Ocean/RIver tour of Rain Forest, Costa Rica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

Almaco offers an A ++ river tour. Amenities included: cold drinks, salsa/chips, fresh cut fruit, sunscreen, snorkeling, clean boat. Our tour guide, Livee, was knowledgeable, smart, and fun. Boat driver enabled Livee to talk directly with us. River tour included magnificent Rain Forest river tour, cave trip and a wonderful ocean experiences. We saw whales and dolphins, and snorkeled on quiet reef. We loved tubing without a boat in sight.
We booked via the Four Seasons at reasonable rate. Many trip options.
BOOK NOW!! DON'T MISS!!

Visited December 2013
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