We booked our trip at the Expediciones Tropicales office in Barrio Amon. The staff were very helpful and even gave us a small group discount. We stayed at a hotel in Sabana Sud so we had to go about 1 Km in the morning for the bus pickup. No big deal. However we were the first of many pickups and we were 1.5 hours before we had everyone on the bus. The tour provided a small breakfast snack but for some reason we parked the entire time while we ate. So it was a long time before we ever got to the boat in Puntarenas
The boat trip was pleasant; the staff provided entertainment, fruit, and non-alcoholic drinks. The entertainment was catered primarily to the Latino customers which was OK with me.
The island is quite pristine and the swimming off shore is good. Bathroom facilities are quite basic.
We did not opt for the extra cost snorkeling as I figured I would just do this off the beach. But the surf was strong which silted up the water making the visibility less than a foot. We quit before we landed on sea urchins or rocks.
The lunch served was tasty and plentiful. The choice of drinks was very limited however. One glass of white wine was however provided.
The ride back was very nice under the setting sun. Prior to docking however, we all had to go into the main cabin. Painfully loud music and no place to sit made this a bad end to an otherwise OK day.
On the way back we had the endless drop-offs again so that when we got back into town, it was very late. I was surprised that they dropped some people, including women travelling by themselves, off on the street rather than going to their hotels.
All in all, I would not do this trip again. The bus pickups/drop-offs make it into a punishing long and tedious day. Tortuga is worth a visit but I will arrange to do it during a stopover in Puntarenas next time.
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