You'll experience Puerto Caldera, a small port town on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, and enjoy time to get settled into your stateroom before the ship casts off this evening for your Costa Rica cruise.
Today is at leisure to experience the amenities of Tere Moana. Enjoy a massage at the luxurious spa. Take a dip in the pool. Or simply relax in a deck chair and bask in the warm sun.
In Chiriquí Gulf National Marine Park, a marine park in the Caribbean Sea near the Costa Rican border, lies Isla Gamez, an uninhabited island that serves as a protected refuge for leatherback and hawksbill turtles, tiger herons, whitetip sharks, howler monkeys, and colorful tropical fish. Your port call here gives you an opportunity to marvel at this amazing wildlife by land and sea. Or relax on beautiful beaches whose turquoise waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Literally “Little Bay,” this small port town is located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Admire the excellent beaches set against the backdrop of the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Golfito (Golfito Wildlife Refuge), part of Costa Rica’s national parks system, featuring steep hills carpeted with pristine rainforest. Or take advantage of the sportfishing and duty-free shopping for which Golfito is renowned.
Located on the northern side of Osa Peninsula, home of Corcovado National Park — Costa Rica’s largest national park and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth — Drake Bay also gives you easy access to Isla del Caño, an uninhabited island whose coral beds offer superb snorkeling. You can also view stone spheres and other artifacts left by an ancient civilization dating to the pre-Columbian era.
Set on an inlet surrounded by tropical rain forest, this Costa Rican village was home to the Quepo Indians until the mid-1700s. Today, it is an ecotourism and sportfishing mecca. Enjoy the high-spirited, friendly locals, who celebrate life with dancing in the streets and frequent festivals and other events. Explore the village center, a charming, compact area brimming with shops, galleries, restaurants, and bakeries set on the beach. Or venture the short distance to Manuel Antonio National Park—the country’s smallest park, yet one of the most biodiverse places in the world, with beautiful rain forests, beaches, and coral reefs.
Literally “Turtle Island,” Isla Tortuga, off the southern tip of Nicoya Peninsula, is home to wildlife reserves and refuges, with plenty of walking trails. As you cruise here, you might spot manta rays, pilot whales, or whale sharks. Then, come ashore to enjoy white-sand beaches shaded by coconut palms and perhaps go swimming or embark on a glass-bottom boat ride on emerald waters. Snorkelers can search for stingrays, angel fish, spinner dolphins, octopus, and sharks, while divers can explore the shipwrecks that have become havens for a variety of marine life.
In the afternoon, Tere Moana sails to Curú Wildlife Reserve, a privately owned wildlife reserve on Nicoya Peninsula. The park is pioneering in its combination of protected wildlife reserve and sustainable, low-impact agriculture. Among the animals you might see in the wild here are white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, scarlet macaws, collared peccary, coati, coyotes, iguanas, and hundreds of species of tropical and migratory birds. Curú also boasts one of the most beautiful beaches on Nicoya Peninsula.
Your voyage ends where it began, in the port town of Puerto Caldera. Enjoy breakfast aboard before disembarking for your return flight home.