Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Island Tour Excursion Reviews

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Tortuga Island.
Tortuga Island. We had our boat break down with engine issues. Had to be rescued by another boat half way enroute, but the staff made the most of it. They did a good job, but it was average. We enjoyed the island and meal! NCL needs to use ... Read More
Tortuga Island. We had our boat break down with engine issues. Had to be rescued by another boat half way enroute, but the staff made the most of it. They did a good job, but it was average. We enjoyed the island and meal! NCL needs to use a different company IMO, they are over pricing people here as other day trips out to the island are almost half of what the cruise line is charging. Not a good value as it stands. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
First of all we went into town on our own in the morning.
First of all we went into town on our own in the morning. I'd say the town is underwhelming. The town square is OK. Get away from the town square and it gets run down. Got on the tour bus for Magdalena Island at 11:45 AM. ... Read More
First of all we went into town on our own in the morning. I'd say the town is underwhelming. The town square is OK. Get away from the town square and it gets run down. Got on the tour bus for Magdalena Island at 11:45 AM. (Note, when you come from town to the dock terminal, there are no signs to the tour busses. We had to do some bouncing around and asking questions to find the bus. You won't have this problem if you come to the dock on a ship's tender, there will be Celebrity crew to guide you.) You have about a 30 minute bus ride to the speedboat pier, and then about a 45 minute boat ride to the Island. The Penguin Reserve out there was a lot of fun. They told us there are about 100,000 penguins on the Island. I have a camera with a 300 mm telephoto zoom lens, and it was easy to get a lot of nice closeups of the penguins. One tip - I get down on my knees to shoot the penguin photos. I puts the camera at their face level and makes more interesting shots compared to looking down on them. We went in January, which is the middle of summer down there, but the Island was very windy and doggoned cold. There are no trees on the island so the wind does not get blocked. Fortunately we brought winter coats so we were OK. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did the Pacific Train, Bus & Boat Adventure through NCL.
We did the Pacific Train, Bus & Boat Adventure through NCL. The train and the bus part were pretty boring and dull, but the boat tour was fun. We saw many kinds of birds and crocodiles on the boat part. I didn't think it was worth ... Read More
We did the Pacific Train, Bus & Boat Adventure through NCL. The train and the bus part were pretty boring and dull, but the boat tour was fun. We saw many kinds of birds and crocodiles on the boat part. I didn't think it was worth the time or the $99 Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was the worst tour I have ever taken.
This was the worst tour I have ever taken. I was hoping to get a refund for it but Shore Excursions refused. They explained that when it says Scenic that means it is only a bus ride and that is exactly what it was. The guide was ... Read More
This was the worst tour I have ever taken. I was hoping to get a refund for it but Shore Excursions refused. They explained that when it says Scenic that means it is only a bus ride and that is exactly what it was. The guide was informative, but we only made two stops, one in the town of Esparza, where we were told to stay with the tour and not wander off because things happen to tourists. We watched young girls from the school dance but there were only about 50 chairs and about 100 tourists. I walk with a cane and couldn't sit down so I went back to the bus. Then we took a 1 hour drive to a souvenir shop where we had 25 minutes to use the bathroom and shop. The wait for the bathroom was over 15 minutes so I couldn't do any shopping. It was almost 98 degrees with 97% humidity. Very unhappy with this tour. NCL should advertise that it is only a bus ride. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent guided tour.
Excellent guided tour. Our guide Benny was very knowledgeable. He added his personal touch from when he was young and had picked coffee beans when not in school. Studied agronomy in school so knew a lot about the different plants and ... Read More
Excellent guided tour. Our guide Benny was very knowledgeable. He added his personal touch from when he was young and had picked coffee beans when not in school. Studied agronomy in school so knew a lot about the different plants and trees. Juan Carolos was our bus driver. He was wonderful - always helped us getting off the bus. Shopping stop was first. Visit to coffee plantation. Our guide from bus provided tour (Benny), so not a separate guide from the plantation. Visit to privately owned botanical gardens. Benny also did this tour, so he quite the responsibility with this tour! Air conditioned bus for transportation, very comfortable. Lunch at coffee plantation. Salad, rice, beams, potatoes, vegetable medley, chicken or meatballs, coconut fudge for dessert, guava or mango juice. My Mom ate almost everything and she's not much of a risk taker with food. She's a creature of habit - like the same salad every day for lunch. All day activity, great overview of the country. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Had a great tour, crocodile boat ride was an experience.
Had a great tour, crocodile boat ride was an experience.
Had a great tour, crocodile boat ride was an experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This independent tour was outstanding, starting with being picked up at the pier by Omar, and ...
This independent tour was outstanding, starting with being picked up at the pier by Omar, and provided a neice air conditioned bus, for our group of 20. This tour provided stops in the Rain Forest, to see the white faced monkeys; to ... Read More
This independent tour was outstanding, starting with being picked up at the pier by Omar, and provided a neice air conditioned bus, for our group of 20. This tour provided stops in the Rain Forest, to see the white faced monkeys; to sample fresh fruits in a local fruit stand; to take a river boat ride to see crocodiles and other wildlife, to dine at a roadside restaurant, and also to be able to make stops for photos and do a bit of shopping where we purchased some delicious bagged coffee. Omar our tour guide was very knowledgeable and seemed to thoroughly enjoy doing tours. This is a Not to be Missed tour which I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to experience the variety that Puntarenas Costa Rica has to offer. While this is an all day tour, we never felt rushed and had ample time for rest breaks and to see much of the area. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The stops were short for shopping but picturesque.
The stops were short for shopping but picturesque.
The stops were short for shopping but picturesque. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
WE liked the ride to the mangrove place and we thought our guide was great.
WE liked the ride to the mangrove place and we thought our guide was great. We saw lots of wild life. The train ride was good too. It was a great day make even better by our guide.
WE liked the ride to the mangrove place and we thought our guide was great. We saw lots of wild life. The train ride was good too. It was a great day make even better by our guide. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line