Aquamor is waterlove. Here in Talamanca, Costa Rica there are many forms of water to love. The Caribbean sea, rainforest creeks, tropical lagoons, mighty rivers, huge tide pools, mirror flat seas, monster sized surf, gentle glassy waves, swollen quebradas, flooded forests, blue crystal clear water.
Some of the best ways to see and experience these waters are diving and kayaking. Aquamor specializes in teaching and guiding adventures in diving and kayaking. That's all we do. No hotel or cabinas or bar. We're devoted to adventures. Every day we paddle out to sea and up and down creeks, rivers, streams and lagoons. We know where to take you for the best harmony of conditions and abilities - even if you have never been diving or kayaking before. Are you experienced? We know adventures that will thrill even the most jaded. You will soon share our enthusiasm and love for the waters of Talamanca and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, for they are among the most beautiful in the world.
The Aquamor office is located in the heart of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge in the village of Manzanillo. Manzanillo is at the end of Costa Rica's coastal road south, surrounded by marine and forest wilderness. Our eco-home and office are constructed out of sustainable materials including beams and pearling made of ercycled cars, not endangered hardwoods. We grow over a dozen kinds of fruits and out 1000 meter lot is full of trees. We have a complete septic tank system and capture rainwater. Our business is family owned.
From our headquarters on the beach, dugouts and small fiberglass pangas take divers out to more than 100 sites, from shallow coral gardens to massive vertical walls. Kayakers paddle out to three jungle creeks full of wildlife and to kilometers of reef starting meters off the beach. We are on a large lagoon where children swim and you can scuba dive or snorkel in only three feet of water and see fish and corals. The deep reefs and sandy beach breaks provide great waves for kayak surfing with waves for all levels including "I could never surf". Beach, kayak and boat scuba and snorkel dives leave right from our dive deck. Our dive and kayak instruction takes place in the lagoon, in water you can stand up in, steps away. The beach is world class, drenched in green and full of wildlife, much better than a postcard.
Anyone can paddle up a flat rainforest creek and everyone loves meeting the residents of the rainforest. Kingfishers, parrots, sloths, toucans, monkeys and much more are commonly spotted playing in the groves of ancient, huge trees. Turtles, tarpon, snook, basilisk lizards, otters and others swim in the same waters as your kayaks. You can bring your camera in our super stable sea kayaks for some amazing and impressive jungle shots and beach lagoon modeling. The rainforest will leave you charged and ready for the sea, only a few strokes away. This is the kind of all-ages trip that Disney wishes it could duplicate, but they can't hold a candle to it. With more than 380 species of birds, thousands of kinds of butterflies, countless trees, fruits and flowers, a fascinating selection of mammals, amazing sounds and delicious fragrances, no manmade attraction can even come close.
For more of the same on a grader scale we offer guided trips downstream on many local rivers. The class I to III rapids start a two hour drive out of the refuge in the indigenous territories of the Talamanca highlandss. We will learn of the traditional culture of the original inhabitants of the Talamanca, enjoy excellent views, spot wildlife and may even stop in Parque Amistad Panama for a riverside lunch. An incredible all day trip.
The unbelievable biodiversity does not stop with the forest. A few paddle strokes will carry you over Caribbean coral reefs. Angelfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, snapper and jack are a few of the almost 500 species of fish that can be seen from your kayak without even getting wet. Glide over brain coral, fire coral, sheet coral, lettuce coral and star coral and more than 40 other species. Paddle very quietly and you migth see a sea turtle, dolphin or even a manatee. You can paddle into a sea cave or paddle out until you can see Chirripo, Costa Rica's highest peak. Float next to cliffs and bluffs islands and coral rocks. Paddle to wonderful beaches that no boats can access - only kayaks. Slide into the water with a mask and fins, and tow your own kayak like a balloon. You will see more of the reef than you thought possible, with your own boat overhead everywhere you go. Leave nothing behind but ripples.
When the waves pick up it is time to try kayak surfing. The marine refuge has waves of all sizes from tiny wavelets over sand to offshore cloudbreaks over the deep vertical walls. Kayak surfing in our kayaks is even easier than boogie boarding. Within a half hour you'll be surfing gentle fun waves. When you are ready for more, we have drops bigger than the 11 foot kayaks. Then carve your way in for a kayak tube ride. Whatever your abilities you will come out of the water stoked.
You'll want to get right back in for some scuba diving. Our guided adventures take you to the best spots on Talamanca's unknown reefs. With top of the line equipment, experienced divemasters and PADI instructors for courses in open water, advanced, rescue and ivemaster, you will be safe and confident now matter your level. Try scuba for the first time in the shallow lagoon, in water you can stand up in, with a PADI instructor. Or head out with a guide for some wild Caribbean diving. Small groups ensure "anything goes" wildlife viewing. Secret spots, the rare and the elusive, blue water drops and more.
Whatever your abilities and whatever the conditions we will help you experience to the fullest the amazing biodiversity and fascinating culture of Costa Rica's most preserved canton, Talamanca, and its coastal gemstone, the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. For tour information and rates
Contact us at:
Tel: 2759-9012, 8835-6041, 8886-9431
This website is your guide to tours, accommodation, activities and natural attractions, and the culture and history of Costa Rica's Talamanca region, put together by Talamanca Discovery, a recently formed group of people dedicated to ecotourism.