DAY 3: Islas Murcielagos/Santa Rosa National Park/Guanacaste Conservation Area
Today we set our sights on Islas Murcielagos (also known as
the Bat Islands) in the World Heritage-designated Guanacaste Conservation Area.
Weather permitting, don a snorkel and fins to discover a rich underwater world or
hike into the upper reaches of the islands for commanding views over the full
length of this rarely visited archipelago.
Back onboard, we sail towards the mainland while enjoying a
delicious lunch on board. Depending on conditions, we may choose to explore Santa
Elena Bay in Santa Rosa National Park, Junquillal Wildlife Refuge, or
Cuajiniquil Bay, all part of the extraordinarily biodiverse Guanacaste
Conservation Area. While venturing out
by kayak or taking a relaxing Zodiac cruise, we immerse ourselves into the
tropical environment, alive with
color. Yellow and black great kiskadees sally from exposed perches looking to
capture a flying insect for an evening meal and orange-fronted parakeets chatter
overhead. Predators such as mangrove hawks may take wind setting out on a late afternoon hunt, while ringed kingfishers, richly colored in brick red and deep blue, wait patiently, watching the shallows for a
fish’s silvery flash. (B,L,D)
**Please note: National Geographic Quest will sail to
Nicaragua overnight where necessary immigration requirements will be completed
prior to returning to Costa Rica on Day 4.