Different route returning to port:
Manta Raya’s Captain will escort his passengers on a different route to return to port in the afternoon; for a Tour of Discovery unique to Calypso Cruises; giving our clients a chance to see and learn more about Costa Rica. Calypso's Captain will pass through the water-way between the Island of Cedros and Peninsula Cuchillo. On the port or left side is the protected Private Reserve of Punta Coral and on the starboard side is an aquaculture project for red snapper. Further down along the shore of the peninsula is a small one-room school house for the children who live in the area and a nearby oyster farm.
Just before the Captain makes a right turn to go between the islands of Jesusita and Cedros he will cruise past Bahia Nicoyana, where private yachts from around the world anchor when visiting Costa Rica. Once through the passage of the two islands, another oyster farm is visible on the right and the famous Pelican Rock on the left.
Crossing open water again, Calypso’s Captain will now take her passengers close to the Bird Sanctuary islands of Guyabo, Pan de Azucar and Isla de Aves, passing close enough to see the nesting sites of Brown Pelicans, Scissor Tailed Frigates and Brown Footed Boobie birds all living in harmony. Have your cameras ready.
Pelicans are excellent at catching fish, but very sloppy and the frigate birds are always right behind them in the hopes that the pelican will drop a fish and they can swoop in to catch a free morsel before it hits the water.
The last island you will see up close is the famous now closed prison island of San Lucas, once home to the most dangerous criminals in Costa Rican history. A book written about San Lucas, "La Isla de los Hombres Solos" (by José Leon Sanchez), describes the horrors of San Lucas and terrible living conditions the prisoners suffered, as awful as the prison in the movie Papion or the prison in the famous book Count of Monte Cristo. When constructed, the waters surrounding the island were shark infested and kept the prisoners from escaping. The prison was shut down in 1992.
The day ends with another spectacular sunset. While Manta Raya’s captain and crew prepare for disembarking, it is time to gather your personal belongings. Because Manta Raya is equipped with jets instead of a propeller it is amazing to watch the captain ‘walk Manta Raya sideways’ and pull up to Calypso’s private dock and restaurant, where the busses are waiting to take happy passengers back to their hotels. - Ice Cream and snacks available.
Each year in January, Calypso proudly celebrates her anniversary, more than 45 years, since taking the first and unprecedented Pacific Island Cruise in Costa Rica in 1975.
CALYPSO CRUISES pioneered and created the Tortuga Island Cruise in 1975.
CALYPSO's complete One-Day-Vacation is a tour-de-force of all that's magical about Costa Rica and is necessary before one can claim to have fully explored COSTA RICA.
One block north of Los Antojitos Restaurant.
300 west of Mercado Central in front of Parque Victoria.