Adventure Mal Pais

Explore the Mal Pais and greater Nicoya Peninsula with the handcrafted help of our dedicated, on-site personal vacation advisors.
The ocean is one of Mal Pais’ greatest treasures. There are countless ways to explore its beauty, from fishing its shores, to surfing Nicoya Peninsula’s world famous swells, to diving the ocean’s depths.
Beyond the sea, enjoy the fine sand beaches, volcanic geography, miles of hiking and biking trails, and old-growth jungle of Mal Pais. As you wander the Blue Zones area, one thing is for certain: the opportunity for adventure in Mal Pais is endless.

Adventure Mal Pais

Explore the Mal Pais and greater Nicoya Peninsula with the handcrafted help of our dedicated, on-site personal vacation advisors.
The ocean is one of Mal Pais’ greatest treasures. There are countless ways to explore its beauty, from fishing its shores, to surfing Nicoya Peninsula’s world famous swells, to diving the ocean’s depths.
Beyond the sea, enjoy the fine sand beaches, volcanic geography, miles of hiking and biking trails, and old-growth jungle of Mal Pais. As you wander the Blue Zones area, one thing is for certain: the opportunity for adventure in Mal Pais is endless.

Fishing

Wet a line with a local guide who will take you to some of the best fishing spots in the area. The waters around Mal País are home to a wide variety of fish species. Guests often find themselves reeling in sailfish, tuna, dorado, and mahi mahi. Boats depart from the charming yet small fishing port in Mal País.

Surfing

Mal Pais is home to some of the best surfing swells in the world. Bring your own board or rent one from a local surf shop for between $10–$12 per day. Whether you’re new to the sport or just looking for some local insight, lessons are available from an experienced instructor for all levels.

SUP

Explore the coast by Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) with a two-hour guided tour. It’s a calm way to experience the ocean and will be a treasured memory for years to come. No experience required.

Snorkeling + SCUBA

Mal Pais is blessed with pristine ocean coastline. What better way to explore the coast than by diving? Snorkelers and SCUBA divers can see everything the area has to offer, with full equipment rentals available for a modest fee. If you’re new to diving, start by snorkeling in the tide pools during low tide. SCUBA diving for all levels is available from Mal Pais down to Playa Hermosa. Once you’re beneath the surface, you’ll find large schools of colorful fish including angelfish, porcupine fish, and needlefish. As you head deeper into the ocean, you may encounter moray eels, manta rays, hawksbill turtles (an endangered species), and whitetip sharks. At certain times of the year, you may even find yourself swimming alongside humpback whales!

Mal Pais Canopy Tours

Journey through the treetops in this spectacular canopy tour located just minutes down the road from Casa Chameleon. The tour takes place on a farm with more than 200 different tree species, and it is located at the entrance of the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.

Montezuma Canopy Tour and Waterfalls

Travel down the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula to Montezuma for a canopy tour featuring a series of cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Guides take visitors through a system of nine cable lines and eleven platforms spanning over 1,200 meters. You can also hike to the waterfalls after the tour, so be sure to take a towel and bathing suit.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve is one of Costa Rica’s most stunning treasures, and it was the first National Park established in Costa Rica. The Reserve has a number of trails that wind through the park with varying levels of incline and difficulty. It is a majestic place for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife appreciation.

ATVs

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), also called “quads,” are the preferred method of transport among Mal Pais locals. They are a fun way to explore the area. We recommended renting one during your visit.

Curú wildlife refuge

A unique gem of Costa Rica’s national park system, Curú is actually a privately-owned farm that experiments in sustainable agriculture. It features 17 diverse trails that give you access to 232 species of birds, spider monkeys, scarlet macaws, and white-nosed coatis; however, the park’s most spectacular feature may be its stunning mangrove trees and pristine forest-lined beaches.

Half Day Tour at Isla Tortuga

Tortuga Island is famous for its pristine white sand beach and turquoise waters; it is about an hour away from Mal País. Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, beach combing, and exploration of the island. The tour also includes a visit to the Curu Wildlife Refuge.

Horseback riding

Several local companies provide tours through the jungles or across our beaches–all on horseback.

Bird Watching

Mal Pais has some of the best bird watching in the Americas. Watch birds directly from your room, or get a locals tour through the jungle to make the most of your bird watching experience.