This morning we woke up inside Santa Elena Bay, one of the northernmost spots on the Costa Rican Pacific coastline. The bay is located within the peninsula and borders the Guanacaste Conservation Area (the ACG). The bay was recently designated as a marine management area, which means the bay will be reserved for specific purposes, including the conservation of marine life, some tourism, and the sustainable use of resources.

National Geographic Quest is the only expedition ship that has ever anchored in this bay, and we hope to keep it this way. Guests chose from various activities in the morning: hiking, kayaking, or a Zodiac cruise. In the afternoon, guests decided between snorkeling or walking. Later, we all went to the beach in Junquillal Wildlife Refuge.

We were rewarded with sightings of amazing wildlife, and we had great fun.