Costa Rica enjoys one of the most biologically diverse oceanic ecosystems in the world. This in mainly due to the fact that most of Costa Rica lies in the heart of a vast natural habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome which remains constant and occurs this way in no other part of the world. Incredible numbers and kinds of marine life, including whales, manta rays, sea turtles, whale sharks and other varieties of sharks all congregate here to take advantage of such consistently rich waters. The tour is run by the dedicated people of " Dolphin Amor", whose marine biologists and staff members have over 30 years combined experience in cetacean encounters and research. During the trip; data, photos, and video will be collected and you will be helping support this goal. The boat is specially equipped with comfortable seats, 115 hp Yamaha 4 stroke motors (for quiet and fumeless operation), a stereo and hydrophone to listen & record the whales & dolphins sound. The most common sighting on the excursion is the Pan Tropical Spotted Dolphin. There are smaller groups close to shore and an incredible pod offshore which sometimes number over 1000. Bottlenose Dolphins are also commonly seen and will certainly make you smile as they love to ride the bow of the boat and jump into the air. The Rough Tooth Dolphins are a favorite as they look different that other dolphins, almost reptilian. You can also encounter the incredible Costa Rican Spinner Dolphin and Common Dolphins. At any time you can encounter whales. Orcas have been encountered both right by the shore and many miles offshore. The same goes with the Sei Whales, Pilot whales, Bryde’s Whales and Pseudorca. The Beaked Whales are usually seen at least 20 miles offshore. Often you can encounter Humpback Whales, almost year around. This area boasts the longest season of Humpbacks Whales in the world, as there are migrations from both North and South America. The Humpbacks are most abundant from late July to November when the southern Humpbacks arrive and are also plentiful from December through March when the northern Humpbacks are here to breed and give birth. Of course there is no way to guarantee encounters with dolphins and whales but over 95% of the time there are good sightings. Often the Dolphins engage in play with the boat and when they show interest you can get into the water using snorkeling gear for an incredible up close encounter. The tour usually leaves around 08:00 am and returns anywhere between 1:00pm and 4:00pm depending on how soon dolphins or whales are sighted, their behavior and how far offshore they are found. Lunch is included and of course so are unforgettable memories.
There in nothing like a kayak to get a true, visceral feel for the ocean. Your experience is up-close and down-close to the water. Our kayaks are Scupper Pro classic, sit–on-top, self-bailing kayaks and are great fun, they are good for more experienced kayakers and very forgiving for beginners. You can take one out for a ride and explore the coast, or take a spin around " Roca Campanario", Bell Tower Rock, just offshore. For those who feel more ambitious you can adventure further a field and paddle to San Josecito beach. This should be less than a couple of hours following the coast and should you get tired or thirsty you need only wave to your support boat for a cold drink or for a tow. San Josecito is a wonderful swimming beach and has a coral- filled bay perfect for snorkeling. All the gear is provided with optional flotation vests available if you wish. There are showers and bathroom facilities for your use and trails to explore the area. The guide will lay out the tablecloth and present a delicious picnic lunch served under the shady palms lining the beach. After lunch you can walk through the forest to a cool flowing river for a refreshing swim. In the afternoon your boat will be waiting to whisk you back to the lodge, as you’ll be ready for a hot shower and a rest before drinks and dinner.
Share the cool early morning air with some of the over 350 species of birds found in Corcovado. The early morning hours are perfect to observe the wildlife of the area. For keen birders and animal lovers, on this tour we offer the chance to see numerous species of birds, morpho butterflies, monkeys and other animals.
Join us for a beautiful horseback ride through the jungle-lined trails of Costa Rica. Jinetes de Osa currently maintains 14 of Costa Rica’s sturdiest breed of horses that will take you to locations so remote in the surrounding forest that only a few adventurous outsiders have explored. We offer full day rides on a variety of trails specifically chosen to thrill the green novice or the most ardent of cowboys. Full day rides are approximately five hours long and can be scheduled to leave throughout the day to accommodate your pace. Trips leaving in the morning will pack delicious lunches to be eaten on the trail or when you arrive at your scenic destination. There are three different trails to choose from, ranging from an easy glide to a difficult exploration
Scuba dive among some of the most abundant marine life anywhere in the world. Diving on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica can be simply described as spectacular. Explores several sites around the small island of Caño. Protected as a biological reserve by the Costa Rican Government, the water surrounding the island is extremely pristine and teeming with life. Nine miles west of the Lodge, Caño Island offers some of the most exciting diving anywhere in the world. A wide variety of marine life can be discovered beneath the island waters. Perhaps the most memorable encounters occur with the pelages that inhabit the area. Porpoises, schools of rays and white tip reef sharks can be seen on many dives. On almost every dive, large schools of fish swimming around and overhead can be breathtaking. Sometimes the numbers are so great that sunlight can actually be blocked by these large schools of fish, creating an underwater eclipse. Although not as common, the elusive whale shark and the shy hammerhead are often spotted in the area. Water visibility is good and can range from 45-90 feet. Temperatures hover in the upper seventies to low eighties throughout the year and provide for an exquisite diving experience. Cano Island is Costa Rica's premier snorkeling location. Our snorkeling trip begins after breakfast at the Jinetes de Osa when we board our boat for the 45 minute water crossing to Cano Island. Along the way, it is likely that we will encounter playful spotted, spinner, or bottlenose dolphins swimming along side or in front of the boat. Upon arrival your guide will lead you to the clear water and the best spots for sighting marine life. The water surrounding the island is teeming with activity as numerous species of fish including the king angel, moorish idol, puffers, surgeonfish, snapper, barracuda, barberfish, parrotfish, damsels and a variety of eels can be found hiding around the coral lined rock formations. Turtles, rays, and the non aggressive reef shark can also be spotted. After a delicious picnic lunch, you will have the option of returning to the water or joining in a guided walking tour of the island.Equipment: Top quality scuba rated masks, snorkels, and fins from Sherwood Scuba and other quality brands.
You start your adventure in the morning as you head out with your guide for just a 15-20 minute boat ride. You will arrive to a true tropical paradise. San Josecito is a wonderful swimming beach sheltered in a coral-filled bay perfect for snorkeling. This is an excellent spot for beginners or more experienced snorkelers. All the gear is provided with optional flotation vests available if you wish. There are howers and bathroom facilities for your use and trails to explore the area. The guide will lay out the tablecloth and present a delicious picnic lunch served under the shady palms lining the beach.After lunch you can walk through the forest to a cool flowing river for a refreshing swim. In the afternoon your boat will be waiting to carry you back to the lodge, taking along memories that will accompany you for a lifetime.
This full day tour, accompanied by a naturalist guide, begins right after breakfast. A short 25-minute boat trip from Marenco landing takes you to San Pedrillo Station, the northernmost ranger station of Corcovado National Park. After disembarking, there is a walk of about an hour along the beach, to a forest trail up the Rio Pargo. Once more the rain forest story unfolds before you. The trees in this area are magnificent in height and support an outstanding variety of epiphytic plants such as orchids, bromeliads, ferns-even shrubs and small trees. Monkeys, agoutis, sloth and other critters will entertain you. By noon, the tour returns to the beach to enjoy your packed lunch in the shade of a mango tree while watching the surf. Then a short walk; the San Pedrillo river (time to get our feet wet) brings you to a pristine rain forest waterfall. As always keep your eyes peeled for beautiful birds and secretive wildlife. Kingfishers and Jesus Christ lizards are residents of this river. In late afternoon, we board the boat for return to Marenco.
The delta formed by the Sierpe and Terraba Rivers holds great biological wealth. Here is found the largest mangrove forest system on the Pacific Coast of Central America. The importance of this was recognized by the Costa Rican government and it is now a protected area. Mangroves which were once considered worthless swampland have been shown to be of great benefit to man. They are the nurseries where many of our fish and shrimp species breed and produce more that any other possible use of the land. Mangroves also play an important role in improving water quality and controlling sedimentation and erosion.On this tour you will have a chance to explore the backwaters and smaller channels along the Sierpe River. It’s an opportunity to see different varieties of birds such as the rosette spoonbill and perhaps spot crocodiles basking along the riverbank. Your guide and captain will have refreshment and a box lunch packed aboard your boat to enjoy whenever you wish