Come understand the cycle of water. From spring to sea in one hour. A great way to see the forested tidal canyon and bore of the Agujas River, Drake Bay and the sweet beaches around Punta Agujas, Cocolito, Caletas and Marenco is by sea kayak. We are the oldest and most experienced local Drake Bay sea kayaking company and we very much enjoy showing you our home waters. Take a paddle on Drake Bay, the Rio Agujas and the Caletas coast with Costa Cetacea below.
Try ourOsa Drake Bay Spring to Sea Kayak Combo-Drake Bay, Agujas River, Birdsong Creek Spring, Beaches and Ocean all in one trip. Departure time depends on tide. From Spring To Sea, one of our premier trips. Comes with excellent local guide, super stable, easy to paddle and great surfing kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and even dive masks to take a look below the surface. Learn about rainforest, river and ocean life and the importance of conserving our waters and watersheds. All photos below on location on this paddle, one of Costa Rica's best sea kayak trips.
Many tourists on National Geographic's Sea Lion cruises, Smithsonian cruises, Star Clipper cruises, Linbald Expeditions cruises, and Wind Star cruises, in some of the smallest, most elite and expensive cruises ships on the planet, say their sea kayak trip up the Agujas River was one of the highlights. They often talk of our hidden pools deep in a Corcovado enviorn. Sometimes their people think they are in Corcovado National Park and when you are up the Agujas River it is hard to tell the difference. The fact that so many say the Rio Agujas sea kayak is a highlight of the best Costa Rica Panama cruises in the world speaks for itself. This is not your normal run of the mill sea kayak tour. This is world class. Except when we do it, its only small groups.
Costa Cetacea is the only operator with access to the Rio Agujas private wildlife sancturay and permaculture farm of Sacred Springs and Birdsong creek, at Big Milpa as well as the Orchid Rescue Center, again insuring small groups and eco satisfaction. Our tours do not go near the three proven contaminated creeks that empty to one part of Drake Bay in front of Agujitas town a few kilometers away. We want to set the example of cherishing our waters. We will show you an almost extinct species in Costa Rica; a wonderful clean river and her creeks and streams. But it is true that hotels at the boca should do better with fuel and grey water, before it becomes a problem. The river, her boca, and Coclalito and Caletas Beaches have all tested healthy and clean, unlike the creeks and beach in front of town a few kilometers away. We hope these words inspire the conservation of our precious, flowing waters. Lucky for us the current goes the other way, for now.
Costa Cetacea's Spirit Sea Kayaks are the preferred kayaks of most people who paddle the area. The light weight polyresin sit on tops are hands down the best kayaks for the area. At ease in a small creek, dropping down a wave, paddling upstream, pulling into the sweet beach, jumping off for a swim or a snorkel and then getting back on at sea, or using to lay back in the sun, no other kayak is so appropriate for here. We think you will find these kayaks among the best you have ever used.
We do not use those big long heavy touring kayaks that are great for going a long distance. We also do not use those Oceans Kayaks that give you a back ache. Costa Cetacea´s Spirit Sea Kayaks will let you check out all the little nooks and crannies that make sea kayaking around the Drake Bay, Caletas area so rewarding. We get on and off a lot to stop for plenty of pools, snorkeling and swimming, beaches, shade and wildlife, even some cool little walks. Tranquilo. Pura Vida.
Bio Monitoring data is taken on each of our guided trips to we can documents any changes to these amazing waters and hopefully stop any threats at the root.
Our commitment to eco is why we think we are the best option for Osa Rio Agujas and Drake Bay sea kayaking. Keep paddling down to see lots of photos from on location by your guides at Costa Cetacea.
The south dock Rio Agujas A short walk from Drake Bay
The sweet waters of Rio Agujas
Don't worry this is not a viper, its a catepiller. This is the famous snake caterpiller aka viper caterpiller of genus Hemeroplanes. This caterpiller of a Hawk Moth looks like a stick until it feels threated. Then this master of disguise turns into a red and yellow viper looking caterpiller. This very rare caterpiller is at Corcovado Base Camp and Big Milpa. The peak dry months seem to be the best time to find them here.
Costa Cetacea's Rio Agujas Caletas Spring to Sea Kayak, Drake Bay, Osa Costa Rica
Sea Kayak the river and beaches recommend by Lonely Planet, only a short walk from the end of the road at Agujitas town, in Drake Bay, Osa peninsula. Great to cool off after a tour of hiking Corcovado National Park, scuba diving or snorkeling Cano Island, horseback riding, swinging on a canopy tour or checking out the blue water pelagic sealife.
Starting in nearby Corcovado National Park on the peaks of Cerro Agujas at more than 700 meters, the Rio Agujas plunges and pools through unbroken gallery rainforest from source to sea, joined by countless creeks and streams along the way. The rivers boca, where it opens to the sea, flows into the west side of Drake Bay. The last kilometer is a spectacularly forested gorge, dripping with waterfalls and crystal clear water most of the year. The canyon, really a kind of a mini fjord, runs into the Pacific Ocean and creates a tidal bore; a biodiverse habitat ripe for wildlife and fun. Come and understand the water cycle and the true value of clean waters.
Sea Kayaking the tidal canyon is easy and appropriate for all ages. Our excellent, super stable, easy to use, even your first time, sea kayaks. You will get on your sea kayak at a safe dock in the movie set looking river mouth, you can usually stay kinda dry, if you want.
Then you have a choice, you can easily head up the shaded Agujas river to gorgeous primary forest, an explosion of birds and animals, swimming holes, waterfalls, creeks, springs and a native orchid garden, or, paddle through the safe channel into the Pacific for marine life like turtles, mantas, dolphins and whales and right round the point to the close by, incredibly beautiful, wild and clean stretch of beaches known as Cocolito and Caletas. This is a great way to see some of these most gorgeous and empty uncrowded beaches in Costa Rica. Lightweight Old Town Canoe Spirit Kayaks, singles or doubles, life jackets, paddles, and multilingual safety and ecosystems briefing from experienced local kayakers and naturalists. Guides, mask and fins, dry bags and photo video DVD of your tour are available. Bring your cameras in dry bags or boxs.
Wanna go upstream? A awesome guided trip for those that are very fit. You should already be a kayaker, surfer or other type of adult athlete for this tour. We work it for hours upstream with dozens of portages but then its one time down, drops and all. So sweet.
Wanna learn to sea kayak surf? Our sea yaks are sweet for surfing, if you are fit we can have you surfing your first session or your course is free. Try a sea kayak surf course at our Sea Kayak Surf School, its easier than you think. Our instructors will have you taking drops in no time, if there is waves.
We also offer mother ship supported guided trips to sea kayak Isla Violin and Bird Rocks together with the giant Terraba Sierpe Mangrove Forest. Epic. Half day and full day. A possible hiding place for the famed treasures of Sir Francis Drake and a secret Indian city. Incredible bird watching, mangrove tunnels, rugged forested sea cliffs and small islets clumped together swirling with marine life. Caves and waterfalls cascading into the sea. Nice Beaches. Really Good Surf if you want. Wild. Click here to find out more.
Bring sun protection, water shoes and a bottle of water. Wear or bring a bathing suit. High tide is easier to go up the river, but at low tide cool beaches and pools form. Guided trips usually go around the high tide so we can get up the river easy. Or do you want it hard?
We operate by reservation only. Write us and we will dial you in with a custom trip for you and your group.
Costa Cetacea Rio Agujas Caletas Drake Bay Sea Kayak