There are 4 options for Kayaking in Drake Bay
1. Kayaking in the Bay during the day.
2. Kayaking at night with Bioluminenscent Plankton
3. Agujitas River Kayaking
4. Rio Claro Kayaking
1. The first option would be recommended as a sunset activity or during humpback whale calving season. Although I would only recommend kayaking as a whale watching activity to someone who is willing to put a lot of energy into the experience.
Biannually, humpback mothers give birth to the newest members of their families. During the youngest stages of development, mother humpbacks care for their calves in small and shallow coastline areas called nurseries. Usually only one pair will be found in any one nursery and will remain here until the calf is old enough to defend itself from the dangers that exist in deeper waters. Nurseries are decided each birthing season so there is no way, that I am aware of, to predict where future nurseries may be located.
Kayaking along the coastline is not a disruption to the whales because no human could ever kayak as fast as a whale can swim. If the whales don’t want to be around you, they won’t be. I think that a positive vibe greatly adds to the potential of whales sticking around to play.
There are 2 opportunities throughout the year for Kayakers to expereicne whales- The southern humpback migration contains the largest family of humpback whales on Earth and the birthing events begins around August 15th. The calves will be mature enough to go out into the deeper waters around the beginning of November. The northern humpback migration’s birthing begins, and the individual nursing areas have been decided, around January 15th. The calves are mature enough to enter deeper waters during early April.
2. Kayaking around the bay at night is highly recommended, as the best method to experience bioluminescence. The waters farther away from the shoreline always contains more clarity to that of the beaches and a kayak is an easy method of transportation to experience bioluminescence’s best conditions. If this activity sounds interesting then you can read more about bioluninescence in the bioluminescence section found on our website’s activity list.
3. Generally stated, kayaking up the Agujitas is a disappointing trip. The visitors that kayak up this river normally had no idea what to expect. No destination in mind, just the desire experience of kayaking. The most commonly experienced reality of this scenario goes similarly like this;
The river becomes too shallow to kayak after about 15 minutes of paddling upstream. Visitors then return to the river mouth and enter the bay. They travel towards Corcovado National Park but just after fighting the relatively strong currents while rounding off the first point, they find enough reason for a break and rest after the point current become less pushy. The rest allows for a beautiful beach line view that ends with another point. The waves colliding with the beach sand cause visitors to be fearful of tipping their kayak while attempting to visit the shore. The conversation will then be put out there. How far do we want to go? The farther we go the longer it will take to return.
After the break, the kayak turns around and the guests return the kayak early, finding themselves in the center of Drake Bay with the most valuable time of their day spent.
I think that if one wants to maximize their kayaking experience then they should use the kayak, as a method of transportation, to somewhere worth looking forward to. Some visitors just want to kayak. With no destination, the willingness to continue the kayaking experience will always be in question. Cooking under the day’s sun with only the protection of one’s clothing and sunblock causes me to think that there are better ways to enjoy a day in Drake Bay.
4. Kayaking the river Rio Claro is highly recommended for 2 wonderful reasons. 1st, the experience is something that most will always remember and 2nd because all profits go to a man with no banking account. His money goes towards his continued efforts of saving the sea turtle eggs of the many beaches that surround the mouth of Rio Claro. When I first met Ricardo he was still single and still living in a tent. He still lives a simple life but the quality of his living arrangement has been upgraded to what one would commonly think of when watching the old TV series “Gilligan’s Island”. With his newly upscaled home, it was easy to see some lovely person, such as his girlfriend Mod, moving in to help the cause. Mod has been with Ricardo for about 3 years now and I think that her presence has resulted in more turtles being saved. They are great people with amazing experiences to share. The struggle to find the turtle nests, before dogs or poachers, takes lots of energy and I think that their ” Life for Life” project needs all the help it can get if we want to see the continuation of sea turtles laying eggs on the beaches along these nature rich coastlines. Donating your time or money to this cause saves turtles so I am obviously all for it.
The actual experience of the 3-4 hour kayaking tour;
The tour is uncommonly done, but when it done visitors usually only go for the 2 hour option. This option is great and produces the opportunity to experience 3 of the 6 waterfalls with swimming pool impact zones. With the primary jungle environment all around, the entire trip is beautiful and amazing. The river water is spring fed so the water is always the same, chilly. This becomes a valuable resource to have when considering the power of the hot sun in the tropics. the day in the tropics. Lots of rock jump potential and pools to visit.
If someone wants the full experience then they will need to choose the 3-4 hour tour option. In addition to the for mentioned experience, this option includes further kayaking up the river until the kayaking eventually becomes too difficult to paddle through. The kayaks are then tide alongside the river’s edge. A trail leads along the river until the water calms and become easy to walk in. After this there are a couple of places where the group must swim, against very light currents, to trails that will eventually lead to the inlet of a stream. Breaking away from the Rio Claro everyone walks up the small stream until they reach the first of the remaining 6 waterfalls. The other 2 waterfalls are located a bit farther up the stream/trail.
All 6 waterfalls can be experienced in 3 hours but it will feel a bit rushed. 4 hours provides the time needed to obtain worthwhile additional experience and time to relax and appreciate how natural the primary jungle surroundings are.
Methods of transportation to the mouth of the river Rio Claro include one choice. That choice would be either boating or hiking.
The highly recommended beach hike to Rio Claro is explained in detail under “the beach hike” option of our activities list.
Boat transportation can be easily arranged but it becomes rather costly when the number of participants is less than 4.