Deep Sea Fishing

 

World class fishing is right here on the beautiful Golfo Dulce and in the deep, blue Pacific.  The diversity of offshore big game fishing in this area is legendary.  Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna are commonly caught.  Inshore you can expect to catch Roosterfish, Snapper and Spanish mackerel.  

 

We recommend two fishing outfits in the area.  One is an excellent local fisherman who is well known in the area.  He can accommodate 4 passengers on his broad, beamy 26 foot boat.  It is not luxury, but he  knows how to catch fish. 

 

RATES:

A half day, within the Gulf:

 7:30 AM to about 1 PM.  $450

A full day, within Gulf or open ocean:

7:30 AM to about 3 PM.   $650

 

For a more comfortable and superlative fishing experience, we recommend another excellent boat and captain.  Guests who have fished all over the world have told us this was the best fishing they have ever experienced.  The boat is 39 feet, with plenty of room and shade for larger groups.  Inside there are several rooms, and even beds, as well as a kitchen and restroom.  The rate includes bait, equipment, soft drinks, snacks, beer, water, fruit and, for full day trips, lunch.

 

RATES:

Inshore, half day: $1,000 up to five.  $50/person extra person.

Offshore, full day: $1,400 up to five.  $50/person extra person.

Discounts for multiple days

 

Depending on the tides and conditions, either boat can pick you up and drop you off in Matapalo, near the house (Pan Dulce or Backwash Bay) so you avoid a drive to the pier in Puerto Jimenez.  In that case, you need to swim out to the boat and carry a dry bag with your things.  Otherwise, you meet them at the pier in Puerto Jimenez (see your map).

 

 

Golfo Dulce Tour

 

If you only explore the Osa Peninsula by land, you are missing half of it.  An enormous and glorious part of this magical place is the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf), which Jacques Cousteau called the most pristine of the world’s four tropical fjords.  Proximity to one of the world’s greatest natural fisheries and some of the most bio-diverse National Parks in the world, make this body of water unique.  Only by water can you visit much of the Golfo Dulce’s jungle shoreline, rivers, tropical beaches and mangrove estuaries that serve up a tremendous variety of unique flora and fauna.  And simply being on this fabulous gulf is a rejuvenating, inspiring experience.

 

This tour takes you on a fabulous ride over 30 miles around the magnificent Golfo Dulce. It is conducted by the safest, most informative and most professional outfit in the area.  They have large, comfortable boats with experienced, English-speaking, lifeguard-trained captains.  Each 25-foot boat features contoured seats, a full canopy for shade and a fresh water shower.  If you’re lucky, you’ll see whales or swim with dolphins. (These tours encounter dolphins 80% of the time). Snorkeling (equipment supplied) may also be enjoyed at coral reefs, home to beautiful tropical fish (depending on conditions). 

 

On this tour guests have seen huge pods of dolphins, whales, whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, schooling fish, sea snakes, sea birds and jungle flora and fauna, including sloths in the mangroves.  The boats are equipped with new engines, GPS, depth sounders, VHF, back-up VHF, cellular, pony motor, dolphin hydrophones, life vests for all sized guests and first aid kits. 

 

Please note that this, and all the gulf tours, are not private tours unless you reserve as private (although it often works out that way).  If more people join the tour, your price will be adjusted accordingly. 

 

Tour leaves from Puerto Jimenez pier at 8 AM.  Duration:  4 - 5 hours

 

Prices:

 

1 - 4 passengers: $352.  Private tour: $455

5 passengers: $390. Private tour:  $520

6 passengers: $420. Private tour: $520

 

All tours with more than six guests--$70 per person.   All are private.

 

Includes:

Snacks

Cold drinks

Comfortable, shaded, safe boat with English-speaking guide

Fresh water shower on boat

Snorkeling gear, masks

Life jackets, adult and child sized

 

 

Bring:

Sun block

Sport sandals or water shoes

Swim suit & towel

Sun glasses

Binoculars are good

Hat

Camera

 

Best to arrange in advance.

 

 

We particularly enjoyed the tour.  Thanks so much for suggesting it to us.  On that single tour we saw probably about 50 spotted dolphins, and swam with them, enjoyed the rehabilitation center tour, and particularly the young monkey that kept pointing where it wanted me to scratch, and the snorkeling.

Chuck – Salt Lake City, UT

                                          

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed my tour. Our guide knows so much about the marine life, the Puerto Jimenez area and his passion shows through! I highly recommend this tour as I saw bottlenose and spinner dolphins, sea turtles, a glimpse of a humpback whale and even snorkeled after visiting the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary! It was a wonderful trip. Hats off to you for providing a great experience for anyone of any age!

Kerry – Rochester, NY

 

Golfo Dulce Tour with Rio Esquinas

 

Take the regular Gulf tour but add on an informative guided excursion up the beautiful Esquinas River.   In addition to the open gulf, you’ll explore Golfo Dulce’s lush coastline, deltas, and mangrove estuaries, while winding your way through the jungle by boat. 

 

This tour requires advanced booking.   Tour times vary, as it is tide dependent.  Cannot be combined with any other tour.

Duration: 5.5 – 6 hours

 

 

1 - 5 passengers: $400

6 passengers: $450

7 or more passengers: $70/person

 

All tours with seven or more passengers:  $70 per person.

 

Best to arrange in advance.

 

 

 

Golfo Dulce Tour with Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Take the regular Gulf tour, but include a tour of the Cana Blanca Wildlife Sanctuary.  Only accessible by boat, this non-profit foundation rescues injured, orphaned and endangered animals in order to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild, usually at Piedra Blanca National Park, which borders the facility.  At the Sanctuary you will be educated about the animals you’ve seen at Casa Bambu and ones you probably won’t; see them interact with their caretakers; and learn about their habits and lives in the wild.  And you’ll get to hang out with a very friendly spider monkey, who loves to be rubbed.  

 

Please note:  The Sanctuary visit part of this tour is two hours long.  Due to recent laws, almost all the animals must remain in their cages and it is not guaranteed that you will see them if they are sleeping (especially the case with nocturnal animals).

No children under six are allowed in the Sanctuary.  Parents may trade- off child care in order to visit the facility. 

 

Learn more at www.osawildlife.org.

 

$25 donation per person.

 

Best to arrange in advance.

 

 

 

Golfo Dulce tour with Casa Orquideas Botanical Gardens

 

Take the regular Gulf Tour, but instead of (or in addition to) the Sanctuary, stop at these amazing botanical gardens, where you will see all kinds of plants in one place that would take hours of hiking in remote locations to view otherwise.  We felt like munchkins in a magical land as we walked the paths among more than 100 species of orchid, 50 varieties of heliconias,  giant palms and other trees, a cannonball tree, and sampled edibles, miracle fruit and spices. In addition, you can enjoy the over 100 species of birds attracted to the gardens. 

There are both guided and self-guided tours available every day but Friday.

 

Additional transport/admission fee: $12/person

 

Best to arrange in advance.

 

 

Primary Rainforest and Dolphin Watch Eco Tour

 

This is the regular gulf tour, but much more. You will cross the beautiful Golfo Dulce and travel along the rugged coast of Piedras Blancas National Park, Costa Rica’s least visited park, accessible only by boat.  All kinds of sea life live in this gulf, and passengers have seen guests have seen huge pods of dolphins, whales, whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, schooling fish, sea snakes and many sea birds from Changing Tides boats. Mid-morning you will arrive at Finca Saladero near the Esquinas River, where you will go on a guided hike through tropical gardens and into primary rainforest, where you will see huge hardwood trees and learn about the diversity of the forest. You then enjoy a beachside lunch with fresh juices and tea before boarding the boat and heading down the coast, with a stop at a reef for snorkeling and swimming. Then head back across the gulf to tour a mangrove estuary, with bird watching and caiman/crocodile spotting.

 

Tour leaves from Puerto Jimenez pier at 7:30 AM and returns at about 2:30 PM.  Duration:  7 hours

 

Prices:

 

1 - 4 passengers: $480. 

5 passengers: $550

6 passengers: $660.

7 – 11 passengers: $110 per person

12 – 20 passengers: $100 per person

21 – 30 passengers: $93 per person

 

 

Mangrove Kayaking

 

Kayak on the natural canals of the Platanares River, through the Preciosa Platanares Wildlife Refuge, under 70-foot tall mangrove trees. In this mangrove estuary you can see birds, fish, coatis, anteaters, monkeys, crocodile, caimen, snakes, butterflies and other wildlife. An experienced local guide will educate you on this small forest in the water that is its own special ecosystem. You will also sea kayak in the beautiful Golfo Dulce.

 

$45/person

3 – 4 hours duration

 

Includes:

Snack on beautiful beach

Life jackets

Dry bags

Water (to refill your bottle)

 

 

 

 

Fish with William: from the beach or our kayaks

 

Catch dinner on the beach, right out front!  Jack Crevalle, Bonito, Spanish mackerel and various species of snapper, are regularly caught.  You might also catch Snook, Roosterfish and Pompano. Bring whatever tackle you can, ie: hooks, sinkers, floats to use with the small sardines you will use as live bait. William, our manager, is an experienced fisherman who knows just what to do and where to go.

 

$25

 

Arrange with William when you get there

 

 

Surf Lessons

 

Surf right in front of Casa Bambu, where there is a dream wave to learn on with a perfect right point break for beginners and different sections to match ability levels.  You are guaranteed to stand up!  There is a large selection of boards (soft tops for easy learning and more advanced hard boards). You go out at low tide and surf for approximately two hours.  It’s a BLAST.

 

Provided:  Lycra shirts to protect from rashes and sunburn. 

Recommended to bring:  booties if you have them, and lots of sun block.   

$55/person: 2 hour lesson.  8-year olds and up. Surfboard rentals available.

Best to arrange in advance.

 

The surfing lessons were great.  I’d recommend them to anyone.

Michael -  Middlesex, VT

 

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

 

Paddle your way around the beautiful Golfo Dulce on beginner paddle boards and catch a wave or two!

 

$55/person, 2 person minimum.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum age: 12 years

 

Best to arrange in advance.

 

 

 

Sail the Gulf

 

Take an exhilarating ½-day excursion on the 36-foot sailing vessel Sorrento, manned by an experienced captain/owner and mate.  If the winds are right, mother nature propels you around the magnificent gulf, usually without another boat in sight.   Depending on conditions, activities include snorkeling, dive boarding, swimming, viewing sea life, visits to nearby attractions.  Celebration of special occasions can be added for an unforgettable celebration (extra charge applies).  The Sorrento provides a bathroom, shade bimini, padded seating, stereo system, below deck cabin, safety equipment, navigational gear and life jackets for all sizes. 

 

Tour leaves from Canasa harbor at about 11 AM and returns about 4 – 4:30 PM.

Lunch, snacks, water, drinks, beach towels provided. 

 

Prices:

1 – 4 people: $350

5 people: $400

6 people: $450

 

Best to arrange in advance.