Osa Part 2 – Drake BayDecember 16th, 2013
Last full day of the exploratory trip to the Osa peninsula. The Golfo Dulce while beautiful offered calm, tranquil seas, and we are ready for open water conditions..
Leaving from the protected beach in Bahia Drake the ocean conditions are calm, however as we move out into the open Pacific we experience smooth flowing swell.. The ocean is a very dynamic environment, a living being. Our destination is Isla Violin approximately 9 nautical miles from Drake Bay. I remember this dark, mysterious island from my maiden voyage to Costa Rica in 1994.. The swell is beautiful and the crashing surf a welcome sound.
At the halfway point the boca of the Rio Ganado offers a somewhat safer landing point but we continue along the coast, rock hopping and playing off a headland. We approach the boca at Rio Sierpe and the surf is truly huge. On account of this incredible force of nature, we decide to give the boca a wide berth to give Isla Violin a better look.
We are both drawn to the island and the rocky islotes off the northern shore, yet clouds have been building over Drake Bay and the wind from the SW has continued to strengthen. Tom and I decide to head back towards Drake Bay. The wind and swell continue to build and whitecaps are soon cresting waves, but these challenging conditions are what we are looking for. Our paddle stokes develop a smooth rhythm and we make steady progress through the building seas.
Nearing our destination we paddle to Rio Agujitas south of Drake. The river mouth is protected from the open sea and the contrast in paddling environments is amazing. The serpentine river flows through beautiful forest and the water is crystal clear. Herons, Ringed Kingfisher and a small crocodile join us for our exploration of this magical river. We can’t leave the river without a swim in the cool refreshing water. As we swim a tidal surge flows up river over taking the small rapids. This at once creates a sudden stillness.. Once the water recedes the bubbling rapids return indicating that it is time for us to return to the open sea. We travel with the flow out through the boca and into Bahia Drake… A final swell train pushes us gently to our landing spot on the beach..
This last day has been an amazing experience, providing two distinct paddling environments. The combination of the smooth pristine waters of Golfo Dulce and the more challenging open water conditions surrounding Drake Bay will provide ample variety for Seascape guests on our new itinerary. We are also very much looking forward to blending the paddling with excellent accommodations and meals to create a truly unique Seascape trip…