A word from founder Bruce Smith

“Welcome to Seascape Kayak Tours. This company began as an outgrowth of my passion for paddling, outdoor education and sharing special marine environments with others. I love introducing people to wild places and helping them feel comfortable and reach their potential on the water. Whether you choose to join us for a sunset paddle, a day trip or an extended expedition, you will travel with just a few others, in a safe, sensitive and environmentally sound manner.”


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El Espiritu del MarMarch 17th, 2009

This morning saw the departure of our first combination yoga and paddling trip. Our yoga instructor, Lauri Nemetz, and three participants Wendy Crowley, Greg Kofsky and Sandy Taylor spent several days at Tambor Tropical before the launch acclimatizing. Yesterday Bruce met with the group to go over the planned five-day itinerary, orient participants to the region and discuss environmental safety. Bruce also took the group on an initial paddle here on the Rio Panica and there were several initial yoga sessions here at Tambor Tropical as well.

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INSTRUCTOR LAURI NEMETZ LEADS THE GROUP IN GENTLE INTRODUCTORY YOGA PRACTICE IN A THATCHED RANCHO AT THE HOTEL TAMBOR TROPICAL. 

Wendy Crowley, 54, found out about the trip via the internet. "From the moment I googled this trip, I knew I had made the right decision," she said. "Engaging in my first yoga session, then hitting the water for a calm kayaking experience is indescribable. This trip will be a highlight of my life, I know."

Greg on river"PADDLING DOWN A TROPICAL ESTUARY IS ONE OF THE MOST RELAXING THINGS I CAN THINK OF DOING," SAID GREG KOFSKY, 23. "ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT BEATS IT IS YOGA." 

Yoga instructor Lauri Nemetz teases the group that she could join the circus and utilize her seemingly uncanny ability to name her students’ past injuries, vocations and recreational preferences. "You’re a runner, aren’t you?" She says to Wendy Crowley, while assisting her with a leg extension. Earlier she anticipated that Sandy Taylor would have a little trouble with a stretch for her wrists. And that was true because Sandy spends her work days doing surgery: she’s a veterinarian. 

How does Lauri know all these things about the body? In addition to holding certifications in teaching hatha yoga and yoga therapeutics, she has studied anatomy extensively. And this allows her to focus on each individual’s physical habits and preferences, allowing each member of the group to benefit personally from her attention to his or her specific needs. Lauri will often create modifications on a posture for each participant in the group, so that every person is taking a different pose that will allow their unique set of abilities and limitations to make the most of their yoga practice. 

Bruce teachingEL ESPIRITU DEL MAR GROUP PARTICIPANTS LISTEN AS BRUCE SMITH PROVIDES A GEOGRAPHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORIENTATION TO PADDLING IN COSTA RICA. 

The group will come off the water on Saturday, when I’ll update you about their experience. Meanwhile, stay tuned for some special wildlife blogs from Tambor Tropical.

Pura vida,

frances


Seascape Water LogMarch 15th, 2009

Welcome from Bruce Smith

 

The launch of our new web site last fall has generated a tremendous amount of excitement… Frances Figart worked intensively with her technology team to create an informative, user friendly interface that finally captures the true spirit of Seascape… I know I am biased, but I consider our site to be one of the best  sustainable adventure tour operator sites on the web.

 

We are constantly updating the site with new trip photos and information…

On a recent day trip, I reflected on how nice it would be to share our daily experiences with members of the sea kayaking community…

 

Therefore, we have decided to launch this blog, to which we’ll make entries daily or, if out on trips, at least weekly. We’ll share information about special people and places, natural and cultural history, local environmental issues, and general paddling information. 

 

The main contributors to the log will be Seascape staff. However, we will also invite experts in specific areas to share with you on a regular basis…

 

Paddling the Panic RiverTHE PANICA RIVER IS LINED WITH TROPICAL DRY FOREST AND MANGROVE, CREATING AN EXCELLENT ENVIRONMENT FOR BIRDING

 

 

The river provides a place to reflect and to focus on the important things in life.

 

Seascape’s new southern base of operations is Tambor Tropical hotel in Playa Tambor…

 

Bahia Tambor is characterized by a very long volcanic grey sand beach which faces the open Pacific, but is protected by dramatic rocky points (puntas) to the north and south. The point to the north is locally named La Lagarto or the Alligator, and it does look very much like an alligator or crocodile in wait…

 

Rio Panica and Estero Pochote are two meandering watersheds that flow into the bahia. Rio Panica, located two minutes from our base, offers an incredible paddling experience. The ideal time to enter the river mouth (boca) is approx. 1 hour before high water… a quick easy surf and you are in following the tide. 

 

Bare throated tiger heronBARE-THROATED TIGER HERON HUNTING ALONG THE BANKS OF THE RIO PANICA

 

The river is lined with tropical dry forest and mangrove, which provides an excellent nursery ground for various fish species… This is a birder’s paradise; so far we have observed the following species: Osprey, Whimbrel, Spotted Sandpiper, Ringed Kingfisher, Belted Kingfisher, Green kingfisher, Bare Throated Tiger Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Panamanian Fly Catcher, Great Kiskadee, Yellow Throated Euphonia, White Ibis, Black-crowned Tityra and, most recently, a flock of Roseate Spoonbills.

 

On shore we have also observed a number of large Green Iguanas and numerous Striped Basilisk lizards dancing across the water.

 

Sunset on Rio PanicaWHEN SUNSET AND HIGH TIDE CONVERGE, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL TIME TO BE ON THE PANICA

 

The Panica River, albeit a special ecosytem, is threatened by local sources of pollution. We will keep you up to date on the health of the river and how we are working with the community to build partnerships to protect this important watershed.

 

Pura vida,

Bruce

 

Conjuring the True SpiritMarch 4th, 2009

Bruce has a unique way of conjuring the true Spirit of a place, bringing local folk and the environment together in a intimate dance that warmly invites the traveller into an experience that will resonate for a lifetime. From a practical standpoint, it is obvious that Bruce pays a great deal of attention to the details of a trip. Bruce manages experiences with a focus on safety and risk management, which appears to come with an ease gained from years of traveling and living in Costa Rica.

— David Laverty, Kingston, Ontario, 5-day trip to Tortuguero National Park