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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People – Place – PlanetJuly 26th, 2012

Connections – Seascape has always been about people making connections with each other and to the special places which we explore. Earlier this season I spent several weeks on the island getting ready for the paddling season in Canada.

And we have a new greeter at Seascape Kayak Tours…

Tayra the wonder dog.

Jacques Blais, a former Seascape guide arrived with a cousin to go for a paddle in outrigger canoes, which he races in Hawaii… Strange boats but a good visit with Monsieur Blais… On the same day Andrea Ednie, her husband Chad and son Owen arrived to spend some time. It had been over three years since we had connected… Chad and Andrea connected while working for Seascape, hopefully, we can count on Owen in the future.

Andrea and family have been running the operation in Canada with Guy Quinn while I have been guiding a series of trips in Costa Rica…

The guide training program flowed nicely with a number of paddlers making their first visit to our base on Deer Island… Ebb and Flow, our kayak and yoga program was operated as an unplugged program. The weekend was a great success with friends reconnecting, finding flow, community and light.

Looking forward to Espiritu Del Mar (Kayoga – Costa Rica, January 4-12, 2013 )

A mysterious paddle among the weirs around the Bay of Fundy

Michel and Denise friends from Montreal, who had paddled with us in both Newfoundland and Costa Rica, spent a week on Deer Island exploring the Bay of Fundy… Peter, a friend who originally participated on a coast-to-coast trip in Costa Rica and who is now living in the southern zone of the country is assisting with trips in Costa Rica. I still enjoy working with groups of older people who want to try ocean kayaking for the first time… last week we had a woman in her seventies paddle in a single for the duration of the trip… inspirational… living life to the fullest….

During my first week in Costa Rica I took a couple from Tambor Tropical for a half-day trip from Reserva Curu. It was a wonderful experience… wildlife, paddling conditions and personal connections… On the way back to Tambor we enjoyed an authentic lunch or casado with refrescos… a perfect opportunity to share with local people. When we arrived back at the hotel Josh and Jessica invited me to participate in their beachfront wedding ceremony… connections for a lifetime.

Seascape is a business, however, it is also a community of people who come together to share experiences… People come and go but it is nice to know that our locations in Canada and Costa Rica provide our community with special places to return to …

Let the connections flow….

Happy summer …. Pura Vida

Bruce


Feliz Ano – Happy New Year 2012January 16th, 2012

The season is well underway in Costa Rica. – We would love to invite you to join us for a warm water paddling experience this winter. Unique lodge – based and camping itineraries are available from December – May on both Pacific and Caribbean coasts…

Our next Islas Del Golfo trip on the Pacific coast is February 29 – March 07, 2012

Feel free contact us for more details about this trip or any of our Costa Rica adventures.

Pura Vida…

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 011 506 8314 8605 (CR Cell)

Bruce


COSTA RICA’S BEST KEPT SECRETSJanuary 20th, 2011

Feliz Año Nuevo.

We thought it was time to post a new blog entry, finally! I think we have definitely transitioned to Tico (Costa Rican) time.

I am very happy to introduce you to a new member of the Seascape team. Nick Hawkins, who hails from New Brunswick, will be working on an internship / assistant guide basis in Costa Rica for the next several months. Nick is a marine biologist, keen naturalist and wildlife photographer. His enthusiasm for facilitating connections between guests and the natural world is clearly evident. Look for Nick’s photos to appear with blogs and Facebook posts in the future. Bienvenidos, Nick.

We hope that you will join us for a warm water escape in Costa Rica this winter.

Bruce

Hello friends! My name is Nick Hawkins; I am a biologist and naturalist guide from Fredericton, New Brunswick. I first heard of Seascape last summer, when I lived in St. Andrews, NB, and worked as an interpreter aboard the whale watching boat the Quoddy Link. I contacted Bruce via e-mail and expressed my interest in guiding. We then met at his place on Deer Island, where we discovered that we shared a similar outlook on ecotourism, sustainability and what it means to be a nature guide. Before I knew it I was packing my bags for Costa Rica, booking a flight for the 7th of January.

After arriving in San José, I traveled west to the Nicoya Peninsula, to Tambor, Seascape’s Southern base. I was happy to leave the busy urban areas, thick with tourists, cars and construction. I watched it all disappear as I took the Paquera Ferry across the bay of Nicoya. Bruce met me on the other side and we drove along winding roads to Tambor Tropical. The resort is made up of small luxury suites built of exotic hardwood such as teak and bloodwood. They are nestled under a tranquil grove of large palm trees, directly adjacent to the ocean. The suites are spread out over the property, which is teeming with life. I unload my gear and talk with Bruce, trying to ignore the urge to seek out the sounds of the strange animals all around me. Bruce senses my anxiety and sends me for a walk up the estuary, the Rio Panica, which empties into the ocean next to the resort. I grab my binoculars and guidebooks and set-off up the river.

By this point I am well aware of the level of biodiversity in Costa Rica, but am yet to experience it. What I find on that thirty-minute walk will forever serve as a defining moment in my life, when I am introduced to the biologic potential of a tropical forest. I am greeting by a plethora of bird life…I count and record 26 new species in this short amount of time and miss dozens more. Flocks of Snowy Egrets glide over Tri-colored and Little Blue Herons, which run and lunge after small fish. Brown Pelicans and Royal Terns plunge into the surf in pursuit of small fish. A Ringed Kingfisher gazes down from his fishing perch; this species is the largest kingfisher in the Americas, twice the size of the familiar Belted Kingfisher. Small forest birds flutter through the tropical growth, their yellows, blues, and oranges mixing with the red blossoms of flamboyant trees. Hummingbirds zip in all directions, freezing in place momentarily to grab a sip of nectar. Scissortail Flycatchers and Tropical Kingbirds perch high up on the treetops, bursting from their resting place to snag flying insects, before returning to their perch in wait for the next suspended morsel. I am absolutely floored by the abundance of life, and I haven’t even left the resort yet. What awaits me in the depths of the protected habitat soon to be explored fills me with an excitement I haven’t felt since I was a young boy.

The next morning Bruce takes me to Curú Wildlife Refuge, from which most of the kayak trips depart. A 20-minute drive from Tambor, Curú contains Costa Rica’s first private National Wildlife Refuge. When we arrive at the center of Curú ,I hop out of the truck and gaze around at the tropical paradise that surrounds me. The only way to describe Curú is that it looks and feels just like you’re in Jurassic park, a real lost world. The forest floor is littered with coconuts, which cover the ground like the leaves we rake off our lawns in the fall. Hermit Crabs are nearly as abundant as they scurry throughout the undergrowth. Something catches my eye… I look down and watch as a Spider Monkey climbs onto the back of the truck and sits on the cab. She reaches out and holds my hand in a compassionate, human-like gesture. I am completely dumbstruck. Her name is “Trina,” a rescued spider monkey who now calls Curú home. White-faced Capuchin Monkeys leap from tree to tree in the canopy overhead, which shades the forest floor from the strong sun.

We carry the kayaks through a narrow corridor of palms, which opens up to a long beach surrounded on both sides by steep hills. There is no one on the beach, except the crabs throwing sand out of their burrows and a few sunbathing iguanas. The bay is full of Brown Pelicans and magnificent Frigate birds, all diving and swooping to catch the masses of sardines that have come into the shallows. We launch our kayaks directly into this swirling mass. The Frigate birds soar within feet of my head; they remind me of pterodactyls with their huge angular wingspans and relatively small bodies. They dive down and snag fish from the surface with impressive agility, never wetting a feather. The Pelicans have a different tactic, they plunge head-first into the shallow water, dozens at a time, bobbing to the surface to snap down their catch before taking off.

We paddle our way through crystal clear water, watching as flocks of birds fly against the steep backdrop of tropical forest, which bounces the many sounds across the bay. It is like being in a giant amphitheater set in the Cretaceous period, a place forgotten by time. Bruce leads me to a small secluded beach at a point of land called Quesera; palm trees lean over powder white sand and turquoise water. This is the beach where we will be setting up our base camp for the multi-day expeditions. From here we will do day trips to the surrounding Tortuga Islands, named after the sea turtles that lay eggs upon their beaches. Stingrays, Dolphins, Moray Eels, Flying Fish and giant Manta Rays also guard these islands.

We paddle back towards the undisturbed panorama of hills, valleys and beaches. Not a man-made structure is in sight. I begin to realize that Tambor and Curú may be Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets, amazing destinations away from the masses of tourists and busy urban centers where a private adventure in pristine habitat is still possible.