Bruce in kayak.

"We specialize in small group travel, which minimizes environmental impact, increases safety standards and allows for personalized, enriching and authentic experiences."

— Bruce Smith, founder and owner, Seascape Kayak Tours Inc.

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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

 



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