Resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay (Bahía Drake) is an adventure-seekers paradise. It is named after Sir Francis Drake who is believed to have ventured here in the late 16 century. With scattered hotels and lodges, Drake Bay is the ideal vacation spot for those wishing to relax and escape from it all. If, after you have arrived, you decide that the isolation is too much, the rustic area around the bay provides a plethora of activities at your disposal. These include scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking (Corcovado National Park), sport fishing, birdwatching or exploring the miles of deserted picturesque coastline.
Drake Bay provides a wonderful base to explore the uninhabited Caño Island (Isla del Caño) and the Caño Island Biological Reserve (Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño). One of the most popular and pristine snorkeling locations in the area, the island has remnants from an ancient civilization that carved stone spheres dating back to pre-Columbian eras. The reserve makes up 740 acres (300 ha) of beautiful protected land with trails allowing you to explore this sacred anomaly. Its beaches are frequently visited by olive Ridley sea turtles, who venture ashore to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches. Just offshore, whales and dolphins like to congregate in the temperate waters. Many tours to the island are available from Drake, as the island sits about 10 miles (16 km) offshore
Excursions from Drake Bay
Corcovado National Park Hike
Duration: 5:00 hrs.
Min: 18 – Max: 30
San Pedrillo is the closest Corcovado National Park Ranger Station to Drake Bay, Costa Rica and the 20 minute boat ride from Drake Bay offers possible sightings of dolphins and other marine and aquatic life, passing an island nesting spot for the Brown Booby. You arrival at the beach location of the Corcovado National Park Ranger Station is a wet landing, so bring your sandals in addition to sturdier footwear for the trails through the National Park.
Your bilingual naturalist guide will lead a 2:45 hour hike through the primary and secondary forest, locating and explaining the extensive rainforest wildlife and flora. The rich biological diversity of the Corcovado National Park is astounding, and sightings may include as many as 4 types of monkeys, as well as coatis, sloths, anteaters, and much more. Bird lovers will be enchanted by a wide variety of birds, including tanagers, flycatchers, kingfishers, manakins, trogons, crested guans, and spectacular scarlet macaws and toucans.
Recommended gear: Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, bug repellent, binoculars bring bathing suit, rubber sandals and most importantly hiking shoes.
Tour Operator Notes for guests: While hiking along the trails you’ll find yourself crossing streams/rivers, in addition to traversing across slippery, sloping terrain. Tour Includes: Park fees transportation, naturalist guide, Fruits, snacks, and natural juices and water.
Snorkeling At Cano Island Biological Reserve
Duration: 5:00 hrs.
Min: 18 – Max: 30
Caño Island is located 12 nautical miles from Drake Bay. During this scenic boat ride, which lasts approximately 75 minutes, enjoy frequent sightings of dolphins, marine birds, as well as — in season — whales, false orcas and sea turtles. The 600 acre island is a significant historical archaeological site for Costa Rica, where two of the miraculous and mysterious perfectly round spheres from the pre-Colombian era were discovered along with other historical items.
Caño is an ideal spot for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing. Aquatic life around the island is spectacular, and snorkelers will find a broad and colorful spectrum of Pacific Coast reef fish – triggerfish, trumpetfish, damselfish, parrotfish, angelfish, puffers, among many others. After a relaxing day, your boat will take you on a 75 minutes trip back to the ship.
Recommended gear: Please bring walking shoes, sunscreen, hat, sun glasses, and towel.
Tour Operator Notes for guests: Snorkel, life vests, masks, fins are provided. Park fees transportation, naturalist guide, Fruits, snacks, and natural juices and water.
Marine Wildlife Observation
Duration: 3:00 hrs.
Min: 18 – Max: 30
Tour adventure will begin when you board the boat and soon you head off to Drake Bay, in search pilot whales, spotted, and bottlenose dolphins. Other sightings may include manta rays, numerous turtle species, large schools of tuna, and an occasional marlin or sailfish. Your Marine Wildlife Safari adventure is enhanced throughout by the informative commentary of a naturalist guide who will describe the biology, behavior and habits of the various wildlife species. Throughout, you will have excellent photo opportunities. Your excursion will conclude with a cooling swim and tasty snacks at a beach before returning to the ship.
Recommended gear: sunscreen, hat, camera and binoculars. Bring bottled water and wear bathing suit underneath your cloth.
Tour Operator Notes: Wildlife sightings, although common, are not guaranteed.
Tour Includes: Transportation, naturalist guide, Fruits, snacks, and natural juices and water.
Exciting Diving at Isla Del Caño… A Divers Paradise!!
Duration: 5:30 hrs.
Min: 4 – Max: 12
Diving on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica can be simply described as spectacular. Voted by many best dive location in mainland Costa Rica, Caño Island is home to an amazing variety of marine life. You will explore several sites around the small island of Caño . Protected as a biological reserve by the Costa Rican Government, the water surrounding the island is extremely pristine and teeming with life. Twelve miles west of Drake bay, Caño Island offers some of the most exciting diving anywhere in the world. A wide variety of marine life can be discovered beneath the island waters. Perhaps the most memorable encounters occur with the pelagics that inhabit the area. Schools of mobula rays (devil rays), turtles, and white tip reef sharks can be seen on many dives. On almost every dive, the large schools of fish swimming around and overhead can be breathtaking. Although not as common, the elusive whale shark and the giant bull shark are often spotted in the area.
All boat dives are guided by a certified PADI Instructor or Divemaster. All dive staff are Medic 1st Aid and Oxygen Provider Certified. We are a certified pure air station.
Recommended gear: Casual clothes, bathing suit and shorts, Suntan lotion, Camera, Sun glasses, Tight fitting hat, Light weight long sleeved shirt, Rubber sandals or tennis shoes, Don’t forget your towels! Tour includes: Boat transportation, dive master, Fruits, snacks, and natural juices and water. Dive equipment.