Corcovado National Park Tour
Situated just 20-30 minutes by boat from Aguila de Osa Inn, Corcovado National Park is world renown as one of Costa Ricaâ€™s crown jewels of rich diversity and spectacular scenery.
San Pedrillo Ranger Station:â€¨ San Pedrillo is Corcovado National Parkâ€™s northernmost ranger station, and this excursion provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the dense jungle of primary and secondary rainforests adjacent to the ranger station. Your guide will point out many of the diverse species dwelling around the trails during an hour and a half hike. You may see white-faced and howler monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, scarlet macaws, coati, and more. The trails are clearly marked and easy to navigate, ascending and descending through the verdant rainforest. After the first hike and a break for lunch, you will have the opportunity to hike to a beautiful waterfall, the perfect chance to take some photos and swim under the smaller falls nearby.
Sirena Ranger Station:â€¨ For those who are interested, tours are also offered to Corcovadoâ€™s Sirena Ranger Station. This ranger station is also located along the Pacific coast, but further south in the middle of the Park. The boat ride to Sirena from the hotel takes over an hour, well worth it for those who are interested in exploring the Parkâ€™s interior, where the most abundant wildlife dwells. There are several trails that surround the ranger station, where youâ€™ll observe many species including scarlet macaws, Bairdâ€™s Tapir, monkeys, peccaries, iguanas, sloths, lizards, and a wide variety of plants, amphibians and insects.
New â€“ VIP Corcovado National Park Tour- Sirena Biological Station by Plane:â€¨ The day starts with breakfast at 6:30 A.M. leaving the hotel at 7:00 sharp! The boat driver will take you to the town beach (wet landing) to catch a taxi that will take you to the Drake Bay airport for the flight to Sirena Station. During the flight looking out your windows youâ€™ll get to look over the entire Corcovado Park. Youâ€™ll fly over Corcovado Lagoon the unexplored rainforest and beaches of the Osa Peninsula. Your flight will be approximately 20 minutes. Upon arrival your naturalist tour guide will lead you through the forest trails pointing out the flora and fauna of one the most biologically intense places on earth. After lunch youâ€™ll board your plane for the flight back to Drake Bay.
Cano Island Snorkeling Tour
Only 12 nautical miles from Aguila de Osa Inn, CaÃ±o Island is a paradise for snorkelers, scuba divers, swimmers, and sunbathers alike! The Island can be seen just minutes after leaving the protected cove of the hotel, and the boat ride takes about 45 minutes. During the months of the Northern and Southern migrations (December to April and July to November) you may be lucky enough to spot humpback whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean on your way to the Island!
Your boat will anchor at two different sites close CaÃ±o Island, and your snorkeling guide will point out the diverse species living just below the surface. The dark, volcanic rock and the open water around the Island are home to a variety of marine life including Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Sharks, several species of Moray Eels, Mobula and Sting Rays, big Cubera Snapper, schools of Horse-Eyed Jacks, King Angel fish, Grunts, Barracudas, and much, much more.
Between snorkeling trips, you will have time to relax on the beach and enjoy the beauty of CaÃ±o Island. This tour includes lunch, which may include a variety of tropical fruits and drinks, salad, sandwiches, and cookies. Lunch is prepared by your tour guide and served around midday at shaded picnic tables on the beach. The CaÃ±o Island Park Ranger Station has an office, public bathrooms, and an outdoor, freshwater shower.
The challenge and excitement of some of the worldâ€™s best big game fishing awaits you at Aguila de Osa Inn. Over 40 International Game Fish Association (I.G.F.A.) records have been set within 80 nautical miles from our hotel, with catches including Sailfish, Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Cubera Snapper, Spanish and Sierra Mackerel, Roosterfish and more. Aguila itself holds four world-fishing records. The Aguila de Osa Inn has the reputation of being a fishermanâ€™s paradise.
The hotel's Palm Beach 31-foot cold-molded sport fishing boats are powered by Caterpillar 3116 turbo diesels. A full range of Penn International and Shimano reels are carried in all weight classes. Fly fisherman can also be accommodated, but it is asked that you bring your own equipment. If you have any questions about what equipment to bring, please do not hesitate to contact the hotel. Professional captains (all English speaking) and crew are anxious to be part of your record-breaking sport fishing vacation.
Aguilaâ€™s professionally trained mechanics constantly maintain the boats to the highest possible standards for your safety and enjoyment. Boats meet all the U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations with lifejackets, flares, GPS, and VHF radios. In addition, they are equipped with a special frequency that enables them to reach a far greater distance than the normal marine radios in case of an emergency.
Thrilled by spectacular runs of big game fish, guests can take advantage of 1/2 day or full day fishing charters. Aguila de Osa Inn practices responsible catch and release fishing techniques and is the oldest operation in the area to use circle hooks.
Scuba Diving Tours
For the scuba enthusiasts, the Osa Peninsula offers several excursions to encounter the unseen communities of marine life below the waterâ€™s surface. With Costa Ricaâ€™s finest Pacific coastal diving and snorkeling, the clear waters surrounding CaÃ±o Island Biological Reserve are best described as an Eden of coral and rock formations housing vibrant tropical fish.
Whether youâ€™re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. With visibility 30 â€“ 100 ft. or more year-round, and teeming with exotic sea life, diving CaÃ±o Island is an underwater photographerâ€™s dream. Scuba among large schools of colorful reef fish or observe the large pelagic that frequent these waters. Let the hotels Padi dive Instructors and dive masters aboard a 30 ft. Isand Hopper take you on a voyage of breathtaking dives though schools of barracudas and horse-eye jack that actually block the rays of the sun. The variety of sea life is extraordinary, with Mobula, Eagle and Giant Manta Rays, Southern Sting Rays, Guitarfish, Octopus, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, many species of Moray eels, and much more! As the oldest established dive operation in Drake Bay, the hotel guarantees you a memorable diving adventure unlike any youâ€™ve ever experienced.
Visit the mysterious and fascinating Sierpe-Terraba mangroves, the largest untouched mangrove forest on Costa Ricaâ€™s Pacific Coast. Take a tour with experienced naturalist guides, and venture into a beautiful maze of canals and rivers while searching for the regionâ€™s fascinating wildlife from the comfort of your boat. There is no need to walkâ€¦ This is wildlife viewing at its best! Just sit back and enjoy the mangroves in comfort during this captivating tour of the Osa.
A hidden world, accessible only by boat, these flooded forests are home to nearly a 100 species of birds, including the endemic mangrove hummingbird (found nowhere else on earth). The entire region is a twitcherâ€™s paradise. Wildlife is prolific, with an abundance of reptiles including caimans, crocodiles, tree frogs boas, iguanas and river turtles. Mammals are also very common, and you will very likely see three different species of monkey (howlers, squirrel, and white faced capuchins) as well as sloths and coatis. Herons, waders, owls, parrots and shore birds use this area as a nesting and feeding ground.
Boat tours depart from the Aguila dock, and include a 25-minute ride to the mouth of the mangrove estuary. Cold beverages, cookies, and fresh fruit are enjoyed on board while exploring the mangrove eco-system.
Aguila de Osa Inn is a one-of-a-kind destination for birding enthusiasts, with over 350 species residing in the region. On a two hour birdwatching tour, youâ€™ll have the chance to spot an enormous variety of species in the area right in the areas surrounding the hotel, and your guide will locate some that you may never have seen on your own. Guides are knowledgeable about this vast community of creatures, from tanagers, robins, woodpeckers, hawks and flycatchers, to macaws, toucans, osprey and hummingbirds. It truly is a twitcherâ€™s paradise!
This tour departs right from the hotel, and is perfect for the less adventurous traveler looking for a flexible, low-impact trip to see some of the Osa Peninsulaâ€™s most magnificent creatures.
Led by resident naturalist guides, the night tour reveals to you to a dynamic world that awakens only after nightfall! Many rainforest inhabitants are nocturnal, making the rainforest an exciting and magical place to visit after dark. Throughout the tour your guide will explain the nuances of the many ecosystems and point out many insects, frogs, and spiders. Sometimes youâ€™ll even see snakes, owls and other exciting species!
The tour departs shortly after dinner and lasts approximately 2 â€“ 2.5 hours, all on private property. This is your chance to see all kinds of creepy-crawlies up close!
Whale and Dolphin Tour
The warm, crystal clear waters just off the Osa Peninsula are home to a variety of whale and dolphin species and are ideal for seeing these incredible creatures up close. Guests can see humpback, pilot and false killer whales, or spotted, bottlenose and spinner dolphins.
Aguila de Osa Inn has several different boats available for whale and dolphin watching tours, all of which are spacious and comfortable. As always with this type of tour, the presence and exact location of these sea creatures canâ€™t be predicted or guaranteed, however sightings are frequent. Pods of humpback and pilot whales, as well as schools of spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins frequent the area at various times throughout the year.
Your tour will head towards CaÃ±o Island but may change direction if sightings occur elsewhere. Whales and dolphins can be seen surprisingly close to the hotel, though due to protective laws, snorkeling with them is not permitted. While whales and dolphins are most commonly seen independently of each other, it is not uncommon to see pods of whales accompanied by large schools of dolphins.
Surfacing at regular intervals to breathe, you may see them exhaling with deep, resonating sounds and enormous expulsions of vapor. As they breach the waterâ€™s surface their large bodies briefly rise out of the water, exposing their heads, dorsal fin and tails. Since the humpbacksâ€™ yearly southern migration to give birth takes place in this area of Costa Rica, they are frequently seen with their calves from August through October. Schools of dolphin are most frequently seen in open water, frolicking effortlessly along the surface. They will often ride the waves just in front of the boat, giving passengers an exciting close-up view.