11 Best Osa Peninsula Day Tours & Activities

The Osa Peninsula remains one of the most pristine and isolated locations in Costa Rica. Since this area is so remote, all day tours will be operated by the lodge you have chosen to visit. The following tours are available from Drake Bay and Puerto Jimenez. Ask a Costa Rica Experts for specific tours available from your ecolodge.

Corcovado National Park Hike

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This morning, enjoy a boat ride on your way to the entrance of Corcovado National Park. One of Costa Rica’s many national parks, Corcovado protects over 100,000 acres of land and protects numerous local species. Your guide will lead you into the dense primary and secondary forest. Keep an eye out to spot an abundance of tropical birds (including scarlet macaws, parrots, and toucans) as well as innumerable species of butterflies and insects, several species of monkeys, sloths, and more! Take a refreshing swim in a jungle waterfall before you return to your lodge for overnight.

Snorkel or Scuba Tour of Cano Island Biological Reserve

A small piece of paradise, Cano Island is said to have once been a pirate refuge and a pre-Colombian cemetery. Today, the evergreen forest, white sand beaches, and coral-covered rock reefs make this one of the country’s best destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are good chances that divers will find themselves among the big fish – which includes both bull and white tip sharks! Visit between December and April to see the 40-ton humpback whales pass through from their Alaskan feeding grounds, while manta rays converge in the area from February to June.

Mangrove Boat Tour

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The largest untouched mangrove forest is your destination for this tour, led by experienced naturalist guides.  Explore a maze of canals and rivers while you search for the region’s most interesting wildlife. These flooded forests are home to nearly 100 bird species, and is also prolific with tree frogs, boas, iguanas, river turtles, coatis, caimans, crocodiles, and much more.

Sport Fishing

Test out your fishing prowess near Drake Bay. More than 40 world records have been achieved within an 80 mile radius of this bay. Black marlin, yellow fish tuna, Wahoo, and sailfish are all found in abundance, along with the occasional striped marlin. Inshore fish including roosterfish and cubera snapper.

Whale & Dolphin Boat Tour

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whale and dolphin tour from Aguila de Osa Inn

Home to a variety of whale and dolphin species, the warm waters of the Southern Pacific are amazing for having an up-close encounter with one of these majestic creatures.  The humpback yearly migration takes place in this area, and they can be frequently seen with their calves between August and October.  Schools of dolphins live here year-round, and frequently ride the waves just in front of the boat. Keep a sharp eye out for pilot and false killer whales, as well as spotted, bottlenose, and spinner dolphins.

Bird Watching Tour

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This is a one-of-a-kind destination for bird-watching enthusiasts! With over 350 species living in the region, Drake Bay’s bird watching tours are the best chance to cross a few off your must-see list! The guides are knowledgeable about a vast community of rainforest inhabitants, including everything from woodpeckers and hawks to flycatchers and hummingbirds. This is a birder’s paradise!

Lapa Rios Waterfall Hike

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Hidden Waterfall Hike from Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Hike through the virgin rainforest and splash along the Carbonera River in this fun tour! Experience fun rainforest adventure with hiking and the chance to swim under the waterfall. For hardy hikers looking for a challenge (wet walking and some climbing involved).

Golfo Dulce Dolphin & Snorkeling Tour

11 Best Osa Peninsula Tours & Activities

At Golfo Dulce, a spectacular protected gulf off the Pacific Ocean, you’ll have a chance to spot at least one of the three species of dolphin that reside in these waters (spinner, spotted, and bottlenose).  Spend a few hours touring the blue/green waters of the Gulf looking for sea turtles, marine birds, and dolphins with a knowledgeable guide and boat captain. Stop for a snorkel at one of the area’s reefs, or find a secluded beach for swimming!

Gulfo Dulce Mangrove Kayaking

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Mangrove Kayaking at Playa Nicuesa Lodge

Golfo Dulce is an amazing place to kayak! It’s truly a delight to travel along the blue green waters, and the rainforest canopy forms the perfect backdrop! There are a number of nearby rivers which offer the chance to paddle into the jungle mangroves. Kayaking is a fun adventure for beginners, and the experienced/adventurous traveler. Learn more about kayaking options in Costa Rica.

Surf Lessons

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Surf Lessons from Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Surf lessons begin at a point off Matapalo where you’ll find a right point surf break perfect for surfers of all levels. Your surfing instructor will match your ability level with the different waves. Whether you are 8 or 70 years old, there is a dream wave on which to have fun. Water temperature is 83F, mid-20C. Lycra surfing shirts and professional soft-top boards provided.

Casa Orquidias Botanical Garden Tour

Osa Peninsula Tour to Casa Orquidias

Visit Casa Orquidias, the Orchid House in English, one of the oldest and most beautifully manicured botanical gardens in the area containing hundreds of tropical plants such as orchids, palms, heliconias, and fruit trees. Discover the many indigenous tropical fruits and plants while touring the grounds of a beautiful private reserve.