It took a little effort to find the tour location at Uvita SUP & Surf (SUP=Stand Up Paddle) because it is a very small shop. Our guides Carlos and the other guy whose name started with a D had things ready to go for the short 3-4 minute trip to the beach. We were in a two person ocean kayak while each guide had a single. The beginning of the trip was a row out to a formation of rocks and a sand bar in the shape of a huge whale’s tail (Ballena Whale’s Tail). Since we were going against the seas and there was some wind and choppy water, the paddling was a bit laborious, but we managed just fine.
Since a storm was sneaking in on us, the seas started to chop up pretty good. This was especially true after we started snorkeling. We were in the water near the rocks that formed one fluke of the whale’s tail when the rain and lightning started. The visibility of the reef was extremely poor due to the storm. That combined with the lightning forced us to the sand bar a little sooner than planned. We had a snack of fresh mango, pineapples, and apples in the pouring rain. The rain was coming down on us pretty hard but that really wasn’t an issue; the lightning on the other hand was a little un-nerving at times.
The ending of the tour and our favorite part was when we got back to the beach. We took the two single kayaks out to do kayak surfing. It was really a lot of fun even though we took a few tumbles in the surf and ended up with some salt water intake and sand in places where sand doesn't belong. The last ride in on the waves was successful for both of us with neither getting flipped over.
After getting back to the tour shop we rinsed off with fresh water, thanked and tipped the guides, changed to dry clothes and were taken back to the hotel by the tour shop owner. It ended up being a great day for one that started with no plans. Great shop and staff. Next time we'll do the surfing.
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