Caño Island Snorkeling or Diving

Caño Island Biological Reserve is located about 20 kilometers off the coast of the Osa peninsula. In the pre-Colombian époque the island was used as a cemetery by the former natives of this land.

Caño Island

The island is surrounded by five platforms of low coral reefs with many coral species. The coral reef environments are home to many different species of fish, e.g. parrot fish, Moorish Idol, Crocodile Needlefish, Guinea Fowl Puffer, Cornet fish and schools of Jack Fish, to name a few, and other aquatic animals such as sea turtles, sting rays, morays and white tip sharks.

parrot fish

For a snorkeling or diving tour, a taxi will bring you to the boat station where you take the boat to get closer to the Island. During the boat trip you might see dolphins and sometimes even whales (mid July to end of October).

You will snorkel/dive in the biological reserve at two different locations in front of the island and be able to observe the fascinating underwater world. A local tour guide will lead you to the best spots and show you the many species you encounter.

white tip reef sharks

After snorkeling/diving, the boat will head off to a scenic beach (usually playa San Josecito) where your lunch will be served. After the lunch break, the boat will bring you back to Drake Bay where a car will pick you up and bring back to the hotel.

Duration: 7 a.m. – 2/3 p.m., including:
– 2 x 30 min taxi ride
– 2 x 1h boat ride
– lunch break
Includes:   – Transport
– Entrance fee
– local guide
– snorkeling/diving equipment
– lunch

Please note:

  • The reservation with the administration of the Island has to be done the day before the actual trip, so please keep this in mind if you want to participate in this tour and let us know with anticipation.
  • There is a $35 cancellation fee for people who cancel this tour less than 24 hours before the tour.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. For snorkeling we recommend using a shirt (with long sleeves).
  • For diving please bring your diving license (PADI).