Caño Island Day Tour
A trip to the South Pacific region just isn’t complete without a visit to Isla de Caño, one of Costa Rica’s best snorkeling and diving locations.
Just 12 miles off-shore from Drake Bay, Caño Island is both a biological and archaeological preserve. The waters are usually clear and warm and there is a plethora of marine life to be seen while snorkeling including: sea turtles, large schools of fish, reef sharks, manta rays, star fish, and numerous tropical fish including king angel, moorish idol, puffers, surgeonfish, snapper, barracuda, barberfish, parrotfish, damsels and more. Plus a variety of eels can be found hiding around the coral lined rock formations.
There is a trail on the island that leads to a pre-Colombian archaeological site where artifacts such as perfectly spherical stones and ancient burial and ceremonial sites from the indigenous Diquis tribe who inhabited the Golfo Dulce area until the arrival of the Spanish can be seen. There is also a lookout point located a few minutes off the trail. It is a 30 minute walk to the lookout and about 45 minutes to the archaeological site.
The ranger station at the park offers shaded resting areas, public bathrooms and a cool, freshwater outdoor shower.
Along the way, it is likely that we will encounter playful spotted, spinner, or bottlenose dolphins swimming along side or in front of the boat, and we might see some whales too.
Brilliant tropical fish shimmer about the rock formations as you near the island, as if to welcome your arrival to this sacred area. We will stop for our first snorkeling adventure once we arrive at the island where calm, crystalline waters harbor a variety of marine life including large schools of fish, white-tipped reef sharks and more.
We will then make our way to the sandy shores of Caño Island where we will enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach and have a delicious picnic lunch. You may choose to take a short hike up to the archaeological site.
We will depart Caño Island in the afternoon and make one more stop at a different snorkeling location for another 30-45 minutes and then return to Sierpe or Drake Bay between 2:30 and 4pm.
*This Cano Island day tour is available from Quepos & Manuel Antonio*, Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, Sierpe and Drake Bay.
Tour is 6-8 hours.
This tour includes:
- Boat transport
- Naturalist guide
- Snorkeling mask
- Drinking water
- Snacks (Fresh fruits and drinking water)
- Packed lunch