Caño Island

Moorish Idol

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.

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.

For a snorkeling or diving tour to the island, we leave at 6:30 a.m. in taxi to the boat station. There we will take the boat to get closer to the Island. During the approximately 1 hour boat trip you may see dolphins and sometimes even whales (August to December).

You will snorkel or dive in the biological reserve at two different locations in front of the island and be able to observe the fascinating underwater world. You will always be accompanied by a tour guide who will lead you to the best spots and be able to teach you about the taxonomy of the many species you encounter.

Around midday you will have a picnic lunch on a scenic beach (playa San Josecito). After the lunch break, the boat will take you back to Drake Bay and you should arrive at the lodge at about 3 p.m.

Duration: 1 day – approximate 8.5h (including 2x30min taxi ride, 2 x 1h boat ride and lunch break)

Includes: Transport, Entrance fees, local guide, equipment rent, picnic 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.
  • The sun is very strong out in the sea. Protect yourself from the sun, especially when snorkeling.
  • For diving please bring your diving license (PADI).
  • It is not allowed anymore to go on the Island. In emergencies however, (for example if you feel seasick,) there is the possibility to wait on the beach of the Island.