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Caño Island Biological Reserve

Caño Island has been a biological and archaeological reserve since 1978 and plays a significant part in Costa Rica’s natural and indigenous history.  Ten nautical miles from the resort, this beautiful island and marine sanctuary, with waters containing vast amounts of coral-building organisms, and some of the most varied and abundant marine life on the planet, is a world-class diving and snorkeling site.  Offering good to excellent visibility all year round (it can reach up to 80 feet during the dry season months of December through April), the island’s reefs provide an underwater landscape of caves, cliffs and canyons, and are home to 19 species of corals, including brain, head and sea fans, 60 species of mollusks, lobsters, giant conchs, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, devil rays, large schools of jackfish, parrotfish, snappers, damsels, eels, barracuda, puffers, surgeonfish, tangs, needlefish, sponges, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, octopus, starfish, and various crustaceans.

We offer guided snorkel and scuba trips to the island with experienced and knowledgeable local guides.  And with the warm waters around the Osa and Caño drawing mating sea mammals and other pelagic fish, as well as resident dolphins, the boat ride to the island affords additional and excellent viewing opportunities.  Guests are picked up from the Copa De Arbol beach for a 45 minute boat ride to the island.  The day at Caño Island Biological Reserve includes snorkeling, a picnic lunch on the beach, and some leisure time to explore, swim, sunbathe or just relax.

Please note the following in regards to the Caño Island tours:

  • All equipment is provided, though you are welcome to bring your own.
  • As access to the reserve and its waters is strictly limited, we highly advise booking these tours as early as you can to ensure availability.
  • The island is currently closed due to repair work that is being done to the ranger station so we will return to Copa De Arbol and serve lunch at our restaurant.

PRICE: $95.00

DURATION: 5-6 hours


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