Caño Island Snorkeling
Snorkel in the clear warm waters and protected coral reefs off the shores of Caño Island, and then relax with a picnic lunch on the beach at Casa Corcovado.
Your tour starts after a leisurely breakfast, when you’ll meet your guide at the Gear House to select your flippers and mask. It’s then a 40-minute boat ride to the ‘Coral Garden’. At certain times of the year, you may also see pilot or humpback whales, and dolphin along the way. The snorkelling site is located within a marine reserve, and is a good place for spotting a wide variety of fish and marine mammals, including – if you are lucky – manta rays, turtles and small white-tipped sharks.
Our inflatable diving vests can be adjusted to allow you to bob on the surface, fully supported, or dive down below, whichever you prefer. Accompanied by your guide, this is a great tour for beginners and experienced snorkelers alike. We usually snorkel for around an hour.
Caño Island was once an important ceremonial site and burial ground for the pre-Colombian Indians. It’s possible they abandoned the area when pirates began arriving – the first, according to legend, being Sir Francis Drake back in 1579. The island is now a National Park.
There are no facilities, and visitor access to the interior is prohibited while important infrastructure work is carried out. However our boat can take you close to the shore, and you are welcome to wade ashore and stroll along the beach.
A picnic lunch is laid out and served at the rancho on the Casa Corcovado long beach on your return.
Includes: Guide, Transportation, equipment, park entrance tickets, picnic lunch.
Schedule: 8.30am-up to 12:00 md (max. 4 hours)
What to bring: extra water, sunscreen, sunglasses, sandals or water shoes, hat, swimsuit and a long sleeved shirt.
We are required by the regulations governing visits to the National Parks and Protected Areas of the Osa Peninsula to arrange and confirm any tours you have booked for Corcovado National Park , Sirena Park Station and Cano Island in advance. The quota of visitors admitted daily to each park station is limited by law. Because of the volume of people wanting to visit the park, making changes to your itinerary may not always be possible.