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Caño Island

Looking out to the Island - Drake Bay, Costa RicaHere the sun-kissed pacific surf splashes across your toes, mysteries of an ancient civilization romance your imagination, and fish of every form and color dazzle your soul.  This is Caño Island.  Located just 12 miles west of Drake Bay, Caño Island Biological Reserve is a rainforest, archeological, and marine sanctuary.  Believed to be the burial ground of the Diquis Indian's ruling elite, the island features pre- Columbian stone spheres whose purpose is still shrouded in mystery.  To peak one's curiosity further, the island inexplicably receives more lightning strikes than nearly any other place on earth.

Charged with mystery and the beat of ancient drums, Caño Island's interior is a tropical paradise you can explore at your own pace.   Trails climb through the forest to points of archeological interest as well as a spectacular outlook high above the pacific.  A professional naturalist guide will further enrich the experience, explaining much of the island's history and ecology.

Caño's greatest appeal, however, can be found off terra firma - beneath the calm turquoise waters of the pacific.  Ranked as a world-class dive and snorkeling destination, Caño Island's marine reserve is nothing short of inspirational.  As you swim amongst a rainbow of tropical gems, including moorish idols, parrotfish, puffers, damsels, even Olive Ridley turtles -  you're sure to be moved by the beauty of this diverse ecosystem.  On the coral-lined underwater rock formations, sea urchins, brittle stars, eels, and perhaps an elusive octopus will captivate your imagination.

Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet can arrange dive excursions to Caño Island as well.  If you would like to experience the magic of SCUBA for the first time, Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet recommends the Discover SCUBA Diving Resort Course.  In just one day, you can swim away with an Adventure Diver certification.  Then its off to Caño Island to discover the excitement of world-class SCUBA.  For just $135, guests receive instruction from a PADI certified instructor, a two-tank dive at Caño Island, and perhaps - a new found love for undersea adventure.  For more information go to our SCUBA adventure page:

Scuba Diving off Caño Island

Caño Island's marine and rainforest reserve is a treasure to behold.   As you head back to Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet, somehow the pacific seems just a bit bluer and life a bit sweater.  That is truly what paradise is all about.


All Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet vacation packages include an excursion to Caño Island.  Your Caño Island Adventure Tour includes: round trip boat transportation, park entrance fees, the services of a professional guide, snorkeling equipment, and a picnic lunch.


Did you know...

  • Most of the pottery found on Caño Island dates from A.D. 220 to 1550.

  • Indigenous artifacts have also been found at Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet.  While planting some of the garden's palms, the owner unearthed a pre-Columbian stone axe and several pieces of pottery.

Cano Island
Canopy Tour
Scuba Diving
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Horseback Riding
Bird Watching



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Tours and Activities Available at Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet:

Cano Island The Canopy Tour Scuba Diving Cano Island Sportfishing in Drake Bay The Night Tour Kayaking on the Osa Horseback Riding Bird Watching Corcovado

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