Here 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.
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
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