Scuba Diving off
Regarded as Costa Rica's
foremost dive travel destination, Caño Island offers the quintessential
underwater experience. With 6,672 acres of marine habitat protected
under the Costa Rican National Park system, this sanctuary is not only
thriving with an impressive array of marine life, it also boasts a diverse
and dramatic seascape. Scuba enthusiasts will find a blue oasis at
Cano Island. Fissures, pinnacles, canyons, and unique rock formations host
huge schools of barracuda, tuna, snapper, and roosterfish. At times
the numbers of fish are so great that sunlight is actually blocked by an
immense cloud of fish. This stunning phenomena, an underwater eclipse,
is just one of the features which lead dive travelers to designate Caño
Island a world-class destination.
This underwater kingdom
not only hosts incredible parades of fish, Cano Island also boasts
some of the most impressive marine life in the world. If fortune has it,
adventure divers may witness the awesome sea-flight of the elusive whale
shark or humpback whale. Porpoises and hammerheads are seen on many
dives while schools of rays and white tip reef sharks provide a
dramatic floorshow. Hundreds of tropicals are also sure to grant the
adventure diver a sensory celebration. With excellent visibility,
between 40 and 90 feet, and water temperatures hovering between 75 to 82° F,
Caño Island Scuba diving is quite simply an outstanding adventure.
experience for yourself the magic of Caño Island's marine reserve,
Drake Bay Rainforest Chalet in conjunction with Costa Rica Adventure Divers
(C.R.A.D) offers a variety of professional services for the recreational
diver. From Scuba excursions to dive education, C.R.A.D.'s
professional approach to service and safety insures a rewarding dive
vacation. All tours are guided by a PADI-certified instructor or
Divemaster. The C.R.A.D. dive center features only well serviced, name
brand equipment from Sherwood, US Divers, and other top brands.
Please examine C.R.A.D.'s services and amenities as well as an overview of
the following selected Caño Island dive sites and statistics:
Island Dive Sites
From canyons and caves
to unique rock formations, the underwater seascape off Caño Island offers a
number of magnificent dive sites for all levels of expertise. Our
favorite points for exploration include:
"The Depth of the
Regarded as one of the
best dive sites in Costa Rica, "The Depth of the Devil" offers the
quintessential dive experience. Canyons, fissures, and towering rock
pinnacles rising from depths over 150 feet shape this stunning seascape.
Yet it is the magnitude of fish-life that earns "The Depth of the Devil" its
fame amongst international dive travelers. Groupers, snapper, and
amberjack abound along with great schools of tuna, barracuda, reef sharks,
and hundreds of species of tropicals.
A rendezvous on the wild
side, shark cave offers adventure divers an encounter with one of the deep's
most successful and mysterious creatures. Sharks live essentially the
same way they did more than 200 million years ago -before the rise of the
dinosaur. A descent to this small cave will reveal a menagerie of
white-tipped reef sharks along with a variety of tropicals including
surgeonfish, Moorish idols, puffers, and parrotfish. Mantas and
stingrays also inhabit this mysterious shadow-land, providing for one
exciting undersea adventure.
Imagine dramatic rock
formations fashioned into towering arches beneath the sea, a sensual passage-way traveled by Pacific jewels in every shape and color. These are
"The Arches." A journey through this exquisite seascape accompanied by
angels, butterflies, and damsels will make this a dive to remember.
Huge schools of
barracuda, tuna, and roosterfish welcome divers to "Paradise." The
sheer magnitude of fish life is stunning and provides, in the words of
Skin Diver Magazine, "unequaled parades of pelagic fish." This is
also one of the best sites to encounter Giant Mantas.
While there is no actual
shipwreck to explore, you will find a treasure trove of coral at this site.
Fifteen species of stony coral inhabit the area along with an astounding
array of fish. Reef sharks, Olive Ridley turtles, and various species
of rays are also commonly sighted at "The Wreck."
Equipment and Safety
All gear is included in
the 2-tank dive tours. Costa Rica Adventure Divers uses only top
quality Sherwood regulators, gauges, BCDs, masks, fins, and snorkels.
All wetsuits are Henderson 3mm neoprene. If you wish to bring your own
gear it is recommended that you bring only a mask, booties, a dive computer
and/or regulator. Remember, because of flight and boat restrictions,
guests are limited to a strict 25 lb. weight limit on luggage! Tanks
are 80 cu ft aluminum with K-valves.
A combination of
professionalism and safety ensures guests a rewarding dive adventure.
Dive staff are Medic First Aid trained and Oxygen Provider Certified.
First Aid Kits and Oxygen are standard safety features.
With a full time PADI
Instructor on staff, Costa Rica Adventure Divers offers a variety of dive
Scuba Review Course
Open Water Complete
Referral Dives -
Completion of Open Water Course
Advanced Open Water
Rescue Diver Course
Dive master Course
not a certified diver, C.R.A.D. offers the "Discover Scuba
Resort Course." In one day, you can swim away with an Adventure
Diver certification. Then its off to Caño Island to experience the
excitement of world-class SCUBA. For just $135 you'll receive
instruction, a two-tank dive at Cañ̃o Island and perhaps - a new found love
for undersea adventure.