Isla de Caño
Caño Island is situated 20 km off the Osa Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean and is a protected national park and marine biological reserve. Its mesmerising crystal clear waters make it a perfect destination for snorkelers and divers - and for our family it definitely ranks amongst our favourite snorkeling spot in the world! Its waters are home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna, including sea turtles, sharks, moray eels, parrot fish and more, and are renowned for hosting Costa Rica’s largest concentration of coral-building organisms along the Pacific Ocean.
You will depart from our beach at around 5am and witness the spectacle of Golfo Dulce being struck by the first rays of morning sunlight as you make your way to Puerto Jimenez by boat. From there, a car will take you across the Osa Peninsula, driving you through jungles, on dirt roads and through small Costa Rican rainforest villages including the proud community of Rancho Quemado. After wading across three rivers, you will arrive at the quaint village of Bahia Drake at around 7:15am, where your snorkelling guide will be awaiting ready to board the boat to Isla del Caño. Don’t forget to look out for dolphins, turtles and even whales during the beautiful 45-minute boat ride across the open Pacific Ocean. On your arrival at the island, the waters become incredibly blue and clear and the tropical backdrop will provide perfect photo opportunities. The snorkelling tour will consist of 2 separate dives, each lasting between 45 minutes and an hour, followed by a stop at a wild Pacific beach on the Osa Peninsula for a relaxing and casual lunch. You will then be taken back to Drake where your private transfer will be waiting for you. Expect to be back at the Retreat in time for afternoon tea and freshly-baked cakes at around 5 o’clock.
We will require a minimum of two guests for this trip and the cost is from $220 per person and $85 for any extra guest. Please note that we will need plenty of notice to arrange this trip and it can be weather dependent (especially during green season).