Snorkeling at Cano Island

Snorkeling at Caño Island Biological Reserve full day tour

RATE: $130 / DURATION: Full Day

Please note that snorkeling conditions are depending on the weather!

Explore gorgeous coral reefs and virgin blue waters at Cano Island Full Day Boat Tour. With turquoise blue waters and colorful coral reefs, Cano Island, located near the Osa Peninsula is one of the best Costa Rican snorkeling and scuba diving destinations. Join this magical boat tour and explore with detail the mysteries of the underwater world and Cano Island archeological wonders. (The island is a biological reserve, snorkel and scuba diving numbers are regulated, and reservations fill up quickly.)

Cano Island is an amazing marine biological reserve with virgin blue waters making it the perfect tropical paradise for snorkelers and divers. It is home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna and is famous for having Costa Rica´s largest concentration of coral-building organisms along the Pacific Ocean.

Snorkeling at Caño Island Biological Reserve full day tour

Visitors have rated Cano Island as having the best snorkeling and diving in Costa Rica! With fantastic underwater visibility, you have opportunity to observe and swim alongside sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna, snapper, parrot fish, puffers and more. This forever-changing panorama is a powerful experience for those who venture below the surface to investigate the variety of marine life found near the coral reefs. Marine life is also abundant in the general outliers of the island and you can see white tipped reef sharks, silky sharks, bull sharks and occasionally whale sharks and humpback whales. The Cano Island tour departs from Punta Uvita at 7:00 AM and arrives approximately at Cano Island 1 1/2 hours later. It is a magical trip where you can whale watch, experience dolphin encounters, and observe other marine animals such as turtles and marine birds. Arriving at the island we take you to the the healthiest coral reefs for the best Costa Rica snorkeling adventure where you can observe a great variety of marine species, many of which are in danger of extinction.

After this, you will head by boat to VIOLINES ISLAND (30 minutes) arriving to the north side of the this beautiful small Island with lush vegetation . Upon arrival the guides will prepare a picnic lunch. Then the rest of the time will be spent on the beach or swimming on its safe bay and hiking on the beach. During your stay at Violines Island you migth see a lot of birds and a wonderful tropical vegetation. The boat will head back to Uvita beach at 2.30-3.00 pm sourrinding the coast were you will be able to see from the boat the largest Magrove forest under protection in Central America ; Terraba Mangrove Forest. The boat will arrive to Uvita around 4.00 pm.


  • Boat transfer
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Park entrance fee
  • Snorkelling equipment


  • Great variety of wildlife, birds, monkeys & snakes
  • Extraordinary marine life and Coral Reef
  • Humpback and Pilot whales (seasonal) & Dolphins
  • Great snorkeling in one of the world’s richest waters!
  • Scenic views of Drake Bay, Marenco Biological Reserve and Cano Island

What to Bring

Comfortable clothing, swimsuit, hat or cap, strap sandals or water shoes, hiking shoes, mosquito repellent, sunblock, sunglasses, raincoat or poncho, binoculars, underwater camera, plastic bags, water bottle, set of extra clothes and a towel.

About Caño Island

Caño Island Biological Reserve is located 15 km. off the Osa Peninsula on the Southern Pacific coast of Coast Rica.
The border of the island has white sandy beaches and a well protected inshore reef makes it the best scuba diving spot in Coast Rica.

Visibility of about 20 meters (65 ft.), assures clear sightings of the the fish, turtles, manta rays, dolphins and whales that call Caño Island. The great variety of marine life around the reef include: White Tipped Reef Shark, Mantas, Bluefin Trevally, Snappers, schools of Jacks, Rays, Eels and a lot more.