Caño Island Snorkeling

A snorkeling tour to the amazing waters of Caño Island

| Dec 2, 2016

Caño Island Snorkeling & Térraba-Sierpe Mangroves Tour

The Biological Reserve Caño Island is located in the Pacific Ocean, about 20 km offshore from the Osa Peninsula and is considered one of the best snorkeling and diving spots of Costa Rica. The area contains coral reefs and the visibility of the water can reach up to 20 meters deep (65 feet), which makes it easy to spot the abundant marine wildlife as sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracuda, tuna, reef sharks and snappers.

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Tour description

A comfortable minivan will be ready for you at 6:15 in the morning. You will enjoy the 1.5 hour scenic ride along the pacific coast to the town of Sierpe. From there the journey continues by boat. The first part of the boat ride goes right through the stunning mangroves of the rivers Térraba and Sierpe. It is the biggest protected mangrove area of Central America and the second biggest in Latin America (a RAMSAR site). It contains 8 species of mangroves and is a birdwatchers paradise. But also keep your eyes open for crocodiles, snakes and monkeys.

When the mangroves stop at the river mouth, the tour continues over sea passing the famous Drake Bay. Once you reach the Island you will be ready for an awesome swim in the clear waters of Caño Island. You will get plenty of time to snorkel over the coral reef and through schools of colorful fish.

After lunch, you will go on land of the protected island. Just to relax. A quick nap on this isolated beach will make you ready for the second snorkeling session. The second snorkeling sessions will be on another location as the first one, giving you the opportunity of seeing even more types of marine wildlife. After this second snorkeling session you will go back to Sierpe where the minivan is ready to take you back to Dominical (arriving at Hotel Villas Rio Mar approximately 6 pm).

dominical resort

Eco-Hotel Resort

Playa Dominical, Costa Rica

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  • Ground transportation
  • Boat transportation
  • Park entrance fee
  • A professional guide (speaking both Spanish and English)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Life jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Lunch


  • Sunblock
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medicine (if applicable)
  • (Water) camera


Tour reservations & questions

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