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Cano Island Snorkeling Boat Excursion

Cano Island Snorkeling Boat Excursion

Destination: Dominical, Drake Bay, Esterillos, Manuel Antonio, Sierpe

Highlights

  • Dolphin Watching
  • Whale Watching (Jul.-Nov)
  • Glide by the largest mangrove forest of Costa Rica
  • Picnic Buffet Lunch Included
  • Two snorkeling locations

Facts

  • Time length : 6:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. (full day)
  • Hours : 6:45 a.m.
  • Price : $125 per person
  • What to bring : a snack, towels, sunscreen
  • Location : Caño Island (pick up in Dominical)

Discover the vibrant world below the underground mountains of Caño Island, look for sea turtles and colorful fish, take pictures of pan-tropical spotted dolphins and whales with their babies (Jul.-Nov.) in the Pacific Ocean, watch birds and groups of monkeys as you float through a mangrove forest.

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Come on board and glide along the Sierpe River to the Pacific Ocean with relaxing sky and forest reflections. From the coastal waters to the vast strides of the open ocean, your guide and the captain will use their eagle eyes to help you spot dolphins, turtles and whales (Jul.-Nov.) until you arrive to the shores of Cano Island.

Your guides will leave the boat to arrange for your admittance to the island while you gear up with fins and snorkel. The captain will find your designated site and anchor the boat. Plunge into the waters and start your first 30-45 minute snorkeling experience on the rock outcrops of the island – snorkeling sites vary depending on tides, weather conditions and currents, you will be visiting the sites with the best visibility.

Hop into the boat and get ready to explore the Caño Island Beach shores where you will spend about 20 minutes, please note that to keep the pristine state of the island smoking and eating are not allowed on the island.

Put your feet ashore and walk along the magnificent beach stretch looking at how the forest bends to touch the ocean and follow the trail up the mountain to a view point that offers you panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean – if you have the stamina continue to see the mysterious stone spheres located further inside the forest and guess how they were made. This trail may be open or closed at the Park Ranger’s discretion.

Boat to the farthest end of the island, the captain will drop anchor and you can enter into the water to explore another snorkeling site, which is usually deeper. Here you will search for sharks, turtles, and other tropical fish life.

Sail away from Caño Island, north to Violin Island, south to San Josecito Beach, or to any swimmable beach in between them for a picnic lunch. The captain will select the destination based on the weather conditions. Guides will unload from the boat the ingredients to prepare a buffet lunch while you play in the waves, stroll on the beach, seek for wildlife or simply relax. Lunch is usually self-serve sandwiches, fresh fruit and rice.

Glide back through the stunning mangrove forest to enjoy the natural late afternoon show as birds and animals look for food on the edge of the riverbanks and tree branches. Your guide will help you spot wildlife in the trees or anywhere else they are hiding from view as the boat traverses through the river.

Departure & Return

  • Departure point : Tour departs from all major hotels and rental homes in low lands along Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal and other coastal towns along the southern Pacific
  • Return details : Tour returns to original departure point between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Departure time : Hotel pickup is between 20 and 120 minutes before tour start time depending on hotel location.

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