For the scuba enthusiasts, the Osa Peninsula offers several excursions to encounter the unseen communities of marine life below the water’s surface. With Costa Rica’s finest Pacific coastal diving and snorkeling, the clear waters surrounding Caño Island Biological Reserve are best described as an Eden of coral and rock formations housing vibrant tropical fish. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced diver, or just snorkeling, the variety of rich and abundant marine life will amaze you. With visibility 30 – 100 ft. or more year-round, and teeming with exotic sea life, diving Caño Island is an underwater photographer’s dream. Scuba among large schools of colorful reef fish or observe the large pelagic that frequent these waters. Let our Padi dive Instructors and dive masters aboard our 30 ft. Island Hopper take you on a voyage of breathtaking dives though schools of barracudas and horse-eye jack that actually block the rays of the sun. The variety of sea life is extraordinary, with Mobula, Eagle and Giant Manta Rays, Southern Sting Rays, Guitarfish, Octopus, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, many species of Moray eels, and much more! As the oldest established dive operation in Drake Bay, we guarantee you a memorable diving adventure unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
CAÑO ISLAND DIVE SITES
El Bajo del Diablo: (The Devil’s Rock):
Our main attraction! Lie’s two kilometers from the island where there are big underwater pinnacles depth’s of 130’ reaching within 20’ of the surface with large rock formations, canyons and valleys. This location alone is worth diving 5 times without visiting the same spot. Manta’s with wing spans of 15 to 20 feet and the allusive Whale shark (not often) schools of hundreds of horse-eye Jacks, barracudas, Jack Crevalle, Cubera snappers over 75 lbs., white tip sharks, Mobula rays and the occasional bull shark or nurse shark. Tropical fish like puffer, King angel, damsels, boxfish, Moorish Idols and five species eels the list goes on and on. Just coming to Cano Island to dive only this site is worth it! Great, great dive!!
Cueva del Tiburon: (Shark Cave):
½ a kilometer from the Islands ranger station and depth of max. 60’ this site consist of lots of volcanic rock with pinnacles formations that in compass the area. One of the pinnacles has developed into cave is now home to a small school of white tip sharks. We can usually find 5 or 6 sleeping in the cave, we will not enter do to park regulations, but the cave is small and from the opening we can get a good look inside. While moving around the rock formations where very likely to see a lot of smaller tropical fish such as puffers, damsels, Moorish idols, boxfish, goatfish. There’s a good chance to catch a glance at turtles, mobula rays and Stingrays. The visibility can be anywhere between 15 to 75 feet and when there’s 30’ or more which is most of the time there can be a awesome color show from the sun reflecting off the different colors of hard coral. Good easy dive
El Arco: (The Arch):
Has similar marine life “Shark Cave” except that when you cross under this arch waiting on the other side schools of grunts are there to swim through. Also if you have a good eye you might encounter flounder or frogfish. There’s lobster to but don’t touch. Good easy dive.
El Barco: (The Shipwreck):
You won’t see a shipwreck here 20 years ago a sailboat broke anchor washed up on the beach and eventually wash back to where the Barco dive site is today. After two years there it just disappeared but the name still remains. Here is the best spot to see the white tip sharks there’s always some here I’ve seen as many 15 around the rock formations. What is special here is it’s a cleaning station for the Southern Stingray with a wing span of up to six feet. Here another chance to see Olive Ridley or hawksbill Turtles and Mobula rays. This is another good easy dive but has a little current visibility ranges 15’ to 70’ with an average 35’to 45’.
The Coral Gardens:
A shallow dive 15 to 40 feet, there’s spectacular array of hard coral, brilliant in colors. Being close to the Barco when visibility is really good I tend to spend less time in Barco and drift over to the coral gardens getting longer bottom time. Here you’ll see Gobies, Blenny’s, Wrasss’s, Butterfly fish, Parrotfish, damselfish, Porcupine fish, Octopus and turtles at times. Visibility 15 to 80 feet depends on sea’s can be very impressive and an easy dive.
The name speaks for itself! Traveling to the Caño Island Paraiso dive site lies 2 miles before reaching Caño Island. It’s a lava formation that stretch’s for about a mile or so and is between 60 to 110 deep 100 meters wide and on each side of the ledge falls off 40 to 70 feet deep. At one end of the ledge there’s a volcanic pinnacle that reaches within 55 feet to the surface. The pinnacle is the main part of the dive site “stuffed” with big schools of blue and gold snapper if you swim slowly you can enter these schools it’s quite an amazing feeling. Theirs also schools of barber fish, The big fish that you see are Amberjacks, Dog Tooth Snapper and Barracudas, schools of Horse-eye Jacks. Amberjacks like divers I believe there attracted to the bubbles your able to see them up close within 2 feet. The best place to see white tip sharks at times schools of over 20 and nurse sharks. Tropical fish include, Parrot fish, Triggers eels, puffers and occasionally Mobula Rays. This dive has current, thermals and depending on seas the visibility can be 15 feet but on good calm, clear days can reach to 100 feet.
The closest rock to the lodge. Black corals, snappers, grunts, lobsters and other species. The rock starts at 50 feet and bottom is 60 feet , visibility is 15 ft on good days can reach up to 50 ft . A lot of plankton inhabits the area with attracts large schools of fish.
Call 20 minutes because that’s how long it takes to get there 40 ft max. depth Lobsters, whites tips and several types of tropical fish. Sea fan and other species of corals can be found here. Visibility 15ft to 50ft depending on seas and current.
Located near Corcovado National Park, a set of pinnacles filled with schools of Horse-eye jacks, barracudas, grunts, snappers to 60lbs, at times school of Rooster fish come to meet the divers. There’s beautiful colored fan’s max. depth is 40ft. Again with current and sea swells this cannot be dived. Visibility when you can dive is 40ft.
We are continuously searching for new dive sites and if we find one on the way to a know site we stop and check it out and might find something magical!