Isla del Caño Travel Guide

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Isla del Caño Things to Do

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    by grandmaR Updated Jun 10, 2012

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    In the area of Drakes Bay there are several large stone balls. No one seems to know why they are there.

    When we went on the excursion from Drake's Bay to Cano Island (now $75 per person but when we went in 1996 it was one of the two free included trips), in the morning, we were to hike up to the plateau to see the unexplained stone balls. I couldn't take the climbing (and I wasn't sure I'd be able to get down if I did get up) so both Bob and I returned to the beach. The footing was very slippery. I had already had the experience at the Children's Forest of slipping off a stepping stone and landing on my bottom. This trail had a steeper drop-off on one side, so I was afraid if I did that here, I would tumble down the ravine. I didn't take any photos

    The 600 acre Cano island is a significant historical archaeological site for Costa Rica, where two of the miraculous and mysterious perfectly round spheres from the pre-Colombian era were discovered along with other historical items.

    Two trails are available in Cano Island for light hiking, the first trail leading to the site of many of the archaeological discoveries, where a few representative artifacts still remain, and the second to a beautiful lookout on the south side of the island.

    Cano Island is an amazing marine biological reserve in Costa Rica. Cano Island is often used as a migratory passage of birds who fly to warmer climes from the northern hemisphere during the winter. Aside from the evergreen forest found on the island, the only other trees growing out here include the rubber tree, the wild cocoa tree and some shrubs and bushes. Besides birds like the osprey, black hawk, cattle egret and phalarope, some common animals and reptiles on the island are; bats, boa constrictors, possums, tree frogs, moths, beetles, bats, mosquitoes, rats and lizards.

    One of the stone balls near the airport tree someplace in Costa Rica Flower in the rainforest Flower in the rainforest rainforest
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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    This was the first snorkeling I had done in quite a while, so I was entranced. Since then I have decided it wasn't all that terrific. I saw some angel fish and sergeant majors, and quite a few rocks - very little coral

    The Drakes' Bay expeditions to the Cano Island ($75 per person) say

    Cano Island is located 12 nautical miles from Drake Bay.

    The departure for the Snorkeling Tour at Cano Island is at 7;30 am.

    Aquatic life around the Cano island is spectacular, and snorkelers will find a broad and colorful spectrum of Pacific Coast reef fish such as: triggerfish, needlefish, parrotfish, angelfish, puffers, grunts, barracudas among many others -- as well as rays, sea turtles and white tip reef sharks.

    The Cano island’s virgin waters are some of the bluest in the country, and are home to a spectacular variety of stunning marine flora and fauna as well as some gorgeous coral reefs. Rated as being the best underwater adventure diving and snorkeling spots in the world, the Cano Island Biological Reserve is also home to a huge variety of fish, whales and sharks and you can see all these in this snorkeling tour. Snorkeling at Caño Island

    With fantastic underwater visibility, one can see on any given day, sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracudas, tuna, snapper and grouper swimming alongside a variety sharks and humpback or pilot whales. Since the island is a reserve scuba diving and snorkel numbers are regulated, and visitors are not allowed to remove any marine life, dead or alive.

    Angelfish - maybe a King Angelfish Fish from above rocks and fish Sergeant major Another angelfish
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    • National/State Park
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    by grandmaR Written Jun 10, 2012

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    While we waited for the others to come back from the hike we waited on the beach. The hotel and sent mats for us to lie on the beach, which was littered with fiddler crabs and snails.

    It wasn't really a 'beaching-it' kind of beach

    Mats being rolled up on the beach Beach Beach area Underwater at the beach Another underwater scene
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches

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Isla del Caño Transportation

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    by grandmaR Updated Jun 10, 2012

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    You get to the island by boat. Wear shoes that you don't mind if they get wet as the SOP for landing seemed to be to roar up to the beach, turn the boat around so that the stern was toward the island, pull the outboard up out of the water and someone jumps out of the boat and pulls it toward the beach. Then all the passengers also jump out into the surf.

    The website says:

    During the scenic boat ride aboard our 24 ft PANGA boats, which lasts approximately 50 minutes, enjoy frequent sightings of dolphins, marine birds, as well as -- in season -- whales, false orcas and sea turtles. we depart the Cano island at 1:30 pm for the 50 minutes trip back to your hotel.

    NOTE: Our Boats to Cano Island are fully insured and equipped with roofs, VHF radios, compass, first aid kits, and mandatory life vest s for the passengers.

    We did see dolphins

    Boatload of people Bob with small cruise ship in the background Rocky beach
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    • National/State Park
    • Whale Watching

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