Cano Island Biological Reserve

This tour combines Cano Island (Isla de Cano) and Violines Island, two locations of significant archeological importance in Costa Rica. Cano Island is an ancient burial site and evidence of Cano Island's history is the incredible stone spheres that have been found here, all of which are hand carved and perfectly rounded.

Located 10 miles offshore from the Osa Peninsula, Cano Island is a tropical paradise filled with white-sand, palm-lined beaches and impressive coral reefs. According to researchers, this island was believed to have been formed when over 50 million years ago the earth's tectonic plates moved, causing this island to emerge.

The real beauty of Cano Island is not found on its land, but underwater. This 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.

With a visibility of 20 ft. or more and a protected inshore reef, the snorkeling here is excellent. Snorkelers have the chance to spot parrotfish, surgeon fish, barber fish, eels, snapper, puffers, barracudas, turtles, and manta rays. Further offshore, humpback whales and bottle-nosed dolphins can occasionally be seen.

When you're done snorkeling, you'll head to Violines Island. The boat ride lasts about 30 minutes. Once at Violines you will enjoy a freshly prepared lunch. The rest of your time here can be spent swimming in the bay or relaxing on the beach.

The boat will head back to Uvita around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. Along the way, you'll pass one of the largest protected mangrove forests in Central America.

This is an all day tour. The tour departs from Punta Uvita at 7:30 a.m. and arrives at Cano Island around 9 a.m. During the boat ride to Cano Island you may be able to spot whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and marine birds.

This tour is not recommended for children under 6 years old or people with serious health problems, including IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). There are no restrooms on the boat or on Cano Island. Restrooms are available at a private resort on Violines Island.