CAÑO ISLAND BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
Caño Island is located 16.5 km west of the Osa peninsula. Caño has been declared a biological reserve, because of its unique flora and fauna and to protect its marine life. The island is covered with tropical rain forest consisting of approximately 158 different species of plants. The fauna at Caño is less abundant. Birds represent 10 species. Spotted mammals are: gray four-eyed Opossum, Paca, some species of small rodents and various bats. There are small snakes, frogs and lizards. The island is considered important in respect of its archeological value, as in pre-Columbian times Indians used it as a burial place. The islands big attraction however, is the beautiful blue pacific ocean surrounding it, and all the species of marine life that colorfully lives within.
Full day tour - Snorkeling Caño Island
Price US$ 125 pp
Departure time Villas Gaia: 7.00 am You are being picked up at the hotel with a microbus. From the beginning of this tour you are being taken to the world of Pura Vida. During the bus trip you will pass the typical houses of the formal workers of the banana plantation, the African Palm oil, the famous round stones or spheres that are over 2000 year old (Palmar Sur) and much more. After a 40 minute bus-taxi ride you will arrive in Sierpe. A boat ride of 45 minutes straight through the Mangroves on the Rio Sierpe. With the good eyes of the guides you will be able to see lots of animals; snakes, Caymans, monkeys, birds etc. After the river mouth of the Rio Sierpe you continue another 45 minutes on the ocean where you will have a scenic view of Isla Violine, Drake
Bay and chances to spot whales and dolphins. Around 10.00 you will arrive at Caño Island. All the equipment for the snorkeling will be supplied. After approximately one hour of snorkeling you go to the beautiful beach of the island. Here you will be offered a lunch and after that you can choose if you want to go snorkeling again or stay on the island and make a hike, or just relax on the beach. At 15.00 you will go back by boat to Sierpe and from Sierpe by bus-taxi to Hotel Villas Gaia. Around 6 PM you will be back at hotel Villas Gaia.
Price includes bus and boat transportation, Park entrance, bilingual guide, lunch, snorkeling equipment. Drive with your own vehicle to Sierpe and back and save U$ 15 per person on the tour price. Children under 12 half price.
Full day tour - Diving Caño Island
Price US$ 165 pp
Includes: Transportation hotel to playa Piñuelas (5 km. North of the hotel) or Sierpe (45 km South of the hotel), boat tour to Caño Island vv, dive equipment (two tank dive), professional dive instructor, park entrance, box lunch. Leaving at 6.45 AM from the hotel.
(it is recommended to reserve the full day tour to Corcovado / Caño 8 days before arrival).