Scuba Diving in Caño Island
Scuba Diving in Caño Island

Scuba diving in around Costa Rica's Isla del Caño is like discovering a secret world. This verdant atoll is located off the coast of Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula, the waters of which are home to a diverse array of marine life including sea turtles, eels, manta rays, dolphins and hundreds of species of fish. For adventurous explorers visiting this tranquil part of Costa Rica, there are endless opportunities to enjoy this stunning underwater world firsthand.

Isla del Caño Reef
Isla del Caño Reef

Tropical Adventure

To embark on your subaquatic excursion, you can take a boat from Drake Bay with one of the many tour companies that operate in the area. You'll be prepped for the rigors of scuba diving, including how to operate the breathing apparatus, move around underwater and basic safety procedures. The Isla del Caño is located around 12 miles off the coast of the Osa Peninsula, and en route to the island, you can enjoy the stunning views of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. The trip takes about an hour and a half, and the water can get pretty choppy, so hold on tight!

Stunning Natural Diversity

The richness of the marine life that inhabits the waters off the Isla del Caño is what makes it one of the best places to scuba dive in the world. Coral reefs stretch for miles around the perimeter of the island, enabling you to experience an underwater adventure like no other. As you navigate the warm waters, you'll see all manner of marine life right before your eyes, including puffer fish, eels and reef sharks - but don't worry, they won't hurt you!

Another reason the waters off the Isla del Caño are so popular with scuba divers is the visibility. For most of the year, the waters are crystal clear, enabling you to see for miles beneath the waves. While you swim underwater, exploring the subaquatic canyons that define this otherworldly landscape, it's easy to forget you're still in Costa Rica!

Isla del Caño Beach
Isla del Caño Beach

Up-close and Personal

Scuba diving off Isla del Caño is an experience like no other. Offering you an unparalleled opportunity to see Costa Rica's incredible underwater landscapes, scuba diving in this part of the country is popular year-round, although conditions are best during the dry season between December and April. You don't have to be an expert diver to experience this breathtaking subaquatic world, and the skilled diving instructors can get you up to speed on the basics relatively quickly, enabling you to get out there and start exploring everything this enchanting island has to offer from the get-go.

Eel while Scuba Diving
Eel while Scuba Diving