Cano Island's Scuba Diving

Isla del Caño is a small island in Costa Rica, on which a protected national park has been established. Its shores are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is located near the Península de Osa. The reserve is considered to be the most beautiful among the national parks of Costa Rica. Nature has been preserved here in its original form with rich and wild marine life. Tropical fish and mammals live amongst the colorful corals and mangroves; and humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, and whale sharks are common. The Sharks Cave hosts dozens of reef sharks. The Coral Garden dive site is considered to be an ideal place for extreme night dives and is very popular among divers.

Getting There

There are several ways to get to Isla del Caño — the easiest one is by ordering a week-long a diving safari. The second one is to first get to the town of Puntarenas from the Juan Santamaría international airport in San Jose; and then to take a ferry.


The climate on Isla del Caño is suitable for diving all year-round; except for during the rainy season which usually lasts from June to October. October is the rainiest month. The most comfortable period is from January to March, when the air temperature reaches between +27-29˚C, and water temperatures reach 29˚C. January is the driest month with an air temperature of 27˚C and water temperature of 28˚C.

Dive Spots near Cano Island

On Isla del Caño, there are many interesting dive spots. One of the most popular, Bajo del Diablo, has amazing peaks and valleys — including Devils Rock. The Sharks Cave dive site is famous for its inhabitants — reef sharks.