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Cano Island snorkeling

Costa Rica's best snorkel from Drake Bay

3 reviews
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Drake Bay
1 day
English & Spanish
Starts: From Drake Bay meeting point at 7:30 a.m.
Ends: To Drake Bay meeting point at 2:00 p.m.
Flexible cancellation policy
Discover the marine life in Costa Rica's most extensive and best-preserved coral reefs during the Cano Island Snorkeling tour from Drake Bay in a small group. Sail to the island, take two dives in different areas, with a visibility of more than 24 meters and where you can see more than 60 species of marine fauna. After snorkeling time, relax on the beach of San Josecito and enjoy a traditional lunch.

Tour details


  • Boat roundtrip Drake Bay - Cano Island
  • Snorkelling equipment (mask + snorkel + fins)
  • Certified guide
  • Cano Island entrance fee
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

Not included

  • Alcoholic drinks during lunch

Important information

Cano Island biological reserve is the best place in Costa Rica for snorkelling. It is a very protected area and the number of visitors is regulated, so only 100 people can visit it each day. We know you are a conscious traveler, anyway, we would like to remind you that it is strictly forbidden to alter the environment and take any form of marine life (including corals).

After snorkeling, if weather and schedule allow it, we will have a 40 minute stop at San Josecito beach, in our opinion the best beach in the area.

Cancellation policy

You will receive a refund of the full amount of your booking except 20USD per person (Cano Island entrance fee) if you cancel more than 48 hours before the tour starts. After this time, or if you don’t show up, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary


Difficulty: Easy. Suitable for all travelers
7 : 30 AM

Meet at Drake Bay

At 7:30 a.m., the whole group will meet and we will take the boat to Cano Island. If we are lucky, during the 45-minute sailing trip, we may see dolphins. In addition, if we take the tour from June to September or from December to April, we may even see humpback whales. The guide will give the necessary indications to enjoy snorkeling in this paradise, ensuring that even the most novice divers feel safe and use the equipment correctly to have the most fun.

Travelers getting into the boat to Cano Island
8 : 30 AM

Let's go diving!

Fins, snorkel and mask, everything ready, let's start! 🤿 To make diving easier you can use the lifejacket, so you will float effortlessly while discovering all the marine life. There are 9 dive sites on the island, of which the guide will choose the most suitable for snorkelling, with the shallowest depth and best visibility. Did you know that the waters are so clear that there are up to 24 metres of visibility? That means that you will be able to see even the animals that live on the seabed. After 45 minutes, we will go out to rest on the beach of Isla del Cano, the team will have prepared tropical fruits, fresh water and some snacks for you to recover your energy before the second dive. Back in the water to enjoy the best snorkelling in Costa Rica, you'll see seahorses, starfish, schools of fish, octopus...the list is long!

woman jumpiung from boat to Cano island water
11 : 30 AM

San Josecito beach and Drake Bay

If the weather is good and the schedule allows it, we will stop at Playa San Josecito to relax, sunbathe and enjoy one of the best beaches in Drake Bay. We will take the boat again to return to Agujitas de Drake, where we will have lunch together and put an end to this wonderful experience around 1:30 p.m.

travelers snorkeling near cano island

What to bring to Cano Island snorkeling

  • Daypack
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable clothing (in case you want to wear dry clothes afterwards)
  • Beach shoes (sandals or booties)
  • Reusable water bottle (single-use containers are not allowed in Costa Rica's national parks)
  • Poncho (in case we get caught in the rain during the boat ride)

Where does the tour Cano Island snorkeling start

The easiest way to get to Drake Bay is by car. This option is very common among travelers, as Costa Rica is a recommended country to rent a car and drive around freely. The road to Drake Bay is being improved with different bridges, so depending on the route you take you will have to cross some small streams or bridges. If you travel by public transport you will have to combine a bus with a taxi-boat to take you to Drake Bay.

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