Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño

Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño information

This 326-hectare (806-acre) island is among Bahía Drake's most popular destinations, not only for fish and marine mammals, but also for snorkelers, divers and biologists. It's the tip of numerous underwater rock formations, which is evident from the rocky cliffs along the coastline, some towering 70m (229ft) over the ocean.

This is not your stereotypical tropical island: the few white-sand beaches are small to start with, and they disappear to nothing when the tide comes in.

The submarine rock formations are among the island's main attractions, drawing divers to explore the underwater architecture. Snorkelers can investigate the coral and rock formations along the beach, right in front of the ranger station. The water is much clearer here than along the mainland coast, though rough seas can cloud visibility. Fifteen different species of coral have been recorded, as well as threatened animal species such as the Panulirus lobster and the giant conch. The sheer numbers of fish attract dolphins and whales, frequently spotted swimming in outer waters. Hammerhead sharks, manta rays and sea turtles also inhabit this area.