Prepare for an excursion to Caño Island, the very isle that has beckoned from the distant ocean’s horizon as you gazed upon it from your vantage point at Divinity.
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The mesmerizing songs of humpback whales are a complex form of communication, with each population having its unique song, and these haunting melodies can travel for hundreds of miles underwater.
They are known for their captivating behavior of leaping out of the water and spinning in mid-air, often in coordinated groups, believed to have social and communication significance within their pods.
Surrounding the Island lies one of the highest-ranked marine national parks, renowned for its pristine underwater ecosystems and vibrant biodiversity.
It is one of the few herbivorous species of sea turtles, primarily feeding on seagrasses and algae, contributing significantly to the health of coastal ecosystems through its grazing habits.
They exhibit a fascinating social structure, often congregating around cleaning stations where smaller fish remove debris from their bodies.
Whale Watching & Caño Island
Awaken to the serenades of the jungle and the rhythmic ocean’s embrace below, preparing for a day at sea that begins with a light fruit breakfast and invigorating smoothies, setting the stage for a voyage to the distant allure of Caño Island, a place long admired from the vantage point of Divinity. Your private boat, offers a chance to spot dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales, known for giving birth in these pristine Costa Rican waters. Protected within Caño Island’s national park, you’ll snorkel to discover the marine wonders, from sharks to turtles, followed by a tranquil beach stroll. A light lunch and refreshments are provided, and as the day concludes, our Chef’s culinary artistry shines at dinner, paired with sunset cocktails, as you savor the breathtaking view of Caño Island from your lounge chair.
In the coastal waters of Costa Rica, the annual arrival of humpback whales presents a captivating spectacle. Two distinct congregations, one journeying from the frigid waters of the Southern Hemisphere and the other from the bountiful northern realms, grace these tropical seas. These magnificent leviathans of the sea, renowned for their breathtaking breaching displays and sonorous songs that resonate through the ocean’s depths, bestow an unparalleled sense of wonder upon the fortunate observers. Their purpose, both noble and sublime, is to give birth to the next generation amidst the pristine coastal landscapes of Costa Rica. This harmonious convergence of nature’s grandeur and the nation’s steadfast commitment to conservation creates an indelible and aristocratic encounter with the majestic humpback whales.
In the coastal waters of Costa Rica, the spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) stand out as a charismatic and gregarious marine species. Recognized for their striking acrobatics, these dolphins are often found in close-knit pods that gracefully leap and spin through the ocean’s surface, creating an enchanting spectacle for fortunate onlookers. Their sociable nature and playful antics make them a delightful and iconic presence along both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines of Costa Rica, further enhancing the country’s reputation as a premier destination for marine wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Caño Island, located off Costa Rica’s southwestern coast, is a haven of biodiversity. Its lush rainforests and secluded beaches provide nesting grounds for various bird species, while its coral reefs teem with marine life, from sharks and turtles to vibrant corals. As one of the highest-rated marine national parks globally, Caño Island plays a pivotal role in preserving endangered and endemic species, serving as a sanctuary for humpback whales during their birthing season. It stands as a testament to the importance of protecting natural habitats and fostering a harmonious coexistence between terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Green Sea Turtle
The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in Costa Rica is a revered and iconic marine species, known for its distinctive greenish skin and robust body. These gentle giants nest along the country’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts, with nesting primarily occurring at night to ensure the safety of their eggs. Conservation efforts in Costa Rica have played a pivotal role in preserving these ancient mariners, allowing for the continued wonder of witnessing green sea turtles gracefully navigating the ocean’s depths and nesting on protected beaches, forging a vital connection between nature and culture in this biodiverse nation.
Reef sharks, grace the waters around Caño Island in Costa Rica with their sleek, dark bodies and distinctive black or white fin tips. These predators play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of the vibrant coral reef ecosystem and are often seen gracefully patrolling the underwater coral formations. Despite their imposing appearance, reef sharks are generally cautious and inquisitive rather than aggressive toward humans. Diving or snorkeling encounters with these creatures offer a unique opportunity to observe their behavior in their natural habitat, adding to the allure and wonder of exploring the rich marine world around Caño Island.