Caño IslandThis is the main beach on Caño Island, which was a pleasant 12-mile boat ride off the coast from Drake Bay. Nobody actually lives on the island, except for a few park rangers, who seemed to be in perpetual siesta mode while we were there. In pre-Columbian times, the area's indigenous people considered the island to be sacred and would boat in from the mainland to bury their dead here. Besides the interesting history, Caño is also noteworthy as a rest stop for migrating birds, so on any visit, you should keep your eyes skyward for wayward feathered travelers.
The Story Behind the Images
Sport Diver Editor Eric Michael traveled to Costa Rica looking to experience one of the country's most feral regions — the Osa Peninsula. Based at the Aguila de Osa Inn in the remote village of Drake Bay, Eric and his team explored the surrounding jungles of the Corcovado National Park, along with diving the teeming depths off nearby Caño Island. The vast abundance, intensity and diversity of the wildlife they discovered — both above and below the surface — was astonishing. In the above photo gallery, Eric shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the trip's top photos.
For furthur information on the Aguila de Osa Inn, visit www.aguiladeosa.com
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