Of all the things faced by travelers planning a trip in Drake Bay, lack of time seems to be the one that causes the most frustration. Because of time constraints and an abundance of available activities, I see opportunity in the fact that just 2 hours of snorkeling at Cano Island is sufficient for visitors to understand how impressive the location is. Thus, I recommend combining your Cano Island snorkeling with a Whale and Dolphin Pelagic Tour.
The whale and dolphin tour by itself, passes by Cano Island, on the way to the Furuno Bank (30 miles offshore), but it doesn’t stop. If one were to add a Cano Island certified tour guide and entrance pass to the whale and dolphin tour then the group can also make the Cano Island stop, accomplishing the equivalent of both activities in just one day. In addition to saving time, this combo costs much less than doing the two activities separately.
This combination tour does not cut short either the Cano Island snorkeling experience or the pelagic section of the tour; so it is a bit of a longer day. Whale and dolphin tours that travel out to the Furuno bank, leave at 8am and return at 4:30pm. To combine Cano Island, leaving at 6am is worth the early start.
Not only do you get more potential snorkeling time, but the tour allows for visiting Cano Island either in the early morning or late afternoon, when most tourist boats have already left. I personally prefer to have space when exploring nature and this is a non-issue when you are in the only boat of the vicinity.
You have probably done the math by now and realized that this combo tour is 10.5 hours long. It’s not for everyone! You will be tired when you return to Drake Bay but the experience gained from maximizing your opportunities definitely deem it worthy of the long nap afterwards! Most that visit Drake Bay are here for adventure, so if you think that you are ready, then this combo day should be on the top of your to do list.