Marine conservation at Caño Island Biological Reserve

Project name:


Project purpose:

Marine conservation at Caño Island Biological Reserve

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

  • teaching


Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Ecolodge in a mangrove at the Sierpe River. Also some nights will be at the Caño Island, something only offered to researchers

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (bucket/cold/hot), toilet (western), toiler (drop), wifi. In Sierpe we will stay in bungalows for two nights by the river, in Caño Island we will stay in the rangers house (only house in the island) where there are beds and facilities for volunteers. We will also spend two nights at Drake Bay in a hostel.

How long can I stay?


  • Advanced scuba diver (or equivalent)

  • Ideally a marine biological background

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

  • You will have the opportunity to live in a Biological Reserve working hand by hand with the rangers. You will also discover the most rural parts of Costa Rica and you will have the opportunity to undertake anphibians tour, or other terrestrial tours to Corcovado for example. Also you will be diving during the whale season in a place were most of the shark species have been seen. 

  • Journey by boat through mangrove forests to open ocean, and on to Cano Island

  • Conduct scuba diving surveys to continue creating a baseline inventory of different species, physical parameters and other data used in long term conservation analysis

  • Attend lectures about marine biology, marine engineering and the archaeological and natural history of Cano island

  • Meet and work with local rangers - these rangers guard and protect Cano island 24/7 and work to protect endangered species

  • Humpback whales, reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, corals nudibranchs, and more - macro and micro fauna alike call the reefs at Cano home.

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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