Cano Island is a precious gem about one hour off the coast of Osa Peninsula. It is a tourist mecca and a huge money maker for many tour agencies.
It is also a Marine National Park falling into the hands of a third world country. Yes Costa Rica is an environmentally conscious country, but still 3rd world.
This is a perfect place to travel in Costa Rica if you’re looking to make the world a better place.
We were invited to stay over by a friend of mine who’s boyfriend is the Park Ranger. This gave us the rare opportunity to sleep in the ‘biological station/house’.
On a daily basis over $20,000 is exchanged hands with different tour operators and the entrance fee. It is $10 a head and $15 if you’re snorkeling.
Plus, they have seldom volunteers who arrive here paying a ton of money to ‘do good’. Instead, they leave confused as to what exactly they are contributing to.
None of this money trickles down to the actual island. The living conditions of this place would have any semi-decent building shut down and most probably burned down.
Since the tourists are completely unaffected by it and the staff are simply happy to have jobs, I doubt anything will change in the near future.