It is the narrowest country in America (less than 80 km), it is not a secret Panama has to shores, the Pacific and the Caribbean too close one each other, literally, you can swim in both on the same day, this makes us a coveted destination for sea lovers and adventurers.
Whether you have just discovered the joys of snorkeling or have spent many years exploring the globe looking for the next breathtaking adventure, Panamá is the right place for you.
Snorkeling is the perfect way to get in touch with our pristine coral reef and marine life without swimming at unnerving depths. Floating calmly in crystal clear waters and gazing at bright and colorful reefs swarmed by many different kinds of fish species makes for an unforgettable trip.
We offer truly awesome snorkeling multi-destination experience, combined with wildlife inland tours, plus rainforest hiking & cultural highlights even local flights to top tourism destinations. We’ll take you to some secluded reefs with lots of tropical fish and maybe even see stingrays, sea turtles, even sharks that are feeding on these shallow waters or just being on a reef.
Join us for the ultimate snorkeling adventure on Panama Pacific Coast, special for small private groups, designed exclusively for snorkelers and nature lovers, taking you to a collection of Panama’s finest snorkeling destinations.
Set with the Customer (Recommended 6:30 am)
It is the jewel in the crown, the holy grail for lovers of diving and snorkeling. Coiba National Park in Panama, an isolated marine preserve 14 miles (about 23 km) off the Veraguas Pacific coast, is a paradise for nature lovers.
It is the most virgin, unpopulated, intact, and boasting a trove of hidden treasures, Coiba is the largest island in the Central American region. In recognition of its uniqueness, UNESCO declared it a World Patrimony Site in 2005.
No other sea on earth has the level of endemic creatures as those found in the waters of Coiba National Park. The Tropical Research Institute (STRI) make a census and found 60 species of coral of which 17% are endemic” “It is fascinating. Here, 90% of the mollusks and at least 80% de the fish are unique” – Juan Maté (STRI).
Coiba has about 1,700 hectares of coral y high endemic level, it possesses the greatest biodiversity in Central America. The ancient coral reef on Coiba existed long before the pharaohs build the pyramids of Egypt and, resembling a submerged city, they date back 5,600 years. Whit vertical populations of 10 to 12 meters, they are largest in the eastern tropical Pacific.
Coiba is home of more than 70 endemic species of fish, is a paradise for shark, whales, rays, marlin, sailfish, Orcas, Humpbacked whales, brindled, and bottlenose dolphins. In Coiba, for divers the sharks, turtles, and rays are warranties. Sharks and crocodiles abounded during the period of Coiba served as a penal colony, making an escape from the island almost impossible, white tip reef shark along with Tiger, Bull, Hammerhead, Black Tip and Galapagos shark are common, along with Jew Fish, Amber Jack and Giant Snapper and three species of Turtle, some examples of the 760 species of marine fishes, 33 species of sharks and 20 species of cetaceans.
As such, Coiba is considered the fundamental piece of the marine highway that joins the insular eco-systems of Central and South America. The seas that surround it are a living laboratory, a library of useful chemical compounds that cure sicknesses such as cancer and malaria
With more than 270 thousand hectares and 38 islands with 240 km of virgin coasts, the park has many places with calm and shallow waters where you can see corals and their great biodiversity and aquarium-like calm such as Granito de Oro, Ranchería, Coco and Canales de Afuera Island, perfect for snorkeling activities.
While snorkeling near Coiba, it is like a technicolor underwater world revealed itself, you are often surrounded by hundreds of fish, mostly by small plankton-eating fish such as panamic sergeant majors and scissortails. The reefs are inhabited by morays, butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish, hawkfish, tilefish, Moorish idols, wrasses, white-tipped reef-sharks (harmless) and many others. Occasionally, you may encounter a huge snapper, grouper, or a nurse shark on the reef. The reefs are also home to turtles, mostly hawksbill and olive ridley turtles, but green turtles and loggerheads have been seen as well. The edges of the reef are often visited by blue-fin trevally and other species of jacks, trevallies, rainbow runners, and occasionally schools of black-tail barracudas (harmless) also make a pass along the reefs. Wahoo, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and marlins roam the deeper waters of the park.
Special thanks to Alejandro Balaguer, Albatros Media Fundation
Our boats have a maximum capacity of 7 adults comfortably seated. With enough space to move around and walk during the entire trip.
Most of our clients have some experience, however, it is not necessary to have snorkeled before, you can count with us to teach you the basic techniques and make their day an unforgettable adventure. It is also important to mention that we provide all the necessary equipment, without any additional charge.
Usually, our clients want to take advantage of the first rays of the sun, that is why our departure time, from El Bongo de Montijo, totally depends on the customer. We recommend leaving at 6:30 am, to have more time available for the activity. As the old saying goes “The Early Bird Gets the Worm”
Cruise on the rivers and tributaries of the Gulf of Montijo, a few minutes after our departure, we can reach beautiful landscapes and wildlife encounters, an hour later we will in open waters very close to the shore. The journey to Coiba lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes
From above it is simply beautiful, from below it is a living technicolor aquarium, decorated with beautiful white sand in place and creates a reef structure that shelters a large variety of beautiful marine life.
It’s the perfect spot for snorkeling lover, thousand colorful fishes swim alone around the island, you will surely find white tip sharks and hawksbill turtle laying at the bottom, that are not afraid of their daily visitors. Other inhabitants of the island are hundreds of hermit crabs crawling through the fallen palm fronds.
The 500 square kilometer Pacific island of Coiba, is the largest island in Central America and has had relatively little human impact for centuries. Most of the densely forested island has never been touch by humans. We will stop in Gambute Beach, we will short tour in our Visitor Centar and small walk into the trail up to Cerro Gambute, with a beautiful view of some parts of the park. This island is home to the Ranger station.
In front of Coiba Island, we find Isla Rancheria, also called Coibita, well known for being the younger sister of Coiba Island; it is one of the most popular stops for visitors interested in exploring the national park. Its white sands, an abundance of palm trees make it the ideal place to spend a day enjoying nature; it is special for activities such as sea tourism, kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. It’s the perfect spot to take a fast lunch or maybe a beach BBQ.
If the time and the weather conditions allow it, we will make a fast stop, to enjoy this large area of shallow corals, where it finds a great variety of marine species and its white sand make it the ideal place where to spend a day in communion with nature, snorkeling in an underwater environment that has been described as the best place in the world to discover new marine species.
It’s a long way home, after a day of fun and adventures is time to come back home. Or if you have chosen one of our other adventure options, we will return to the hotel to recover energy, for the next day.
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