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Coiba Island National Park

Isla de Coiba, Panama
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Snorkeling
Traveler Description: The Indo-Pacific current through the Gulf of Chiriqui provides a very unique dive/snorkel environment. The warm current brings with it coral and many... more »
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Very good snorkelling, beautiful stops. Our group lost a lot of time paying the park fees as the authorities did not want to give the pensionado discount to people who qualified for it.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

After being disappointed with the diving around the Caribbean side of panama I decided to do a "one day, 3 dives trip" on this side & picked the coiba national park. The guarantee sharks on every dive & they kid you not! I was blessed to dive with a huge school of white tip reef sharks on one dive. Plenty... More

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Sandefjord, Norway
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244 reviews 244 reviews
35 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We went on a full day tour booked at Coiba snorkel/David. 70 USD including the 20 USD national park fee It is a long ride in a boat, however with 9 guests on board it was quite comfortable. Life west of varying quality were provided. In perfect quiet weather the boat ride was good, and included seeing dolphins playing with... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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168 reviews 168 reviews
40 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We took a boat with a local boat owner that has been recommended to us by one of the agencies that was full for the next day. The guy, Victor, and his helper, Carlo, gave us a very enjoyable day. We had 3 snorkelling stops, with sharks, sea-turtles and thousands of colourful fish being a regular part of the scene... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We spent 24 hours on Coiba: three snorkels, a short jungle walk and a fairly comfortable night in a dormitory. While the first snorkel was a bust the third was a revelation, literally like being in an over-stuffed aquarium. Go now before the tourists flock and the locals kill the coral.

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Victoria, B.C.
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15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

The snorkelling is magnificent; turtles, schools of talapia so thick it seems there is no water; angel fish, groupers; you name it and all within 100 meters of shore. Easy swimming with little or no current; lots and lots of very heathy coral.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

My girlfriend and I went to Coiba for two nights with Tanager tourism. Kees and Loes were very hospitable and friendly on arrival to their lodge. The tour to the island was incredibly beautiful and very well organized. Kees was an amazing guide with a vast knowledge of all the flora and fauna. As mentioned by others, the accommodation on... More

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Tavistock, Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This was our 2nd adventure out to Coiba (5 dive boat trips in total). The waters of this national park hold some of the best diving we have ever done. On shore at the ranger station it is an idealic palm tree-lined sandy beach with azure colored waters. A perfect place to take our lunch. On this trip we even... More

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Metuchen, New Jersey
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We cannot recommend Tanager Tourism more highly. From my first contact with them to the entirety of our trip, they were helpful, accommodating, and pleasant ... and even willing to work with my (very difficult) request of a gluten free menu. Our trip to Coiba Island with Tanager Tourism was the most amazing experience. We were looking for a compromise... More

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Sacramento, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

During our short stint in the beautiful country of Panama, we visited Isla de Coiba national park reserve through Tanager Tourism, based in Moriato, Panama. Tanager Tourism is owned by a dutch couple, Leos and Kees; very nice people who also happen to be biologist. The story of the birth of their B&B is Moriato is a great one. They've... More

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