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Coiba Island National Park

Address: Isla de Coiba, Panama
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94%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
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Brooklyn, New York
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

While Coiba is known for its diving, it has great snorkeling too. We saw Sharks, Moray Eels, Sting Rays, Turtles, angel fish and more varieties of other fish than I can name. A number of trips are available in Santa Catalina. Shop around for a snorkel trip or you will likely be the only snorkelers on a dive trip. The... More 

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Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I can fully recommend the multi-day trip to Coiba with Loes and Kees from Tanager Tourism. You first stay one night in their B&B house on the Panamanian coast, and from there take the boat to Coiba (about two hours). We had a little lunch there, and off we went snorkeling! The underwater world near the coral reefs was amazing,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I soon forgot about the 2 hour bumpy boat ride upon arriving, because it's absolutely beautiful! I do recommend getting out there early if going on a smaller boat, as the chop gets worse throughout the day this time of year. We stayed for two nights in the cabins on the island. They are very basic, but met all of... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We saw a lot of monkeys, macaws (big red parrots), iguanas and a big crocodile called Tito by the local guards of the island. Great snorkeling: sharks, a sea turtle and huge schools of rather big fish.

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I say surprise because I expected somewhat of issues to happen here, for one mosquitoes, and a lot of dangerous situations. In reality the place is a Joy, yes bring insect repellent but it shouldn't be as bad I barely got stung about 4 times... The road there from panama is a little long, about 3 hours on the Panamericana,... More 

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Central Point, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We did a dive trip with the Panama Dive Center in Santa Catalina. For our trip we did 2 dives, lunch, then they dropped us off on Coiba. We stayed at the ranger station. The staff there was very friendly and spoke both English & Spanish. The cabins are basic, clean & well kept. Our cabin had 6 beds &... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I stayed in this fantastic place for 3 days, and I loved every second of it. The Island is remote, and it all is as tranquil as it can be. The beds are humble if you stay in dorms, but clean and comfortable. The beach are busy with tours and other tourist two hours a day, the rest of the... More 

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Playa Coronado, Panama
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Ever see a Humpback Whale while diving? WE did , countless sharks , so many fish of so many types . Howler Monkeys, white faced Capachino monkeys. crocodiales, whales entertained us during meals from the shore. this and so much more , and thanks to Camilo, Santiago, Peter and all the crew at Panama Dive Center for giving us the... More 

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Coiba is pure magic and adventure. Taking the drive to the little harbor, watching the gear get loaded onto the boat, meeting your captain and first mate and then taking off for your adventure for the next two days, the excitement still hasn’t left me. The boat ride is long, but it’s awesome and I had butterflies in my stomach... More 

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7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We had a great day snorkeling here with Coiba Dive Center. We paid 55 dollars + 20 dollars entrance fee to the park, which I think is pretty much as cheap as it gets for this attraction. They took us to three locations to snorkel, and we spotted dolphins, sea-turtles, stingrays and sharks! The guides seemed very good at knowing... More 

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