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Coiba Island National Park

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Address: Isla de Coiba, Panama
Activities: Snorkeling

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Snorkelling (with turtles!), loads of fish and coral, perfect beaches. Visitor centre has some interesting stuff in it - we went round a few of the beaches on a boat. never seen... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Birmingham, UK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Snorkelling (with turtles!), loads of fish and coral, perfect beaches. Visitor centre has some interesting stuff in it - we went round a few of the beaches on a boat. never seen so many hermit crabs in my life!

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Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

My husband and I spent two nights here diving with Scuba Coiba. We were told it was not a luxury resort and they were correct. We stayed at the Ranger station which is dorm style rooms with a bathroom. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. We had a cook with our group who prepared all our meals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

This is one of those places that is difficult to describe. It is a "tropical island" by every definition. It looks imposing from a distance, inviting from just off shore, and a place you won't want to leave once you get on the beach. There are a few small cabins for those that want to stay a few days, but... More 

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Sharon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This National Park is pristine and a great place to snorkel. We visited the site while on the Tauck Costa Rica-Panama Canal cruise. The water is clean, but be sure to stay on the left side of the beach--left of the rock ledge--there are too many rocks on the right. The sand is a sanctuary for hermit crabs of all... More 

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Pretty Island Nice Beaches Scuba around the islands Pretty relaxed Tourists on Cruise Ships visiting this "deserted" island

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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
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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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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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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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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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