We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Coiba Island National Park

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Isla de Coiba, Panama
Activities: Snorkeling

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 84 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
One of the most beautiful places in the world

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
MarKris T
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Sharon, Connecticut
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brooklyn, New York
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Germany
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Panama City, Panama
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Central Point, Oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Oslo, Norway
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7

Travelers who viewed Coiba Island National Park also viewed

Panama, Central America
Isla de Coiba, Veraguas Province
 

Been to Coiba Island National Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Coiba Island National Park and other visitors
8 questions
Ask a question
Woodbridge, Connecticut
2 months ago

See all questions (8)

Questions? Get answers from Coiba Island National Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?