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Coiba Island National Park

Isla de Coiba, Panama
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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The Netherlands
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We made a boat trip to Isla Coiba (UNESCO World heritage Site). If you’re lucky you can see dolphins, whales, manta rays, turtles, monkeys, sharks and even an alligator. Go snorkeling or scuba diving and don't forget to make a hike on the island.

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Torio, Panama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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256 reviews 256 reviews
36 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
50 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
25 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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