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Address: Isla de Coiba, Panama
Activities: Snorkeling
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$1,600*
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6-Day Tour: Scuba Dive at Coiba National Park from Panama City or Santa Catalina
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$1,320*
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Learn How To Dive at Coiba National Park Departing from Santa Catalina or...

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Snorkle and swim

A great day trip out of Santa Catalina for swimming and diving in crystal clear waters with a large number of species at several dive and snorkle points. Get a room at Coiba House... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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McLean, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I spent 2 days and 1 overnight at the Ranger Station at Coiba Island National Park. Come prepared. Bring toilet paper, soap, shampoo, towels and other toiletries. In the dorm-type sleeping rooms, there were 2 separate sides with rows of beds on each side. In the middle was a toilet that leaked and stank and a shower with no water.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

A great day trip out of Santa Catalina for swimming and diving in crystal clear waters with a large number of species at several dive and snorkle points. Get a room at Coiba House in Santa Catalina and let Darcy make all the arrangements for you. Excellent swim/dive/surf/fish area, far from the maddening crowds.

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Maui
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Be sure you know this is rustic. Pack your own lunch and water. The ocean waters are warm, like Tahiti. Be prepared for an hour half-two hour trip from the mainland

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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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Address: Isla de Coiba, Panama
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Veraguas Province  >  Isla de Coiba

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