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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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Central Point, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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237 reviews 237 reviews
52 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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