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best snorkeling locations

I'm trying to plan a trip and want to include four or five days where my son and I can snorkel where the underwater sights are excellent. He would also like to scuba. I'm assuming Panama has coral reefs but I find little written about this. We are planing a side trip to San Blas and are hoping this area offers snorkeling.

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1. Re: best snorkeling locations

You have the ability to snorkel in the San Blas but no tank diving at all - it is prohibited. I will say though that there isn't that much to see as far as reef type life is concerned. Fish and such but not the underwater sites like Portobelo or Isla Grande. Even Bocas del Toro is better than San Blas when it comes to diving/snorkeling. Check out Scuba Panama and ask them the important questions.

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Your best bet is probably Bocas del Toro to get in decent snorkeling and diving. Check out Starfleet Scuba - a PADI shop run by a couple of Brits, a very good operation.

Panama doesn't have the crystal clear waters that you seen in the diving magazine of Caribbean destinations other than in the San Blas islands - where accommodation is very rustic.

Another option for diving and some snorkeling is the Coral Lodge - located just outside the Kuna Yala (San Blas) and offers luxury accommodation and good diving but the seas can get rough depending on the time of year.

On the Pacific Side you can get okay snorkeling and decent diving in the Pearl Islands and off Coiba Island. Also some areas off the Chiriqui coast can be decent - Isla Boca Brava is an up and coming destination with some decent accommodation and good snorkeling and diving nearby.

Cheers,

Andrew

PADI Open Water Instructor

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3. Re: best snorkeling locations

Almost everything about Panama is new so there is a lot to be explored and discovered.

Many places for snorkeling/diving are not "famous" yet or are located outside of the more touristy rings.

That is why I recomend Isla Iguana on the Pacific side, a short boat ride fron the town of Pedasi on the Azuero peninzula.

Check Isla Iguana webpage, great snorkeling!

http://www.islaiguana.com/english/index.html

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