The Pacific Gulf in Panama’s western province is home to thousands of pristine islands and unspoiled beaches. Isla Boca Brava is a virtually uninhabited island in the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park. The island has access to innumerable secluded beaches and is a refuge for an abundance of wildlife both on land and in the water. In the jungle covering the islands, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguar, undi, raccoons, anteaters coyotes can be spotted.
The National Marine Park it is one of the richest and most abundant eco-regions in the world, with over 800 spices of tropical fish and 33 spices of sharks, including the Reef White Tip, Scalloped Hammerhead, Bull, Tiger and the Guitar shark. The park is a haven for abundant wildlife; dolphins, leatherback and hawksbill turtles and whales are other creatures that can be found in the rich waters.
The Gulf of Chiriqui has more than thousands islands which is home to some of the oldest coral reefs in Panama. Recent core drilling have revealed reefs more than 5,600 years old, which provide habitat and shelter for a diverse range of marine life. Surrounding the Island of Boca Brava are many spectacular diving sites, such as the Coiba Island, Isla Secas and Isla Ladrones (see the map below). The Isla Secas are located on a chain of sixteen volcanic islands 20 miles outside the mainland, and features excellent diving with clear waters and a variety of marine life. The Coiba Island has been described as the “New Galapagos” and offer some of the best diving in Panama. The island has a diverse wildlife; dolphins, humpack whales, mantarays, barracudas, whale sharks and tiger sharks are commonly seen here. At Coiba Island you will never know what to expect: almost anything can appear out of the blue.
The map shows our Diving sites, click for a larger view.