Coiba Island National Park, Isla de Coiba

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Consisting of 38 islands, Coiba Island National Park features white sandy beaches, tropical forests, and animal species that can't be found anywhere else. Find endemic animals such as Coiba howler monkeys, agouti, and spinetails, which have evolved differently to their international counterparts due to limited contact with the outside world. Look out for rare turtle species, over 147 species of identified birds, and a rich marine life including blue and black marlin. Declared a national park in 1992, the island established a penal colony in 1919 which served as a prison until 2004. The island is now considered a world heritage site. For Coiba Island National Park and beyond, use our Isla de Coiba trip planner to get the most from your Isla de Coiba vacation.
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  • We have a snorkel tour undertaken to isla coiba. The tour was organized by the hotel santa catalina. The trip takes approximately 90 minutes. We visited two snorkeling spots and have seen many sea animals. Turtles and rays and many colourful fish. I highly recommend
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  • If you love the life & the nature and stay in Panama, it is a must to visit Cohiba island. Here in Cohiba island you try the wild natural paradise. White sands and crystalline waters. Especially place...  more »
  • It is a natural that it is located within the Coiba National Park, to cross to the island in a small boat review you not have anything about alcohol, is a mandatory condition so you can get on the boat. You must carry your ID and pay a modest payment by tourists both for crossing the island and enter the Park. They are very strict with the garbage and bring you all that you generate. It has clean bathrooms and a beautiful viewpoint. It is a nice place for snorkeling. The beach has shallow.
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  • Amazing nature reserve. The roads to Santa Catalina are a bit tricky, but Coiba is definately worth visiting!!!
  • A beautiful nature reserve only accessible by boat and with a trained guide. Only basic amenities but an absolutely gorgeous and pristine place.
  • Coiba is an isolated island off the Pacific coast of Panama accessible from Santa Catalina. Until relatively recently (2004 I think) it served as a penal colony-the devils island of Panama. It separated from the mainland about the same time the Galápagos Islands did and has some species of wildlife that can be found nowhere else. All of the island is virtually unexplored except a small beach that serves as the research center.
  • rich and beautiful nature reserve!
  • Perfect snorkeling!

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