Coiba Island National Park, Isla de Coiba

(4.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Isla de Coiba trip builder to visit Coiba Island National Park on your trip to Isla de Coiba, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We landed at noon here on the dive trip. Should we leave the food prefer, because the island is an experience. A dream Beach beyond compare, a tame wild crocodile (reared by hand), some capuchin monkeys and much more make this island a great piece of land!
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  • Coiba is fantastic! If you are adventurous and love nature this place is for you. Visit the largest island of Panama throughout was a captivating experience. I went with a group specialized in tours which is called GeoEcoTour Panama (the best care by the way) we stayed 3 days 2 nights. The cabins in the area of the Rangers were as comfortable, they have very strict regulations (strongly agree with them) to take care of everything in facilities that are only for sleeping, bathing, and luggage storage. Sleeping with a/c, but day is to enjoy beautiful islands that surround entire Coiba, expeditions full, take, snorkeling, beach... as everything is so well care is really beautiful to see the unspoilt nature, in all its glory. With the tour were able to visit: Island shield, Golden granite Island, the old Penal Centre with all its mystery, thermal wells, and other islands for snorkeling, island Rancheria. The starting point is from Veraguas, Playa Santa Catalina, as nov 2016 were sea was crushed and completely cloudy skies so that us and took 1 HR 20 min cross, was a strong experience for those who are not accustomed to these long journeys, to return if about 45 min... was faster Cross in boats of around 30 feet for 15 people comfortably, motor outboard 200 HP, super good for these crossings. Zero sign of cellular telephony, you disconnect all there :) With the tour group not to worry about food, but for cruises to the Islands it is good to bring some chop that power because dries up one much in physical activities. There are no stores of any kind in the Park. There are picnics option for those who only go to the beach awhile, but I do not recommend it because only get much time and only to 1 beach there are many more nearby, in my humble opinion. In short, for me there is no complaint of all experience.
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  • Take this trip on Carnival 2017 campsite. The trip was perfect, there was no any inconvenience, I tell them... Sali by car from panama-coiba, 5 hours approx. spend 40 dollars in gas roundtrip. I recommend leaving the more early possible, to can take the boat (1 hour and a half) get and set up the campsite. Important to reserve two things: 1) boat victor 6868-1282. not go without reserve, with or with another boatman. Victor takes 115, (I thought that was expensive, but it is not) includes $20 to enter the Park coiba, $10 per night for tent (in my case were two nights) and ida to isla coiba, walk through several beautiful islands, not to be missed, snorkel, and return. (2) length of stay: Booking is made with ANAM COIBA, both for camping to to stay in cabins. I eye love camping, but the cabins of the ANAM were not anything bad, clean and large. (reserved months earlier, I book in September, for carnaval, and it was the last post, earrings with that) The ANAM people are love, help as much as possible. With victor the boatman we did the walk by the Islands, took us to dive, we saw turtles. The crocodile tito almost came to our camp, is the mascot of the ANAM (search for it on the internet). The trip is a show, remember to take, if they are to stay in camping, (not is how works the cabins) water, ice and cartridges (bags) large black trash, trash must be return to santa catalina. Back we stayed in Santa Catalina in a nice hostel, which cost 15 per person, we prefer to stay because the return by boat after the camping trip, heavy falls. There are many hostels, guest houses, if it is not a season, there is no problem with not book (us us cost get because it was Carnival). Indeed, we ate fried fish with green plantain deliciosooo just get off the boat in santa catalina, this left a cabin of an Italian restaurant, cost 10 per person. I hope they serve my help!
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