Panama Pacific, Coiba Exploration
|Trip||Days||Ports of Call||Dates|
|109||10||Panama City, Coiba||Mar 10 - Mar 20, 2013|
The focus of this trip is to explore Coiba island, the largest in Central America and a national park as well as world heritage site. This area has produced the largest pelagic sport fish in the world, famous for decades for its swordfish, marlin, yellow fin, bonito, sailfish and many others including whalesharks, tiger sharks, humpbacks, hammerheads, and manta rays. "Scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have proclaimed it an unparalleled destination for discovering new species. Fully half the species in these waters are unknown to science" -- Wikipedia. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs of the Pacific coast of the Americas which provides for some of the best (and most remote) reef breaks on the planet.
Check out this video for a glimpse of the beauty:
For more information on: Coiba
"Being situated between 2 continents Panama offers a little bit of everything, from pristine beaches to mountains and tropical rain forests. Locals are generally friendly and helpful especially once you move away from the cities." -- Lonely Planet
Getting there: International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which lies about 20 miles east of Panama City (from all countries) or David Airport (from Costa Rica). We will begin at noon at the Balboa Yacht Club, have lunch and depart immediately for the overnight sail to Coiba. From Coiba we have arranged water and overland transport back to Panama City at the end of the trip.
Cabin Open! We have one cabin available to members or non-members on this leg. Cost is $6900 USD for the cabin (two person occupancy). It should be noted that this trip will be focused on surf, free diving, and spearfishing as we expect the winds to be light. Contact us immediately if you are interested in joining.
Visas: Visas requirements vary depending on passport nationality. Please check requirements and apply well in advance.
Medical: Recommended vaccination for yellow fever - only if coming from a country where yellow fever occurs (includes most of South America and Africa but not USA). Precautions for Malaria are also advisable. Dengue fever is also a concern, take care to bring protection against mosquitos.
- Abundance of marine life
- Mantas and other BIG things!
- National park
- Rarely explored
- Wild and exotic
- World class point breaks
- World Heritage site
- Dengue fever risk
- Unreliable wind
|Air||24C/75F - 29C/84F|
|Water||26C / 79F|
|Mean Avg Wind||7 - 15 knots 85%|