Granito de Oro Islet, Coiba National Park

Jan 23, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

What an exciting day! It was our last day in Panama and also our best day for snorkeling, Granito de Oro is one of the best spots in this region for snorkeling and we got to see a lot. The water was very clear, the tide was right and the day was not too hot - such perfect conditions to fully enjoy our day.

The Coiba National Park is the biggest marine park in the eastern Pacific, it’s made up of multiple islands, pristine beaches and crystal clear water which make it a destination of choice for nature lovers. The island remained well-preserved for a very long time because it was used as penal colony, today is a jewel in Panama conservation.

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Max Vindas

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Known for his passion for nature and dedication to conservation and ecotourism, Max Vindas has been guiding natural history trips in Costa Rica since 1993. On his first trip to the rainforest at age eight, Max realized his love for the outdoors and wildlife observation. Since then, he spends as much time as he can in the forest, sharing his knowledge with visitors to his country.

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Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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