Bona & Otoque Island / Coiba

Dec 31, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

It's amazing to believe how fast this year passed, and on this journey onboard National Geographic Quest, we had the opportunity to explore the canal rainforest. After we finished our transit through the Panama Canal we continued into the Bay of Panama on the last day of the year 2018.

We dropped anchor close by Bona & Otoque Island where we explored their beauty and birds with two Zodiacs.

We saw magnificent frigate birds, brown boobies, blue-footed boobies, neotropical cormorants, and peregrine falcons. We tried to find some of the chicks of the birds, and then returned to the ship.

We had a great lunch. The crew gave lovely attention by receiving us with a beautiful smile, and then we continued on the way to Coiba, sighting pantropical spotted dolphins, more pelagic birds, and a splendid sunset. We awaited the new year and had a toast to celebrate, all the while having a lot of fun together. 

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Joshua Hall


Joshua Hall was born in Panama City and raised in the highlands of the Chiriquí province.  He studied ecotourism at a university in Panama and is currently pursuing a degree in tourism business administration.  His love of nature can be attributed to a lot of time spent traveling with his mother, a nurse at the Social Security Hospital.  In 1983, a foundation called Abundant Life was created in Panama.  The foundation was made up of a group of doctors and nurses with a passion for helping those in need.  They were pioneers in going to communities in Chiriquí, sometimes hiking more than 12 miles, where they took medicine, meals, and other needed items, often opening up trails guided by the indigenous residents.  Joshua participated as a child with his mother and developed a love for nature, rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs and the indigenous communities of Panama.

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