Granito de Oro & Coiba National Park

Jan 09, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today National Geographic Quest arrived to a tropical paradise in the eastern pacific called Coiba National Park.

Coiba National Park is an important marine corridor formation that comprises islets, islands, and an extension of nearly six hundred thousands acres of marine park.

We explored a tiny islet called Granito de Oro, where we took our guests to snorkel around the coral reef. Guests saw different varieties of fish, sea turtles, sharks, eels, and starfish on the corals.

Some of our guests decided to explore the main island and they walked through the dense jungle to try to spot some of the wildlife of the area. They had a great opportunity to see the native species of howler monkeys and lance tail manakins, considered one of the most colorful birds on the island.

Around the middle of the day, we returned back to National Geographic Quest and we enjoyed the meal prepared by the galley staff.  On our way into the Bay of Panama we enjoyed the pantropical spotted Dolphin we could see from the bow, as well as the Bryde whale we could see from afar.

Another day in paradise!

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About the Author

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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