Coiba & Granito de Oro, Panama

Jan 15, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

This morning National Geographic Quest disembarked at the tiny island of Granito de Oro, which is part of Coiba National Park. This island is the habitat for many colorful reef fish as well as sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other invertebrates like the crown of thorns. During a very pleasant and leisurely morning and afternoon on the island, we couldn’t miss the numerous hermit crabs that crawl all over the beautiful white sand beach. This is a perfect place to practice snorkeling in the calm waters as well as do other water sports, like stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking.

A slightly more active alternative was offered for guests interested in the interior land of Coiba Island, a former prison now converted into a place for the conservation of local natural resources and endemic species like the Coiba spine-tail bird. The hike took about an hour and helped us to understand the natural history of this protected area.

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Adriana Diaz


The oldest of three sisters, Adriana was born in Alajuela, Costa Rica and still lives in this same province. Her interest in biology started at a very young age when she was immediately attracted to the beauty of nature and the secrecy within the forest elements. After taking part in several volunteer programs related to biology subjects, she was later inspired to study biology with an emphasis on tropical ecology and sustainable development. By 2010, Adriana obtained a bachelor’s degree at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

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Dexter Sear

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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