Granito de Oro and Coiba Islands

Jan 23, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


Granito de Oro. It’s a small little island with a rich, white-sanded beach and just enough tree shade to sit beneath. The crew brought out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Many within our group went out snorkeling, only to discover that contained beneath the water surrounding the island was a reef even greater in natural splendor. We saw several large schools of fish set in a variety of colors and shapes. Several within our group opted to hike Coiba Island. Whether on land or underwater, guests found no shortage of natural sights and experiences to take in between the two islands.

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Max Vindas

Expedition Leader

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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Carlos Calvo Obando

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Carlos is a freelance wildlife photographer and photography instructor from Costa Rica. Passionate about travel and education, he also works as a certified naturalist guide on the beaches, jungles, and mountains of that beautiful tropical paradise. With 20 years of experience leading groups and making images and portraits of Costa Rican creatures and landscapes, he loves to share his knowledge and tricks with enthusiasm, simplicity, and a good sense of humor.

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