Granito de Oro Islet, Coiba National Park

Feb 06, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today was our first in Panama, and the first time since embarkation that we were able to put our snorkeling gear to use. Granito de Oro is one of the most flattering areas for snorkeling in this region. The gorgeous white sand beach meets crystal-clear waters, making for a perfect morning both in the water and ashore. Needless to say, the session did not disappoint.

The Coiba National Park is the biggest marine park in the Eastern Pacific. It is marked by a constellation of islands and pristine beaches that make it a prime destination for nature lovers. It today stands as the crown jewel of Panamanian conservation; no doubt a superb outlet for experiencing Central America’s rich coastal landscape.

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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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Cristian Moreno

Undersea Specialist

Cristian is a Panamanian born in Chile.  He grew up in Panama City until the age of 19 when he returned to Chile to go to college where he received a degree in metallurgic civil engineering. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance naturalist in Panama.  Specializing in bird watching and ecology, he also has a passion for indigenous cultures, hiking and trekking.  He is a certified scuba diver and is often found exploring coral reefs along the Caribbean coast of Panama.

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