Coiba National Park

Mar 18, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Our last day exploring the Panama’s Pacific Coast began with a lovely sunrise. We cruised during the evening and arrived at Coiba National Park just before sunrise. National Geographic Quest anchored beside the gorgeous islet of Granito de Oro (“Little Grain of Gold”).

The kayaks and stand-up paddleboards were deployed and taken to shore. Our expedition station was promptly set up by staff as they awaited guest disembarkation after breakfast. Our first expedition activities involved snorkeling around the islet and surveying the coastal surroundings by kayak and paddleboards.

We return on board for lunch as we reposition National Geographic Quest close to the ranger station of the park. That afternoons activities were concentrated in the main Island of Coiba. Some of our guests went hiking in a trail while others enjoyed birding along the premises of the ranger station.

We all had great sightings of the park’s biodiversity. Since we needed to continue our journey, we return on board and weighed anchor for our next destination. Next stop: Costa Rica!

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About the Author

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.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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