Coiba National Park & Coco Island

Dec 26, 2019 - National Geographic Quest

Today we visited the exuberant coast of Coco Island and Coiba National Park Main Station, where we happily explored the secluded shoreline of white sand and clear blue water by kayak and stand-up paddle board. Some of us also took guided hikes with our naturalists, who pointed out lance-tail manakins, common black hawks, scarlet macaws and more.

Coiba is an important biological corridor, and our guests learned about the ongoing conservation efforts in this protected area. Others took advantage of the opportunity to snorkel off Coco Island, where they spotted tropical fish species of the Eastern Pacific, such as the bicolored parrotfish, Panamanian sergeant fish, barber fish, butterfly fish, Damselfish and many others.

Back aboard National Geographic Quest, we enjoyed more wildlife sightings including sea turtles and, of course, the amazing dolphins. A truly memorable day.

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About the Author

Mario Fernandez


Mario is a lover of Costa Rican wildlife and nature, leading him to become a Naturalist Tour Guide to share this love with more travelers.

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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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