Coiba & Coco’s Islet

Jan 01, 2020 - National Geographic Quest

On the first day of the new year we decided to explored one of the most important national park in Panama onboard National Geographic Quest, for the first time we change a little our regular schedule and we set two stations, one for snorkeling and the other for nature walking and water sports, like kayaking, paddleboard and swan in the crystal water of this paradise.

In the walk around the ranger station’s outdoor garden, we could see varieties of birds including American oystercatchers, crimson back tanagers, lance-tail manakins, magnificent frigatebirds, brown pelicans, agoutis, iguanas and more.

During the snorkeling in Coco’s Islet, our guests had the opportunity to observe the many native fish of the coral reef ecosystems including razor surgeon fish, bicolored parrot fish, cortez rainbow wrasse, green moray eel, and white-tip shark.

On the way out from the archipelago, mother nature lent us a beautiful sunset view while pantropical spotted dolphins rode the ship’s bow.

And after the magical moment in this place we start our journey to Costa Rica.

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Joshua Hall


Joshua Hall was born in Panama City and raised in the highlands of the Chiriquí province.  He studied ecotourism at a university in Panama and is currently pursuing a degree in tourism business administration.  His love of nature can be attributed to a lot of time spent traveling with his mother, a nurse at the Social Security Hospital.  In 1983, a foundation called Abundant Life was created in Panama.  The foundation was made up of a group of doctors and nurses with a passion for helping those in need.  They were pioneers in going to communities in Chiriquí, sometimes hiking more than 12 miles, where they took medicine, meals, and other needed items, often opening up trails guided by the indigenous residents.  Joshua participated as a child with his mother and developed a love for nature, rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs and the indigenous communities of Panama.

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Carlos Calvo Obando

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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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Eric Barnes

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