Bona and Iguana Islands

Jan 28, 2020 - National Geographic Quest


We cruise during the night, and with the first rays of sun we dropped anchor next to a lovely island in the Panamanian Bay. This little Island, called Bona, is in the honor of a native chief that had founded settlements on it.

Just before breakfast, our guests got out to explore the coastline of Isla Bona. Big, flocking colonies of sea birds are here. Birds love this area since there is plenty of food. The trade winds blow the warm surface water, allowing the cold water from the bottom to rise and bring many nutrients.

Our guests had the opportunity to learn about the natural history of the different species of seabirds. It was the beginning of the mating season. Several frigatebirds were seen nesting and inflating their big red gular pouches. A glorious moment to enjoy.

Back on board, we weighed anchor and cruised towards our next afternoon destination of Iguana Island. Here, several hikes were available while others immersed themselves in the local reefs. What a lovely way to finish our visit in paradise.

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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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