Cocos Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 23 Feb 2022

Cocos Island, 2/23/2022, National Geographic Quest

  • Aboard the National Geographic Quest
  • Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Once more today, we had the privilege of waking up in this majestic place on the Pacific side of Panama. Coiba National Park is one of the most pristine and diverse national parks on the continent. Its vast marine extension makes it a gem for the wildlife that we encounter living in its array of ecosystems.

Cocos Island is without a doubt one of the highlights of our voyage. It is a privilege to go underwater and see one of the most endangered habitats on the planet. We enjoyed the opportunity to observe the coral reef. Now we understand firsthand the threats faced by the reef due to climate change and the resulting conditions that limit its growth.

Cocos Island is one of the reef’s hotspots for marine life observation. We observed different schools of fish, sea turtles, and whitetip reef sharks during our snorkel activity.

We spent time at the national park’s headquarters, relaxing on the beach and swimming in the beautiful water. The sheltered bay makes for calm and smooth paddleboarding and kayaking. We also organized walking tours around the island. We learned how thousands of years of isolation produced subspecies.

Coiba is a World Heritage Site due to the uniqueness of its natural history and the protection of its territory.

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