Isla Coiba National Park
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 15 Jan 2020

Isla Coiba National Park, 1/15/2020, National Geographic Quest

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

As the sun rose out of the Pacific, National Geographic Quest was slowly passing some idyllic white-sand islands that are among the many satellite islands of Isla Coiba. Isla Coiba is the largest of Panama and measures 25 miles long by 5 wide. At one point there was an active penal colony which from images does not appear to have been a very comfortable place to be sent. Due to the isolation of Coiba, there are a few endemic species, and being that it is a National park, the island is well protected and known for its wildlife both above and below water.

Today was filled with activities – in fact there was an opportunity for nearly every activity we offer. Kayakers, paddleboarders and birders were at the ranger station and all the snorkelers went to Isla Coco to swim amongst the many fish of the reef. The list of creatures spotted today is immense but some highlights included scarlet macaws, capuchin monkeys, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, and even a few different eels. The sun was strong, water warm and happiness apparent. We pulled the anchor in the late afternoon and headed towards a new adventure in Costa Rica which we will reach sometime very early in the morning.

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