All our training sessions take place in and around Coiba National Park. Depending on weather and sea conditions, as well as required depth, we take the boat out to find a suitable spot for the days’ adventure.
Coiba National Park encompasses over 270,125 ha of which 216,500 ha are marine and 53,625 ha are insular. It is located off the Pacific coast of the Panamanian province of Veraguas and is part of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Marine Corridor, which also includes Cocos Island and Galapagos. After turning Coiba into a National Park in 1991, the Panamanian government has made a pretty successful attempt in protecting the 760 different species of fish that can now be found there. It was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004. Coiba Island is the largest island in Central America, with an area of 503 square kilometres, and is only one of 38 smaller islands that can be found in the park.
All of these efforts have contributed in protecting the area and it is not unusual to see schools of barracuda, bigeye jacks, devil rays and rainbow runners, or sometimes curious wahoos, turtles or even the occasional shark come to visit us during our training session. During reef exploration there are numerous fish species, including surgeons, angels, puffers and parrots, that will fill your heart with joy. During the boat rides you may get to see dolphins and humpback whales, whom you may even hear singing while doing a hang. If luck is really on your side, whale shark and oceanic manta encounters are also a possibility. Overhead, we’re often being observed by pelicans, frigates and brown boobies, just 3 of the over 133 registered bird species found in the national park, including the scarlet macaw.