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Day 104 - Isla De Coiba

PANAMA | Sunday, 14 September 2014 | Views [281]

With the date for our departure now correct we set off for a three day, 2 night, 9 dive tour of Panama's Isla De Coiba national park. Rated as the next Galapagos islands this place sure didn't disappoint.

As well as Lindy, Zoe & I we were joined by an American Investment Banker, Greg & a lovely Canadian man called Tony. Our crew consisted of Kevin, Pedro & Marco & we set off from the beach at Santa Catalina destined for Isla Canales to Wahoo Rock for the first dive.

Along the way we had a school of dolphins alongside the boat as well as being fortunate enough to see a humpback whale breach about 100m away.

In the water for the first dive we saw a heap of sharks, eels and giant schools of barracuda. The current and surge in the pacific was much stronger than the Caribbean and buoyancy and moving took a little getting used to! That said we soon settled into the groove.

After a morning tea & a surface interval on a small piece of sand on a deserted island no bigger than a footy field we then did our second dive at the Faro or Lightnouse.

We then got checked in back at Coiba, had a huge lunch & then lazed in the water if the hammocks until our third dive at the Iglesia. Here we saw giant sea turtles, frog fish, machete fish & also whales from the boat. It was a magic afternoon!

Back at Coiba we settled in with wine and dinner, chatting late into the night with our group.

 

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