Contreras for 2 Fun Dives at Coiba National Park
Duration : 9 Hours (approx.)
We run trips from Santa Catalina on a daily basis. The boat usually leaves between 8 and 8.30 in the morning and comes back at about 4.30. We do two dives a day. The dive sites are located in the national park, which covers a series of beautiful islands in the north, including Uva, Brincaron y Pajaros. We stop for a short lunch break at of the beaches available depending on the tide, where you have the opportunity to eat and sometimes see some wild monkeys and amazing bird life. As for the underwater world, among other things you can see (not guaranteed) white-tipped reef sharks, balck-tipped sharks, turtles, dolphins, eagle rays, devil rays, sting rays (pelagic), lobsters, sea horses, frog fish, schools if jacks, blue-fin trevallies, barracudas, moray eels, wahoos, snappers and of course lots of colourful butterflyfish and parrotfish. In season, you might get lucky and spot a whale shark (January to April) or a humpback whale (July to September).
ENTRNACE FEE TO COIBA NATIONAL PARK:
$20 for foreigners per day
$5 for Panamanians and residents per day
(Must be paid in cash upon arrival. Please remember that there is no ATM in Santa Catalina)
The prices include: the boat ride, the equipment, the guide/instructor, a small lunch (sandwich and fruit) and water.
Getting to Santa Catalina from Panama City:
If you are not driving yourself, the best way is to the take a bus from Albrook Bus Terminal to Sona (5.30 hours, $9.50) and another one from there to Santa Catalina (1.30 hours, $4.50). The bus will drop you right in front of our dive shop. We can also organize private transport for you. Just let us know!
Accommodation in Santa Catalina:
We do not organize accommodation, but there are many hotels and hostels to choose from: Santa Catalina Surf Point (www.santacatalinasurfpoint.com), La Buena Vida (www.labuenavida.biz), Cabañas Rolo (www.rolocabins.net), Oasis (www.oasissurfcamp.com). If you need a few more suggestions, there is a more extensive list on our page.