The Perfect Dive Location

"I've been diving all over the world. You will see more marine life during one dive here at Coiba than you will during 10 dives in other location. This is amazing!"
- Dan Faster, Lost Coast Excursions Guest

Panama Location Map

"For an eco-geek, leisure-loving, surfing and fishing nut, Panama has it all - and unspoiled. We've been diving in places it is quite possible nobody has ever been - anyone, ever - and fished all day seeing no other boats, catching giant snapper at will between marlin fishing. Everywhere we went on The Lost Coast we were surrounded by the kind of wildlife and scenery that tends to feel like it's canned or preserved in a park everywhere else I've been."
Skip Knowles, Editor of MillionAir Magazine

Panama General Information

  • You need a passport only (no visa) to enter and exit Panama
  • Panama has a stable democratic government that has elections every four years.
  • Panama has a growing economy which is dominated by the services sector which includes income from the Panama Canal, the Free Trade Zone, and its Banking industry. Tourism is also becoming a large contributor to Panama's GDP.
  • The US dollar is the legal currency. Panama has a stable economy that has been based upon the U.S. Dollar since 1904.
  • English is widely spoken throughout the country.
  • A strong US presence throughout the year has resulted in an American influenced infrastructure.
  • Panama has a number of US standard health care facilities.
  • Panama has one of the best offshore banking centers in the world.
Friendly People: Panama has a population of over 2.8 million people and near 52 percent of the population lives in urban areas such as Panama City and David. The country is under populated with large areas of farmland and jungle spanning throughout the country. Panamanians are pleased to see foreigners moving to their country. They enjoy meeting and learning from new people. They will most often help you in any way they can, and are not afraid to put aside their schedule to help you.

Language: Panamanians often speak two or three languages, have impeccable manners, and dress nicely every day.

Religion: The predominant religion in Panama is Roman Catholic, but there is no prohibition against practice of any religion.

Natural Beauty: Mountains, rainforest, and gorgeous beaches all await you in Panama. Join us and learn to appreciate this beautiful country.

Illegal drugs of any kind are not tolerated in Panama or while on one of our tours. Panama has some of the strictest anti-drug laws in the world and the consequences if you are caught with these in possession are very high. If you are found with drugs onboard you will immediately be dropped off at the nearest port and your vacation will not be refundable.

Parque Nacional Coiba

Parque Nacional, a new world heritage site, is one of the largest marine parks in the world. The island at the center of the park, Coiba, is Panama's largest - a massive 493 square kilometers. It is also home to the second-largest coral reef in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The waters are filled with very large fish and mammals including humpbacks whales, dolphins, Orcas, whale sharks, manta rays, rooster fish, amberjack, big snappers, three kinds of marlin, moray eels, and white-tip, hammerhead, and tiger sharks. Sharks and mantas are especially common, and sea turtles are seen regularly. Visibility fluctuates with the currents and seasons, but averages between 30 feet to over 100 feet. Even when visibility is low, you are likely to see some impressive creatures. The richness of marine life off the shores of Coiba is denser with species than anywhere else in Central America according to UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The diving here has been described as a cross between that off the Galapagos Islands in Equador and Cocos Island in Costa Rica.

Coiba itself is still mainly covered in virgin forest. This lush jungle is home to 36 species of mammals, including howler monkeys, and dozens of amphibians and reptiles. You're much more likely to come across beautiful birds, however, of which there are about 150 known species. Coiba is just about the last stand in Panama of the gorgeous scarlet macaw, which are concentrated in an area called Barco Quebrado. Other impressive birds common on Coiba include the bicolored hawk and the enormous king vulture. Coiba also has several endemic species, including the Coiba spinetail (a bird - Cranioleuca dissita), Coiba agouti (Dasyprocta coibensi), and a local variety of howler monkey (Alouatta palliata coibensis).

Coiba attracts visitors largely on the strength of its world-class surfing and deep-sea fishing and natural beauty. Join Lost Coast Excursions as we travel through and continue to explore this little known world heritage site called Parque National Coiba.