Scuba diving in Coiba

Scuba diving in Coiba

Austin Hess 2020-10-15 01:23:48

Coiba National Park is considered one of the greatest paradises on earth and it is right on the Western Coast of the Azuero Peninsula. This archipelago is internationally recognized as the third-largest marine park in the world, after the coral reef of Australia and the Galapagos Islands.

The island of Coiba was inhabited by indigenous people until the early 16th century when Spanish conquerors took all inhabitants to work the gold mines in the Darien. Being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015, Coiba National Park has enormous biodiversity and still intact nature because between 1919 and 1991 the island housed a penal colony, and almost no-one was allowed to access, which in turn allowed to preserve the ecosystem.

The waters adjacent to the island are teeming with marine life, as it is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. The irregular volcanic substrate with the great diversity of marine habitats, from deep water seamounts, pinnacles, and drop-offs, to shallow coral reefs, rocky shores, beaches, mangroves, estuaries, sand and mud areas. Coiba is one of the most dynamic marine environments, especially in Malpelo and Cocos Islands, which are located hundreds of miles from the continent and are complete oceanic/pelagic environments, known for being top world destinations for shark diving and the observation of big marine species.

Depending on the time of year you will have the opportunity to dive with some of nature’s most majestic creatures like whale sharks, giant mantas, and humpback whales. At times the fish population is so abundant you actually have to take care not to bump into them, and you'll see hundreds of tropical ornamental fish species involved in a pleasant type of rush-hour along with colorful hard and soft corals. Often, on the edge of deep waters is possible to observe White Tip Reef Sharks, Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales, Huge Yellowfin Tuna, Bull Sharks, enormous Marlin, giant Turtles, Tiger Sharks, Pilot Whales, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Giant Mantas, and everything in between.

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