The waters of Islas Secas are teeming with marine life. Whether you’re snorkeling or diving, you’ll be swimming beside over 750 species of fish that inhabit the Gulf of Chiriqui, including blue and black marlin, yellowfin tuna, whale sharks and giant mantas, plus other sea creatures like bottle nose dolphin and sea turtles. It’s also the only place in the world where humpback whales migrate from both the Southern and Northern hemispheres for mating season (between June and September).
A short boat ride away is Coiba National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated protected marine area. The nominating committee noted its “high variety” of endemic species, its importance as “the last refuge for a number of threatened species,” and the “extraordinary biodiversity” of its marine ecosystems.