Pacific Coast of Veraguas: Turtle Sanctuary 

On the Pacific Coast of Veraguas, an amazing initiative has come to life: turtle sanctuaries. The goal of the sanctuaries is to create protected areas for mothers who come out at night to lay their eggs. There, the eggs are preserved in nurseries, for up to 60 days waiting for the babies to come out and begin their journey to the sea. Visit the Pacific Coast of Veraguas to live this incredible experience.

Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Sea turtles are fascinating animals that have incredible survival strategies.

When to go

When to go

Turtle season begins in June, when hawksbill and olive ridley turtles begin to arrive to lay their eggs. In September, green turtles come out and leatherback turtles in December.

Mata Oscura Beach

Mata Oscura Beach

Worldwide, there are 7 species of sea turtles. In Mata Oscura Beach, you can see 4 species: olive ridley, hawksbill, green and canal turtles. On this beach, the Water and Land Foundation patrols 2.50 miles (4 km) of coastline to rescue and protect as many eggs as possible.

Malena Beach

Malena Beach

Malena Beach is one of the favorite destinations of olive ridley, hawksbill and leatherback turtles in Panamá.


The number of eggs rescued by Malena volunteers is extraordinary, reaching 50,000 in a single season with a birth rate of over 90%.

Visit this beach and meet the Malena Beach Conservation Association, whose volunteers have been with the project for more than 20 years and are already seeing how the first released babies have returned, as adults, to spawn and follow this life cycle. 

Keep in mind that Malena is a somewhat remote area, you will have basic services, hostels managed by association members, and traditional inns for lunch or dinner. You will not find large hotels, supermarkets, or for example, ATMs, within a 10 kilometer radius.

Coiba National Park

Coiba National Park

Although there are several turtle nesting beaches in Coiba National Park, the experience here is underwater. Coiba invites you, literally, to swim with the turtles in their wild environment.

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