Snorkeling & Diving in Panamá

Discover the magical and incredible Panamanian marine world while snorkeling and diving. Diverse marine wildlife and beautiful sights await you in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. You don’t have to choose between the coasts on your vacation. If you so wish, you can dive or snorkel off the Caribbean and Pacific on the same day; each offers unique experiences not found in the other. With warm temperatures that rarely fall below 24C/75.2F and often reach 30C/86F. Here are the top snorkeling and diving spots in Panamá. 

Discover the treasure behind

Pacific Coast of Veraguas

Discover the treasure behind

Pacific Coast of Veraguas

The Coiba National Park located on the Pacific coast in the Gulf of Chiriqui is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world, totaling 98,228.25 km² (about 37,916 mi²).

Gems in the gulf of

Chiriqui

Gems in the gulf of

Chiriqui

Besides Coiba National Park, the Gulf of Chiriqui in the Pacific Ocean is home to other world-class snorkeling and diving spots.

Dive into the waters of

Bocas del Toro

Dive into the waters of

Bocas del Toro

On the flip side of the Caribbean, the archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers diverse and easily accessible snorkeling and diving. The Caribbean side of Panama is home to a more tranquil diving experience perfect for beginners or those who want to slow down and fully immerse in the experience.

 

From corals and sponges to starfish and shipwrecks, it’s home to a plethora of marine species, such as southern rays, spotted eagle rays, lobsters, parrotfish, barracudas, squid, starfish, crabs, seahorses, and pufferfish. If luck is on your side, you may spot nurse sharks and manta rays. There are nine major islands including Isla Bastimentos, Isla Colon, and Isla Carenero, and thousands of islets and cays. Bocas del Toro boasts six different dive spots between Isla Colon and Bastimentos alone. These often have shallow waters with almost no currents, excellent for beginners. 

explore the depths of

Portobelo

explore the depths of

Portobelo

Head over to the province of Colon on the Caribbean side for sights you won’t see elsewhere. Close to Panama City, in Portobelo, you can explore Drake Island, Buenaventura Island, One Rock, and Tres Hermanas.

Marine Life in the

Pearl Islands

Marine Life in the

Pearl Islands

Located on the Pacific side of Panamá, in the Bay of Panamá, is the Pearl Islands archipelago, consisting of over 200 islands and islets. Most of the islands are uninhabited, so there are a lot of beaches, shore lines, and shallow waters perfect for scuba diving.

Whether you snorkel or dive, Panamá has a whole underwater world to explore!

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