We suggest you arrive in Panama at least one day before vessel departure. You will be met at Tocumen International Airport by our representative and transported to your hotel. You will be able to enjoy the cafes, restaurants, bars and night life of this bustling Latin city. Ground transport and 1 night in 3 star catagory hotel are included in your package.
At 6.30 am you will be met by our guide at the arranged meeting points at hotels in Panama City. Our guide will accompany you on the coach ride to Puerto Mutis, a small inter-tidal river port in the province of Veraguas. This journey takes around 3.5 hours. On arrival, a 30 minute transfer by tender to MV. Yemaya, at anchor amongst the ancient mangrove forests of the Gulf of Montijo, a Ramsar Site, recognized for its international importance for Marine Birds.
Once aboard, we pick up anchor and cruise to our first destination, the Park Ranger Station on Coiba Island. During this cruise, lunch will be served. You will have time to settle into your cabin, prepare your dive and camera equipment. We will introduce our crew and deliver briefings on safety aboard MV. Yemaya and an introduction to the dive deck and dive program aboard.
Check Out Dive/s:
Our afternoon check out dive/dives will be at sites at Frijoles or Isla Rancheria, in the heart of the Coiba National Park. These dives will give you opportunity to test your dive gear, weighting and camera system, and an insight to ocean conditions and the beauty and abundance of the marine environment of the Coiba and Gulf of Chiriquí region. We take the time on these dives to prepare for a great week of diving.
Day 2: Pinnacles And Reefs Of Northern Coiba Island And Isla Rancheria.
Four dives are programmed for our first full day, taking in two of the Coiba National Park’s signature dive sites in the morning, before moving to an inshore sight for the afternoon dive, which will also be our night dive destination. An opportunity to encounter, white tip shark, turtles, schooling rays, frog fish and sea horses along with many schools of reef and pelagic fish.
Day 3: Pinnacles And Reefs Of Isla Canales De Afuera.
Early AM we will pick up anchor and move MV. Yemaya to the idyllic natural lagoon formed by the Islands of Canales de Afuera. Two mornings pinnacle dives, followed by an afternoon and night dive on one of the islands numerous reefs. These islands are frequented by Giant Mantas and Devil Rays.
Day 4: Pinnacles And Sea Mounts Of The Archipelago Of Contrearas.
Early morning we will pick up anchor and cruise north to the islands of Contreras. Two morning dives on sea mounts, followed by an afternoon dive on one of the islands many shallower pinnacles. Returning to the same site in the evening for our night dive. These sites are a fisherman’s dream, an abundance of large schooling fish and frequented by Bull and Hammerhead Shark. Sites are decorated with sea fans and marine sponges.
Day 5: Hannibal Bank And The Sea Mounts And Pinnacles Of Punta Hermosa.
Early morning we pick up anchor and head south to the western shores of Coiba Island. Our choice of destination will depend on weather and ocean conditions. If weather and ocean conditions permit, we will make a drift dive over one of the worlds most famous sea mounts, the Hannibal Bank. The shallowest point of the bank is 150 ft / 45 m, dropping abruptly to over 6000 ft / 1800 m. We will stay with recreational dive limits and drift along the shallowest point. From here we dive the dramatic pinnacles of the western coast. Large schools of Barracuda form chimneys around divers. Giant Amber Jack and Snapper, White Tip and the occasional Galapagos and Tiger Shark frequent this area.
Day 6: Sea Mounts And Pinnacles Of Jicaron And Jicarita.
The mysterious islands of Jicaron and Jicarita offer encounters with schools of Tuna and Cubera Snapper and huge schools of reef fish. This area has an amazing abundance of corals, sponges, sea fans and marine life and frequented by Scalloped Hammerheads. The 2 morning dives are on pinnacles close to the drop off, followed by an afternoon dive on a shallower pinnacle.
Day 7: The Islands Of Jicaron And Jicarita.
We will finish the weeks diving on the islands jagged off shore pinnacles, walls and extensive coral reefs. Back aboard MV Yemaya, we will pull up anchor and head back on a sunset cruise to the calm waters of Isla Cebaco and the Gulf of Montijo.
After an early breakfast aboard, our crew will transfer you and your luggage in our skiffs back to Puerto Mutis, where you will be met by our guide who will accompany you on the return trip by coach back to Panama City.
Daily Dive Schedule:
Dives 1 and 2 departing at 8 am and 11 am, returning to mother ship between dives. Dive 3, departing at 2.30 pm, return to mothership. Dive 4 (Night Dive) departs 6.30 pm. Returning for dinner.
(Sport fishing is allowed in some areas of the Coiba National Park for those clients that are interested. A small daily fee is payable
for relevant permissions and is not included as part of your package)
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