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Now comes the time for whale encounters in Coiba – but follow the established procedures


If you visit Coiba between July and September it is more likely than unlikely to see humpback whales around. Every year end of May to beginning of June humpback whales from the cold south are coming to Coiba visiting the warm and shallow waters as a nursery ground. The females give birth to their calves here in July and teach them swimming and diving till October / November, when they start their way down south to their feeding grounds again. […]

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A lot of sightings even in partly bad visibililty in our latest Multi-Day Trips to Coiba


Between 20th of March and 3rd of April we had a continuous row of Multi-Day trips to Coiba National Park. Within two weeks 25 divers went on one of our Multi-Day trips and did 211 dives. The HIGHLIGHTS have been: 4 whale shark encounters 3 giant manta rays Several goliath grouper sightings Hundreds of mobulas One bull shark Harlequin shrimps Sea horses And the usual white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, turtles, moray eels, frog fish and schools […]

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Season of Mantas and other Pelagic Rays around Coiba


Although we see them also in other months of the year February to May is the best time to see several species of pelagic rays. Cold nutrient rich water from the sea floor is brought by upwelling, caused mainly by the Humboldt Current, to the surface. This upwelling starts usually around mid of February, but this year it started already after the January New Moon in the third week of January. These nutrients support abundant microscopic life, what together with […]

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The Lucky Whale Shark


rare but possible all year around

On yesterday´s dive trip to Coiba we had an encounter with one of the most impressive visitors to Coiba´s rich waters. The biggest fish of the world visit Coiba frequently between December and February/March where they can be seen on many of our dive trips. The rest of the year they can still be seen, though rarely. We don’t know much about these creatures, but in our nine years of experience in diving Coiba National Park we believe that there […]

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