– Coiba Ranger Station has been closed by the government – but we found THE Alternative Location
After more than a year of workshops, consultations, meetings and working out new strategies to improve the accommodation situation of Coiba Ranger Station and promoting Coiba National Park as one of the future cornerstones to promote Sustainable Tourism in Panamá the Panamanian government decided end of October to close the Coiba Ranger Station and to cancel all existing and future reservations from 1st of November onwards. This information came as an informal phone message to us and all other providers of diving- and other adventure tours as a surprise, without any explanation, contingency plan or offer of a transition period for already existing reservations.
The Coiba National Park will of course still be accessible for divers and Scuba Coiba will continue to offer the same services as we do since 2003:
- diving in day trips leaving from Santa Catalina every day at 8:00 am and returning after 2 or 3 dives around 4:00 pm and
- our Multi-Day trips for serious and experienced divers, who’s main purpose is to dive the best sites of Coiba for several days without spending hours sitting on boats.
Because of the shut sown of the ranger station we have investigated our options to bring our divers as close to the dive sites as possible and to offer comfortable accommodations. We found an almost new hostel located in the closest village to the National Park, Bahia Honda. Bahia Honda, only accessible by boat is less than 15 km from the borders of the park and only minutes (15 to 45) from some of the best dive sites we visit on our Multi-Day trips. So the available dive sites are the same, at the same distance as from the closed Ranger Station, the hostel is built just over the sea with a comfortable floating jetty to facilitate getting on and off the boat and hosts several buildings and out-door seating areas to enjoy a cold drink and the view over the bay while waiting for dinner being served. The rooms are clean, have French windows and air condition and most of the time the rooms will be available as private rooms and not only dorms as on Coiba. Same as on Coiba we will bring all the food and our private chef and provide our well known all-around service for your well-being. It does not offer a beach in front of the rooms, but for this reason it also will attract much less boat traffic and visitors interfering with our privacy. But we will visit a lot of beaches during our Multi-Day trips.
Our first Multi-Day trip using this location will be 9th to 10th of November. All other trips published at our MULTI-DAY TRIP page from November 2017 on are planned to use Bahia Honda as our base. We will keep looking for other places close tour dive sites and will publish any changes.