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Dive Sites in Coiba National Park, Panama

Hear are some trip reports from diving Coiba.

Twin Peaks

Two peaks that rise up from 130' to 25 and 65 feet. Marine life are green and fine-spotted eels, hard corals, sea horses, octopus, cortez barracuda and many of the ornamental fish. On occasion, you may see giant mantas and other rays, white tip reef sharks and whalesharks.

Jacobs Ladder

Pinnacles rising from 130' to 50 and 60 feet and next to some of the deepest water in the park. Marine life ranges from eagle rays, giant mantas, devil rays, grouper, snappers, turtles and white tip reef sharks. On occasion, you'll see galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, barracuda and whalesharks.

Russian Mountain

An underwater mountain that rises from 130' to 45'. Large schools of jacks, barracuda, bull sharks, white tip reef sharks and giant mantas may be seen.

Fisherman's Dream

This area comes up to 25 feet from 140 feet. Like the name says, many types of eating fish are here. Also barracudas, bull sharks, white tip reef sharks and giant mantas.

Contreras Ridge

A ridge of rocks that rises from 140' to 30'. Marine life-barracuda, giant mantas, eagle rays, bull sharks and white tip reef sharks, lobster, octopus, green and fine-spotted eels and seahorses have been seen.

The Finger

This is a platform of rocks at 30'. Marine life/snapper, barracuda, giant mantas, eagle rays, bull sharks, white tip reef sharks, morays, lobster and octopus. Lots of hard and soft corals.

The Refrigerator

A canal that rises from 130' to 25 feet on each side. Marine life is white tip reef sharks, giant mantas, and bull sharks, turtles and an amazing amount of cleaner fish.

Frijoles

This is a ridge along a canal that rises to 35 feet. Marine life is seahorses, morays, barracuda, eagle rays, giant mantas, turtles and white tip reef sharks.

Octopus Rock

15 feet below the surface is an island of rocks. Marine life is hard corals and sponges, cleaner fish, white tip reef sharks, snapper, seahorses and octopii

Don Juan

In 20 feet of water, there are 2 banks of sand to the north and south. Marine life is octopii, rays, nudibranches, eels, white tip reef sharks and turtles.

Isla Iglesia

In 30 feet of water, there are rocks down to 50 feet. Marine life is eels, huge frog fish, hard corals, sponges and seahorses. Occasionally there are giant mantas and other rays.

The Star

15 feet of water. Marine life is white tip reef sharks, turtles, rays, octopii and lobster. Hard coral and seahorses are there with multiple cleaner fish.

The Widow

In 45 feet of water, there are pretty healthy currents that wash the 35 foot pinnacles. Marine life is barracuda, white tip reef sharks, giant mantas, lots of hard corals, gorgonias and sponges.

Mona Lisa

In 15 feet of water, there is a rock island that is circular. Marine life is huge quantities of cleaner fish, giant mantas, king angels, white tip reef sharks, and in the south, various nudibranches and eels.

The Washing Machine

50 feet of water, the waves, surge and currents give this spot it's name. Marine life is barracudas, ocational hammerhead sharks, white tip reef sharks, galapagos sharks, giant mantas, gorgonias and hard corals.

Cathedral

This is one of the most beautiful parts of the park. 33 feet of water. Marine life is eels, hard and soft corals, seahorses, barracuda, snapper, giant mantas and white tip reef sharks. On occasion, there are whalesharks, galapagos sharks, tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks.

Hill Rocks

This is in the entrance of the canal between Isla Coiba and Isla Jicaron. 50 feet of water. Marine life is gigantic manta rays, white tip reef and giant nurse sharks, snapper, grouper, barracuda ,many of the colorful reef fish, colorful hard corals, colorful soft corals, and many different sponges. At times you can also see the occasional oceanic white tip shark.

The Fin

These are rocky pinnacles loaded with gorgonias. 60 feet of water. Marine life is Big eye trevallies, barracuda, white tip reef sharks, giant manta rays, snapper, grouper hard corals and sponges.

Joshua Bottom

These are rocky pinnacles that rise from 150 feet. 90 feet of water. Marine Life is spotted eagle rays, snapper, turtles, and white tip reef sharks. At times you will also see tiger, bull and hammerhead sharks.

City of sharks

These are 3 pinnacles that rise from 160 to 85 feet of water.These pinnacles help form a sand bank at 85 feet. The currents are strong here, definitely a drift dive. Marine life is spotted eagle rays, giant mantas, devil rays, grouper, snapper, turtles and white tip reef sharks. At times you can also see tiger sharks.

Manta Channel

You start around 18 feet and drift dive this. You can reach 80 feet of water. Marine life is giant mantas, spotted eagle rays, and white tip reef sharks. In the deepest area, you will find seahorses, toadfish, green morays and cleaning stations with lots of barberfish and other colorful tropical fish.

The Light

Start in 20 feet and hug the wall of a canal 80 feet deep. Marine life is giant manta rays, spotted eagle rays, white tip reef sharks, and spadefish. In the deeper areas, you will see seahorses, toadfish, green morays and lots of cleaner stations.

Wahoo Rock

At 45 feet, the sand bank will take you down to 90 feet. There are a couple of cleaning stations that rise to 35 feet. Marine life is toadfish, enormous green morays, barracuda and spadefish. At the lower depths you'll see spotted eagle rays, giant mantas, snapper and turtles. Also white tip reef sharks and lots of cleaner fish. At times, you can also spot a tiger or bull shark.

20 Bottom

The tallest pinnacle here is at 120 feet, hence the name. Marine life is spotted eagle rays, giant mantas, devil rays, grouper, turtles and white tip reef sharks. At times you can also see whale sharks, tiger, and  bull sharks.

Rocas Prosper

This is an old lava plume that dives like a wall. This structure rises from 120' to a few feet above the surface. This plume is between Isla Coiba and Isla Brincanco. Marine life is white tip reef sharks, spadefish, ocean pelagics, cleaner fish, snapper, grouper, spotted eagle rays and morays.

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