The Gulf of Chiriquí extends along Panama’s Pacific coast from the Costa Rican border to the Azuero Peninsula. It offers abundant vegetation, charming white-sand islands and one of the largest coral reefs in the Pacific, making it one of the best destinations for big-game fishing, diving and snorkeling. The gulf is also home to one of Central America’s densest mangrove forests, as well as Panama’s largest island, Coiba Island. On your visit, you can tour within the islands and mangrove areas of the National Marine Park. Plus, due to the rich biodiversity of the gulf, you’ll also find lots of conservation projects that research and protect the area.
The Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park comprises all of the islands in the gulf, as well as the reefs, mangroves and animal life. This protected area of the country is one of the best sites for birdwatching in Panama. In addition, the gulf is known for being one of the world’s most prolific big game and sport fishing grounds, especially on Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa.
Visit the Gulf of Chiriquí for world-class diving and snorkeling, as well as laid-back beach time on the islands. Isla Parida, Isla Gamez and Isla Bolanos are all charming white-sand islands where you can spend the day. For a private beach and luxury accommodations, choose to visit Isla Secas.
Visitors can get to Boca Chica, which is 266 miles from Panama City by car (a 6-hour ride), or by flying to David, Chiriqui and then traveling by car or bus for an additional hour. Bus service from David to Boca Chica is limited, so we recommend you organize your transportation in advance with your local tour operator.