June brings our yearly visitors – the Humpback Whales! We have had limited sightings so far, looking forward to seeing more of them by the end of this month. The Humpback Whales use Coiba as their nursery every year from now through September/October. Our daily sightings include white tip reef sharks, giant frog fish, different species of moray eels and numerous species of jacks. Come join us in our underwater world!
November 2012 was a surprisingly great month for whale shark sightings with 65% of days with single or multiple sightings. The weather in general was really good as the rains fell mostly in the evenings. We even got to say our last goodbyes to the late departing humpback whales. There was also a day with both whale sharks and giant mantas.
White tip reef sharks were out every day along with numerous days with frog fish and sea horses.
A great month, many sunny days although we had a few days of rain, especially when Sandy was passing through. All in all, 6 days of whale shark sightings and still the occasional humpback whales in Coiba. Started to see large schools of barracudas (300+) and mobula manta rays, even guitar fish. Looking forward to the next few months of visits by the gentle giants!
If you ever wanted to know what it is like to breath underwater, try a PADI Discover Scuba Dive! Our newest DSD, Elaine, returned from her dive today with a glitter in her eyes. Congrats, Elaine! This is a great option for anyone age 10 and older to add a new adventure to their travels. This is a one-day course, first your PADI instructor gives you an overview of the course, then from a beach in shallow water doing some confined water skills, and then you and your instructor go diving! Simple, incredible and the best part is you will be diving in Coiba National Park!
Beautiful sunny day after a rainy night! Saw 7 humpback whales from the boat, and underwater sightings include 200+ barracudas, frogfish, eels, turtles and many white tip reef sharks. No currents today!
With a couple of days off to let the rains pass and do some maintenance we had a great group of all divers. A little rain when the trip returned but a great day with frog fish, lobsters morays, white tips and all the usual tropical suspects. A little current on the second dive so another Coiba drift dive to finish off the day.
Nice day with a little rain pm. Few of the highlights were frog fish, huge moray eels, octopus, scorpion fish and lots of white tip reek sharks.
Super day today! Great diving and snorkeling! Humpback whales on the ride out to Coiba and we saw at least 5 different species of eels, round stingrays, lots of white tip reef sharks, beautiful frogfish (see photo), scorpion fish, mobula mantas, 3 types of starfish and turtles! One turtle even posed for us as it was scratching its body on the rocks. Even saw the white-faced monkeys at Isla Coiba, comfortably eating fruit under a tree. Awesome people on a sunny day!
Brothers, Russell and Trey, completed their Open Water Diver course with Coiba Dive Center today and WOW! Let’s just say that we had really great dives. 4 open water dives in Coiba National Park….sightings over all 4 dives included: 7 turtles, too many to count white tip reef sharks, a green frogfish, a really cool grey seahorse, 4 octopi, a few lobsters, schools of jacks, snappers, rainbow chubs, lots of long-tailed stingrays, 4 types of moray eels and numerous species of puffers. Great students, super great dives, superb weather! Glad that Coiba Dive Center was privileged to introduce them to the underwater world!………Julie