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THE OCEAN COVERS 71 PERCENT OF EARTH,

YET ONLY 5 PERCENT HAS BEEN EXPLORED

COIBA, A HIDDEN GEM

Enjoy a unique scuba diving holiday experience filled with adventure and exploration on the Pacific coast of Panama at Coiba National Park with The Ark Divers.

Located in Pixvae, our intimate Scuba Lodge is the perfect place for people seeking an off-the-beaten-track diving experience. Pixvae an ecotouristic destination; is the nearest location to reach the best dive sites of the Park.

ONLY A 20-MINUTES BOAT RIDE

TO REACH DIVE SITES

HARDLY ANYONE EVER DIVES.

Watch humpback whales, dive with

whale sharks, giant mantas, massive schools

of fish or just enjoy one of the 33 shark species inhabiting Coiba swimming past you. From colorful nudibranchs to the biggest fish in the world, Coiba has it all.

With its large biodiversity - fauna, and flora unique to that part of the world, Coiba National Park and its buffer zone provide healthy ecosystems.

EASTERN TROPICAL PACIFIC MARINE CORRIDOR

Formed millions of years ago in the Galapagos hotspot, today Coiba National Park is a hidden Paradise away from mass tourism ready to be explored.

The Coiba National Park is forming part of the Meso-American Biological Corridor; together with Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), and Malpelo Island (Colombia).

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Coiba Island once used as a penal colony has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. The National Park and its Special Zone of marine protection is composed of Coiba Island and 38 smaller islands, for a total of 430,825 hectares of which 377,064 hectares are marine.

 

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THE BAHIA DAMAS REEL IN COIBA IS THE SECOND-LARGEST CORAL REEF IN THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN.

 

A large coral community gives refugee to enormous schools of fish in all sizes.

HOW TO DIVE IT

Diving here is good all year round.

 

The reason for that is different species migrating through in different months. From July-October, you can spot migrating humpback whales teaching their calves important life lessons. The currents in the months March-June not only bring the colder, nutritious water but also hammerhead sharks and other pelagic animals like giant Mantas, schools of Barracuda, Turtles, and schools of thousands of fish.​

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33 DIFFERENT SHARK SPECIES ARE RECORDED TO CALL COIBA HOME. 

 

Under them the biggest fish of all; the WHALE SHARK.

 

There are whale shark sightings all year round, however, in the 4 months of the dry season starting in December sightings increase due to good visibility.

Water temperature is usually around 27-29°C (81-84°F). You can expect thermoclines from February to April with cooler water pushing up at 20°C (68°F) in the deeper regions. 

Visibility is usually good and in between 15-20 meters (50-70 feet). This can be affected by currents and tides. Between February and April, the constant north wind is creating an upwelling that brings colder water up from the depth. That water can sometimes be a bit murky that also attracts a lot of big pelagic fish.

THE ARK DIVERS EXPERIENCE

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Created by divers, for divers.

Our motto being BEYOND DIVING, we are always thriving for the best for our guests.

Our highest priority is your safety. 

When diving with The Ark Divers, you can expect an all taken care of scuba diving experience. 

Our priority is to offer a very special and intimate experience to all of our guests; we want to know you by the size of your fins. For this reason, we limit our group size to a maximum of 5 divers per naturalist guide (other requests possible).

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Located only 20 minutes from the Park, resulting in comfortable boat rides, quick access and diving in areas where almost no one else set fins.

BE THE FIRST IN THE PARK AND THE LAST ONE TO LEAVE IT.

Our staff is highly trained and can offer a wide range of recreational dive training. For more information about courses and programs contact us directly.

  

The Ark Divers,

 #Beyond Diving