Morning on Coiba Island-Panama

We are up at sunrise, and what a spectacular sunrise it is.

We’re not avid bird watchers, more avid animal of any kind watchers, so when the opportunity arises to go on a bird watching hike, it sounds like the makings of a wonderful morning.

Light continues to seep into the sky as our skift makes its way to the penal colony, turned National Park, Coiba Island.

It looks like we are approaching a movie set. The color of the water is a dazzling turquoise.

Our guide for the morning is Liza. She is excellent at spotting birds (I don’t have a zoom lens so I have no bird pictures).

picture courtesy of Uncruise Adventures

Every so often Liza has us stop and quietly listen. There are so many birds singing. The air is alive with the sound of a beautiful chorus.

It’s a humid, sweaty, hike, so Liza encourages us to take a beach break. We refill our water bottles and have a rest.

Liza finds a mango tree. She picks and peels fresh mangoes for us. They are juicy and sweet.

Refreshed and relaxed, we make our way to the lookout point.

I’ve never seen a cashew tree before. I am fascinated.

Tito the Crocodile is away running whatever kinds of errands crocodiles run, so he’s not hanging out on his beach today.

This guy (or girl, I’m not really sure) finally gives us our reptile fix. I love the blue markings.

As we approach the lookout path, we spot an agouti. He sniffs around looking for snacks. I love how excited everyone in the group gets. There is not a single person who is bored and/or unimpressed.

The tree trunk steppers on Coiba Island are really cool. I have fun jumping from circle to circle.

At the lookout point we’re greeted with a lovely view,

and a troop of white faced monkeys.

Liza makes sure we keep a safe distance as she recognizes one of the monkeys as a territorial, alpha male. Fortunately, the monkeys only seem interested in having a peek at us, and then going on their way.

The rest of the morning on Coiba Island is spent chilling on the beach. We enjoy the water, and the spectacular views, then we head back to the boat to gear up for an afternoon of snorkeling.


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  1. Victoria Marie Lees

    July 26, 2017 at 6:04 pm

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    As always, your photos and write up are wonderful!

  2. Wendy

    July 28, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Love the animal excursions too! Loved seeing the white faced monkeys in Costa Rica. Hope to get to Panama; just not sure when.

  3. Esther

    July 29, 2017 at 6:00 am

    How beautiful!! I love idea of fresh mangoes. And those animals are cuuuute!!

  4. JM

    July 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Can be considered as a nature haven. Beautiful place that is very close to nature. I would love to go there someday. You surely had a great time enjoying the place.
    JM | Man Of Wanders


      July 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      I’m a huge lover of wildlife. I love places where I can see animals roaming around freely.

  5. Kim

    July 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    First time hearing about Coiba Island, it seems wonderful! The turquoise water is just stunning, and I love how much wildlife the island has to offer. Panama wasn’t on my bucket list before, but I’m certainly adding it now!


      July 30, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      I love Panama. There is so much diversity in the activities you can do. You can be somewhere popular and crowded or somewhere where you are the only one on the beach

  6. Elaine J Masters

    July 31, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Looks like a wonderful island and experience. I’ve never been officially birding.

  7. Kamara

    July 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    So much gorgeous nature all around – looks like a beautiful destination. Plus fresh mangos from a mango tree?! Sounds divine!


      July 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      It was a wonderful morning, peaceful and quiet, except for the birds and monkeys.

  8. David from Travelodium

    November 21, 2017 at 2:08 am

    That reminds me so much of the islands in Krabi Thailand. That is a great spot that I’ll have to get to one day.


      November 21, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      I loved how low key and peaceful the island felt. I’ll have to check out Krabi someday.

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