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Dive Locations

2 recommended locations:

Coiba National Park

Situated in the Tropical Eastern Pacific and influenced by five major oceanic currents, Coiba is home to many endemic species, both terrestrial and marine, and is covered in a carpet of lush primary tropical rainforest and adorned with deserted beaches.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, giant frogfish, Galapagos shark, nurse shark, giant oceanic manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

Malpelo Island

The sinister and forbidding island of Malpelo is located around 500 kilometres off the coast of Colombia. Home to a large variety and quantity of marine life, it is especially famous for encounters with huge schools of hammerhead and silky sharks.

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, smalltooth sand tiger shark, silky shark, whale shark, giant oceanic manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark

View trips to these locations

Dive trips

Panama is blessed with a warm tropical climate, beaches, mountains and rainforests. Spend a week or more aboard a liveaboard cruising Coiba National Park or venture further to Malpelo, the ‘Everest of sharks’.
2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Malpelo Liveaboard

Experience shark diving at its best on this challenging trip around Malpelo Island. Depending on the time of year, rewards include large numbers of hammerheads, silkys, and the rare sand toothed sand tiger shark.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 to 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,395 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Liveaboard Diving in Panama

This liveaboard adventure offers experienced divers the chance to enjoy some of the world’s best adventure and exploratory diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí around Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

When to go

May to November brings the wettest weather, but the finest shark encounters.


  • Cool season

    Dec to Apr: Northern winds bring cooler, calm conditions and clear skies
  • Warm season

    May to Nov: Warmer water rich in plankton means plenty of action, but more rain and choppy seas

Wildlife events

  • Jan to May: Best months for schools of hammerhead sharks
  • May to Nov: Coiba sees humpback whales from both hemispheres gather
  • Jan to Apr: Encounter the rare smalltooth sand tiger shark
  • Jun to Sep: Best months for schools of silky sharks
  • Jun to Sep: Best months for whale sharks