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Enjoy some of the world’s best adventure and exploratory diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí around Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Observe the fascinating and dynamic underwater world of the Tropical Eastern Pacific, an opportunity to encounter some of over 760 species of fish and 33 species of sharks including the schooling scalloped hammerhead.

Dive sites range from calm, shallow, protected inshore reefs, islands and break rocks, to the high voltage diving on deep pinnacles and sea mounts. The sites offer encounters with a great variety of marine life, and also to observe behavioural habits and witness the symbiosis between many species. Most dive sites are littered with cleaning stations which attract many pelagic visitors, giant fish, turtles, mantas and sharks. Between May and November keep an eye out for migratory visitors such as humpback whales, orcas, sperm whales and several species of dolphin.

This is an adventure for more experienced divers. 

MV Yemaya sleeps 16 people in two master cabins on the forward upper deck, each furnished with double beds. Along with a further six cabins, located on the main deck, each with three quarter and/or single beds. All accommodations aboard have plenty of natural lighting and views of the ocean provided by large picture windows. All are well laid out and very clean and comfortable.

Should you wish to explore the country further after your liveaboard, Panama offers a range of exciting things to see such as the Panama crossing, beautiful beaches, islands, rainforest with fantastic birdlife and diverse architecture, all steeped in history. Take some time to visit the Soberania National Park for its birdlife and the Chagres River to meet the local indigenous Embera people.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Panama

    Fly to Panama City, arriving later the same day. Transfer to a local 3-star hotel for an overnight stay.

  2. Days 2-8 : Liveaboard diving in Panama

    An early start and coach transfer to Puerto Mutis to board the MV Yemaya for a seven night cruise. Set sail for the Gulf of Chiriquí, home to Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. After lunch on board, take a check-out dive in the afternoon.

    Enjoy up to four dives per day exploring the protected waters in one of the most isolated and dynamic marine regions in the world. Nitrox is available for an additional charge.

  3. Day 9: Disembark & transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK

  4. Day 10: Arrive UK

You should note: The MV Yemaya also makes regular ten night trips to Malpelo Island, Colombia (sharks) and occasional trips to Cocos Island, Costa Rica (BIG stuff).

Key info

  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • Transfers
    • 1 night accommodation
    • 7 night Coiba liveaboard
    • 3 dives per day plus 3 night dives
    • Tanks & weights
Featured locations:

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

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