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Travel – Boca Brava Chiriquí, Panama

Boca Brava is an island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. Boca Chica is a small fishing village that is 5 miles from Boca Brava. It is off the Pacific coast of Panama, in the Gulf of Chiriquí. There is also Bahia de Muertos which is a coral reef. This island and isla Palenque are connected with a land bridge that is narrow.

Attractions of Boca Brava and around:
• Coiba National Marine Park: This is on the island of Coiba. There are 37 surrounding islands and islets which are 30 miles off the Panamanian coast in the Gulf of Chiriquí. During the period 1919 to 2004, this island was a political prisoners camp and a penal colony for criminals in Panama. It is about twenty miles to the southeast of Las Secas and one can reach by boat to this archipelago. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Islas Ladrones: This Island is in the Gulf of Chiriqui and is an island. The word Ladrones means “thief” in Spanish. Islas Ladrones is situated to the south of Boca Chica and is 27 miles to Boca Chica. This island is the ideal point for sport fishing and scuba diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí. The waters off this island is heavy with fish life and divers can see many varieties of fish species like king angelfish, damselfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, wrasse, gobies, blennies and Moorish idols. This island is unique as from May to November giant manta rays make an appearance and on an year round basis one can see species of eagle, mobula and devil fish. Sharks of white-tip, black-tip and nurse species are also seen all through the year along with humpback whales. Among the activities are scuba diving and diving with a visibility of 30-80 meters; you can also do Snorkeling. Boco Chica is an ideal place for scuba diving and sport fishing.
• Isla Palenque: This is an island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. The word Palenque actually means a refuge for escaped slaves and this is island is given the name due to Central America’s colonial periods Indians who were indentured to work in the Spanish mines in those times.
• Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí is in the Gulf of Chiriquí and is a national park. This national park was found in 1994 and spread over 14,730 hectares (36,400 acres). This area has coral reefs, mangrove swamps and marine meadows with forests and white sand and has temperate air and weather. This location has been given the tag “one of Panama’s best kept secrets.” It is one of the hot spots of Bouquet. It has an archipelago called Las Isla Parida where one can see green iguanas, humpback whales (from August to October), hammerhead sharks, dolphins and multiple species of sea turtle on its island beaches.
• Diving: The Secas Archipelago with its neighboring island groups like Ladrones, Paredas and the Coiba National Park, and the UNESCO World Heritage site gives us the best adventure diving in the world. This island is governed by five oceanic currents and is rich in eco-regions, the Tropical Eastern Pacific, the islands of the Gulf of ChiriquÌ and the marine biodiverse life and habitat which are not in other islands like the Galapagos and Coco Islands, Costa Rica. One can watch about 800 species of fish which include about thirty-three species of shark including the Reef White Tip, Scalloped Hammerhead, Bull, Tiger, and the bizarre Guitar shark.
• Kayaking – Sailing – Surfing: There are hidden coves, reefs, beaches along with mangrove forests which is one of the biggest attraction of this island. One can go through all of them on a Kayaking safari. There is a blow hole which is also known as Buffona which is a natural phenomenon on Isla Cavada. One can do the best surfing from April through October.

• Whale watching: One can watch the humpback whales only once in a point of year as these are migratory whales. This archipelago shows their acrobatic behavior with these leviathans of the deep traveling miles in icy waters and winter feeding at the poles.
• Bird Watching: The Frigate bird colony on Coco Island at Islas Secas Resort is worth watching and a beautiful experience as one can watch many species of birds on the archipelago.

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit this place would be December through March which is the dry season.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:
One can access Boca Brava from Enrique Malek International Airport in the Panamanian city of David. Or, from Boca Chica, one can access by a boat. To go around, one can access Boca Brava by boat, water taxi or by foot.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

• Tripadvisor (link)

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Images and photos of Boca Brava Chiriquí, Panama:

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Videos from Youtube:

Jdhermann’s photos around Isla Boca Brava, Panama

Tuna Fishing off the Coast Of Boca Brava

Isla Boca Brava Panama

Island Property on Boca Brava, Panama

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