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Travel – Islas Secas Chiriquí, an island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí




Islas Secas is located in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. This island, Islas Secas is situated to the east of Boca Chica, 16 miles to Boca Chica. The island is also an ideal point for sport fishing and scuba diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí. The visibility is good in dry months and right for sport fishing as the fish flock from corals and rock to form schools. One can also see white-tip sharks, rays and turtles along with moray eels, lobster and nudi branchs and Humpback whales. However, one can watch the humpback whales only once in a point of year.

Attractions of Islas Secas, Chiriquí, Panama
• Diving: The Secas Archipelago with its neighboring island groups like Ladrones, Paredas and the Coiba National Park, gives us the best adventure diving in the world. This island is governed by five oceanic currents and is rich in eco-regions, such as the Tropical Eastern Pacific. The islands of the Gulf of ChiriquÌ are rich in marine biodiverse life and habitat which are not present in other islands like the Galapagos and Coco Islands. 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 attractions of this island. One can go through all of these 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.

Wildlife:
• Whale watching: One can watch the humpback whales only once in a point of year as these are migratory whales. This archipelago allows tourists to get a glimpse of their acrobatic behavior as these leviathans of the deep travel here after miles on 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.
• 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 location for keeping political prisoners 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. This island is full of 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 a year round basis one can view species of eagles, mobula and devil fish. Sharks of white-tip, black-tip and nurse are also seen all through the year. Among the activities are scuba diving and diving with a visibility of 30-80 meters and 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 island is given this name due to Central America’s colonial periods for the Indians who were indentured to work in the Spanish mines in those times.
• Boca Brava: This is an island in Panama in the Gulf of Chiriquí. One can access Boca Brava from David’s Enrique Malek International Airport. From Boca Chica, one can access by a boat. Boca Chica is a small fishing village that is 5 miles from Boca Brava.
• Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí is in Gulf of Chiriquí and is a national park. This national park was found in 1994 and spread over 14,730 hectares or 36,400 acres. This area has coral reef, mangrove swamp and marine meadows with forests and white sand with temperate air and weather. This 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.

Best time to visit / climate:
The best time to visit this place would be April through October. One can do the best surfing from April through October.

Location on Google Maps:


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How to get there:
This island, Islas Secas is situated to the east of Boca Chica and is 16 miles to Boca Chica. One can reach this island from David’s Enrique Malek International Airport and Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí can be reached by boat from the small fishing village of Boca Chica. From Boca Chica, one can access by a boat. Boca Chica is a small fishing village that is 5 miles from Boca Brava. Boca chica is about an hour from David’s Enrique Malek.
To go around, the archipelago can be rounded by using a boat.

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

Hotels
http://www.hotelislaseca.com/
Tripadvisor
Travelpod.com
Boutiquehotelcalamia

Blogs / Sites about Islas Secas Chiriquí, Panama:

http://islassecas.com/fishing/
Travelpod
http://www.headhuntersflyshop.com/wp/?p=2135

Images and photos of Islas Secas Chiriquí, Panama:

Google Image Search
Islassecas
Photosntravels
Panamarick

Enhance your travel plans through these books from Amazon:

Frommer’s Panama Fodor’s Panama, 2nd Edition Moon Panama (Moon Handbooks)

Videos of Islas Secas Chiriquí from youtube:

Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in Panama

Islas Secas Resort

Jose Wejebe visits Islas Secas Resort

Isla Secas

Huge Tuna on Fly Islas Secas Panama

Fishing in Panama, Islas Secas

Landing on islas secas

Kokomo – Panama Islas Secas




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