Day beds in the pool at Islas Secas resort allow guests to cool down while enjoying a spectacular view of the ocean | Islas Secas
A guest enjoys the magnificent sights on offer during the nature tours of the tropical wilderness of Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
Two large birds fly over the horizon as the sun sets at Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
A woman treads the shallows of the ocean on the beautiful islands of the Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
Guests enjoy a spectacular diving experience at the Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas

Diving In The Stunning Coiba National Park

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A colourful starfish sits on the ocean bed at Islas Secas resort, which guests can see during marine safaris offered at the resort | Islas Secas

Drift through the clear, warm waters of Panama and discover a vibrant underwater world.

Diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí provides a glimpse of one of the least explored and most abundant marine ecosystems on the planet. Over 20 dive sites around our protected archipelago and into world-famous Coiba National Park are suited to all levels of experience, from calm, colorful inshore coral reefs, to deep water exploration, drifting around seamounts and pinnacles amidst manta rays and dolphins.

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Roosterfish Point

4.5 Miles from the Resort

This varied dive includes colorful corals, rocky outcrops and everything from barracudas to eagle rays.

LOCATION

Northwest of archipelago, top edge of the first rock of Tres Marías

DEPTH

6 - 25 meters

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Advanced, expert. Discover Scuba Diving is possible at the entry point.

MARINE LIFE

Whitetips, reef fish, butterflies, surgeons, octopus, lobsters, eagle rays on the sandy bottom left

The Wall

4.2 Miles from the Resort

Start the dive at the inside east side, navigate with rock at your right. Watch for strong currents toward south.

LOCATION

South side of the south-most rock in Tres Marias

DEPTH

6 - 25 meters

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Advanced, expert

MARINE LIFE

Eels, whitetips, eagle rays

Roca Canales

2 Miles from the Resort

Start dive on the west side of the rock, and turn around with the rock at your right shoulder. Check for currents before the dive: current won’t allow crossing the corner of the rock.

LOCATION

Rock at west point at the Playa Canales near Bufadora, 15 minutes from dock.

DEPTH

6 - 18 meters

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Beginners, intermediate

MARINE LIFE

Lobsters, Porcupine fish, parrot fish, hornet fish

Punta Canales

2 Miles from the Resort

Start the dive at the beach and head southeast you will find a rock, and a big spot with corals full of marine life. Watch out for currents.

LOCATION

Area outside Canales Beach, find the rock to the southeast

DEPTH

14 meters

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Discover Scuba Diving; beginners, OW courses

MARINE LIFE

Reef fish, eels, rays and turtles

Toro Island

3 Miles from the Resort

There are about three rocks with passage in between. Start the dive in the sandy area northwest of the rock, go around with rock on your right, there are several sandy shallow patches between rocks, keep going south - you will get to a wall at the southeast point then turn right will take you to the shallow area.

LOCATION

Group of rocks east of Cavada. 5 minutes by boat.

DEPTH

6 - 25 meters

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Snorkelers, Discover Scuba Diving, beginners

MARINE LIFE

Circus

4.5 Miles from the Resort

This attractive rock-and-sand diving site is close to our luxury resort, suitable for both scuba divers and curious snorkelers.

LOCATION

Southeast of Coco Island, 10 minutes from the dock

DEPTH

18 mts

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Snorkelers, any dive after Discover Scuba Dive course, Open Water Courses, beginners, intermediates

MARINE LIFE

Eels, octopus, turtles, whitetips, eagle rays, stingrays, mobula rays, jacks, spadefish.

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Resort spot

La Bruja

5 Miles from the Resort

A remarkable dive site within our Panama archipelago, with an underwater cave and a pinnacle that emerges at low tide.

LOCATION

On the east side of Isla Cavada, 15 minutes by boat.

DEPTH

5 - 35 mts

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Beginners to advanced

MARINE LIFE

Guitarfish, whitetips (all sizes), spadefish, stingrays, green morays, scorpionfish, eagle rays.

Pargo Break

3 Miles from the Resort

High Pinnacle starting at 8 meters, with a top full of marine life, navigate to the bottom at 30 meters between wall and scree.

DEPTH

8 - 30 meters

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Advanced to expert

MARINE LIFE

Gorgonians, corals, eels, whitetips, jacks, lobsters

Mid Rock

3 Miles from the Resort

5 - 35 mts

Pargo Point

3 Miles from the Resort

Descend to 15 meters. There is a rock going deeper. If there is a current, drift to the north or northwest. End dive at the shallow part.

LOCATION

Site between Barracura and Pargo

DEPTH

8 - 15 meters

EXPERTISE LEVEL

Advanced to expert

MARINE LIFE

Barracudas, mobula rays, turtle, whitetips

Lighthouse

3 Miles from the Resort

Guitarfish, whitetips (all sizes), spadefish, stingrays, green morays, scorpionfish, eagle rays.

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Extraordinary experiences

Discover Panama’s protected, gin-clear waters in our luxury diving resort.

Our PADI Dive Centre offers the latest state-of-the-art equipment and a full range of courses and taster sessions, from a complimentary two-hour Discover Scuba Dive experience for first-timers, to full diver certification, children’s courses (10 and up), specialty courses and dive packages. To minimize damage to our pristine marine environment, we have installed subsurface mooring buoys at our dive sites, providing direct access to the sites.

Sharks visible during an underwater diving experience at Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
A stingray swims in the azure waters of Isla Secas, visible during one of the large range of diving activities | Islas Secas
A large sea turtle swims in the ocean waters of Islas Secas, visiible during one of the diving excursions offered to guests | Islas Secas
A pod of dolphins swim in the waters surrounding the Islas Secas resort, one of the many marine life species guests at the Islas Secas resort have the opportunity to see | Islas Secas
A sea eel visible at the bottom of the sea bed during a diving excursion at Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
A tuna fish, one of the many abundant species of fish at the Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas

Maria

“It’s not necessary to be an experienced diver here. There are plenty of safe rocks and coral reefs around the archipelago and being surrounded by islands creates a barrier from strong currents and swells, allowing good visibility, too.”
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  • Diving and snorkeling are complimentary (one trip per day). All equipment is provided. Diving lessons are chargeable – for more information, please ask our Reservations team.

  • Yes, it is possible to become PADI certified during your stay with us. We recommend taking the theory part of the course online before arrival and then the practical can be completed in around three days while at the resort. The cost of the Open Water certification is $400 + 7% tax (for the practical test only).

    For more information on the different PADI courses available and to register, please visit https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/purchasecourse.aspx.

  • There are over 20 dive sites around Islas Secas' protected archipelago and into the world-famous Coiba National Park. Most sites are suited to all levels of experience.

  • Yes, divers can experience calm inshore coral reefs and deep water seamounts and pinnacles. The second largest coral reef in the eastern tropical Pacific is a quick boat ride away around Coiba National Park, a UNESCO-designated Protected Marine Area. There are more than 750 species of marine creatures, from giant manta rays and humpback whales to reef fish.