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

Whale Watching


One of the best places on the planet to see whales

Our pristine, protected waters are the only place in the world known to host two entirely separate populations of migrating humpback whales. That means big numbers and epic encounters during our two whale seasons. You don’t need to go far: gaze out and spot them from your own Casita, stroll to one of our lookout points, or head out on a sensitive whale-watching expedition.

A unique Location

Whale watching in the Gulf of Chiriquí and Coiba National Park is exceptional. Home to the only known area shared by both southern and northern hemisphere humpback whales, we are visited by the smaller northern population between December and April, while our southern visitors arrive to breed and raise their calves between July to October. Our two distinct and unique whale seasons means plenty of fabulous encounters.

A humpback whale breaches spectacularly during a whale watching tour at Islas Secas| Islas Secas
Seasonal whale watching at Islas Secas affords views such as this humpback whale breaching | Islas Secas

Sustainability, Conservation and Nature in Panama

We are proud of our scientific work, partnering with leading marine experts that study our unique whale populations, and working to protect them further. Guests can rest assured that our  whale-watching program is sensitive and sustainable, following strict guidelines established by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Your encounters will always be thoughtful, informed and uncrowded – as well as unforgettable.

Experiences on Land or at Sea

Islas Secas has some of the world’s best land-based whale-watching, with the chance of spotting humpback whales from your Casita, during a meal in Terraza or while relaxing by the pool. We’ve added lookouts from our hiking trails, so you can pause and catch a glimpse of them breaching and blowing in the waves. For an in-depth and fascinating experience for all ages, opt for our expert-led encounters with resident naturalist Beny.

A humpback whale visible off the coast of the Isla Secas resort as part of a marine safari | Islas Secas
Humpback whales like this one can be seen in abundance during peak season at Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas
Whale watching during peak season at Islas Secas, where guests can have intimate encounters with humpback whales | Islas Secas
The fin of a humpback whale as it dives under the water at Islas Secas, a resort that is also a foundation to protect the wildlife species that live there | Islas Secas

Kirsten Rasmussen

“Guests can help our research by taking pictures on their whale-watching trips, which we share with other scientists and assist in the conservation of these magnificent creatures.”


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  • From July to October, sightings of humpback whales are very much guaranteed.

  • From December to April, there are occasional sightings from the resort. The chances are higher from Coiba National Park, but this is not guaranteed.