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

Islas Secas Foundation


The privately funded Islas Secas Foundation (ISF), an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, supports marine and avian conservation and research, habitat protection and local community programs in the region.

Example grantees & projects include:

Local children put on a show for a local festival celebrating birds at Islas Secas resort | Islas Secas

Aulas Verdes

The Islas Secas Foundation (ISF) supported the expansion of a crucial environmental educational program about the importance of wetland ecosystems, whichm in the Gulf of Chiriquí, have suffered from serious degradation. Working with the Panama Audubon Society’s ‘Aulas Verdes’ program, ISF is helping to raise awareness about the ecological and economic significance of mangroves, and has reached more than 400 pupils and teachers so far.

A large school of fish in the waters of Islas Secas resort, where the foundation ensures that they are protected from over fishing and plastic pollution | Islas Secas


MarViva, a regional marine non-profit, has been selected by the Panamanian government to facilitate a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Marine Spatial Planning initiative for the Gulf of Chiriquí. Islas Secas Foundation is supporting MarViva in developing a science-based fisheries policy, which will ultimately lead to the proper management of the area.

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


Since 2011, the Islas Secas Foundation has supported Panacetacea, a research body focused on whales and dolphins, to conduct annual research expeditions in the Gulf of Chiriquí. Work includes photo identification (using photos of whale tail flukes to identify individuals), sound recording and biopsy sampling, all of which contribute to vital population and species mapping. ISF also supports community outreach days for schoolchildren from Boca Chica to learn about ocean life and conservation issues in Panama.

Trees dip their branches in the water around Islas Secas, where the private foundation ensures that the ecosystem is allowed to thrive | Islas Secas

Wetlands International

Wetlands International has been dedicated to conservation in the province of Chiriquí since 2015, working with the Ministry of Environment and Authority of Aquatic Resources, as well as local authorities, coastal communities, private landowners and academic institutions. Islas Secas Foundation is now supporting Wetlands International's implementation of a new local wetlands and mangrove conservation initiative, which includes both on-the-ground restoration and championing the expansion of Marine Protected Areas.

The ocean and mountain skyline at Islas Secas resort, a protected foundation for the ecosystems that call it home | Islas Secas

Global Fishing Watch

This vital mapping platform strengthens the enforcement of fisheries regulations and Marine Protected Areas throughout the world. Islas Secas Foundation supports Global Fishing Watch's efforts to bring Panama’s domestic fishing fleet data into the mapping system, and providing training to the fisheries authority to maximize the technology for enforcement, while brokering a regional transparency agreement with neighboring countries.