The waters of Islas Secas are teeming with marine life. Whether you’re snorkeling or diving, you’ll be swimming with over 750 species of fish that inhabit the Gulf of Chiriqui, including blue and black marlin, yellowfin tuna, whale sharks and giant mantas, plus other sea creatures such as bottle nose dolphin and sea turtles. Visitors will thrill at the sight of majestic humpback whales: at different seasons, Islas Secas is witness to the migration of two separate populations, one from the Northern Hemisphere and another from as far south as Chile and Antarctica.
A short boat ride away is Coiba National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated protected marine area. The nominating committee noted its “high variety” of endemic species, its importance as “the last refuge for a number of threatened species,” and the “extraordinary biodiversity” of its marine ecosystems.