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Destination - Panama
With deserted Caribbean islands to the north and the wild Pacific to the south, Panama may, from a diver’s point of view, have it all. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility to dive with whale sharks in the morning and cruise Caribbean reefs in the afternoon.
The numbers speak volumes: there are more than 1120 kilometers/700 miles of Pacific coastline and more than 640 kilometers/400 miles front the Caribbean. There are more than 10,000 plant species and over 900 kinds of birds found within its 75,991 square kilometers/29,340 square miles. Nearly 30 percent of this area — about two million hectares/five million acres — is protected by parks, reserves and refuges. Some of these parks are easily reached; there are five within two hours of Panama City. And some, such as the rainforest of La Amistad International Park, where pumas, ocelots, margays, jaguars, and jaguarundis roam, are almost inaccessible.
Panama’s biodiversity is staggering. It hosts one of the most complex ecosystems on earth: primal rainforests, untouched beaches and high cloud-shrouded mountains. That's all in addition to the Pacific and Caribbean marine environments, which are, naturally, the highlight for visiting divers. Panama’s waters support myriad tropical fish, humpback whales, whale sharks, black-tip and white-tip and tiger sharks. Five sea turtle species call Panama home. Read more....