With one of the most biodiverse ranges in the world, Panama may have every type of environment on offer to suit virtually every diver. You can dive in two different oceans in one day and see two completely different underwater marvels.
Humpback whales, reef sharks and possibly orcas are frequently mentioned in the dive logs of the Coiba Marine Park. Around offshore islands, sheltered waters attract a rainbow of butterfly and angelfish and the reef sharks and rays that follow suit.
In the National Park, you need a few days to uncover what pirates left behind in the sands. Relics and artefacts are scattered amongst gorgeous coral formations and damselfish. It is common for schools of turtles to pass by.
In Panama you can dive in two different oceans so water temps vary considerably - the Atlantic is cool while the Caribbean is warm and tropical. Peak periods for humpback whale, reef shark and orca sightings are in the months of August and September.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The majority of travel to Panama is by air using the international airlines that fly out of major airports in North and South America. The only direct flights out of Europe are from Amsterdam and Madrid. If you are traveling from South America, you are able to choose from Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina amongst others. Whether it is by cruise ship or if you can sail, the country will welcome you by water too.