From $90

  • Whale shark and swimmer Coiba Island
  • Snorkeling in Coiba

Expedition Details

Our 1-Day Expedition is perfectly designed for those who can’t stay too long. It’s shorter and more compact than our overnight expeditions.

Jump on board in the morning for a 1-hour boat ride heading directly to explore the beautiful islands of Coiba National Park. Use the boat as a base as we adventure through the paradise playground of the islands.

Snorkel through one of the most extensive and biodiverse marine parks in the world. Walk through the tropical forest of Coiba island and search for wild endemic, and endangered jungle animals. Relax on the unspoiled white sand beaches of Rancheria. Visit the ANAM Ranger station and enjoy a fresh and plentiful lunch inspired by our Panamanian chef. After an action-packed day, return to Santa Catalina late in the afternoon.

*This trip does not include visiting Antigua Penal de Coiba during the regular season. It can be added to the 1 Day Private Expedition, or you can also join one of our overnight trips.

Prices USD

Daily Rate:

  • $90

Coiba National Park Fees (PER DAY)

  • Panamanian citizens & residents $5
  • Non-Panamanians $20

This environmental fee helps with the preservation and maintenance of the park and is paid directly to Coiba National Park on the day of the trip. This fee is not included in Discover Coiba’s price and must be paid IN CASH before you board the boat.

Expedition Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s Included:

  • Motorized Boat equipped with life jackets
  • Expedition Leader
  • Quality Equipment (mask, snorkel, and fins)
  • Lunch
  • Drinks (water and fresh fruit juice or soda)
  • Rash Guard

What’s NOT Included:

  • Towel
  • Perfect weather
  • All Bank/Transfer fees
  • Tip for the expedition leader/crew

What Should You Bring?

We recommend the following:

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals or reef shoes
  • Towel
  • Rash guard for protection against the sun and jellyfish stings (optional – but very advisable)

All guests of Discover Coiba must bring a valid passport on the boat. Once we are inside the park, the rangers will check the date of the stamp in your passport to make sure you are in the country legally. You will not be permitted to board the boat without a valid passport (or cedula for Panamanian citizens and residents). Our expedition leaders have Ziplocs and drybags and are happy to hold your passport for you.

What Are You Going To See?

Panama’s Coiba National Park is incredible and exotic and was identified as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2005. Set along the Pacific coast near the Gulf of Chiriquí, this massive park protects the country’s largest island and some of the most biologically rich waters in the world. The park is home to many marine species, including dolphins, humpback whales, sperm whales, orcas, whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, and white-tip reef sharks. 760 species of fish have been recorded here, including Barracudas, Snappers, Amberjack, and Marlin.

Coiba Island is covered in over two-thirds of virgin forests most of which are moist tropical forests. 40 species of mammals have been spotted on the island, including howler and white-faced Capuchin monkeys, white-tailed deer, and Coiban agoutis. 147 species of birds have been identified, including the scarlet macaw, which is becoming increasingly rare in Panama. Amphibians and reptiles are also abundant, including large crocodiles, snakes, and iguanas.

Animal Sightings Are Not Guaranteed! We will be adventuring through nature, the home of wild animals. Remember, when planning the length of your trip, the more time you spend in nature, the more animal encounters you will likely have.

Who Is The Trip For?

The Day Trip Expedition is open to guests older than 2 years!

Babies under 2 years and pregnant women are NOT allowed on board. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Children 5 years and above are the same prices as adults. Children 2-4 years old are free.

There is no upper age limit. All you need is an adventurous spirit.

Our crew members are happy and ready to help any explorers worried about their physical capabilities in the water. We also have snorkeling vests that can be worn while swimming.

Application Instructions


Please fill out the application form for your chosen expedition trip to join the journey.

By filling out this application form, you are requesting a seat on the boat for a specific expedition trip for your specified date(s). You will be asked to pay once we confirm your requested trip availability. You will receive a booking email from us after you submit your application indicating the availability and instructions on how to submit your payment. Your reservation will be confirmed once your payment has been made in full.

Select your desired month of travel and browse through available expedition dates. You may also choose alternate dates. After selecting your preferences, please help us get to know you more by completing some personal information. Let us know why you want to journey with us and who else is coming.

After filling out the application, wait for a confirmation email. Be sure that emails from the server “” are not rejected by your spam filter. If you don’t hear from us within 3 days, please email [email protected].