Panama Day 5- Santa Catalina to Isla Coiba

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We left our hostel Hibiscus Garden 7am in order to make it to the dive shop by 8am. The drive was only about 20 minutes by a hostel provided shuttle, but we had to get food and water before we went to Coiba as we were told there was none available on the island.

Diving was expensive- we were told it was $115 for a two tank dive but oh, they forgot to tell us if we didn’t have our own equipment it was $15 extra, and entrance fee to Coiba was $20, and Tax, plus I rented an underwater camera for $25 and the battery died after the first dive. Thanks, douchebags.
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Anyway- we got on our boat and my brother was doing a “discovery” dive so needed to get instructions
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It took an hour to get to our first diver site which was right on the coast of mainland Panama.
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We descended down the anchor line
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First thing we saw was a (frogfish?) I couldn’t tell what he was
Pointing to at first since it was so camouflage.
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There were plenty of fish and visibility was very good
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Sharks
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Sting rays
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Star fish
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Some other random fish
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We took lunch and stopped at a beautiful beach
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With tons of hermit crabs
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I was really hoping to see a whale shark which are giant but we didn’t see any. There are also hump back whales here from June to September. There are also manta rays and turtles which we caught a glimpse of but I didn’t get a picture. We are snorkeling on our way back so maybe I’ll get some pictures then or fingers crossed a whale shark!

We arrived at Coiba and it wasn’t anything like we had expected.
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From the lonely planets description we thought it was pretty much going to be us 3 on a deserted beach. Disappointingly, this was not the case.

There was running water, cabins, and way more people than we wanted. We were told we had to camp right in that area.
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Looking at the photo I’m sure you don’t feel that bad for us..

We tried to set up our tent in another area but were told to move our tent because this is where the crocodiles liked to lie.
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They had whale shark bones on display
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We took a stroll around the island and saw lizards
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And some weird hampster-rodent
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Went to the end of a dock
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And did some snorkeling
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Tried to get creative with my underwater case
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We spent the rest of the evening hanging out playing card games and passed out early after an exhausting day.

My brother smelled up the tiny tent we rented with this dirty socks and when I went in he was sprawled across the whole floor so I opted to sleep in a hammock. I had a light sleeping bag and bug net for my head so I was good.

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