Best Spots for Experienced Divers:
Coiba National Park: Located in the Pacific, this UNESCO World Heritage site is often compared to the Galápagos Islands in terms of biodiversity. Divers here might encounter large pelagic species like hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and even the occasional whale shark.
Bocas Del Toro: On the Caribbean side, these islands offer incredible soft coral formations and are a great place to spot dolphins, nurse sharks, and lobsters amidst the reefs.
Portobelo: Rich in history and marine life, the wrecks and reefs around Portobelo have become sanctuaries for barracudas, moray eels, and colorful reef fish.
Best Spots for Beginners:
San Blas Islands: With over 300 islands, the calm and clear waters around the San Blas archipelago are ideal for beginners. Expect to see vibrant coral gardens teeming with marine life.
Pedasi: Located on the Azuero Peninsula, the waters here are sheltered, providing great visibility and a plethora of marine species for new divers to enjoy.