Contadora Island Snorkeling

The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in Panama.

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Southeast of Panama City in the Arquipelago De Las Perlas, the snorkeling at Contadora Island is well known for its biodiversity. Contadora Island is located about 30 miles off the Panamanian coastline, and is either a 20 minute flight or a 2 hour boat ride. During Contadora Island snorkeling, you may encounter angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, sandfish, moray eels, reef sharks, sting rays, and even manta rays off the coast. The beaches with the healthiest coral reefs are Playa Larga and Playa Galeon (be wary of the boat traffic).

To reach the snorkeling in Panama by air, fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY) located just east of Panama City. From Panama City, there are domestic flights to destinations throughout the country. The domestic terminal at Tocumen International Airport tends to serve destinations in western Panama. The main domestic airport in Panama City is Aeropuerto Marcos Gelabert located in the Albrook sector of the city. The only domestic airline is Air Panama, which luckily serves many of the islands. When leaving Panama, there is a required departure tax of $40USD per person in cash, which may be included in the international airline ticket (reconfirm that it is included).

Overall, Contadora Island is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 7 snorkeling dives in Panama.


Local Contact(s):  Autoridad De Turismo Panama Tourist Board (507) 526-7000; Coral Dreams PADI Dive Resort (507) 6536-1776

Recommended Book:  "Rough Guide To Panama" from Rough Guides

Recommended Map:  "Panama Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Contadora Island Inn ; The Point

Luxury Loding:  Coral Dreams PADI Dive Resort; Contadora Resort

Article Source:   Best Contadora Island Snorkeling Review

GPS:  8.632657, -79.031604

Date Published:  1/6/2012

Date Updated:  8/8/2016

ID:  24844

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