Isla Coco

written in collaboration with GOLDFISH (3 spots)

Isla Coco, off the northeastern coast of Isla Coiba, takes its name from the lonely coconut tree overlooking the tiny beach of this small islet. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Isla Coco will bring you wonderful snorkeling adventures in a paradisiacal setting. In these rocky areas, colonized by hard coral, you will come across hawksbill sea turtles and a large variety of colorful fish.
How to get there?

Isla Coco is a small islet located in Coiba National Park, less than 1 mile off the coast of Isla Coiba. Only accessible by boat, visitors mainly reach this island from Santa Catalina, on the mainland. Several local companies organize tours in the National Park, including 2 to 3 snorkeling stops on the islets (in Isla Coco but also, for example, at Granito de Oro), and a lunch on the main island. The price is about 65 to 80US dollars per person, including snorkeling equipment, drinks and lunch on the beach.

Water entrance

You enter the water from the boat, in front of the islet, jumping into the water at the place shown by your tour organizer.

Aerial view


The area to explore is at the edge of the islet. All the zone is worth exploring, but underwater life is at its most abundant along the rocky point west of the beach, and around the northern tip of the island (see map below).

In the shallower areas close to the islet (↕3-10ft/1-3m), even though the seabed is poor in corals (mainly made up of rocks and sand), you will see many of the archipelago’s most typical fish, such as sergeant-major, parrotfish, big eye jacks and shoals of razor surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavius) busy grazing on the rocks. Among the most colorful fish that you could see in this spot are the passer angelfish and small groups of Moorish Idol.

Snorkeling Report Isla Coco Coiba Panama
Coral reef at Isla Coco © credit photo Goldfish

Move away from the islet to reach the deepest areas, less rich in fish (↕10-20ft/3-6m). This is the place where you will have the best chance of seeing a hawksbill sea turtle, which found home in the archipelago.

Visibility is generally excellent and the waters are particularly calm. Follow the instructions of your guide, who will advise you on what to do according to the prevailing conditions.

Restaurants and accommodation

The site is completely natural. There are no restaurants and no water supply on the islet. Tours generally includes lunch and drinks. In any case, bring at least some water and a snack.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
  • Maximum depth
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a boat
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    Excursion price ($65-80pp.) for 2-3 spots
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos