Coiba is the largest Central American island, with an area of 503 km2 (194 ml2), off the Pacific coast of the province of Veraguas, Panama. It is part of Montijo District of the province.
Coiba Island separated from continental Panama around 12,000-18,000 years following the rise of sea levels. Animals and plants on the new isle became isolated from mainland and over the millennia most animals diverged in appearance and behavior from mainland counterparts. Coiba is home to a lot of endemic subspecies, including the howler monkey, agouti and spinetail.
Coiba Island was home to Coiba Cacique Indians until 1560 when they were conquered by Spanish and forced into slavery. A penal colony was built on Coiba in 1919 and during the years when Panama was under Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega's dictatorships, the prison on Coiba Island was a feared place with bad reputation for brutal conditions, political murder, extreme tortures and executions. Nobody knows how many people were killed during this period in the prison, but sources claim the number could be close to 300. As such, Coiba was avoided by locals. Other than prison, was totally undeveloped.
After in 2004 the prison was closed down, the pristine condition made Coiba Island ideal as a reserve. It is said that the prison was haunted by the ghosts of prisoners. Coiba is also one of the last sites in Central America where scarlet macaw is found in the wild in large numbers. The island is around 75% forested with ancient forest. Coiba is home to rare plant species that are found only there. It also harbors tree species which have long disappeared from mainland due to overharvesting and deforestation.
In 1992, Coiba island was declared a national park. In July 2005, Unesco declared entire Coiba National Park a "World Heritage Site". Due to all its marine life, Coiba National Park is the perfect site to snorkel and scuba dive.
Highlights: Coiba National Park, marine life, snorkelling
The Coiba Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Coiba Island, Panama.
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Port Coiba Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Coiba Island, Panama. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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14 October, 2016
21 October, 2016
28 October, 2016