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Isla Parida is the largest island in Chiriquí Gulf National Marine Park (Panama) located in the Pacific Ocean. Parida island is a protected area, uninhabited and best known for its wildlife. Among the various species are sea turtles (leatherback and hawksbill), seabirds (tiger herons), green iguanas, howler monkeys, humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, whitetip sharks, manta rays, dolphins, colorful tropical fish. The island also has beautiful beaches.
The Marine Park was established in 1994 a covers a total area of 150 km2 (58 ml2). The protected area includes mangrove swamp, marine meadow, 19 coral reefs and 25 islands. All islands are covered by tropical forests (cedar, hawthorn, oak).
Cruise ships to Isla Parida and the smaller Isla Gámez need special permit to visit the national park. The ships anchor at sea and their passengers are transported to the island via the ship's tender boats or Zodiacs (inflatable boats used for landings).