The sun rose brightly over Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its many terrestrial and marine species. In the morning, we headed to Isla Cocos to snorkel around its coral reef. The reef is comprised of beautifully shaped stony corals and serves as a habitat for tropical reef fish, sea turtles, and whitetip reef sharks. When snorkelers took breaks and popped their heads out of the ocean, they were surrounded by pelicans and magnificent frigatebirds soaring above.
In the afternoon, we arrived at the island of Coiba for kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and swimming in the warm tropical Pacific Ocean. After hearing a few chirps and a crashing branch, we turned towards the palm grove to see a group of white-faced capuchin monkeys foraging and feeding on coconuts and various fruits. Even on a beach day, you are greeted by the terrestrial wildlife here in Panama. After a sun-filled day, we returned to the ship to watch the sunset and cruise towards Costa Rica, where we will spend the remainder of our itinerary.