Since we're in Panama, we'll kick off the trip with a tour of the Panama Canal to marvel at the feats of engineering and transportation and then we'll head into the wild. Coiba National Marine Park is often referred to as "Panama's Galapagos" because of its exceptional biodiversity. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, it is home to rich marine life, 150 bird species, and 36 species of mammals many of which are endemic to the island, such as the Coiba Island Agouti and the Mantled Howler Monkey. Coiba is the perfect warm weather location for women who enjoy exploring by kayak during the day, pulling up on remote beaches for snorkeling and swimming, and then returning to a secluded and rustic campsite where a fabulous meal awaits and nighttime activities consist of gazing at starry skies and listening to the sound of ocean waves lapping on the shore.
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What's not included: transportation to and from Panama, one lunch, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, travel insurance, and optional activities.
This trip is appropriate for women who are proficient swimmers and comfortable in open water. This trip is a great fit for both women who are new to sea kayaking and want to give it a try in a warm winter environment; and experienced sea kayakers who want to explore one of the most beautiful winter sea kayaking locations in this hemisphere. You should be comfortable with rustic camping and able to kayak up to 2 hours at a time. Rating:    4 5.
We'll kayak, snorkel, and swim in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. No previous kayaking or camping experience is required; your guides will teach you safety skills and basic boat handling and paddling strokes. We'll have 6 single kayaks and 2 double kayaks so everyone who wants to try a single will have the opportunity.
We'll spend the first night in Panama City and the second night in Santa Catalina, both in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms. We'll spend the next 4 nights camping in roomy tents in a secluded campsite that we have all to ourselves. The campsite is primitive, meaning that there are no outhouses or showers; both are available at the ANAM Ranger Station which we'll visit at the end of the active part of each day. At the end of the trip we'll reverse our route with a night in Santa Catalina, and the last night in Panama City, where hot showers and soft beds will be greatly appreciated.
Our trip cost is based on double occupancy. We will pair you with another traveler unless you request a specific roommate. There are also 2 single supplements available for an extra cost. These single supplements are for the hotel nights only. All camping will be in double occupancy tents. Availability of rooming options for the hotel nights will be clearly noted on the registration form, be sure to note your choice.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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The remoteness, lack of crowds and experiencing nature in its raw form.