Consists of the following fishing areas in the Gulf of Chiriqui:

The Gulf of Chiriquí is a part of Panama that encompasses Coiba National Park and Golfo de Chiriquí National Park. There are dozens of islands in this gulf. Along with the islands of Coiba National Park there is also Islas Secas, Los Ladrones, Parilla, Isla Boca Brava, Isla Palenque and Isla Montuosa.

Marlin in Chiriquí, Panama

Montuosa is the farthest island from Panama in this gulf. During certain seasons you can even spot Galapagos seals on Montuoso. The Gulf of Chiriquí also includes some of the most famous big game fishing areas, such as Isla Montuosa and Hannibal Bank, located just 13 miles east of Isla Montuosa and 20 miles west of Coiba National Park.

Jumping Marlin in Panama
Geography
  • Boca Chica – is located 18 miles south of the Intra-American highway, via the community of Horconcitos, in the San Lorenzo District. It is a small village known as a popular jumping-off point for sportfishing in the Gulf of Chiriquí.
    Islands
  • Boca Brava and Isla Palenque – Boca Brava is about one-half mile from Boca Chica, and is the home of the world famous Panama Big Game Fishing Club, voted by most of the international fishing magazines as the No. 1 fishing lodge in Central America and in the top 10 in the world. You can get to Boca Brava by public water taxi or one of the club’s water taxis. It is covered in untouched rainforests and home to multiple families of howler monkeys, as is the neighboring island of Isla Palenque.
  • Islas Secas – is a group of sixteen islands, famous for the size of its Roosterfish, and Cubera Snapper.
  • Isla Parida – is located inside the Golfo de Chiriquí National Park, located just a few miles from Panama Big Game Fishing Club, offshore and southwest of Boca Chica. Dozens of smaller islands that surround the main island of Isla Parida are also encompassed inside the national park.
  • Los Ladrones – is a small group of four islands. They are the only islands that appear above the surface. There are many islands that come up almost to the surface, some of them dangerous for boats. 300-foot-deep (91 m) channels also cut through the area, bringing in large fish and mammals.
  • Isla Muerto – also known as “’Boca Chica Island’ is approximately 6 miles from the town of Boca Chica.
marlin chiriqui in panama
Marlin caught in Panama
Marlin Hooked
Marlin captured in Panama
Coiba National and Marine Park

Coiba National Park has gained World Heritage Site status. Many of the same species found in Coiba National Park can also be found in other areas of this gulf. Whales can be seen in the Gulf of Chiriquí throughout the year and are seen in large number from May to November. This is a season of migration for the Humpback Whale from the icy waters of the arctic to the warm waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí. Many give birth in the protected waters of Coiba National Park but can be seen by all nearby islands.

Panama’s Tommy Guardia National Geographical Institute is charting the first interactive map for whale-watching in Latin American to aid in collecting research and contributing to the protection and preservation of the endangered mammals.
“When the Green Association of Panama in 2003 began the ‘Save the Whales’ campaign, people thought that the mammals were only in cold countries, and now it’s a rare person who doesn’t know that Panama has whales,” said Despaigne.

The Humpback whales are one of over 20 species of marine mammals that can be observed in the area. The Tropical bottlenose whale, Fin and Pilot Whales along with large pods of Bottle Nosed, Common and Spinner Dolphins are common. Examples of Toothed Whales such as the Orca and Sperm Whale are also seasonable visitors.

Whale Spotting in Panama
Tail of a whale
Whale jumping
“The highlight of our trip – swimming with a whale shark…and seeing the humpback whales and plenty of porpoises. It was an amazing trip!”
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Wizzy One
UK
Orca Whale in Panama
Gulf of Chiriqui Marine Park

Two miles from the Club lies the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine Park, which is a fisherman’s paradise for those anglers in search of predators that love to prowl the rocky outcrops and reefs surrounding these islands. Cubera Snapper, Rooster Fish, Jacks, Blue Runner, Needlefish and Baracudda are just a few of the species that can be found in these in-shore waters.

The Gulf of Chiriquí Marine Park is located in the middle of the Gulf of Chiriquí. It was established in 1994 to protect 150 square kilometres (58 sq MI) of marine ecosystems, including coral reef, mangrove swamp and marine meadow, and around two dozen islands of the Archipelago de Las Islas Paridas. The National Park consists of the archipelago of Las Isla Parida. The park is known for its rich wildlife, including: green iguanas, humpback whales (from August to October), hammerhead sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins and multiple species of sea turtle on the island beaches.

Other islands protected within the park are Santa Catherine, Pulgoso, Gomez, Dyer, Bishop, Obispone, the Pargos, Drowned, Stone Icacos, Corral, Bolaños, Bolañitos and Berraco. These islands are covered by tropical forests including cedar hawthorn and oak trees which can provide a good amount of timber; one reason why many of these areas are very threatened and in need of protection. In total, the park has 25 islands and 19 coral reefs.

Needlefish Panama
Funny Fish
Dolphins swimming in Panama
Swimming shark in Panama
“I am a professional fishing guide myself so I spend the majority of my days on fishing trips and I have to say this trip to Panama was incredible! Battling the gigantic fish was INCREDIBLE! If you are looking to fight with some BIG FISH, then this is the place for sure.”
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Marc O
USA