Things to do

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Isla Iguana

Isla Iguana is an island wildlife refuge that can be reached with a 20-minute boat ride from Playa El Arenal. The 52-hectare island is surrounded by an extensive coral reef, which gives it two powdery-soft white sand beaches: Playa El Cirial (252 meters long) and Playita del Faro (37 meters long).

The refuge is home to more than 62 bird species. The island also houses several reptile species, including the black Iguana for which the island is named.

The refuge also comprises a 40-hectare marine area—including a channel for migrating humpback whales between June and October—and one of the largest well-preserved coral reefs in Panama. The reef is home to a variety of fish, rays, eels, and sea turtles.

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If you are a fan of surfing, you’ll love the beaches and waves that Pedasi has to offer. You will find about 30 minutes from Pedasi, the site of the most popular surfing, Playa Venao. This beach in a half-moon extends for 3.5 km of fine sand. It is host to large international surf competitions, including among others, the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games held in the beautiful waves of Playa Venao in 2011.


Sport fishing

If you’re more the fisherman type, you will be well served in Pedasi. Sport fishing is also quite popular around here. You can easily board a Panga (this is how they call fishing boats here) and go and catch yourself a fresh fish.

Isla Cañas

On Isla Cañas, you are almost guaranteed to see leather back sea turtles, but especially during the main egg-laying season between July and November. It is on this beautiful 14km long island and its main beach where five of the world’s eight species of sea turtles come to lay eggs. There are many nights during this season 100 or more turtles spawn on the beach. But the reproductive antics climax in “arribadas” (“arrivals”), when over 20,000 turtles hit the beach in just two or three nights to lay their eggs. No one knows the best time to come to see the turtles … most of the “arribadas” happen in October, but it can be as late as November or it can begin as early as April or May.