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Diving in Azuero Peninsula
 
  Azuero PeninsulaThis is the largest peninsula in Panama with the most number of native coral reefs in the Gulf of Panama.

The Azuero Peninsula is the largest in Panama surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and west and the Gulf of Panama to the east.
Azuero is made up by the provinces of Herrera, Los Santos and part of the southeast of the province of Veraguas. The region has 11 national parks and refuge.

The eastern coast of the peninsula is home to the country’s best beaches. Different from the beaches that surround Panama City, those in Azuero are isolated and lack tourism infrastructure. The beaches are wide and long where a vacationer can practice diving and snorkelling. Between the coral reefs close to the coast, fish is another of the region’s major attractions. Azuero is practically a virgen area with practically no tourism infrastructure giving it an exceptional value for water sports.

Recommended Diving Sites: Iguana Islands, Cañas Islands, Punta Mala, Cambutal, Santa Catalina, North and South Frailes Islans, Naranjos, Chumico, Cebaco Island, among others.

Description: Diving in Azuero is similar to other Pacific areas in the continent in reference to the topography of underwater life. You can find the Iguana Island and Cañas Island Wildlife Refuge close to the coast, home to natural breeding areas of different bird and fish species in addition to a rich diversity of native coral reefs species. This is the largest in the Gulf of Panama with some 4800 years of age and where you can find approximately 542 fish species of fish. In the area a conservation and reproduction project is underway for Carey marine tortoise. This project turns Azuero in a busy area each year by those interested in watching the process of egg laying by the tortoises.

You can find an underwater mountain between Punta Mala and Frailes Islands in Chumico. The mountain measures aproximately 10 meters from the surface and up to 40 meters from the bottom. Chumico has a rocky column with corals close to the surface. North and South Frailes islands are rocky islands without beaches. This is the home of five species of tuna and other large species.

Diving is carried out along the coasts of these islands up to 50 meters deep. The Frailes is only recommended for advanced divers. The Punta Mala area is home to several sunken ships, that is why its called Punta Mala or Bad Point.

Two sunken ships close to the Destiladeros Beach some 10 to 15 meters deep, one is a shrimp vessel and the other is an old steam ship. Farther out at sea you can find another sunken ships belonging to the US Navy, some 65 meters long and its is upside down.
 
 
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