Otoque and Bona and the Panama Canal

Feb 07, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


Having cruised more than 180 nautical miles, we approached the Gulf of Panama to visit a unique group of islands called Otoque and Bona. These islands are a very important rookery for brown and blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, and brown pelicans. We embarked first thing this morning by Zodiac, from which we managed to sight each of these species and the nuances in behavior of courtship, feeding, and nesting between them. Afterward, we repositioned to the island of Taboga, known for the vibrant assortment of flowers, colorful architecture, and the 500-year-old Iglesia (church) de San Pedro.

We finally arrived at the Panama Canal for our tour. We enjoyed a spectacular evening vista of Panama City and salsa danced to upbeat Latin rhythms while waiting for our next embarkation.

We finalized this exciting day with our passage through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks, where ahead we witnessed an unforgettable view of the canal, one which can only be described as grandiose, and nothing less.

¡Saludos, amigos!

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About the Author

Deibys Fonseca

Naturalist

Deibys Fonseca was born and raised in the mountains of western Panama. From a very young age, his interest in nature led him to become a volunteer guide for La Amistad International Park in the administrative headquarters of Chiriqui. His knowledge in geography and flora and fauna led him to participate in multiple wildlife research projects in his community, among which highlight a population census of bats, birds and plants developed by ANCON.

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