Portobelo National Park was the first protected nature area of Panama, made up of 86,000 acres, 20% of which are marine areas.
This park includes stunning beaches, coral reefs, lagoons and mangrove swamps along with many excellent dive sites. It’s a staggeringly diverse ecosystem with several types of sea turtle, including the endangered hawksbill, and more than 50 coral species.
Portobelo is definitely one of the leading dive destinations in Panama, with more than a dozen spots to visit. Underwater, in this historic bay, you will find an interesting variety of attractions to explore, including a 110-foot freighter, a C-45 twin-engine, and several coral reef areas that are not very deep and that are fairly close to the coast.
The most recommended diving spots are Drake Island, Reef Salamendena, the Tres Hermanas area and Playa Blanca.
Important: PADI Open Water Certification is required.