Panama - Sea Turtle Conservation

All Levels
Sea Turtle Conservancy/Bocas Dive Center
May 4-14th, 2019 

Ocean First is at the forefront of combining marine conservation experiences with exciting dive adventures! Join us on this awesome opportunity to participate in leatherback sea turtle conservation during their nesting season in Panama!

Trip Leader: Cathy Christopher


Ocean First continues our quest to offer our divers and snorkelers opportunities to participate in marine conservation. We are traveling to beautiful Bocas del Toro, Panama to work with leatherback sea turtles and get some great diving in as well.

This unique opportunity has our group enjoying a few days of rest and relaxation in Bocas and then we move to the Sea Turtle Conservancy at Soropta Beach where we will spend 3 nights participating in nightly sea turtle patrols and collecting data on the nesting turtles we encounter. This may include checking her for flipper tags, conducting egg counts, marking the nest and evaluating the health and condition of her shell and flippers. The accommodations at the conservancy are rustic, but full of local charm.

After our 3 nights at the Sea Turtle Conservancy we return to Bocas del Toro for a couple more days of diving and relaxing. This is a unique opportunity to actively participate in important leatherback sea turtle science while enjoying a tropical holiday at the same time.

Space is limited to 12 participants!

Trip Inclusions:

  • 7 nights Diver’s Paradise Hotel
  • 5 days of diving with Bocas Dive Center
  • 3 days at the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Soropta
  • 3 nights of leatherback sea turtle nest monitoring
  • 2 nights hotel in Panama City
  • Daily breakfast at Divers Paradise
  • All meals at STC in Soropta
  • Airport transfers in Bocas
  • Ocean First escort

Not included:      

  • Flights from Denver - Bocas (BOC)
  • Alcoholic drinks & meals not mentioned above
  • Airport transfers in Panama City
  • Crew gratuities
  • Baggage fees
  • Any unforeseen cost at the time of booking.
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended) 

Trip Cost:

  • $2,175 based on double occupancy
  • $2,695 based on single occupancy (at Diver's Paradise)

Payment Schedule:

  • Nonrefundable deposit required to reserve: $750
  • $750 due January 15, 2019
  • Final payment due March 15, 2019
  • Passport must be valid for 6 months after departure date

Cancellation Policy:

  • Changes made to the reservation may result in additional fees.
  • Cancellation 180 days or more: refund given based on reselling the space.
  • 179 - 120 days: original deposit is forfeited as well as any vendor fees.
  • 119 days or less or a no-show: no refunds given