The Pearl Islands

The Pearl Islands in Panama.

The Pearl Islands is an archipelago consisting of around 100 islands and is found off the western Panama coast in the Pacific Ocean.

The Pearl Islands is a beautiful forest covered archipelago that is renowned for its world-class holiday resorts, tall coconut trees, and snow-white beach sand. These islands are also the place where they filmed three seasons of Survivor. The three main Pearl Islands are Isla Contadora, Isla del Rey, and Coiba Island – while most of the other islands in the group are uninhabited. The easiest way to get to the islands is by taking a 45-minute long flight from Panama City to Isla Contadora. The other way is by charter boat which takes up to 2 hours longer to reach and you can find these boats in Panama City and also various other places along the west coast of the country.

Where Are The Pearl Islands?


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The Three Main Pearl Islands

Isla Contadora

Isla Contadora

Not only is Isla Contadora the third largest of all the Pearl Islands but it’s also the most visited. It’s actually one of the most visited holiday destinations in Panama right after Panama City. Contadora was once a favorite hiding spot for pirates who used the island to count whatever they stole. Today Contadora offers its visitors some of the most breathtaking natural scenery, lots of sunshine, incredible colonial buildings, and spectacular beaches.

Isla del Rey

Isla Del Ray

Isla del Rey is the second largest of the Pearl Islands. It’s so large that it would still be larger even if you combined all the other islands in the archipelago together (except for Coiba). Isla del Rey is surrounded by pristine coral reefs and many turtles, whales, and dolphins are often spotted in the waters just off the coast. The island interior has rivers and a large amount of natural hot water springs which seems to be particularly popular amongst visitors.

Coiba Island

Coiba Island

Coiba is the largest of the Pearl Islands and it’s also the largest island in all of Central America. Up to 75% of its interior consists of forests and it has become internationally renowned for its rare and hard to find wildlife species such as the Coiba Howler Monkey and the Coiba Spinetail amongst many others. As a result – most of Coiba is a nature reserve and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

When To Go

The Pearl Islands have incredible all-year-round weather and they don’t fall victim to hurricanes because it’s not located in the Caribbean. The hottest time of year is from March to May so expect it to be extremely humid. Most tourists however prefer to visit here during the cooler period which is during October and November. Spending a vacation here can get expensive but you will be able to cut your costs considerably by booking your holiday here a few months in advance.

More Information

The Survivor Series: If you are interested in the three seasons of Survivor that was filmed here then you can read more about it on the Wikipedia website.

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