Discover the wonderful Las Perlas Archipelago, internationally recognized for its incredible quantity and diversity of marine life, considered one of the best sport fishing places in the world. It is also recognized for being a site for whale watching and turtle nesting.
The Pearl Archipelago has more than 200 islands and islets, the vast majority of which are uninhabited. Each island offers a specialty: some have excellent corals for snorkeling, others have white sand beaches and calm, crystal-clear waters. With the extreme tidal changes of the Pacific, many of these beaches leave exclusively at low tide, our captains will make any recommendations during the day to make your experience unforgettable.
The most recommended islands to visit are Contadora, Chapera, Saboga, Bartolome, Pacheca, Mogo-Mogo, among others. Contadora, the most developed island, offers amenities such as an airport, boutique hotels, restaurants, and even rental houses if you want to extend your stay.
Islands of History and Charm
The pearl archipelago has an interesting history, its name coming from the abundance of pearls that existed in the area during the period of Spanish rule. In this area, the famous “Pilgrim Pearl” was found, which was owned by the Spanish King Philip II and which was also the property of the actress Elizabeth Taylor. The island of Contadora was used by the Spanish conquistadors as a stop to inventory their loot before returning to Spain, from which its name arises, and in 1979 it was the place of exile of the Shah of Iran. In modern times, the archipelago has been the scene of several international editions of the reality show “Survivor.”
Fishing like no other
In addition to visiting the islands, there are excellent fishing spots both within the archipelago and on the way to it in open waters, such as the famous Twenty Fathom point. The species that you can catch are Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Tuna, Sierra, Tuna Bonito, Horse mackerel, Sierra, Snapper, Bojalá, among others. In addition, we recommend snorkeling, since the crystal-clear waters and abundance of underwater life make the archipelago an excellent point for this activity.
The Pearl Archipelago is located about 35 nautical miles from Panama City, which takes an hour and a half to two and a half hours to travel, depending on the boat.