Located two hours from Panama City by boat, the Pearl Islands is an archipelago of over 200 islands and islets off the Pacific coast. First settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, the Pearl Islands were named for the thousands of pearls found there. Today the islands are best known for their lush vegetation, clear waters, sparsely populated beaches and fascinating marine life. One of the highlights is spotting the amazing humpback whales during their winter migration, from July through November, when they come here to breed and give birth. Watching these magnificent whales is a unique experience and a spectacle not to miss!


Anglers from across the globe flock to Panama’s oceans for its rewarding big game fishing. Year-round fishing is possible along the Pacific coast, where the bait fish are plentiful. One of the best fishing destinations in Panama is the Pearl Islands, located just one hour from Panama City by speedboat. The lush archipelago, named for the thousands of pearls that were found there by Spanish settlers, has a fascinating mix of marine life. Here opportunities abound to catch Dorado, Yellowfish tuna, Blue and Black Marlin, and Snapper, among many other species.