Islas Secas is little know vacation destination located on a chain of sixteen pristine, jungle-clad volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, twenty-five miles south of mainland Panama.
Bathed by the azure, rich waters of the Tropical Eastern Pacific and adorned with exotic wildlife, secluded bays, coves and spectacular private beaches, Islas Secas provides an idyllic setting and is Panama’s finest, private unique getaway destination.
Whether you are enjoying the world class fishing, diving amongst our vibrant coral reefs bristling with marine life, hiking the islands to view the mangrove and exuberant tropical rain forest or indulging in a relaxing, romantic day on your own private island, Islas Secas provides a truly unique experience for those seeking recreation, relaxation and privacy.
Everyone from the watersport enthusiast to the adventurous hiker will find the activity of their choice. Snorkelling, diving, sport fishing and spear fishing are immediately available. Only 12 miles away, the world-famous Morro Negrito offers reef and sand breaks that create perfect barrels for those surfers who are seeking a less crowded wave. For those who’d rather sip an ice-cold cocktail on their private bohio, as the sun sets and the fish and dolphins play, just say the word.
Best time to travel
The country enjoys an agreeable tropical climate and an average daytime temperature of 80° F, cooling off in the evenings. Panama’s seasons are opposite of the US. Winter in Panama is known as summer up north and vice versa. Winter in Panama refers to the rainy season (May-December) and summer in Panama refers to the dry season (December-May). This means that in the cold months of winter time in the north when many people are seeking relief in warmer climates, Panama is having its summer with the highest temperatures of the year.
The Las Secas Archipelago offers the opportunity to observe some of the islands’ largest migratory visitors, the Humpback whales. Renowned for their spectacular acrobatic behavior, these mysterious leviathans of the deep travel thousands of miles from the icy waters of their winter feeding grounds at the poles.
The purpose of this incredible journey is to give birth in these warm, protected waters and escape the threat of predators. When born, the calves have very little body fat, vital to protect them from the biting cold of the icy waters of their winter feeding grounds. During their stay in Panama, every day the calves consume over one hundred gallons of their mothers’ milk. As the calves build up their energy reserves, the mothers teaches them to dive and how to survive the natural hostilities of the ocean. For the new-born calves the journey home will be one of many perilous and remarkable voyages.
Recent scientific studies of the migratory routes of some identified individuals from Antarctica to the Central American coasts of Panama and Costa Rica have suggested that this is the longest migration of any mammal, a journey of some 8,300 Km/5,200 miles! The Humpback whales are one of over twenty species of marine mammals that can be observed in the area. Spotted, Bottle Nosed and Spinner dolphins are common, along with Pilot whales. Toothed whales such as the Orca and Sperm whale are also visitors to the area. The haunting sound of their songs can be heard frequently while snorkeling or diving throughout the Archipelago.
Islas Secas Resort follows all local government and international guidelines for responsible observation of Marine Mammals.
Islas Secas is the closest land-based lodge to the world famous fishing grounds of Hannibal Bank (twenty-five miles) and Isla Montuosa (thirty miles). Other operations are at least fifty miles from these locations.These fishing grounds thrive due to nutrient-filled waters from the Humboldt Current being pushed into sea mounts that create upwellings and provide a food chain which results in a feeding frenzy.
Other locations include Ladrones, Jicoron, Jicorita, Isla Coiba and Punta Barica.
From Bahia Honda to Punta Barica and all the islands in between, there are hundreds of miles of shoreline and many near-shore rocks that offer some of the finest popper and jig fishing in the world!
While slowly working these rocky shorelines we are simultaneously slow-trolling live baits. Primary species include Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Bluefin Trevalley, big Grouper and an assortment of other Snappers, Jacks and Mackerel.
The spectacular scenery will create indelible memories. Many rock piles and ledges in deeper water are loaded with monster Grouper and Snapper. Dropping jigs or bait produces instant gratification!