Three hundred different sponges, seahorses, tropical fish and almost eighty coral species are what attract snorkelers and divers to the warm calm seas here. Sheltered areas are found on the south sides of the islands, offering calm snorkeling waters with varied coral reefs to explore.
Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park is located in the Bocas del Toro where pristine conditions are preserved. This archipelago contains many coralline keys. On the southeast coast of the namesake island one finds some idyllic snorkeling areas because the distance between islands is slight, offering protected areas of calm waters, including between Punta Vieja and Coral Cay (also called Crawl Cay). Playa Polo, located in a small lagoon, is surrounded by reefs. Divers here love the cave diving around Cayos Zapatillas. Another popular spot sought out by visitors interested in either snorkeling or diving on Panama tours is Hospital Point on Isla Solarte, noted for the accessible coral reefs.