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Islas Ladrones

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Islas Ladrones (Los Ladrones) is an island in the Gulf of Chiriquí.

Ladrones means “thief” in Spanish.

Get in[edit]

Islas Ladrones is located 27 miles due south of Boca Chica which is considered to be the jumping off point for sport fishing and scuba diving in the Gulf of Chiriquí.

From David’s Enrique Malek International Airport: Islas Ladrones can be accessed by boat from the small fishing village of Boca Chica which is less than an hour from David's Enrique Malek. Alternatively, a five minute car ride from David to the nearby port of Pedregal will enable travelers to board a boat for the 50 minute scenic ride to Boca Chica.

Construction has begun to expand David's airport to accommodate direct regular flights from the U.S. and Canada.

Get around[edit]

The island can be accessed by boat.


The concentration of fish life is stunning and divers can see schools of jack, barracuda and snapper regularly. There are also smaller reef species like king angelfish, damselfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, wrasse, gobies, blennies and moorish idols.

From May to November giant manta rays make an appearance. Other species including eagle, mobula and devil are seen year round. As for shark, white-tip, black-tip and nurse are the most frequently seen throughout the year. At certain times of year, humpback whales swim through the area, frequently with their calves.


Travelers say the scuba diving is incredible here with a diving visibility of 30-80 meters near the island. Snorkeling is also quite good here.

For sport fishing, fishing charters can be found at Boca Brava Divers in Boca Chica. Deep-sea fishing packages are offered by the Panama Big Game Fishing Club [1].


There is a restaurant in the resort at Islas Secas, but make sure it is open by calling first.

Wahoo Willy’s and restaurants within the inns Gone Fishing and Seagull Cove are in the tiny fishing village of Boca Chica.


While there is no place to stay on the island, there are several choices in the area. There is Seagull Cove [2] and Gone Fishing [3] located in Boca Chica.

There is a high-end resort on Islas Secas [4]. On Boca Brava, there is the solar powered Cala Mia and Hotel Boca Brava (known as “Frank’s Place” to backpackers in the know).

Attached to Boca Brava is Isla Palenque where plans are in development for a boutique eco-resort [5].

Panama Big Game Fishing Club, has just finished a multi-million dollar re-furbishment and is now rated by Tripadvisor as the only 5 star fishing resort in Panama. Panama Big Game Web-site [6].

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