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Islas Secas, just 25-miles from Panama City, is an exotic treat, one to be savored, enjoyed and not rushed.  I had the pleasure of spending a few days at this Robinson Crusoe-styled resort; walking its jungle clad forests, and swimming/snorkeling its pristine waters. It follows the 2012 travel trends that indicate this type of destination is becoming a popular choice for luxury minded travelers.

Imagine jetting around 16-islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.  You really get an inkling of what it must have felt like for Christopher Columbus so long ago.  Peer over the side of the boat and stare into crystal clear waters, yellow puffer fish and more just breeze by, and the water is so clear you can see the coral and other sea flora and fauna moving with the ocean currents. Brown pelicans in droves swoop and swallow, while approaching another island a huge Frigate colony comes into full view.  We even spotted a rare Yellow-footed Boobie.

We also had the unique pleasure of fishing with resort’s renowned fishing director Carter Andrews.  He even let me enjoy the charter from his top perch were we spied a huge sailfish swimming in very shallow waters. Of course, we spotted dolphin, turtles, Roosterfish and more.  If that wasn’t enough to thrill, we stopped the boat to go snorkeling and we were soon swimming with a huge school (20-30) of white-tipped coral reef sharks (they are not the dangerous white-tipped sharks).  That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to say the least.

Islas Secas is an exceptional destination, one that will be forever remembered.