Panama Lagoon Eco Safari

Boating in Arugam Bay to Panama
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Tour the local mangroves by slow boat and experience up close the great diversity of life below the water, on the marshes and in the sky. New floating boats (with ungainly seats) will take you on three-hour wildlife-watching journeys. The office and boats are 3km from town, where the dirt beach road ends at the sand and lagoon. Book in advance.

This new venture by the local fishing cooperative aims to replicate the success of a similar effort in Pottuvil. Used to life hauling heavy nets of fish on the ocean, it may take these guys a while to get up to speed, but the sincerity is there – if not the English.