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Aerial View of Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro has a wonderful Caribbean vibe and for those with an interest beneath the water, the snorkelling and diving opportunities are excellent.

Bocas del Toro is a remote province nestled in the north-western corner of Panama close to the border of Costa Rica. The reef off Bocas is rich with marine life. Equally the jungle interior of a number of the islands is teeming with tropical birds and amphibians.

Colon Island, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
Colon Island, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama

About Bocas del Toro

The paradisiacal islands and cays of Bocas del Toro Archipelago are crowned with dense forest and skirted with sandy beaches, mangroves and an extensive coral reef system preserved by the Bastimentos Marine National Park.

The most developed island within the archipelago is Isla Colon, a charming fishing community dotted with pastel-coloured wooden houses and home to a distinctive Caribbean ambience. Isla Carenero is a more peaceful and modest retreat just a short water taxi ride away, and south of Isla Colon is Isla Cristobal frequented by bottlenose dolphins.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Snorkelling Experience

Snorkel directly from your private pontoon.

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Charter a boat

Go island hopping on your private boat, perhaps accompanied by a school of dolphins.

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Turtle Watching

Observe sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

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Bocas Town

Experience the Caribbean nightlife of Bocas Town.

Ngobe Communities

Visit the Ngobe Indian communities for an insight into archipelago living.

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Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Tranquilo Bay £££££

  • Panama
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Tranquilo Bay is an owner-operated eco adventure lodge located on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama. The lodge is an all-inclusive adventure with eco-tours and relaxation. Tranquilo Bay is adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park. There is over a kilometre of Caribbean coastline covered in coral gardens teaming with tropical fish.

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Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge £££££

  • Panama
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge is a stylish and idyllic resort hovering above a thriving coral reef beyond a tip of coastline in Bocas del Toro. 9 palm-thatched cabanas, connected by a single boardwalk and raised above the warm clear waters of the Caribbean Sea have been constructed using traditional methods of the archipelago. Each cabana is split over two levels providing a spacious interior decorated in warm natural tones.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

One of John’s favourite spots is the viewing platform at the Miraflores Locks, where he has spent many happy (read “geeky”) hours being mesmerised by the machinations of the canal’s lock gate process.

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I have always wanted to see the Panama Canal, but John’s suggestion of sailing in the Guna Yala was a fantastic addition that we had not considered prior to speaking with him.

Destination: Panama
Travel Expert: John

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