Here are some sources for general information about Bocas del Toro, Panama, our lovely home in paradise. You can find volunteer opportunities and travel options inside the archipelago.
www.BOCAS.COM is a website that lists many of Bocas’ restaurants and more
BESO : Bocas Educational Service Organization raises money and distributes it to schools in the islands here. It may be for the purchase of books, desks, supplies, uniforms, shoes or even building materials to construct and/or repair schools. I have seen children in dugouts paddle 30 minutes to get to a school because that was the closest one. Children are required to wear uniforms and shoes to class. If the child does not have them, they do not attend class. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROJECT SAFE WATER: This group is installing storage tanks and water collection method at out lying villages to catch rain water in order to have clean safe water to drink and with which to cook.
ISLAND BUS travels from Bocas town to Bocas del Drago and back. The ride is 45 minutes and 8 miles through the rain forest of Isla Colon. It leaves Bocas town on the even hours and returns from Bocas del Drago on the odd hours. Remember you are in theCaribbean and these times are flexible. Allow 30 minutes each side of the hour for arrivals and departures. $5.00 round trip
ISLAND TAXIS: Begin their day at 7:00 a.m. Fares are 60 cents in town per person. Consider your luggage or surf board a person. Fares outside of town increase and if you go to Bocas del Drago, 8 miles away, expect the fare to be $15 each way for one or two persons. Paunch and Bluff Beaches fares are in the range of $10 each way. Ask the driver his fare before getting in the taxi when going to Drago, Paunch and Bluff.
Water taxis start to run at 6:00 a.m. and leave every half-hour from Isla Colon and the mainland port city of Almirante until 6:00 pm with the last boat from Almirante to Isla Colon running at 6:30 pm . The fare is $4-5 pp
On Isla Colon water taxis run among the islands and fares depend on your destination. Destinations cost from 50 cents (Bocas dock to Isla Carenero dock) to $6 (Bocas town to Red Frog Marina, Isla Bastimentos) per person one way