Things to do in Bocas

Here will will find a list of the most popular tours and attractions in Bocas!

BASTIMENTOS SKY ZIPLINEOn Isla Bastimentos the canopy tour is located adjacent to a national marine park. From elevated platforms, participants can peer out to views surrounding Caribbean Sea and the rainforest habitat below. The zipline takes advantage of the hilly island terrain where several peaks and ridges a;;pw for incredible zipline descents through native rainforest. The zipline incorporates 7 ziplines with the longest being an absolutely thrilling 300 meter ride over a lush rainforest valley.

BAT CAVES: take yourself inside a cave with a lot of bats on Isla Colon. $1 pp donation

BEACHES: limited number…. the best are Bluff, Paunch and Starfish which are located on Isla Colon. Red Frog and Wizard Beaches are located on Isla Bastimentos . Cost depends on method of travel to the beach such as water taxi, land taxi, bicycle rental, boat tour or town bus.

BICYCLE RIDING: easy and great way to see Isla Colon.

BIRD WATCHING: bring your binoculars and go out on your own or on a tour of Bird Island which is a protected nesting area for several birds including terns, frigates and red footed boobies. Also a morning tour can be arranged at Finca Los Monos. See below

THE BOCAS BREEZE: a good resource for current events on the island and features something special each month such as these:

http://www.thebocasbreeze.com/previous-issues/may-mayo-2009-volume-6-.shtml about the caves on this island

http://www.thebocasbreeze.com/previous-issues/july-julio-2009-volume-6-.shtml first article about lionfish in the waters around Isla Colon. They are indigenous to the Pacific Ocean. What are they doing here? And how are the fish and habitats in the Caribbean affected by this new predator with no predators of its own to restrict its population?

BOCAS SURF SCHOOL: Surf Lessons, surf board and kayak rentals, phone: 757-9057 or 6852-5291

BUTTERFLY GARDEN: The garden also has in the past taken in orphaned and injured birds and animals. $5 pp

BOAT TOURS: Various locations among the islands and are normally $20 pp with the exception of Islas Zapatillas which is $25pp plus a $10pp National Marine Sanctuary entrance fee. Time for lunch but not included. The tours are 9:30 – 4:30

CACAO (CHOCOLATE) FARM: a tour that takes you to a Swiss Certified organic farm and see the process from tree to wrapped organic product. Check out the April 2011 issue of the Bocas Breeze or visit their Facebook Page

BOCAS SAILING – CATAMARAN SNORKELING TOUR: Visit some bottlenose dolphins, go snorkeling in unique spots, and learn about marine wildlife, Bocas history, sailing, and life from Captains Marcell and Maga. $45 pp includes lunch. Reservations suggested. Visit their Facebook Page

FINCA LOS MONOS: a Botanical Garden of Panamanian plants. A great tour by a woman originally from England. Private tours by appointment $10pp. A bird watching tour is also available; reservations please

HORSEBACK RIDING: guided ride along the beaches of Paunch and Bluff Beaches, windward side of Isla Colon (our island) $28 pp;10:45-2:30 OR 5:30-9:30 P.M

or rent by the hour.

LANGUAGE SCHOOLS:

MASSAGES: we recommend Lil’Spa Shop By the Sea and reservations please.

OREBA CACAO TOUR: “The Indigenous Chocolate Adventure” Tours of a local organic chocolate producer. $30 per person, inquire at the hotel or visit their Facebook Page

SCUBA DIVING:

  • BOCAS WATER SPORTS: For SCUBA diving, PADI SCUBA certifications, snorkeling trips, and kayak rentals
  • BOCAS DIVE CENTER: Owned by Bocas native Eddie Ibarra, PADI’s only Panamanian Course Director.
  • LA BUGA: SCUBA diving and snorkeling tours, and also home to the La Buguita Cafe, 757-9537 or 6781-0755
  • STAR FLEET SCUBA: SCUBA diving, phone:757-9630

SOPOSO RAINFOREST ADVENTURES: Offering community tour packages from day trips to overnight or multi-day adventures. Tours for people who are interested in the indigenous peoples of Panama, their way of life, medicinal gardens, dances, songs, handicrafts, and more. Reservations required.

SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE: Guided tours of the Smithsonian research facility, appointments needed, Thursday, Saturday; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free

UP THE HILL: an organic farm and coffee shop raising products for a line of All Natural Body Products including coconut and cacao (chocolate), there is also a gift shop with recycled art, and local handicrafts. Up In the Hill also has a cabin overlooking a bluff over the highest point on Bastimentos Island. Visit their Facebook Page email: upthehill_shop@yahoo.com

YOGA: Bocas Yoga: daily drop in classes with Laura Kay $5 pp


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