Bocas del Toro Things to Do

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    Snorkeling

    by shavy Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    Scattered in the archipelago are wonderful places to snorkel. Most famous are Bocas del Drago, Hospital Point, the coral gardens at Isla Cristobal, Coral Cay (Cayo Crawl) and Cayos Zapatilla.

    As I'm born an Aquarius I'm crazy when it comes to do with water. I'm not a very good swimmer but I do love to go under water
    I love very much nature above and under water

    We arrange for a day snorkel, and it seems they brought everyone in this place
    We pay for a package which include transport, lunch and snorkel gear

    Here is a bit too crowd to snorkel, everyone's coming to here. This is the favorite spot for everybody as the water is very clear

    We did not know it's a very crowded place, but there are enough space for all of us under water

    I can see plenty of locals, or maybe they are tourists as well
    They have a very nice coral reef down there, and it's a beautiful spot to snorkel, I thought at first (what can I see here under water)

    Once I get down I could stay under water all day, is so amazing spot !

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    Bird Island

    by shavy Written Jan 31, 2014

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    Rock formation in the middle of the sea
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    Coming here with a water taxi, at first the ride it was not too good so much waves
    I thought we can't make it, but the boatman was struggle against the waves

    We finally made it here
    The water seems calm while he let his boat float while were taken the picture

    Here you will find the only known nesting place
    Swans Cay is a rocky formation approximately 70 meters long, with a rounded quarter moon shape, pierced by two openings through one end, and rises 55 meters at the highest point

    On the southern side, sheltered from the northeastern trade winds, there is a small sandy beach below a higher level area

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    Wandering around the island

    by shavy Written Jan 31, 2014

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    The island is very small, manageable on foot, you can rent a bike

    All business in the island seems so close to each other, a small island with plenty of cafe/bars and restaurants

    When the daylight fall into dark, the island alive during night time

    Bocas del Toro is one of the natural treasures that Panama is rich with a great diversity

    There many things to do while in the island, too bad you need a boat to do all this things

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    Starfish beach

    by shavy Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    Famous for its abundance of starfish where you can find literally hundreds of on the beach, Starfish is a must visit of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago's

    Starfish Beach is located on Isla Colon on the North West side the other side of Bocas Town.
    It is about 20 minutes by boat to Bocas Town from Starfish Beach.

    Because of its location, the waters are very quiet, except during certain times when there's a boat passing through.

    The crystal clear waters and abundant sea stars make it a firm favorite with visitors of all ages. Definitively one of the most beautiful beaches of Bocas del Toro

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    Island Bastimentos

    by shavy Written Jan 31, 2014

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    Very peaceful place
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    We book the water taxi at our hotel reception to get to the beach, a few minutes later he came to pick up
    The island one of the most beautiful natural islands in Bocas del Toro is the island of Bastimentos. This island belongs to the Basimentos National Marine Park.

    The park is best known for its massive mangrove forests and a very colorful coral. This coral can be admired by going snorkeling from your lodge or go scuba diving.

    Bocas del Toro is very popular among peace-seekers and nature lovers who want to combine nature with a beach stay.
    The absence of mass tourism here and is wonderful to explore without the crowd, is so peacefully walking by yourself

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    Red frog beach

    by shavy Written Jan 31, 2014

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    One of the most beautiful beaches of Bocas del Toro Red Frog Beach.

    It is the only part of Bocas del Toro which prevent the red poisonous frogs.

    Often these frogs are no bigger than a pinhead. Be careful where you walk and go with a local guide on the road to see them

    These special creatures can stay at Red Frog Beach easily one day.
    The beach is beautiful and it is pleasant to swim here.

    Nearby is the rainforest which is a nice walk up there, after beaching. We were here in the weekend, and more local come for swim, besides there is no so much tourist in this beach we only seen a few

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    Island hopping

    by shavy Written Jan 31, 2014

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    Here we stop at the mangrove
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    You can rent the water taxi for yourself, or going in group for island hopping.

    Join the group is a lot cheaper and a guide will tell you every places with explanation of history in the island
    Our guide is also the boatman, we pass through some mangroves, seen whales, nice resorts and many more

    The island hopping is worth to do so, if you are interested to see the area of Bocas, which can be seen only through the water

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  • Visiting Indigenous Community

    by DaAGster Written Jan 16, 2010

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    There is also another option that I noticed which was on the Island of San Cristobal. They are one of the closer islands to Isla Colon (the tourist hub) and they offer a medicinal trail with authentic Ngobe community food. I went there in Janurary 2010 and would highly recommend it. It is a place to get the real authentic indigenous feel as well as a different experience. You just need a boat driver to take you to San Cristobal. It is pretty inexpensive and there is artisan work for purchase on the island.

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  • Visiting an Indigenous Community- San Cristobal

    by Panama215 Written Jan 16, 2010

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    One of the best things that we did during our stay in Bocas is go to the indigeious community of San Cristobal. They have a medicinal plant trail that you can walk through and then the women of the community cook a traditional lunch. In addition, you can go shopping for little artisan crafts that the ladies make. The area is gorgeous and it is amazing to see how these people live, it is a life completely different from ours. The whole community is very warm and welcoming and it is just an amazing experience all together. It only costs $20 to go and you have to reserve a day in advance, but it is an experience that you should definitely not miss out on!

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    Tours

    by elsadran Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    All tour operators in Bocas offer standardised tours to the outlying islands. This is one of the most popular ones. It goes to Dolphin Bay where they attract the dolphins by making big circles with the boat so the dolphins follow them on the wake of the circles. Snorkeling and lunch at Coral Cay follow, which is built above unbelievably clear water with large colourful fish swimming underneath. But as for snorkeling, the bottom is absolutely bare with no corals at all.
    Food prices are not too high. Mains are at about 10$, shrimps at 12$ and my delicious lobster was at 13$. After a pleasant short walk through the jungle path of Bastimentos island the Red Frog beach is there for a refreshing swim with the waves. Punta Hospital is the last stop where snorkeling is possible although the corals are completely destroyed and colourless, there are very few fishes, and visibility is not very good.
    The price of this tour is 22$ including only snorkel and mask. Bring your own food if you are on a low budget because the food is at least 10$ more.
    A more expensive tour includes Cayos Zapatillas with a great beach but with strong currents which makes snorkeling difficult.
    The tour lasted from 9:30 until 5:00 and all in all it was satisfactory.
    The tour operator was 'J & J Transparente Boat Tours' on Calle 3rd.

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  • Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour

    by Gritar Written Jul 24, 2009

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    If your looking for a great way to spend the day in Bocas Del Toro, Catamaran Sailing and snorkeling tour is the way to go. Go green and experience the reefs and dolphins in a slow breezy style, sailing!

    The dolphins seemed familiar with the catamaran and they were excited when the boat arrived in Dolphin bay, performing a great show for all of the people on the boat.

    The snorkeling was exquisite and the Captain was extremely knowledgeable about the area.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour

    by Gritar Written Jul 24, 2009
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    If your looking for a great way to spend the day in Bocas Del Toro, Catamaran Sailing and snorkeling tour is the way to go. Go green and experience the reefs and dolphins in a slow breezy style, sailing!

    The dolphins seemed familiar with the catamaran and they were excited when the boat arrived in Dolphin bay, performing a great show for all of the people on the boat.

    The snorkeling was exquisite and the Captain was extremely knowledgeable about the area.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour

    by Gritar Written Jul 24, 2009
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    If your looking for a great way to spend the day in Bocas Del Toro, Catamaran Sailing and snorkeling tour is the way to go. Go green and experience the reefs and dolphins in a slow breezy style, sailing!

    The dolphins seemed familiar with the catamaran and they were excited when the boat arrived in Dolphin bay, performing a great show for all of the people on the boat.

    The snorkeling was exquisite and the Captain was extremely knowledgeable about the area.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour

    by Gritar Written Jul 24, 2009
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    If your looking for a great way to spend the day in Bocas Del Toro, Catamaran Sailing and snorkeling tour is the way to go. Go green and experience the reefs and dolphins in a slow breezy style, sailing!

    The dolphins seemed familiar with the catamaran and they were excited when the boat arrived in Dolphin bay, performing a great show for all of the people on the boat.

    The snorkeling was exquisite and the Captain was extremely knowledgeable about the area.

    Highly recommended.

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    Bocas de Drago beach

    by elsadran Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    Northwest of island Colon is the beautiful Bocas de Drago beach. When Colombus first came to the island Colon he named it Isla del Drago. So the name remained. To get there you should get on the public bus or collectivo from the main square ( 2$- 1 hour). If you prefer to keep your privacy and comfort take a taxi – or water taxi – and get there in 30 minutes. Mid way you will pass Beach Bluff suitable for surfers.
    When the bus drops you off you should walk on along the beach. First thing you meet is the restaurant Yarisnori. Breakfast or late lunch when you come back from the beach here is not a bad idea. Then walking along the fine beach shaded by mangroves and palm trees takes you around to the far end where Drago beach is, and the Starfish point. As you have already guessed it is full of big orange-red starfish. Please don't be tempted to take one home. Each one is important to keep the natural balance. It was not created for the decoration of your room...
    It is a wonderful beach with excellent crystal clear water and a lot of vegetation. They say snorkeling is good here...I haven't tried.
    An upmarket resort was being constructed near the pier and some rooms are available around the area but they are usually booked up.
    Careful with shoes! There are small slivers that get into your foot skin and you can't walk anymore. I had to take them out later one by one. They are not very painful but really annoying. So don't walk barefoot!

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