Take an hour flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro archipelago in the western part of Panama. At the small town of Bocas del Toro you find Caribbean flair with its typical architecture, its people, waterfront restaurants and many small hotels. Six big islands of the archipelago protect the bay from waves and make boat excursions in calm waters through mangrove islands and to beaches a main attraction. The Bastimentos National Park includes rainforest, mangroves, reefs and the coral islands Cayos Zapatillos. Look out for dolphins, visit a beach, other islands, an indigenous community, go snorkeling or diving.
Accommodation on the islands: town of Bocas Del Toro or at selected places of the archipelago.
On special excursions to the mainland you can visit mountain valleys, indigenous communities and their cocoa and banana plantations for export and the local market.
Combine Bocas Del Toro with some days in Chiriqui on the Pacific side, driving through the mountain rainforest of the continental divide.
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The Pearl Island Archipelago in the Pacific offers beautiful deserted beaches, developed islands such as Contadora, on some islands impacting new tourist developments on its way and many beautiful nature islands.
Spectacular is the observation of Humpback whales. They can be seen here from July to October making Panama a top spot for whale watching. Humpbacks migrate from the Antarctic all the way to the tropical warm waters of Panama to give birth and to raise the new born whales before they travel back, the longest migration route of a mammal. On daily tours around many beautiful islands you have the possibility to see whales breaching and training the whale babies to jump.
Our package includes transport to the islands by plane (15 min.) or ferry (3 hours), accommodation, boat excursions to other islands and whale watching tours.
The 500 km2 mostly with rainforest covered Coiba Island is the world’s biggest uninhabited tropical island and the most important nature island of the Pacific coast of the Americas. The 2700 km2 marine park includes several nature islands in a rich marine ecosystem with mangroves, coral reefs and fish abundance next to the deep waters of the Pacific. The distance of 50 km from the mainland and the lately dissolved penal colony helped to conserve its rich nature. Coiba offers good diving with lots of fish and encounters with big fish such as rays, mantas, white tipped reef shark ad other sharks. Frog fish are commonly seen. Non divers find great snorkeling around small islands and at the coral reefs where turtles can be seen sometimes. Dolphins and whales (July to October) are seen very regularly.
From the beach scarlet macaws can be observed sometimes and near mangroves the American crocodile. In the rainforest can be seen the Coiba howler monkey, white faced capuchin monkey and the Coiba agouti. Boat rides take you to these nature excursions and the pristine beaches of the islands. We also offer a close exploring of Coiba’s great nature by kayaking. Accommodation is at the park ranger camp in dormitories or tents. We recommend 2-3 nights on the island.
In a short distance to the highest mountains of Panama you can swim in the Pacific and enjoy the beaches in the island archipelago of the Gulf of Chiriqui. We offer you mangrove and island boat tours with wildlife observation, beaches and some hiking. You might see Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, American Crocodile, Crab-eating raccoon, sea birds like Blue-footed Booby and lowland rainforest birds like Lance-tailed Manikin. From July to mid October you have excellent opportunities to watch Humpback Whales. (2 days)