Enjoy the use of single or double kayaks and snorkel gear available at no charge for guests’ use, as well as a game room with pool table, dart board, exercise bike, library, and a comfortable seating area for reading, or playing cards.
Below is a small list of some of the tours and activities around the islands. Boats can be arranged to most of these sites and some tours in town combine several of these into one day. For instance many tour operators offer a Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay, and Zapatillas excursion. Note that most tours do not provide a lunch, they may stop at a restaurant but that is not guaranteed. We do have day lunches available that include a sandwich, snack, and drink packed in a “Cold Bag” available. Please order the night before.
Red Frog, Turtle and Polo Beaches
The beaches on the windward side of Bastimentos Island; Red Frog, Turtle, and Polo boast some of the most beautiful views of the ocean in the entire archipelago. These beaches are a great place to relax and enjoy the tropical white sand or perhaps take a Zipline tour. There are 2 restaurants for lunch.
Protected on the leeward side of Boca Del Drago on Colon, Starfish is host to backpackers and families alike. The shallow ridge that runs along the entire beach is perfect for wading the day away. There are usually vendors set up along the beach offering sandwiches and refreshments. Starfish is the perfect “lazy day” option.
Paunch and Bluff Beaches
These beaches are local surf hangouts and frequented by many of the backpackers. Bluff beach is also a popular venue for observing the leatherback turtle nesting and hatching.
These islands are one of the most popular attractions in Bocas. White sand beaches encircle the islands, they are host to a number of boat tours every day. It is a National Park so expect to be charged $10 park admission in addition to your transportation.
A short ride from Bocas town, Dolphin Bay is a true treasure. Dolphins can typically be seen in this bay. However, you are just as likely to see them playing off of the docks of the Garden of Eden or on the deck to your room as you savor your favorite afternoon cocktail.
One of the most accessible snorkeling spots in the archipelago, Coral Cay also offers a couple of restaurants looking over the Zapatillas Islands and surrounding bay.
The Bat Caves and Springs
Highly recommended by many travelers, this tour is a great way to explore some of the most uninhabited parts of Bastimentos. You will pass through a river in a cayuko (a native dugout canoe) and paddle into an amazing inland island river. Along the way visitors may be able to see the three-toed sloth and even the white-faced capuchin monkeys. These island caves have open caverns where you will be able to spot different species of bats and cave-dwelling animals.
Finca Los Monos is a 10 minute drive from Bocas town, just past the Smithsonian Institute, on the Idaan hilltop. The farm, spanning the island from coast to coast, has stunning views, both eastward toward the archipelago of Bocas Del Toro and westward toward the mountainous mainland, with the turquoise Caribbean in between. Standard tours are offered Fridays and Monday and run about 2 hours. There are half day tours as well with a lovely lunch included. More Info Here…
The experienced guides will walk you through the entire chocolate making process from growing the cacao to harvesting, drying and processing. The certified organic farm is also home to wondrous wildlife like sloths, tree frogs and more, which guest usually spot on the tour. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of the Ngobe Indians and Chocolate! This tour does require a day notice and has travel involved but is well worth it. More Info Here…
Bocas Sailing Tours
Take a daytrip with the only Catamaran sailing tour in Bocas. Tours vary but most days travel to Dolphin Bay followed by snorkeling and of course sailing within the islands for a usually smooth ride. Lunch is provided for this all day excursion. More Info Here…
Bocas Water Sports (BWS)
Bocas’ premier SCUBA dive team, BWS can take experienced divers to the best sights in the area or if you’re not yet certified train you in just a few days. Prices vary by season and availability is limited during the High Season (November – April). More Info Here…