Panama Programs and Activities
Spanish and Diving!
The primer attraction of Bocas is its Scuba Diving.
We combine Spanish courses in the morning, with
Diving in the afternoons (please refer to
prices for details).
The Diving programs can either be courses
(everything from scuba discovery for beginners
through to open water certification, Advanced,
Rescue, first Aid and Dive master) or for those
certified just wishing to dive there is a multiple
of single/double tank dives, wreck dives, cave dives
and night dives!
Visit to Indigenous Villages.
In the Archipelago boundaries there are several
communities of the ngobe indians. These communities
are, in the Bastimentos Island: Quebrada Sal and
Bahia Honda; in Solarte: Solarte; in Popa: Popa 1,
Popa 2 and Isla Tigre;
in San Cristobal: San Cristobal, Bocatorito and
in Cayo Agua: Cayo Agua. If you are interested in
Indian cultures, is a good idea to visit San
Cristobal, Popa 2 or Quebrada Sal, where any local
will tell you about their communities and customs.
Although they are established to receive tourists,
they receive any visitor with kindness. You will see
the Indians in their natural state.
Bocas is renown for its surfing. Bocas is a cluster
if islands - and the only way to reach many of the
breaks is by boat. So you wont get lots of crowds
here! A great break - and less visited one is
Bastimentos . The first two beaches, from
Bastimentos town, offer good conditions but they are
more difficult to reach: by boat from Bocas or
Bastimentos (15 minutes), and then a 15 minutes walk
to the other side of the island, to arrive to the
first beach, with the second break just the next
The third site, in Carenero island. This has a very
powerful wave and is more suited to experienced
surfers. It is also a short boat ride - and a
There are other good surf breaks bear Bocas, but
these are three of the ones we enjoy the best due to
their remoteness, the quality of the break, and the
absolutely stunning scenery!
There are many places to explore around Bocas. The
first takes you along the coast facing the open sea,
with alternative rock outcrops and small beaches on
the right, and undulating hills with cow farms and
forests on the other side, until you reach the
fabulous and as yet undeveloped beach of Bluff, with
its distinctive bright orange sand. This is a great
place to spend your day, swimming, taking care on
rough days, laying on your back watching white-faced
monkeys, or surfing the waves. Bluff Beach is also a
marine turtles nesting beach, where conservation
groups work during the nights, in season, to
preserve nests and turtles from predators, activity
open also to tourists.
Otherwise you can take the half hour trip to the old
settlement of Bocas del Drago, situated on a sandy
beach beyond which are patches of coral, of interest
to the snorkeller. Five minutes from here, toward
the open sea is the bird sanctuary Swan Key. In the
way back to Bocas, make a point of stopping in the
middle of the island to see the Bats Cave with its