Cruises in Bocas del toro

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The relatively isolated archipelago of Bocas del Toro comprises beautiful islands you can visit by boat from the main town, also known as Bocas del Toro or Isla Colon.

The coral reefs, lush forests, colorful wildlife, clean white beaches and turquoise waters of the region make it a treasured secret of the Caribbean. Bocas del Toro Cruises are a must when you plan a vacation here. Read on about the islands of Bocas del Toro and choose a few to cruise.

Colon Island


The island has the most popular of beaches in the region – Bluff Beach with opportunities for diving, fishing and surfing. In fact, Bluff Beach attracts surfers from round the world. The beach has amazing, bright orange sand and is a nesting place for hawksbill, green and leatherback sea turtles from March 15th to September 15th. Rich in forests, creeks and rivers, the coastal area of the island has coral reefs, mangrove forests, interesting rocks and lots of sea birds.

Carenero Island


It will take you just 3 minutes by water taxi from Bocas to get to this palm-fringed island. The name of the island comes from the word "careen" which means "to turn a ship on its side to clean or repair it." Christopher Columbus stopped by the island to repair his ships in 1502. The island offers some adventurous surfing off its northern tip. The waters here feature many coral reefs, so only advanced surfers should try it.

Carenero island is a wonderful romantic getaway, offering some privacy after the active nightlife of the towns. There are some bars, restaurants and lodges here just in case you’d like a nice drink followed by dinner and an overnight stay.

Bastimentos Island


This is actually a mostly submerged 13,226-hectare park, Panama’s  first marine reserve – the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park. It’s the perfect place for snorkeling or scuba diving with spectacular underwater scenery and coral reefs. The island has mangrove islets and the beach is a nesting place for sea turtles. This island too gets its name from the activities of Christopher Colombus, who stopped here for provisions (bastimentos).

The islands of Cayo Zapatillas with their deep underwater canyons are part of the park. One of the highlights of this island is the famous Red Frog Beach, with tiny colorful frogs.

Bocas del Drago Beach

Another spot named by Christopher Columbus, this beautiful beach, great for snorkeling, lies northwest of Colon. At Starfish Point, the shallow, crystal-clear waters hold tons of big orange starfish.

Cruise Tour Operators in Bocas del Toro


Transparante Tours
3rd. (Main) Street, Bocas del Toro
(507) 757-9915, 6583-0351

Panama Cruises
(507)6677-5911
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