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"A 3-toed sloth baby clinging to its mother, a troop of capuchin monkeys, a hummingbird in its nest, green iquanas, brilliantly-colored ‘mini’ frogs, and even upside-down jellyfish — we saw it all at Tranquilo Bay! For a wildlife, rainforest and ocean experience all rolled into one, nothing can match Tranquilo Bay. The whole staff, including expert guides, will insure that you have the best time while enjoying a beautiful tropical environment and delicious food!"
Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus Colombus Zoo
Host, Jack Hanna’s “Into the Wild” & “Wild Countdown”
If serious beach time is what you desire, then Bocas del Toro has one just right for you. Tranquilo Bay is centrally located in the heart of the archipelago, which makes it possible to visit a different beach everyday during your stay.
All beach excursions depart directly from our comfortable facility where our staff will handle the preparation of everything you need for a relaxing beach experience. Plenty of cold drinks and sweet rainwater are packed with your favorite sandwiches and plenty of fruit.
Tranquilo Bay rests on a nature preserve of over 200 acres. In less than a week you might see white faced monkeys, night monkeys, two and three toed sloths, iguanas, caiman, blue morpho butterflies, a variety of frogs and lizards.
Each guided excursion will be tailored to meet your group's areas of interest, experience, and physical abilities. Most explorations have a post-breakfast departure and include a picnic lunch in the field. Some birding excursions require an early morning departure.
The secluded western Caribbean coast of Panama is wild and undeveloped, which is exactly what makes fishing these waters so remarkable. The fishing in Bocas del Toro is world class, not world famous, we rarely see another angler. Come fish with us and let exotic wildlife and big fish, surrounded by a surreal untouched landscape, create the fishing experience of a lifetime.
Local fishermen in Bocas del Toro fish year-round for snapper, jacks and barracuda. When pursuing game fish the most consistent months are March through May and September through mid November. The Caribbean Sea in Panama tends to have waves, and more wind during the peak of winter and summer.
Walking through the jungle is a surreal and vivid experience. As you enter beneath the rainforest canopy, cool moist air and profound shade envelop all within. Surprisingly dark inside, a slight feeling of insignificance begins to sharpen your awareness.
On our naturalist hikes we will slowly and quietly move beneath the canopy actively searching flora and fauna such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, hardwoods, forest palms, vines, bryophytes, ferns, bromeliads, orchids, and other epiphytes.
There are trails onsite that allow you to explore the jungle or several of our excursions give you a window into the rainforest.
Panama is home to seven different indigenous groups. These groups comprise about five to eight percent of the country’s population. Of the entire indigenous population, the Ngöbe–Buglé comprise about one half. Bocas del Toro has a comarca (reserve) for the Ngöbe–Buglé on the mainland as well as a number of different villages within the islands. Most of our village visits are to those on Isla Bastimentos and Isla Popa. The children are timid but love to have their photo taken. We frequently encounter indigenous people on other excursions or onsite - our employees. Service projects for the schools within the villages may be arranged with advance notice for a group.
All activities and excursions depart directly from our comfortable facility where our staff will handle the preparation, maintenance and portage of the equipment. Snorkel gear is provided on all excursions to fully explore the underwater realm of brilliant tropical fishes living amongst vibrant coral reefs. All you have to do is paddle and absorb the breath-taking scenery.
For those new to the sport, we will provide a thorough Kayak/Paddle Board lesson to familiarize you with the equipment and techniques so that you are prepared for your adventure.
The archipelago of Bocas del Toro earned the name "Galapagos of the Caribbean" by being one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
You have the opportunity to explore it at your leisure. Directly off the dock you can get into the Caribbean Sea and see what she has to offer you.
Our kayak and paddle boarding excursions are designed to cover an array of ecosystems, terrain, marine and terrestrial wildlife. Enjoy the tranquility and thrill of sea kayaking as we paddle along dramatic stretches of the archipelago, allowing us to explore secluded white sand beaches, coral flats, small offshore islands and rock ledge coastline, navigate mangrove forests, paddle up spring fed rivers, shoot the mountain rapids or snorkel pristine reefs and rock formations.
Many of our daily explorations cover more than three separate ecosystems. Tranquilo Bay is centrally located in the archipelago and adjacent to Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park. The park's 32,700 acres of rainforest and reef are home to an important nature reserve rich in wildlife, and will provide the backdrop for many of the excursions.
Your snorkeling adventure is designed to cover an array of ecosystems, terrain, marine and terrestrial wildlife. Much of the marine park has never been explored under the surface, and many of the known underwater sites are as yet unnamed. Within the marine park, sea fan gardens, vibrant coral reefs, and over 200 species of tropical fish live amongst a dramatic sub-sea terrain, which seems to transform every few hundred yards. Oceanic formations in the area include walls, freshwater caves, tunnels, pinnacles, coral spires and towers, Spur and groove, ocean impact reef, sandy ledges and protected patch reef.
Shore snorkeling from Tranquilo Bay puts you directly within the marine park and a number of different types of formations and habitats for your exploration.
If snorkeling is the primary objective of your trip, note that the Caribbean Sea is calmer and there is less rain from February through June and September through November, September and October being the most consistent of all months.
Most of the interesting formations here in Bocas del Toro are in shallower water. In many areas the maximum depth is 40 feet and the light penetration is excellent.
Just remember, you're not coming here because it is the clearest ocean you can find, you're coming to explore the most biologically diverse Caribbean marine park in Central America.
We know you came here to surf, not paddle. We explore these waves from the comfort of our facility, traveling to all locations via boat. Our fast 26-foot boats will drop you right by the take-off point, and then anchor in the channel to serve as a rest stop. Cold beverages, towels and shade are never more than a short paddle away. When you’re done resting, there will be no reef dance in the impact zone to get back to the take-off spot.
During your stay with us our staff will handle the preparation, maintenance and storage of your equipment.
The best and most consistent swells hit Bocas del Toro at the peak of winter.
The season starts late November and begins to fall off in February. The peak of summer can also produce a mini season during the months of July and August.
While there can be some epic days during these months, the summer season does not compare with the winter in terms of duration or consistency. We have warm Caribbean water year round, so wet suits are not necessary. Our average tidal fluctuation is less than 20-inches, so we never have to plan a session around the tide. Also, we are a heck of a lot closer than Indo.
Of all the waves in Bocas del Toro, only a handful have been named, and some have still never been surfed. In remote areas indigenous children still run to the beach to see the “loco gringos” ride the waves. Tranquilo Bay’s central location in the archipelago allows us to surf unnamed spots without another soul in the water. There is not a single wave in the archipelago beyond our reach.
Tranquilo Bay is an owner-operated eco adventure lodge located on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park. We have over a kilometer of Caribbean coastline covered in coral gardens teaming with tropical fish. Our facilities encompass over 200 acres, with over a mile of hiking trails full of wildlife. At least 75% of the acreage has been left to evolve in its natural state.
The province of Bocas del Toro hosts two national parks, one of which is a world heritage site. One park, Bastimentos National Marine Park, covers a large portion of the archipelago and is home to a variety of ecosystems that thrive at or around sea level. Our expeditions into the parks are designed to cover a diverse range of ecosystems and terrain and can be tailored to meet your group's areas of interest, experience and physical abilities on your Panama vacation.
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