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Bocas del Mar Activities, on the mainland in Boca Chica, is a spectacular vacation gateway to so much more to see and do on ocean and land. This area of Panama is Latin America at its best. Activities are open to everyone visiting Boca Chica with daily scheduled departures and day tours. See below for departure times and prices.

Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park

Bocas del Mar is simply the best place from the mainland to access the breathtaking beauty of the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park with its unspoiled islands of tropical jungle. The National Park covers 60 square miles (155km) of islands and ocean, and is known for its green iguana lizards, humpback whales, dolphins, many species of turtles, stingrays, monkeys, and hundreds of types of exotic birds and tropical fish. See local area map (pdf).

From our private dock we can arrange everything; from island-hopping in water taxis across to local ‘islas’ or leisurely, daily scheduled trips in our very own 26ft (8m) comfortable excursion boats. For example, try the popular 4 hour "Discovery Boat Trip". With our local captain at the helm, explore the hundreds of gorgeous sandy coves fringed with palm trees. You’ll soon realize why the locals say that “Panama belongs to the sea”.

We’re experts in the Gulf of Chiriqui area and wider Chiriqui province and are happy to share our knowledge. The following is a list of possibilities, some showing photograph albums ( ). You may also email us for our complete latest trip guide in pdf format.

Relaxing excursions nearby:

Daily scheduled trips to white sand beaches & tropical islands
Beach hopping & picnics – we have many to choose from just a short hop away
Evening Mangroves, Sundown & Bird watching
Whale watching (mid July-mid/late October)
Snorkeling and fish spotting
Massage and treatment in oceanside studio in hotel gardens

More energetic excursions nearby:

Off road and ATV to rainforest and hidden bays
Horseback treks
Waterskiing, banana and funboard in waters near the hotel
Nature hikes

Longer excursions:

Deep sea sport fishing – a vacation highpoint for amateur and professional anglers. We coordinate charter itineraries with local experts in Panama’s internationally famous and exceptionally rich fishing grounds. Ask for full details.
Inshore fishing
Diving – coral reefs and marine wildlife (boat charter basis only)
Isla Secas (normally boat charter basis)
Ngobe indigenous village explore, river hike and/or horse ride

Inland Chiriqui:

As captivating as the Pacific islands are, you shouldn’t forget the beauty of inland Chiriquí province. Bocas del Mar is the perfect base from which to explore the biodiversity of the mountains.

Between 1 and 2 hours drive away you can visit the following in an easy day excursion:

Volcan Baru National Park (Panama's highest point)
Boquete (for some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted)
The Ngobe indigenous communities

And after your day’s adventures, you are assured of a warm welcome home and great hospitality when you return to Bocas del Mar Hotel.

Click here for a collection of images of previous trips & activities; many of the photos are taken by past guests.

*Activity options may vary by season and may not always be available. If a specific trip or activity is important to you, please ask at time of booking. Exact routes and content of trips, including boat excursions, will vary according to local conditions at the time of your visit.

Bocas del Mar Hotel, Boca Chica, Chiriqui, Republic of Panama
Phone: +507 63 95 87 57 - Email: