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  • Panama Ecolodge Aerial View
  • Kids kayaking through mangroves
  • Guest photographing insect
  • Canopy Observation Tower from Ocean
  • Panama Ecolodge Sustainability
  • Green Poison Dart Frog
  • Guests shore snorkeling near Tranquilo Bay

TAKE A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE

TAKE A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE

BEACH. KAYAK. HIKE. SNORKEL. RINSE. REPEAT.

BEACH. KAYAK. HIKE. SNORKEL. RINSE. REPEAT.

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”

FEATURED JUNGLE ADVENTURE

FEATURED JUNGLE ADVENTURE

BEACHES IN PARADISE

BEACHES IN PARADISE

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.

There are several family-friendly beaches in the area for those bringing young children. These areas are safe year round, geographically protected from open ocean swell and prevailing winds, there is little to no wave action and minimal currents.

Four species of sea turtles nest on these shores and inhabit the reefs laden with tropical fish. Sand dollars, seashells and driftwood are easily admired on these uninhabited beaches. It is not uncommon to find yourself exploring the whole day without ever encountering other footsteps.

BIRDING & WILDLIFE

BIRDING & WILDLIFE

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 morph butterflies, a variety of frogs and lizards.

Tranquilo Bay is surrounded by national parks and protected areas creating 1.4 million contiguous acres, the single largest remaining tract of virgin forest unit in Central America. Bocas del Toro is an explorer's dreamland.

Each excursion will be tailored to meet your group's areas of interest, experience, and physical abilities. A knowledgeable guide will accompany your group. Most explorations have a post-breakfast departure and include a picnic lunch in the field. Some birding excursions require an early morning departure.

Full information about birding with Tranquilo Bay is found on our Birding page. We have species lists and photos of many of the birds we see on our bird watching excursions. You can download the list of different types of wildlife we find on our wildlife excursions below.

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 morph butterflies, a variety of frogs and lizards.

Each excursion will be tailored to meet your group's areas of interest, experience, and physical abilities. A knowledgeable guide will accompany your group. Most explorations have a post-breakfast departure and include a picnic lunch in the field. Some birding excursions require an early morning departure.

Click to Download Mammal List
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WILDLIFE PHOTO GALLERY LINKS

FISHING BOCAS DEL TORO

FISHING BOCAS DEL TORO

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.

Tranquilo Bay has pioneered fishing Bocas del Toro’s virgin estuaries, flats, rivers, and offshore waters. Most of the areas we fish are protected reserves and home to a variety of game fish such as Tarpon, Snook, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, King Mackerel, snappers, and groupers.

We specialize in intimate groups of 2 to 8 anglers to explore the most secluded and un-fished waters in Central America. We hope to put you on the fish of a lifetime soon.

All fishing is done with light tackle on outfits ranging from 8-pound to 30-pound test line. We have both conventional and spinning tackle consisting of Shimano, Ande, and Falcon graphite rods equipped with Shimano reels. We also have a few fly-casting outfits with 9, 10 and 12 weight rods.

While fishing from Tranquilo Bay, we will use trolling, jigging, artificial bait casting, sight casting, fly casting, live bait and chumming techniques to catch a wide range of game fish.

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.

FISHING PHOTO GALLERY LINKS

PANAMA RAINFOREST HIKING

PANAMA RAINFOREST HIKING

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. To enhance your experience, we plan our explorations into the rainforest with three distinct variables: naturalist, destination and extreme, each providing a different experience.  Each excursion may include elements of each variable or may be completed using one variable alone.

On one of 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. This type of hike generally consists of a short, brisk walk to reach an area of interest. Once there, the pace slows and there is more observation and learning than hiking. There are trails onsite that allow you to explore the jungle or several of our excursions such as to the Bat Cave and the Chocolate Farm give you a window into the rainforest. These hikes are as much about learning as they are hiking.

INDIGENOUS CULTURE

INDIGENOUS CULTURE

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.

KAYAKING & PADDLE BOARDING

KAYAKING & PADDLE BOARDING

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.

All 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.

SNORKELING THE CARIBBEAN

SNORKELING THE CARIBBEAN

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.

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.

SNORKELING PHOTO GALLERY LINKS

SURFING PANAMA’S WAVES

SURFING PANAMA’S WAVES

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.

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.

BEGIN YOUR PANAMA ADVENTURE

WILDLIFE. CULTURE. FISH. SURF. RINSE. REPEAT.

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.

YOUR GUIDES

Jim, Jay and Renee did an outstanding job with this place. They made us feel like we were part of their family... I cannot stress enough how wonderful this place is. It is a slice of paradise.
J & B, New York
  • Owner Operated Lodge

    JIM

    Owner / Operator
    Adventure Leader
    Group Sales & Marketing

  • Naturalist Guide Bocas

    NATALIA

    Naturalist Guide
    Adventure Leader

  • Panama Naturalist Guide

    RAMON

    Naturalist Guide
    Adventure Leader

  • Panama Eco Lodge Owner

    JAY

    Owner / Operator
    Lodge Physical Operations
    Adventure Leader

  • Travel Coordinator Bocas

    RENEE

    Owner / Operator
    Travel Logistics
    Lodge Operations

Everything was perfect:  the accommodations, the food, the people and especially the personal attention we received from all of you and Ramon and Natalia.
J & M, New York

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FIELD NOTES

FIELD NOTES

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(713) 589-6952 (USA)
(507) 838-0021 (PANAMA)
(713) 344-1125 (USA FAX)

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