Bocas Del Toro is an archipelago consisting of 9 Islands. The area has plenty to offer any visitor, no matter if you simply want to chill and relax, want an adrenaline rush or connect with nature and the wonders of the region. Below are just a few of the activities available. During your stay, we can help arrange or connect you with the best people to ensure you get the most out of your stay. This will save you time and money, we take care of everything and you simply pay the tour operator when you show up for the activity.
Bluff Beach offers 3 kilometres of uninterrupted beach to walk along and staying at Oasis you couldn’t be closer. You can take a stroll on the beach and collect shells and washed up coral and driftwood, swim in the natural rock pools at one end of the beach or simply through down your towel and relax and catch some rays, or you might even see Rays in the ocean.
Jungle / Beach Trek
This is a MUST do during your stay with and the best part it’s free!
The walk takes you alongside Bluff Beach, through the jungle and through natural streams that run into the ocean and then to a natural Pacina where you can take a dip in the ocean or snorkel. During your walk, you should encounter a plethora of wildlife including many species of birds, Howler Monkeys, Capuchin (white-faced) Monkeys, Sloths; both two-toed and three-toed sloths (Unlike the two-toed sloths, the three-toed sloths also have shorter tails), Agouti’s to name but a few so keep your eyes peeled. Ask either of us to talk you through the walk and places of interest. The walk will take you approximately 3.5 hours without stopping, but many people enjoy the tranquillity and nature and spend 4 to 5 hours on the trails.
A new addition to Oasis Bluff Beach are eBikes – these take the strain our of cycling around the Island and are able to power assist your pedalling or take the full strain when you are tired. We have two on-site with more in Bocas town to hire. You can rent them for a full day, half a day or by the hour. Avoid disappointment and reserve in advance.
We are blessed to live on a protected Turtle Beach, this means during the evening the public is only allowed on the beach with a Turtle Guide. So when they are nesting it’s great to go off in the evening along with the Turtle Conservationist and observe the turtle activity as they monitor and tag them. The Leather Back Turtle is the largest Turtle that nests here with an approximate length of 2 meters – it’s quite magical, we also have Hawksbill Turtles and Green Turtles nesting!
The season for nesting runs from March through to the end of September
Explore the island or take your ATV through the marked trails through the Jungle and allowed places on the beach – Warning …. We live in a Rain Forrest, so you may get wet and muddy
The cost of an ATV is $140 for a day rental and $110 for half a day. This includes access to the exclusive Jungle trail. For subsequent days rental the cost goes down to just $50 per additional day. If you don’t want to ride the trails, then the first day will only cost you $90
Diving or Snorkeling
The are many diving schools on Bocas where you can get PADI certified or if you have certification, then you can reserve a one or two tank dive. On certain days some centres offer night time dives for something a little different. Also, if the moon is in the right phase, then you can take night time dive to see the Luminescence. If you don’t dive, then some schools off the option of joining the divers and just snorkelling for just $20 including equipment. If you would like to try diving before getting certified, then some centres offer a dive experience. Let us know if you would like details.
Finca Los Monos is a privately funded garden on Isla Colon, the largest island in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama. They offer two tours a week
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Today, STRI employs 40 staff scientists and hosts some 1,400 scientific visitors every year, from undergrads and interns to postdoctoral investigators and tenured research associates. Together, they collaborate on 350 running research projects and publish more than 400 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals every year. Each week they open their doors to the public for a free tour of their current research projects. This is available on a Thursday or Friday either at 4 pm or 5 pm and it’s FREE!
If ATVs are not your thing horse riding is available, step out of Oasis right onto your horse for the afternoon, or for early birds take the morning ride. The ride is for 3 hours through the Jungle and beach – experience nature up close and personal and take a swim in the natural Piscina. The cost of horse-riding is $45pp and you start right next to our property. There are two times per day; 8:30 am and 1 pm
Fancy catching your supper? take one of the many fishing boats out for a private fishing trip – half and full days available. Costs vary depending on group size as you are renting the boat and captain and it will depend on where you want to fish
Surfing / Body Boarding
If you are an avid surfer, then Bluff Beach and Paunch is a great place to watch or take part in these sports when the surf is up. Especially in October, November, December, January, February and March
If you haven’t surfed before and would like to try we can arrange for Surfing Lessons or a full course to get you started. Just let us know what you need from just renting a board to surf school and we will take care of the arrangements for you.
Take a Boat Trip
We can hook you up with one of our recommended boat captains where you can either arrange for a private boat where you decide where you go and what you see, such as Dolphins, Coral reefs, starfish beach, Snorkeling, Monkey Island or visit Zapatilla Cays .. you decide how much you want to pack into your day, or you can simply take trip on a pre-set tour along with other guests. The cost to join a public boat excursion is around $35 and this includes the $10 entrance fee for the national park. A private boat will cost $140 for the day for up to 4 people.
One of the best was to see the archipelago is from the water – you can hire a sailboat or join other guests aboard one of the catamarans.
A great tour which includes snorkelling (along with the gear) and a hot lunch will cost $49pp for the full day. You usually go to two snorkelling sites and either Dolphin bay or Starfish Beach too
There are many Yoga classes in Bocas. We can let you know where and when the nearest ones are.
Visit a Chocolate Farm
Take a tour of the farm and see how Chocolate is processed and sample the delights. There are a couple of different tours, one is over on the mainland where you are transported into the mountains and visit the Njobi tribe and their plantation and the other includes gardens too.
Jungle / Forrest Trekking
Although we are right on the beach, we are surrounded by Jungle, in fact, the islands are filled with jungles, however, there are not many paths and Jungle hiking is not very organized, this means that most of the Jungle is untouched and has its natural beauty and is pristine, there are however there are a few paths through the Jungle nearby Oasis. Keep your eyes out for 2 toed and 3 toed Sloths, Howler Monkeys, White-throated Capuchin Monkeys, Agouti, Toucan, Oropendolas and Green Parrots to name but a few
If all that’s too much for you – select your Hammock, pick up a good book form our Library and unwind
In addition to The View located at Oasis Bluff Beach, there are a number of other local restaurants close at hand, we are only 8 kilometres from Bocas town so you can take the bus or taxi into town and sample the many delights and varying cuisines on offer. We are happy to recommend some great places.