At least 75% of the acreage has been left to evolve in its natural state.
Using Tranquilo Bay as your base camp for Panama adventure positions you to see and do more. If you are into eco-adventures such as birding and wildlife watching, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking or forest ecology, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime.
Since 2005, guests have trusted us with their precious vacation time. We are passionate about observing wildlife and supporting individuals, families and groups. Our naturalist guides use hiking, kayaking and snorkeling to explore Bocas del Toro.
No need to give up your creature comforts here. Hot showers, air-conditioning, a comfortable bed, and handcrafted meals made with fresh local ingredients welcome you at the end of your adventures each day.
The wildlife and views of the forest canopy from the canopy tower are absolutely incredible, but the natural history lesson alone is worth the ascent.
From Volcan Baru’s 11,400’ peak in the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountain range, down the slope of Western Panama to the coral reefs beneath the Caribbean’s surface, every life zone known to the tropics can be seen from this single vantage point above the forest’s canopy.
Each of our cabanas is spacious with plenty of room between you and your neighbors. Our nature preserve encompasses 200 plus heavily forested acres and over a kilometer of Panama’s Caribbean coastline.
Cabana Seven is on the first floor of our newest building. It features two double beds, an ample bathroom, and a seating area on the porch. This is one of our smaller units at about 300 square feet.
Cabana One faces the ocean with views of the jungle. It has two double beds, an interior seating area, a large bathroom (with a spacious granite countertop and a walk-in shower), and a seating area on the large porch. As one of the original six units it has around 400 square feet.
Cabana Two faces the ocean with views the jungle. It has a queen size bed, an interior seating area, a large bathroom (with a spacious granite countertop and a walk-in shower), and a seating area on the large porch. As one of the original six units it has around 400 square feet.
Cabana Three faces the ocean with views of the jungle. It has two double beds, an interior seating area, a large bathroom (with a spacious granite countertop and a walk-in shower), and a seating area on the large porch. As one of the original six units it has around 400 square feet.
Cabana Nine is our tree house suite. It is on the second story of our newest building. It features a repurposed Nispero king size bed, a large interior seating area, an expansive bathroom which includes a bathtub, and a large porch. This is our largest unit at about 600 square feet.
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.
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 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.
Kayaking & Paddle Boarding
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.
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.
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.