Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour

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Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour

The easiest way of finding some decent Bocas Del Toro snorkeling locations is to take a full-day boat trip from Bocas town. This isn’t a bad option for just $30 per person, including 5 different activities and locations.

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Snorkeling Tour Locations

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour Itinerary

The tours leave in the morning most days from the central jetties. In addition to the snorkeling, you get to visit a variety of locations including Dolphin Bay, the mangoves and coral reefs off Isla Bastimentos, the Zapatillas islands, and some smaller islands where you might sight some sloths.

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour

Dolphin Bay – Laguna Bocatorito

Our first stop of the tour was in Laguna Bocatorito, about 12 km south of Bocas Town (15-20 minutes by boat). Here, we came to watch the bottlenose dolphins at play, and they very obligingly turned up to give us a show.

Since the dolphins come to this bay all year round, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see them. These are protected waters, so you’re not allowed to swim. Probably just as well as there are a lot of tourist boats plying their trade here, and you’d likely end up mangled in one of their outboard engines.

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour – Laguna Bocatorito

Mangrove Visit

After Dolphin bay, we were scooted off to the eastern coast of Bastimentos Island. Here the boat captain slowed down to let us catch glimpses of life under the shallow mangrove roots.

Nothing too exciting here, just a few patches of coral and hundreds of starfish and sea urchins.

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour

Snorkeling

We were finally taken to an area of open water where we were able to snorkel. We spent around 45 minutes here, but the snorkeling was not spectacular. Immediately around the boat were swarms of small and very colourful fish, no doubt expecting lunch from the almost equally numerous snorkelers.

The water here was around 4 or 5 meters deep, and there were some nice corals. The sea was calm, so visibility was quite good. If there is too much swell it would be a little uncomfortable to snorkel here. On our trip there was no sign of the sharks, murenes, stingrays (or any other larger fish for that matter) that are supposed to frequent these waters.

All in all, a little disappointing.

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling – These specimens were all that I spotted…

Lunch

While we were drying off from our dip, we were taken to a jetty on a small island. Just up the gangplank, we found a large restaurant where we could order some food.

Lunch wasn’t included in the tour price, but the food and drinks weren’t expensive.

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour – Lunchtime

Zapatillas Islands

The highlight of the tour was without doubt the last of our destinations.

The Zapatillas Cays offer the most beautiful beaches and the best snorkeling of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. We stopped at Zapatilla 2 (the smaller of the Zapatillas islands). This was about as exotic as our trip to Panama was going to get.

Zapatilla 2 belongs to the Bastimentos Marine National Park. The island is similar to San Blas, with its white coral-sand beaches and turquoise blue waters. A true tropical paradise island.

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour – The Zapatillas Islands

There is a series of interconnecting tracks and boardwalks passing through the interior of the island. If you get bored with the picturesque beaches, you can take a small hike through the island and discover the mangroves on the other side.

Just make sure you get back in time to catch your boat!

Hunt for Sloths

After an hour or so on Zapatillas, we boarded the boat for our return trip to Bocas. Along the way we were half-heartedly encouraged to search for sloths as we passed close to an island on the way back.

We didn’t sight any (nobody ever does).

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling

Bocas Del Toro Snorkeling Tour – Searching for Sloths

We got back to Bocas Town towards the end of the afternoon. It had been an interesting and enjoyable day out, and worth the $30 tour ticket (if only for the visit to the Zapatillas).

We were next looking forward to getting away from Bocas town, up into the northern areas of Isla Colon, and then across to the more peaceful Isla Bastimentos.


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3 Comments

lagartpoint

lagartpoint

August 21, 2018at 10:59 pm

Is a very good idea: It’s a beautiful paradise.

Travel Bocas

Travel Bocas

November 22, 2017at 6:03 pm

Excellent article – but I HAVE seen sloths around those areas! I promise!

    SandSpice

    December 1, 2017at 4:32 pm

    I’ll take your word for it – Maybe we’ll get lucky next time?

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