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Boca Brava

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Boca Brava

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Boca Brava is an island in the Gulf of Chiriquí in the Pacific West of Panama.

Isla Boca Brava[edit]

Isla Boca Brava is a virtually uninhabited island in the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park. The island has access to innumerable secluded beaches and is a refuge for an abundance of wildlife both on land and in the water. The Island a couple of Resorts and a few backpacker accommodation options. The highly rated Eco resort Cala Mia Island Resort that offers 13 bungalow suites and is the perfect jumping-off point to explore the nearby islands, beaches and mangroves. Panama Nautical Club operates a 5 star sportfishing and diving operation with full marine services on the Island. The backer packer hotel options include Hotel Boca Brava and Howler Bay Hotel both are located in a beautiful juggle setting. Boca brava is also one of the closest Islands with accommodation choices to the world renowned sport fishing grounds (Coiba’s Hannibal Bank or Islas Las Seca) and scuba diving (Islas Los Ladrones and Isla Secas).

Getting there[edit]

Boca Brava can be accessed by boat from the small fishing village of Boca Chica, just 5 minutes from Boca Brava over water. Boca Chica is less than an hour from David's Enrique Malek International Airport. Alternatively, a five minute car ride from David to the nearby port of Pedregal will enable travelers to board a boat for the 50 minute scenic ride to the island. CallCala Mia Island Resort for boat schedule they run there boat for customer on a regular basis.

Driving Direction[edit]

From Panama take the Inter american Highway in the direction of David. Turnoff to the left from to "Horconcito". From David take the Inter american Highway in the direction of Panama and turn off to the right to Horconcito. In Horconcito after about 7 kilometers / 5 miles the road will fork, take the middle fork to "Boca Chica". Turn left where you see many signs to different resorts and keep straight to Boca Chica. Arriving Boca Chica keep straight or to the right, you will see the town square on your left. There is a tiny gas station with a mini super on the right you Just after on the first street to the right you will see a little white church. Take a right on that street with the little white church. Behind the church there is a guarded parking for $ 2 per day. The boat dock is maybe 15-20 meters down the hill on the main road.

Public Transport[edit]

Access by public transport involves several stages, but is not difficult. (1) From the bus terminal in David, most buses heading East on the Interamerican will take you to the crossroads with the road to Horconcitos -- ask around at the terminal, and explain that you are headed to Boca Chica. The bus trip typically takes about half an hour, and costs about $1.50. (2) Taxis pass by the Horconcitos turnoff fairly regularly, and one will take you to Boca Chica (about 15 km, 20 minutes) for about $15 per carload. This can be difficult at night. If no taxi can be found, walk the 4km to Horconcitos and ask someone to call a taxi. (3) From Boca Chica, regular water taxis make the five-minute trip to Boca Brava for $3 per person ($5 at night).

Get around[edit]

By boat, water taxi or foot.

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Boca Brava is covered in untouched rain forests and home to multiple families of howler monkeys, as is the neighboring island, Isla Palenque. They are near the Chiriqui National Marine Park, Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriqui [1] (just one of Panama’s 15 nature refuges). The Marine Park is home to many of Panama’s 900 species of birds, 1200 orchid varieties and 100 butterfly varieties.

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A supreme venue for aqua tourism, Coiba National Marine Park's [[2]] marine reserves are a convenient day trip away from Boca Brava, featuring huge coral reefs that are breeding grounds for orcas, dolphins, whales, sharks, manta rays, barracudas, three kinds of marlin and moray eels. World-class sport fishing and diving can be found around the Islas Ladrones and Islas Secas.

Due to the estuary of the Pedegral, the Boca Brava side facing the main land at Boca Chica doesn't have lot of nice beaches. The waters become beautifully clear just past the tip of Boca Brava on the other side of the Island on Isla Palenque or Cala Mia Island Resort which has 2 great beaches for swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Water taxi operators in Boca Chica can arrange a full-day tour that includes whale watching, a beach visit, and snorkeling for about $20 per person. The current rate in 2018 is $120 per boat for the day, however the boats are older panagas, and most of the operators speak only Spanish. The operator Panama Nautical Club operates higher end boats and provide full sportfishing, diving and island tours for travellers and have english speaking captains.

Visit Saino island about 15 minutes away by water taxi. It is a deserted island with its own beach. Boats will drop you off and pick you up a few hours later for $25 to $30 total.

There are hiking trails dotting the throughout the island, best to do hiking with guides since many trails are not marked.

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This largely uninhabited island has no stores of note. Howlers Bay Hotel is able to sell basic food supplies

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Bar and restaurant can be found at Cala Mia Resort,Howlers Bay Hotel,and at Hotel y Restaurante Boca Brava.

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Bar and restaurant can be found at Cala Mia Resort,Howlers Bay Hotel, and at Hotel y Restaurante Boca Brava.


Cala Mia Island resort [[3]] (ph.507-851-0025) is located on Boca Brava, which offers 13 bungalows and practices environmentally responsible tourism. Just 10 meters from the beach, these ecological bungalows are all similarly designed and decorated in earth tones. The floors are made of crisscrossed wooden beams and cream tiles that matched the beige walls accented with an earthen clay color. Each room has gauzy cream curtains covering the large sliding door that leads to the furnished outdoor rancho overlooking the bay or ocean. The bungalows have either a double or 2 twin beds, a large bathroom with a unique thick glass tiled circular shower, air conditioning and a spacious seating area. The out-door rancho includes a hammock, couch with waterproof woven reed cushions, and coffee table, all under a high cone-shaped thatched roof.

Panama Big Game Fishing Club [4] has merged with Panama Nautical Club (ph. 507-661-36900) has 5 star accommodation and have just finished in 2018 a full service marine on Isla Boca Brava that caters to sportfish men who want to experience one of the world’s most prolific Big Game Fishing grounds. The Gulf of Chiriquí is a treasure of Panama with Big Game Fishing at Hannibal Bank, Isla Montuosa and Isla Ladrones. During a 3 day trip it is possible to land a marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, roosterfish and cubera snapper.

Back Packers[edit]

Also on the island, Hotel y Restaurante Boca Brava[5] is formerly a backpacker hangout (Cabanas Boca Brava) commonly known as "Frank's Place." It is under the new management of Americans Kelly and Brad; it has gone slightly more midmarket, but still has hammocks available for backpackers. If water taxis are not available at the dock, press the hotel to take you to the docks in their own dock.

Howlers Bay Hotel (ph.+507-6740-8812) is overlooking the marine national park with over 50 islands. Howlers Bay Hotel Boca Brava gives you the opportunity to enjoy an earthly paradise, hard wood cabins with an spectacular ocean front view, comfortable luxury tents, a fun and relaxing ambience, beautiful beaches and the company of beautiful howler monkeys.

Nearby Accommodation[edit]

On neighboring Isla Palenque there is an boutique all inclusive high end eco-resort operating. Isla Palenque Resort is a proud member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges. Through its environmental awareness efforts and sustainability programs, Isla Palenque represents a new generation of hoteliers leading the way for intelligent luxury travel.


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