Isla Boca Brava - a hidden paradise in Panama
About Isla Boca Brava and Surrounding Area
The area surrounding Isla Boca Brava and the village of Boca Chica is quickly becoming a popular destination within Panama. Tourism activity is increasing very rapidly as more and more infrastructure is put in place. New restaurants, small hotels, fishing lodges and other facilities have recently opened in the area.
The island is located at the edge of the Chiriqui National Marine Park, which protects an area of over 14,000 hectares including two dozen islands and their surrounding waters. Boca Brava is 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) long and 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) wide with abundant wildlife such as monkeys and hundreds of different bird species.
From Isla Boca Brava you can explore this incredible area and enjoy:
- Game Fishing
- Camping on Deserted Islands
For game fishermen, nearby Hannibal Bank is recognized as one of the world's best places to catch Black Marlin and Yellow fin Tuna. Blue Marlin, Pacific Sailfish and Dorado are also caught with regularity.
Isla Boca Brava is also a great jumping off point for divers heading to Coiba Island and other superb dive sites in the area. The Coiba National Park is made up of a series of uninhabited islands, with the most extensive coralline reefs to be found along the Pacific coast of Central America. The islands themselves are spectacular, covered with a heavy virgin forest and boasting incredible wildlife such as; 17 species of crocodile, turtle and lizard, 15 species of snakes and 147 species of birds including Scarlet macaws. Visitors can also see howler monkeys, leatherback and hawksbill turtles and tiger-herons.
Existing Hotels and Resorts in the Area:
- Cala Mia Boutique Hotel
- Gone Fishing
- Seagull Cove Lodge
- Panama Big Game Fishing Lodge
- Pacific Bay Resort
- Tucan Lodge