Isla Boca Brava is a beautiful and quiet island found off the west coast of Panama in the Gulf of Chiriqui.
It’s found close to various other islands belonging to Panama such as Secas Island, Paridita Island, San Pedro Island and a few others. All of these islands and as well as the entire Gulf of Chiriqui forms a part of the Golfo Chiriqui National Marine Park. The marine park in total has more than 20 different islands and consists of about 14 000 ha. Isla Boca Brava is the largest of these islands and is around 3 000 ha in size. It offers tourists one of the most beautiful and untouched natural environments and is home to miles of white tropical beaches, various hiking trails, an interesting blend of wildlife and lots of mangroves. Lately, Isla Boca Brava has been attracting lots of bird watchers and various other nature enthusiasts who visit here to see almost 300 various bird species, sea turtles and howler monkeys.
Things to do on Isla Boca Brava
Although Isla Boca Brava is a pretty large island (3000 ha), you still won’t find a whole lot of hiking trails. However, there are a small number of them and many people who have been on these hiking trails all agree that Isla Boca Brava has some of the best hiking trails in all of Panama. You will hike through untouched jungles and will be able to see lots of howler monkeys and bird species along the way.
Explore the marine park:
The marine park and all of its islands is easily accessible from Isla Boca Brava. It’s home to various coral reefs of various sizes and is home to eels, marlin, dolphins, orcas, barracudas, manta rays, sharks and a whole lot more. Tourists can dive around the coral reefs of Islas Secas and Islas Ladrones. There is also an international big game fishing tournament held here once a year.
Go island hopping:
Isla Boca Brava is found close to more than 20 other breathtaking islands which makes island hopping a well liked tourist activity. The waters are clear and the beaches are exquisite. Water taxi operators can be arranged from certain places on Isla Boca Brava and they will take you to the various islands and even to go whale watching. Some of the boats are in bad condition and the most of the boat operators only speak Spanish. The current rate is around $20 but to have the entire boat for the day will cost around $100.
When To Go:
Any time would be a good time to visit Isla Boca Brava thanks to its all year round sub tropical climate. Also, because it’s situated off the west coast of Panama and not the east coast (the Caribbean) the island doesn’t get hurricanes and tropical storms.
More about Isla Boca Brava:
Cabanas Broca Brava: The Cabanas Boca Brava is a wonderful little hotel on the island and is recommended by hundreds of travelers just like you. Read the reviews here.
Panama Sport Fishing: Interested in doing big game fishing in the waters off the island? Visit the website of one of the leading sport fishing operators in Panama for more information.