Panamanian waters host an incredible array of diving possibilities almost unknown to many diving enthusiasts. The Caribbean offers its unlimited coral reefs, and incredible scenes of underwater life. A true explosion of colors and shapes that amaze even the most experienced and seasoned diver. The Bocas del Toro is one of these places with unique beauty both above and beneath the surface.
There are two ways to access this gorgeous Atlantic Coast: One is via the Panamerican road from Panama City (approximately 400 km), crossing the mountains and then taking another paved road to Chiriqui Grande (another 90kms) where you can take a water taxi or rented boat to Isla Colon. The second is taking a ferry from Chiriqui Grande, but this takes about 4 hours. Another possibility of getting there is by airplane, directly from Panama City to Isla Colon, which takes about an hour - flights depart daily.
Bocas del Toro offers many incredible diving sites like "Coral Islands", "Cristóbal Light" on Cristóbal Island and other interesting sites. When the water is calm, it is possible to visit a shipwreck and a series of underwater caves behind Zapatilla Keys, as well as "Wild Cane Key", a rocky formation with a vertical drop behind Bastimentos Island.
Other attractions in the Bocas del Toro region include fishing, watching the dophins at Bahia de Los Delfines, bird watching at Swan's Cay, surfing at Playa Bluff, visiting the indigenous communities at Salt Creek or the cloud forest at Chiriqui Grande, exploring the banana farms at Changuinola and much more.
*Source: Content and images Panama Tourism Board - www.visitpanama.com