This Bocas del Toro One Day Tour will have you island hopping along the beautiful Caribbean coast off southern Costa Rica and northern Panama. You'll enjoy a traditional indigenous BriBri breakfast near the border and be guided through the border process. Once inside Panama, another guide will escort you to the dock where you'll visit the islands by boat to go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters and coral reefs of Basimento National Park. You will have prepaid vouchers stating the names of the certified tour guides who will provide transportation from your hotel, help at the border crossing, and transportation back to your hotel.
Your day begins with pick up service from your hotel in Cahuita or Puerto Viejo before being driven about an hour to the Panamanian border. At the border, you will be required to show your passport as well as proof that each member of your party has a return ticket home. Approximately $17 in US cash is needed for the border fees. One of the certified guides listed on your voucher will help you through the border process.
Near the border, you will be served a hearty breakfast prepared by the local indigenous BriBri tribe. Another certified guide on your voucher list will provide transportation within Panama. Bocas del Toro, a Panamanian province made up of a chain of nine outlying islands along the adjacent mainland, translates to "Mouth of the Bull". Here, there are many exotic beaches to explore including, Starfish Beach, named for the all the sea stars found on the ocean floor.
You'll continue with your travel guide to Almirante Bay where the water taxis depart for Bocas Town on Isla Colon, one of the main islands. Your guide will help you board a boat heading over to Bastimentos National Park for some of the best snorkeling you will find. The water is typically crystal clear over live coral reefs, with many varieties of brightly colored tropical fish and lots of starfish.
Panama's first marine sanctuary, Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, created in 1988, provides protected animal habitats for sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, caiman, a huge variety of ocean life, reptiles, and amphibians. This national park includes Playa Larga (Long Island), an incredible nesting place for four species of endangered sea turtles.
Next, you'll go over to Coral Island for a fabulous sea food lunch before embarking on your return trip back to the mainland by boat. Your Panamanian tour guide will take you to the border where you'll be assisted by another of your certified tour guides to cross the border. Your final guide on the Costa Rican side will drive you all the way back to your hotel.
This full day action packed tour includes roundtrip minibus and boat transportation, bilingual certified guides with identification who will provide transportation, assist you with the border crossings, and point out interesting wildlife, plus a traditional hearty breakfast, park admission, snorkel equipment, lunch, and snacks.
At the border, you will need to present your passport and proof of a return ticket home for each member in your party. The current cost of exiting Costa Rica at the Panamanian border is $8.00. To enter Panama it cost $4.00 plus an extra $1.00 stamp, then you'll need another $4.00 to leave Panama. The combined cost of exiting Costa Rica, entering Panama then coming back to Costa Rica is currently $17 and subject to change. The border fees are not included in the tour packages.