Starting at $220 per night


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.

What to Bring

  • Change Of Clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach Towel
  • Sunblock
  • Bug Repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals Or Tennis Shoes
  • Camera
  • Passport
  • Proof Of Return Home Country
  • $17 Cash For Border Taxes

Location and Availability

The Bocas del Toro One Day Tour is available from Cahuita, and Puerto Viejo

Tour Time

  • 6:00am

Tour Type

  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Beach
  • Learning Family
  • Culture

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy


Latitude: N 9°21'59.1". Longitude: W 83°45'50.04"


  • Overall 80.6% (9 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 86.7%
  • Expectations: 83.3%
  • Guides: 83.3%
  • Logistics: 68.9%
  • Value: 85.6%


The guides on this tour was great. Titi (our guide in Panama) made it his mission to make sure we were able to see all types of wildlife (dolphins, fish, sloths). My only complaint that there wasn't really a bilingual guide when it was time to take our boat back to the mainland to catch our transfer back to Costa Rica.


Itinerary provided in the description was very clear about how many tour operators were going to be included in each country, each representative was very nice despite not speaking much English. HOWEVER, our first pick up was about 40 minutes late. We were instructed to be ready for 6am, however, we were picked up much later than that and one of the guides spent some time in the bathroom. They did not seem in a rush and did not let us know how this would affect the rest of the day.

We shared the transportation with only one other couple, who were picked up before us and they were staying close to us. The couple told us that they had to call the tour operator to make sure they were still being picked up, and only after awhile, did the tour operator arrive.

This delay set the entire day back because we missed our boat departure time (supposed to be 10:30am or perhaps earlier?). The day involves a lot of traveling between destinations either by land or boat and so there was very little time for snorkeling activities. I think our total time for snorkeling/beach was only 1.5 hours total!

One suggestion for this trip: please let the tour operators/drivers know that they can inform the guests of a certain timetable. For example, we stopped for breakfast before driving to the scheduled 10:30am boat transportation. We spent too much time at breakfast and had to take the next boat at 11am but if we had known that we needed to leave by a certain time, we would have eaten faster to ensure we could make the boat time. I know most guests would much prefer to spend more time on snorkeling/beach activities than on meals so please, please let the drivers/tour operators know they can inform us of the timetable and we would be happy to accommodate!

All other transportation and tour operators were punctual and did their best to accommodate the delay, which I feel was not their fault at all, but we had a poor experience because of the start of the day.


Guide in Panama, Tete, was amazing!!!


Would definitely go back to Bocas but this excursion would be better as an overnight or multiple day trip. It was a lot of travel from place to place without a ton of time at each. Transfer and border crossing went smoothly. Guides were very friendly and helpful. We were the only two that day so we have a completely private trip.


Loved it!