The Zapatilla Experience $45.00 (lunch included)
Grab some snacks, a bottle of water, and perhaps a couple of beers and jump on our boat, because you're about to venture off into the first national marine park in Panama.
Cayos Zapatillas are two islands plucked straight from a postcard and dropped off of the coast of Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro. They are part of the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, which was established in 1988 as the first national marine park in Panama.
Join our local guides for a full day of adventure. Snorkel and relax on the beach at the Zapatillas, lunch on Blue Paradise beach, spot sloths at Sloth Island, and finish the day with a cocktail at the famed Blue Coconut.*
At approximately 10:30 we depart from our tour office at the Sea Monkey restaurant and make our way over to Zapatilla one or two (we choose which one based on conditions and the number of visitors). There you can jump in the water and enjoy the reef, relax on the beach, and explore the interior of the island. Once the crowds start coming in, we take off.
We jump back into the boat and head to Blue Paradise beach located on the far side of Bastimentos. Amazing untouched beach as far as you can see and the best part is, there is absolutely nobody around! Your guides will prepare a local-style lunch of fish and rice (we can also accommodate vegetarians with advance notice). While the guides are cooking you can explore and swim, walk along the beach, check out Azul Paradise Resort or spot the cayman (salt-water crocodiles) that hide in the creeks behind the beach.
Once lunch is over, we head over to Sloth Island to see the famous Bocas sloths. Can you spot them?
The best way to end a perfect day is with a cocktail at the famed Blue Coconut, a bar/restaurant located over the reef on Isla Solarte. It’s a great spot for one final snorkel session before we return by boat to our tour office.
* Blue Coconut is closed on Fridays, due to the Filthy Friday Party, so we either stay on the beach longer or take you somewhere else.
(We adjust to our clients’ wishes and might deviate from the schedule a bit depending on conditions, but your guide will keep you apprised of any itinerary changes.),
What to Bring:
Entrance fee to for Bastimentos National Marine Park (normally $ 10.00)
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White sand beaches
Coconuts palms all around
Blue Paradise Beach
Traditional fish & rice lunch (vegetarian options available)
White sand beaches
Refreshing cocktails at a spectacular overwater bar