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  • Hike through the rainforest in search of exotic wildlife.
  • Choose to snorkel, surf, or kayak through Isla Bastimentos.
  • Enjoy a private tour of the iconic Panama Canal.
  • Complete with plenty of time to relax on the beach.
  • Featuring expertly selected luxury hotels.
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Hike through the thick mist that bathes the forest floor in an eerie glow and listen to the wild song of the jungle as you explore Panama’s famous cloud forests. In the Bocas del Toro islands you’ll have the opportunity to encounter parrots, orange frogs, armadillos and rare birds of the Punta Solarte jungle; snorkel the mangroves that line the Bahia Honda waterway; and relax on pristine Red Frog Beach as Panama’s lush mountains rise in the background. Before any of this, you’ll also experience Panama City and the engineering wizardry of the Panama Canal, with a private English-speaking guide .

Rest assured, from the man-made achievements of the Panama Canal to the natural wonders of the breath-taking cloud forests, your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will showcase every angle of Panama as you hike, cruise and snorkel through the country’s many highlights. And you’ll stay in a carefully-selected collection of luxury hotels and eco lodges that will no doubt exceed all your expectations.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Panama City
    Panama City
    • VIP Service Airport - Arrival - VIP Assistance
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 2 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Tour - Private - City Tour & Agua Clara Panama Canal Expansion (with lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Panama City to Bocas del Toro to Isla Bastimentos
    Panama City to Bocas del Toro to Isla Bastimentos
    • Transfer - Private - Albrook Domestic Airport (30 min) - Vehicle/ English speaking Driver(3)
    • Panama City - Bocas del Toro [Direct (45 minutes)] - One Way/Economy
    • Boat - Boat ride to Isla Bastimentos - Shared service
    • Meals Included at Tranquilo Bay
    • Shared - Excursion Options
    • Beach Time
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Isla Bastimentos
    Isla Bastimentos
    • Shared - Land Based Excursions
    • Shared - Birding Excursion
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Isla Bastimentos
    Isla Bastimentos
    • Shared - Water based Excursions
    • Shared - Kayaking Excursion
    • Shared - Surfing Excursion
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Isla Bastimentos
    Isla Bastimentos
    • Shared - Snorkelling Excursion
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Isla Bastimentos
    Isla Bastimentos
    • Shared - Wildlife Viewing
    • Shared - Hiking Excursions
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Isla Bastimentos to Bocas del Toro to Panama City
    Isla Bastimentos to Bocas del Toro to Panama City
    • Boat - Shared service
    • Bocas del Toro - Panama City [Direct (1.25 hr)] - Economy (one way)
    • Transfer - Private - Albrook Domestic Airport (30 min) - Vehicle/ English speaking Driver(3)
  • Day 9 Panama City
    Panama City
    • Transfer - Private - Tocumen International Airport (1 hr) - Vehicle/Driver(3)
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Day 1: Panama City

VIP Arrival service is provided at the Royal Salon VIP at Tocumen Airport.

Includes: Receiving you at your disembarking gate, assistance in migration and customs procedures, serving you in the Airport VIP Club lounge with courtesy beverages and snacks, assistance with your baggage retrieval and delivery.

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking guide waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel

Unique among the world's finest hotels and resorts, Trump Panama delivers a superior level of modern convenience including meeting facilities outfitted with sophisticated technology. The 13th-floor deck features five radiant pools with waterfront dining. The fully equipped spa and health club, open 24 hours a day, offers a respite from the every day. Staying true to Trump's unmatched reputation for excellence, every aspect of the tower has been designed to showcase direct ocean views, and each of the 369 hotel rooms and suites is exquisitely furnished in an elegant, cosmopolitan style. From the soon to open international casino to gourmet dining, this is opulence at its absolute finest.

Panama City
Panama City
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel

Day 2: Panama City

In the morning, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the impressive Agua Clara Visitor Center located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by the view of the expansion works. After the impressive viewpoint, pamper yourself and be captivated by all those things that the Agua Clara visitor center has to offer. Walk through the ecological path, with a variety of plants and species that makes the trail an adventure with great scenery and breathtaking views and identify the different species.

Continue to the Casco Antiguo, where you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. A delicious lunch (included) will be served in a distinctive local restaurant. After lunch, you will be taken back to your hotel.  

 

Accommodation: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel
Panama Canal
Panama Canal

Day 3: Panama City - Bocas del Toro - Isla Bastimentos

Sit back and relax on your private airport transfer with an English speaking professional driver in Panama city. This transfer should take approximately 30 minutes.

A flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro has been included. The flight will take approximately 45 minutes. Please note that flight times are subject to change without notice.

Enjoy the shared boat transfer from Boca Town to Tranquilo bay on Isla Bastimentos.

Three meals a day are included during your stay at Tranquilo Bay. Lunch will be either at the property or a packed lunch if you are on an excursion and dinner, typically includes 3 to 5 courses. Snacks are available throughout the day and appetizers are served daily at cocktail hour. Beverages that are included comprise of non alcoholic, Panamanian beer, house South American wine and Panamanian rum.

During your stay at Tranquilo bay you will have the option between numerous land and water based excursions and activities. The expeditions into the parks are designed to cover a diverse range of ecosystems and terrain as well as to cater to different tastes and fitness levels so there really is something for everyone. Please note that the excursion descriptions below do not follow any specific order but are given merely for informational purposes.

If serious beach time is what you desire, then Bocas del Toro has one just right for you! Tranquilo Bay is centrally located in the heart of the archipelago, which makes it possible to visit a different beach everyday during your stay.

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro, surrounded by the Talamanca range, is an expanse of turquoise Caribbean waters dotted with lushly forested islands, mangrove Cayes, and flats of coral and turtle grass. The windward islands are blessed with pristine coconut-lined white sand beaches, several of which are protected by Bastimentos National Marine Park. Four species of sea turtles nest on these shores and inhabit the reefs laden with tropical fish. Sand dollars, seashells and driftwood are easily admired on these uninhabited beaches. It is not uncommon to find yourself exploring the whole day without ever encountering other footsteps.

Relax in the seclusion of crescent shaped beaches surrounded by rock cliffs, snorkel the barrier and patch reefs of uninhabited white sand islands covered in coconut palms, or slip into the lush rainforest of Bastimentos to explore the flora and fauna. 

There are several family-friendly beaches in the area for those bringing young children. These areas are safe year round, geographically protected from open ocean swell and prevailing winds, there is little to no wave action and minimal currents.

Accommodation: Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge

Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge is surrounded by national parks and protected areas creating 1.4 million contiguous acres, the single largest remaining tract of virgin forest unit in Central America. Located on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park, it is surrounded by three distinct ecosystems where biodiversity and wildlife thrive. It boasts over a kilometer of Caribbean coastline covered in coral gardens teaming with tropical fish and its facilities encompasses over 100 acres, with over a mile of hiking trails teaming with wildlife. At least 75% of the acreage has been left to evolve in its natural state. Tranquilo Bay’s two most overlooked features are its amazing location and superior facilities. If you are into eco-adventures such as birding and wildlife watching, hiking, snorkeling the coral reef, kayaking or forest ecology, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime! Each cabana features a spacious tiled interior with French doors opening to a large, covered elevated porch area, a large bathroom with a walk-in shower, a full size water heater and an air conditioner. Tranquilo Bay is your home base for your Panama vacation. Tranquilo Bay is family friendly. It is perfect for the avid adventurer, families, and couples as well as those looking to get away from “real” life for a few days.

Isla Bastimentos
Isla Bastimentos
Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge
Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge

Day 4: Isla Bastimentos

Expeditions into the parks are designed to cover a diverse range of flora, fauna and terrain. A knowledgeable guide, equipped with appropriate equipment and extensive experience in the area, will accompany guests on all excursions. Most land explorations have a post-breakfast departure and include a picnic lunch in the field. Some birding excursions require an early morning departure.

Bird watching in Panama, an area roughly the size of South Carolina, includes well over 900 recorded bird species, more than the U.S. and Canada Combined. The Province of Bocas del Toro hosts two overlapping Endemic Bird Areas, Central American Caribbean Slope and Panama and Costa Rica Highlands. A Panama birding tour is not complete without visiting western Panama’s Caribbean slope, one of the most important areas for restricted range avifauna in the world. 

Tranquilo Bay, is located on 100 pristine acres, adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park, amongst the convergence of 3 distinct ecosystems. This creates an extremely diverse and unique wildlife observation site where flora and fauna overlap from separate worlds increasing diversity. In a week it is possible to identify over 100 species of birds on-sight and over 400 from daily excursions to nearby bird-rich environments. Bocas del Toro, Panama is geologically gifted, creating extreme species diversity; there are an incredible variety of ecosystems, habitats and altitudinal zones only a short distance from the lodge. The guides are passionate about observing wildlife, and excellent at spotting as well as identification.

Accommodation: Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge
Bird Watching
Bird Watching
Witness vibrant birds on sight
Witness vibrant birds on sight

Day 5: Isla Bastimentos

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro earned the name "Galapagos of the Caribbean" by being one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Tranquilo Bay is fortunate enough to be surrounded by the extremely diverse 28,600 marine acres of Bastimentos National Marine Park. In a protected corridor no wider than seven miles, the oceanic diversity, sub-sea topography, marine ecosystems, life zones and species are extreme. Our water excursions are designed to explore as many different realms as possible while focusing on habitat and species diversity.
Kayaking, snorkeling and surfing are all offered as shared excursions at the property. All water based excursions depart directly from the propertys' facility where staff will handle the preparation, maintenance and portage of the equipment. Snorkel gear is provided on all excursions to fully explore the underwater realm of brilliant tropical fishes living amongst vibrant coral reefs. All you have to do is paddle and absorb the breath-taking scenery. No experience is required for many of the excursions. Whether you're searching for the serenity of calm backwaters, need to feel the surge of jagged frontal coastline, or want to try a little whitewater, we will schedule your group's excursions to accommodate various experience levels. A chase boat used to haul extra gear, food, beverages, safety and first aid equipment, will accompany all outer excursions. The 80-degree clear Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro are ideal for those who are not familiar with the equipment. For those new to the sport, we will provide a thorough Kayak/Safety lesson to familiarize you with the equipment and techniques so that you are adequately prepared for your adventure.

On the kayak excursions you will get to enjoy the tranquillity and thrill of sea kayaking as you paddle along dramatic stretches of the archipelago, allowing you to explore secluded white sand beaches, coral flats, small offshore islands and rock ledge coastline, navigate mangrove forests, paddle up spring fed rivers, shoot the mountain rapids or snorkel pristine reefs and rock formations. Many of the daily explorations cover more than three separate ecosystems.

When the swells arrive, Bocas del Toro has some of the best waves and variety of breaks in the Caribbean. The sub-sea topography of the archipelago is extreme, with depths of several thousand feet just a few miles offshore. The Caribbean water is warm year round, so wet suits are not necessary. The average tidal fluctuation is less than 20-inches, so sessions never need to be planned around the tide. The best and most consistent swells hit Bocas del Toro at the peak of winter. The season starts late November and begins to fall off in February. The peak of summer can also produce a mini season during the months of July and August. Many islands in the archipelago have inside reefs and shoals that catch swell wrapping around the side of the island, creating smaller waves and less current -- perfect for the beginner and still a fun ride for experienced riders. 

Accommodation: Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge
Kayaking
Kayaking
Offshore Island
Offshore Island

Day 6: Isla Bastimentos

Much of the marine park has never been explored under the surface, and many of the known underwater sites are as yet unnamed. Within the marine park, sea fan gardens, vibrant coral reefs, and over 200 species of tropical fish live amongst a dramatic sub-sea terrain, which seems to transform every few hundred yards. Oceanic formations in the area include walls, freshwater caves, tunnels, pinnacles, coral spires and towers, Spur and groove, ocean impact reef, sandy ledges and protected patch reef.

If snorkeling is the primary objective of your trip, note that the Caribbean Sea is calmer and there is less rain from February through June and September through November, September and October being the most consistent of all months. While visibility is good at most times of the year it does not compare with that of other well-known dive destinations such as Cayman Islands or Cozumel. That being said, most of the interesting formations here in Bocas del Toro are in shallower water. In many areas the maximum depth is 40 feet and the light penetration is excellent.

Tranquilo Bay is centrally located in the archipelago and only a short boat ride away from a variety of depths and currents to accommodate all skill levels. All excursions depart directly from the property's facility where expert staff will handle the preparation, maintenance and portage of the equipment. From the moment you arrive, your equipment will be taken care of so that you may save your energy to explore a new reef!

Accommodation: Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge
Snorkelling
Snorkelling
Coral Reef
Coral Reef

Day 7: Isla Bastimentos

In less than a week you might see white faced monkeys, night monkeys, two and three toed sloths, iguanas, caiman, blue morph butterflies, a variety of frogs and lizards.  On the wildlife viewing excursions you will get to explore these areas from the comfort of the facility and often cross three or more ecosystems in a single excursion.

Hiking explorations into the rainforest are planned with three distinct variables: naturalist, destination and extreme, each providing a different experience.  Each excursion may include elements of each variable or may be completed using one variable alone.

A naturalist hike will slowly and quietly move beneath the canopy actively searching flora and fauna such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, hardwoods, forest palms, vines, bryophytes, ferns, bromeliads, orchids, and other epiphytes. This type of hike generally consists of a short, brisk walk to reach an area of interest. Once there, the pace slows and there is more observation and learning than hiking.All ages and fitness levels can enjoy this casual and invigorating hiking experience.

A destination hike is more of a cardiovascular workout and can be paced to meet the group's needs. This hike's main objective is to move toward the primary target, such as a waterfall, beach, or cave perhaps, while observing the jungle through a "wide angle lens".The pace is brisk and distance longer. Short rests will be taken at areas of interest, such as poison dart frogs or blooming orchids. These hikes require a moderate level of physical fitness, and are not suited for children younger than 10.

Extreme hiking is for the cardiovascular workout enthusiast. The primary goal is to cover as much varied terrain as possible. Because of the long distance covered, topography and habitat changes are abrupt and frequent.You might run down the beach as the trail slips in and out of the jungle, or scale an oceanfront rock face -- the only barrier between you and the next beach.There will be many hills of steep grade and the terrain variable. When the hike is done you should be wet, dirty, and completely satiated. High fitness levels are required, keeping in mind that the distance can be shortened.

Accommodation: Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge
White-Faced Monkey
White-Faced Monkey
Swallowtail Butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly

Day 8: Isla Bastimentos - Bocas del Toro - Panama City

Say goodbye to this piece of paradise and enjoy the views on your shared boat transfer from Tranquilo bay on Isla Bastimentos to Boca town.

Fly from Bocas del Toro to Panama City. The transfer will take approximately 1.25 hours.

Sit back and relax on your private airport transfer with an English speaking professional driver in Panama city. This transfer should take approximately 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel

Day 9: Panama City

Relax on your private airport transfer with a professional driver in Panama city. This transfer will take approximately 1 hr. Please note, drivers speak English as a second language.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel : Panama City

Unique among the world's finest hotels and resorts, Trump Panama delivers a superior level of modern convenience including meeting facilities outfitted with sophisticated technology. The 13th-floor deck features five radiant pools with waterfront dining. The fully equipped spa and health club, open 24 hours a day, offers a respite from the every day. Staying true to Trump's unmatched reputation for excellence, every aspect of the tower has been designed to showcase direct ocean views, and each of the 369 hotel rooms and suites is exquisitely furnished in an elegant, cosmopolitan style. From the soon to open international casino to gourmet dining, this is opulence at its absolute finest.

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel

Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge: Isla Bastimentos

Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge is surrounded by national parks and protected areas creating 1.4 million contiguous acres, the single largest remaining tract of virgin forest unit in Central America. Located on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, adjacent to Bastimentos National Marine Park, it is surrounded by three distinct ecosystems where biodiversity and wildlife thrive. It boasts over a kilometer of Caribbean coastline covered in coral gardens teaming with tropical fish and its facilities encompasses over 100 acres, with over a mile of hiking trails teaming with wildlife. At least 75% of the acreage has been left to evolve in its natural state. Tranquilo Bay’s two most overlooked features are its amazing location and superior facilities. If you are into eco-adventures such as birding and wildlife watching, hiking, snorkeling the coral reef, kayaking or forest ecology, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime! Each cabana features a spacious tiled interior with French doors opening to a large, covered elevated porch area, a large bathroom with a walk-in shower, a full size water heater and an air conditioner. Tranquilo Bay is your home base for your Panama vacation. Tranquilo Bay is family friendly. It is perfect for the avid adventurer, families, and couples as well as those looking to get away from “real” life for a few days.

Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge
Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge
Tranquilo Bay Gardens
Tranquilo Bay Gardens
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Alicia H. — August 10, 2016 — Central America

    The guides in Arenal and Manuel Antonio were excellent and the Pacuare river rafting excursion in Arenal was awesome. It was an excellent break from winter in February!

  • Kay W. — June 15, 2016 — Central America

    All of the drivers arrived early. Vans were very nice. Drivers were courteous. Tours were great.

  • Alice H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    The guide in Monteverde was excellent!!!!

  • Amy G. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    I've already passed on the name of my trip planner to friends that are looking to go to Costa Rica. Working with Brandi was invaluable.

  • Kristen E. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    Everyone was amazing! We were able to do local activities with our tour guides and they were all very accommodating and great.

  • Margaret H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    Beautiful hotels with very friendly helpful staff, and very passionate guides keen to show off their heritage to us, of which they are rightly proud. I think having higher end hotels pays off in terms of personal attention and there was nothing I would have changed. At the Turtle Inn we felt like part of a family which was pretty special. I'd do it all again!

  • Collin B. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Our trip went extremely well. Everything from pick-ups to transfers to accommodations and tours went as smooth as silk. Everybody was prompt and courteous and very friendly. Small changes while in country were happily accommodated. We would highly recommend Kensington Tours to our friends and family.

  • Doug N. — May 18, 2016 — Central America

    Thanks to all the in country staff for helping me to change one activity just a few days prior to the event. I would also recommend all of my guides, but especially Marcela in Monteverde and Barbara in Manuel Antonio.

  • Jeffrey B. — May 13, 2016 — Central America

    Nella Huaringa was wonderful. She took care of everything. I've already referred her to another client. All the people working for Kensington Tours were incredibly thoughtful, considerate, patient, helpful and really made our stay in Costa Rica exceptionally wonderful. We look forward to using Kensington Tours for all our future travel plans.

  • Alex P. — May 12, 2016 — Central America

    The Kensington experience exceeded our expectations and our trip to Costa Rica was just perfect. My wife, children and I had an amazing experience.

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