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Muay Thai Classes in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Posted by | April 14th, 2014

Last year, my colleague Emily Becker published a blog post about where you can work out in Bocas del Toro, and the various fitness and yoga classes you can take part in. But his was before Ray Torralba moved to our lovely town, in order to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes to adults and kids in Bocas del Toro. Therefore I would like to share this post as an addendum to Emily’s post from last year. It is definitely worth getting the word out.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a self defense technique that focuses on grappling (Clinch fighting, Takedowns, Throws, Submission holds, Pinning, Controlling Techniques, Sweeps, Reversals, Turnovers, and Escapes), and mainly ground fighting. All my male friends absolutely love it, but I must admit, as a girl, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu doesn’t appeal to me much. I simply don’t like the idea of rolling around on the floor with some hairy, sweaty dudes. That being said, many women do like it, and I don’t want to dissuade anyone from experiencing it on their own.

Jiu Jitsu Instructor Ray Quintana Torralba with one of his new students in Bocas del Toro
Jiu Jitsu Instructor Ray Quintana Torralba with one of his new students in Bocas del Toro

On the other hand, I am so very happy that I discovered Muay Thai in Bocas, and that I now get the chance to practice it regularly! If you have never heard of Muay Thai before, it is a combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand that mainly uses stand-up striking (kicks and punches), and is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet. This martial art is associated with a good physical preparation that makes for a full workout and an efficient fighting technique. It involves lots of jumping, just as in boxing, and is an excellent exercise to stay fit.

Typically, a regular warm up session will include jumping the rope, push ups, squats, sit ups, and some shadow boxing. After everyone is pretty much worn out (in a good way), our teacher Ray will move on to teaching the techniques - and you will practice how to properly throw a kick or punch. He will hold a cushion in his hands, and you can just go at him with everything you got.

Getting to train with Ray, besides being a great work out, is excellent value for your money. This is my brother in law throwing some punches.
Getting to train with Ray, besides being a great work out, is excellent value for your money. This is my brother in law throwing some punches.

I find it to be an excellent stress release after my work day, and every frustration or anger I felt during the day is just burnt away in positive energy and laughs. Having done Taekwondo for several years when I was younger, I am no novice to this type of training, but I had forgot just how great it feels to kick something. It is way more effective than meditation for stress release, but that is just my personal opinion =) . It is also a great way to get to know new people and make friends. The same girls are coming to the classes all the time, and we are truly having fun while training.

This is me kicking something... if feels great to kick stuff at the end of the day!
This is me kicking something... if feels great to kick stuff at the end of the day!

Bit the best part about this class is that no previous experience is required to join. If you are in town for only a short amount of time, you can drop in for only $5 per class, or if you stay longer, pay a monthly fee of $60 and go every day of the week. Classes last 2 hours, so it’s a great deal! The down part is that you get to walk around with bruised body parts (mainly from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), but a nice tan will take care of that for you.

Class schedule:

  • Monday: 6 p.m.- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Tuesday: 6 p.m.- Boxing / Muay Thai
  • Wednesday: 6 p.m.- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Thursday: 6 p.m.- Boxing / Muay Thai
  • Friday: 6 p.m.- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.- Open Gym Boxing / Muay Thai

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A Relaxing Afternoon at Red Frog Beach followed by a Massage at the Spa

Posted by | March 25th, 2014

Last weekend I was in the mood of doing something different that involved enjoying the wonderful beaches of Bocas del Toro. As of late, I've been keeping close to my house during my time off. I've been painting, reading my Stephen King novels, chilling with my hubby and my cats (yes they can be entertaining!), or escaping reality during yet another TV series on netflix (I've been joking with my friends that I'm ready to become a movie and series critic!), or just gone swimming behind my house.

Bocas del Toro is all about the beaches... make sure to not miss Red Frog, specially when there are no waves!
Bocas del Toro is all about the beaches... make sure to not miss Red Frog, specially when there are no waves!

But last weekend, my husband and I had decided to pamper each other a little bit. We both work hard all week, so it always makes sense for us to organize some “us” time during the weekend. Hence, we left our house around noon, and took the boat at Boteros Bocatoreños to Red Frog Beach on Isla Bastimentos, where we would each get a massage at the Spa. I have a hard time spending money on Spa treatments because I always feel like it is not necessary, but this was only my second massage in 34 years, so why not?

We scheduled an appointment at "El Susurro" Spa at Red Frog Beach Resort, and as soon as we arrived on Bastimentos Island, we walked to the beach to have a nice lunch right by the ocean, at a restaurant called Punta Lava. After all, pampering each other also includes not having to cook!

In the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro you get from island to island by using water taxis. A roundtrip fare between Bocas Town and Red Frog Marina is $7
In the Archipelago of Bocas del Toro you get from island to island by using water taxis. A roundtrip fare between Bocas Town and Red Frog Marina is $7

To our surprise, the volunteer organization Give & Surf which we work with at Habla Ya Spanish School was having a fundraiser and a barbecue that day, so we bumped into several friends of ours while we were there.

If you have never visited Bastimentos before, you will absolutely love it, especially the north shore with all its beaches (Wizard, Red Frog, Polo, Playa Larga...). The water is so incredibly beautiful on Red Frog Beach, and one can simply not resist going for a swim. It is as if the water had some invisible power of attraction.

My husband and I enjoying a bit of well deserved beach time
My husband and I enjoying a bit of well deserved beach time

Just calling it beautiful simply doesn’t do it any justice. I wanted to stay longer, swimming and sunbathing, but as always when you are having fun, time flew by, and we almost arrived late to our appointment. Our masseuse was already waiting for us at the reception desk to greet us. Then she lead us through a small path through the rainforest, to a small private "casita" in the middle of the jungle. The sound of a trickling stream of water right next to the casita immediately set the mood for relaxation and meditation.

I was really excited, as I am in heaven when someone massages my feet. I always beg my mom or my husband to massage my feet for just a minute or so, but somehow they are not that enthusiastic about it =) And who can blame them? So the thought of getting a real, uninterrupted 45 minute massage only on my feet made me smile in anticipation!

The massage was amazingly relaxing, but also a little painful at times (which is normal, as the masseuse assured me). I read that reflexology can have many positive health effects on your inner organs, such as help with digestion, flush out the toxins from your kidneys, and even treat migraine or prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes. Therefore I didn’t mind spending some money on something that will not only make me feel relaxed, but that can also be beneficial for my health. My husband in turn got a deep tissue massage, which he also loved (he fell asleep!).

We were both very satisfied with the professionalism of the masseuse at Red Frog Beach. She was lovely, and knew her stuff well! If you are vacationing in Bocas del Toro, or currently staying here during your Spanish Program, I highly recommend her. The massage therapists that attend the Spa at Red Frog are in fact from The Starfleet Spa on Isla Colon and our students have access to great discounts with them when they book a treatment through our front desk.

Having a massage in the rain forest certainly enhances an already relaxing experience
Having a massage in the rain forest certainly enhances an already relaxing experience

Once we were done it was almost 5pm already, so we decided to head back to Isla Colon (about a 10 minute boat ride), in order to end this perfect day with a romantic dinner. I really enjoyed the time off spent with my husband, surrounded by nature and tranquility. I would definitely go back and try another massage this time. Their Spa menu is quite extensive, and I am by no means an expert in the field so that’s another reason to go and experiment.

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The Experience of Volunteering in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Posted by | March 12th, 2014

Volunteering has become an increasingly popular activity among the younger generations, and I am noticing the same trend among our Spanish students, who decide to do voluntary work in Bocas del Toro while studying Spanish with us. Needless to say that we, as members of our community, are very grateful!

I’d like to think that this is because more people are aware of how fortunate we are. In my opinion, people like you or me were just lucky to be born in the right place, at the right time. I was born in what is called a "first world country", with parents that were educated and could give me a comfortable enough life, just as they were lucky to have parents who could do the same for them. If you are reading this, you probably had access to a decent education, four walls and a roof over your head to protect you, and are part of a culture where you are encouraged to experience starvation in order to look good, as opposed to being hungry because you or your parents can't afford 3 meals a day. It’s very important to remind ourselves of how privileged we are and that most people on this planet struggle on a daily bases to just get by.

5.15 billion people get by with less than $10 a day... can you even wrap your brain around that? And how about almost those 880 million that try to survive with less than $1 a day? Obviously there is something totally wrong with our world, specially when you consider that 0.13% of the world’s population controlled 25% of the world’s financial assets
5.15 billion people get by with less than $10 a day... can you even wrap your brain around that? And how about those 880 million that try to survive with less than $1 a day? Obviously there is something totally wrong with our world, specially when you consider that 0.13% of the world’s population controls 25% of the world’s financial assets

Had you been born in a Panamanian indigenous community for instance (click here for first hand accounts about living with Panama's indigenous groups), you probably would have grown up somewhere in the middle of the jungle, in a hut without sanitary installations, electricity, proper clothes or a real bed to sleep in. Luckily for you, this scenario is not yours, and your biggest day-to-day issue is that your wifi connection is slow and your facebook pictures don’t load fast enough on your tablet. This may be a bit exaggerated, but you get my point - we take things like running water or hospitals for granted, when for others, they are a luxury.

In some Panamanian communities, a metal roof is a luxury... for real!
In some Panamanian communities, a metal roof is a luxury... for real!

Volunteering is all about generosity. We always try to remind people that the goal is not to make you feel better about yourself (although it is a nice by-product), but to make a positive impact on the community you are helping. Give some of your time, share some of your skills, and even give away some of your wealth if you are able to. Having said this, maybe the most radical impact volunteering can have is just helping you become a better person, because lets be honest: by volunteering a couple of weeks you are certainly not going to change the world, and the impact you are really going to have will be limited if you compare it to what you could accomplish in the remaining 50 weeks of the year, but if you become a better person after your volunteering experience, once you're back in your normal life, the positive impact you could have on others on a daily bases could in fact turn out to be a game changer for those that surround you.

So, want to give back? There are plenty of volunteering opportunities if you're traveling to Bocas del Toro, Panama:

You can work with indigenous communities for instance. If you join the organization Give & Surf in Bocas del Toro, you can help improve the public education system. You would travel to different communities, and help set up the classrooms, build curriculum, teach, and provide socialization for students aged 3-6. Summer programs also focus on recreational activities like sports, games, music, and field trips.

Spending time with the kids at the local schools is also a great way to practice your Spanish
Spending time with the kids at the local schools is also a great way to practice your Spanish

Or, if you have a medical background, you could work with the Floating Doctors, who dedicate their time and efforts to provide medical treatment to those that are living in the most isolated areas. You would travel with them to different communities during their mobile clinics, and help treat the patients in their villages.

Medical students, nurses and doctors will also be able to work on their medical Spanish when they volunteer with Floating Doctors
Medical students, nurses and doctors will also be able to work on their medical Spanish when they volunteer with Floating Doctors

The Elderly Home (Asilo San Vicente) is another great place where you can make a difference. The seniors at the Asilo are often left without any relatives to care for them, and by investing some of your time in a nice conversation, you can put a huge smile on someone’s face. Tasks would include helping out in the kitchen, spending time with the elders, going for a stroll into town with them, etc. Especially in this project you will have to be very proactive and not wait around for someone to tell you what to do. Nothing is really expected of you, so it is imperative that you independently sense where help is needed and just go for it. Bringing books, or games will help! If you choose to volunteer through Habla Ya, a $5 to $10 per day donation is requested, and together with our Volunteer Director you will decide how this money can be used to help out at the local organization where you will be volunteering at. Some of our volunteers recently for example, decided to buy some paint, and re-decorated the dining room. Sensitive people should not work here however, it is not for the faint of heart.

A group of Habla Ya Spanish teachers and students spending some good times with the ancianitos
A group of Habla Ya Spanish teachers and students spending some good times with the ancianitos

If you prefer to work with kids, note that public schools can always use your help. You can help the English teachers (often, English teachers don’t speak the language correctly) or do manual work, organize sports projects and other activities of your choice with the kids. Once again, you should propose ideas to the teaching staff, and don’t wait for them to tell you what to do. Pro-activity is key if you want to make your time count. My personal suggestion is to teach the kids about recycling and waste management, as this is a real need in our communities =). Also, very important: there is a dress code for public schools: no hats, mini shorts or mini skirts are allowed.

You can also teach English to teenagers or adults at our school after your very own Spanish lessons. Twice or three times per week, we offer free English lessons to the members of our community, in an effort to facilitate dialogue between locals and foreign nationals (unfortunately there are expats who are not willing to learn Spanish), and to help the locals have access to better jobs. This has proven very effective, mainly among the local police force who needs to deal with foreigners on a daily basis (be it tourists or local expats). This option is however only available to those students who stay with us for at least 3 weeks, as a minimum of teacher continuity is a must.

One of the English class groups taught by Sarah Robinson, our Volunteer Director
One of the English class groups taught by Sarah Robinson, our Volunteer Director

What else is needed? We need people with initiative. People with ideas. People who come to Bocas del Toro, see what is missing, and who try to help out in whichever way they can.

This group of local ladies saw that our local goverment had our Central Park neglected so they took matters in their hands
This group of local ladies saw that our local goverment had our Central Park neglected so they took matters in their hands

Please remember that volunteering is not about you. It is about offering to help where help is most needed. If you don’t know where to volunteer, we will let you know where you could be useful. It is crucial that you come without any expectations (and remain flexible in terms of what you will end up doing), but with lots of motivation and an open mind.

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Tips & Advice to Prepare for your Spanish Immersion Program

Posted by | June 24th, 2013

This blog post is specially dedicated to our future students who intend to enroll in a Total Spanish Immersion Program (Spanish course + home stay with local host family). Some of you may have already traveled to other Latin American countries, but from my experience, many of you have never been to our neck of the woods.

Therefore, you may not exactly know what it’s like to live in a developing country in Central America nor what to expect when you immerse yourself into the Spanish language, Latin culture and way of life. We are here to prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime! So if you are planning on coming to Panama to learn Spanish and live with a local host family, here are a few tips, advice and realities to take into account that will help you get a better idea about what to expect from your Spanish immersion program.

There is nothing like the warmth of a Latin American family. And once you get the grasp of the language, there will be plenty of laughs... and before too!
There is nothing like the warmth of a Latin American family. And once you get the grasp of the language, there will be plenty of laughs... and before too!

First of all, living standards are not the same as they are in the United States or Europe. This is by far the most important thing to keep in mind when deciding whether a family home stay is for you or not. Nobody knows you better than yourself so you are the only person who can make this call. You will end up sacrificing some comfort with a family home stay but in return you will be exposed to the Spanish language 24x7. If you're not up to living a bit simpler, then check out our other accommodation options. Nobody will hold it against you: happy students learn faster!

Living conditions are simpler than in the USA, Canada or Europe but you will definitively feel welcome with the families that make possible each Spanish immersion program
Living conditions are simpler than in the USA, Canada or Europe but you will definitively feel welcome with the families that make possible each Spanish immersion program

It's also worth noting that the local living standards in Boquete are higher than those in Bocas del Toro, so if you think you're up for it, but still have some doubts, doing a Spanish immersion program in Boquete instead of in Bocas might be a wise decision. And if you still want to study Spanish by the beach, you can perfectly do so after your time in the mountains and stay at budget hostel, mid-range or upscale hotel, an apartment or even a vacation rental in Bocas del Toro while you attend our Spanish school in Bocas del Toro.

In the hopes of experiencing Panama at its best and learning Spanish in an effective manner, if the following challenges are simply too much for you, don't panic: as we've mentioned above, we have loads of other accommodation options that you can choose from in order to fully enjoy your Spanish program.

So, what realities to take in mind when considering a home stay with a local family?

  1. Are you taking hot water for granted? Well, think again! In Panama, having hot water is not the norm. In Boquete, the climate can get quite fresh, so more and more families (but not all!) are installing electric devices on their showers to heat the water (foreigners call them suicide showers because you usually can see the wires on top of the showers). Don’t be scared, I´ved had this sytem for 2 years and I am still alive =). They won't heat the water as much as a proper gas system will, and you might have to use it with less water pressure for it to work properly, but it does do the trick. If you are thinking about coming to Bocas del Toro, you have to know that NONE of our families have hot water. They would probably laugh if you asked them why, since in this warm Caribbean weather in a tropical rainforest by the beach it is not needed at all. You will see that you may actually be grateful for that.
  2. It looks scary, but don't worry, you will be fine!
    It looks scary, but don't worry, you will be fine!

  3. Were you going to request a home stay with your own private bathroom? Sorry to disappoint you, but in a developing country where middle class houses are small and modest, it is very uncommon to have more than one bathroom in the house. You will always have your own room of course, but bathrooms will most likely be shared with the rest of the family. If this is a deal breaker for you, no problem: stay at a hotel and be happy =).
  4. Do you need high speed internet at your home at all times? Now that you have read point 1 and 2, you can probably guess the answer to this one. We only have very few families that have internet in their home. No worries though, at the school you can use our wifi connection at any time of the day. Personally I would recommend you to try and disconnect from the digital world for a bit - you are on vacation after all, and being disconnected is part of the experience. Remember those good old times when people sent postcards? If for work reasons, you need to stay connected while abroad, as mentioned above, you can use the Internet at the school or almost every hotel has a very decent internet connection.
  5. Sometimes there won't be Internet even at the school. It's not the end of the world: chill out and go enjoy life!
    Sometimes there won't be Internet even at the school. It's not the end of the world: chill out and go enjoy life!

  6. Are you expecting to stay with university professors, professional photographers, artists, or someone with the same level of education as you? Please remember that you are coming to a small village, and that most our host moms and dads did not have the opportunity to go to university, or sometimes even to high school. They will typically be working in stores, restaurants, hotels, driving buses, taxis, working as fishermen or farming. That does not mean that you will not engage in interesting conversations with them! In fact you will most probably learn from their tremendous life experiences so don't be shy and ask them about their lives! It is just different from what you are used to. Soak it all in and embrace the unknown!
  7. Are you a person with special dietary needs? Our host families in Panama are very welcoming and loving, and they will do everything in their power to make you feel comfortable. Mainly through feeding you lots of food! If you really don’t like something, feel free to tell your family, but please don’t expect your family to be able to accommodate wheat free, gluten free, lactose free, calorie-free, fat free or other whatever “FREE” diets. These are creations of the developed world! If you asked a middle aged Caribbean host mom to cook gluten free, she would probably just look at you as if you had 3 heads - Just like in the movie “my big fat greek wedding”, where the main character says he is vegetarian, and the Greek aunt tells him “What do you mean, you don't eat no meat? [The entire room stops, in shock] ...That's okay, I make lamb". Moreover, Panamanian food will typically include lots of rice, beans, meat and fried food so if you think that you will not be happy on this diet, and would like to cook for yourself, a hotel or apartment would be a better choice for you. That being said, some of our host families can accommodate vegetarians =) so make sure to fill out your immersion interview as soon as possible before we run out of these host families if that is what you need.
  8. I make lamb

  9. Are you allergic to cats, or scared of dogs? If you do not want to live in a home with animals I would suggest you to go to a hotel instead. Almost veryone in Boquete or in Bocas del Toro has at least a few chickens or a rooster, a dog, a cat or all of the above! And if one host family doesn't, their neighbors do! It is virtually impossible to find a home without pets, even though most dogs (and all chickens) will never enter the house. It is just part of Panamanian culture. In regards to the chickens, if you're doing a home stay, bring ear plugs! You really don't want a rooster waking you up very early in the AM every single day.

A family home stay is not for everyone. It requires being able to adapt to a completely different culture and lifestyle, but don’t get me wrong - now that you know what to expect, you will absolutely love it if you're willing to adapt! Most students cry when they have to say goodbye to their host mum and dad...

Other things to expect when you are traveling to Panama:

  • Mosquitos - YES they are everywhere, and cannot be avoided. More in Bocas than in Boquete. Don’t let them poison your stay, and just accept your faith - you will get bitten! You can limit the bites though by using insect repellent, coconut oil, taking vitamin B1 and avoiding to be on the beach after 5pm or when the clouds are up (then the chitras or sand flies start to attack, just when the sun goes down).
  • Lizards, spiders, cockroaches, and other critters - You will see them, so better get used to the idea. Spotting a roach in someone’s home does NOT mean that their house is dirty, nor that the roach lives in that house. You are in the tropics, and even the cleanest of houses (including my own) will have the occasional cockroach and other insects. We can try to control them, but unfortunately we will never eliminate them completely. None of these will kill you, just be grateful you are not in Australia where there are nasty critters that can do REAL harm.
  • Will it rain when you come to Panama? Oh yes it most certainly will. In Boquete you can avoid heavy rain if you come during our summer (December through April), but even then you will have some occasional light showers called Bajareque. During Boquete's rainy season, it will most likely rain in the afternoon but the mornings are usually safe, except during the wettest months which tend to be October and November. In Bocas, it’s a whole different ball game as the seasons are different. The less wet months tend to be February, March, June, September and October, but if you surf, you do want to be here during the cloudy season because that's when we get waves! Some weeks it can rain every day (but NOT all day). Mostly at night, sometimes for a few hours in the morning. There is no way of knowing when, or for how long, but afternoons tend to be drier. This is not going to spoil your vacation though because rain showers here do not last very long. You will always be able to enjoy the beach, even if you start out with a rainy day. Knowing this before you come will avoid any disappointment, so don’t get cranky if you see a grey sky when you wake up.

I hope that this article helped you get a better idea about what to expect from a family home stay. Obviously there are much more cool things to it than what's just described on this blog post. To learn more about what the typical host family is like, what's provided in each home stay, the advantages of doing a home stay and much more, I would strongly recommend reading the following pages.

Inviting your host sister for a cup of coffee (Boquete has amazing coffee) is a great way to practice your conversational Spanish skills
Inviting your host sister for a cup of coffee (Boquete has amazing coffee) is a great way to practice your conversational Spanish skills

Now off you go and start packing! We cannot wait to meet you and show you a fabulous time in Panama while you learn Spanish and get to know the local culture=).

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Catamaran Sailing Tour with Bocas Sailing

Posted by | May 8th, 2013

I've always loved going on boat trips, but the Catamaran Sailing experience was even better! Since we're always aiming to be as environmentally friendly as we can, promoting the Catamaran sailing tour is a no-brainer for us. Imagine how much gasoline a motor boat uses to get from A to B, the pollution it creates, and how many animals it harms. The noise scares dolphins and fish away, and sadly sometimes dolphins’ fins get cut by the sharp engine blades (due to irresponsible captains that race along the dolphins). Granted, the Catamaran has an engine too, but the goal is to use it as little as possible. And also granted that motor boats are a necessity for us in the islands to work, to fish, for transportation... but if as a tourist or visitor you are given the choice to participate in a trip on a motor boat, or on a eco-friendly sailing trip, you should obviously choose the latter (and as an Habla Ya student you will enjoy a $5 discount off their normal price - $40 instead of $45 per person).

My catamaran experience started at 9am on a grey and rainy day. I thought the tour would be cancelled due to the weather, but Hartmut, our friendly German guide and captain decided to leave regardless, and assured us that the sun would come out later. Indeed it did, and was so peaceful to sail on mirror flat water while enjoying the surrounding views of the islands of Bocas.

Go with the flow... the captain knows the local weather better than you. If he says it will be fine, go for it and enjoy your sailing trip... or would you prefer staying in your air conditioned hotel room all day?
Go with the flow... the captain knows the local weather better than you. If he says it will be fine, go for it and enjoy your sailing trip... or would you prefer staying in your air conditioned hotel room all day?

What initially started out as a chilly and rainy adventure eventually turned into a warm sunny day, full of sunbathing on the deck while listening to relaxing music, with fresh pineapple, cold beers to keep us “hydrated”, and plenty of snorkel stops. Once we got hungry around lunch time, Hartmut prepared us a hearty homemade sandwich.

Snorkeling with friends in Bocas del Toro's warm turquoise clear waters? Beath that!
Snorkeling with friends in Bocas del Toro's warm turquoise clear waters? Beath that!

I enjoyed this activity a lot, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a boat and snorkeling experience in Bocas del Toro. If you´re studying Spanish with us at Habla Ya Bocas, you really shouldn't miss the opportunity to join this trip during the weekend. It is great for families with children or for groups of friends traveling together. The boat even has an inflatable tire that you can lay in and let the boat gently pull you. Snorkel gear is also provided, so all you need to take with you is a towel, and plenty of sunblock (the sun gets really strong out there!). I would love to go again with a group of friends, on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Maybe next time I will try out the Trim. Thank you Bocas Sailing for such a wonderful day!

Habla Ya students and teachers enjoying a day out with Bocas Sailing
Habla Ya students and teachers enjoying a day out with Bocas Sailing

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