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Chiriqui Gulf Marine National Park Camping Trip

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Our Spanish school is full with students so this weekend we're heading out on a camping trip to the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park!

Weather wise, Boquete has been really nice during the last couple of weeks (nice fresh temperatures with lots of sunshine) and we're hoping that the "veranito de San Juan" that we've been enjoying keeps doing its thing so that we can continue to enjoy all of the wonderful weekend activities that we've planned for our students' Spanish learning summer holiday...

The Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park has become one of the most popular destinations for our Spanish students during the weekends and it's easy to see why: pristine beaches, uninhabited islands (with very few or no tourists at all), abundant wildlife (coral, fishes, dolphins, turtles, whales, crocodiles, birds...) and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors (sport fishing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, surfing or just lying in the sun...)

Every visitor falls in love with the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park
Every visitor falls in love with the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park

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The plan is to camp either at Bolaños Island or Gámez. Both islands are simply stunning. Wherever we camp you'll get to visit both because if we camp at Isla Bolaños on the next day we'll spend the morning at Gámez Island and hopefully on our way there, we'll get to see some dolphins! Isla Gámez is smaller but the water surrounding it tends to be clearer and the white sand beach is longer. Bolaños is a larger island with more opportunities to hike and explore. Both have decent snorkeling spots with plenty of coral and fish to enjoy. When visibility is good you can easily spend hours under the water... just be careful with the currents!

Spanish student with our Customer Experience Director, Swan Bozzi, in front of Isla Gámez
Spanish student with our Customer Experience Director, Swan Bozzi, in front of Isla Gámez

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So, as promised, here is the itinerary for this weekend's Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park Island Trip:

Saturday June 18th

Howler Monkey with baby at Isla Palenque in the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park in Panama

  • 6 a.m. - Depart from Boquete to Boca Chica
  • 8:30 a.m. - Arrive to Boca Chica and breakfast at local restaurant
  • 9:30 a.m. - Take the boat to Isla Palenque for a short jungle hike
  • 11:00 a.m. - After hiking and taking photos of some howler monkeys head towards Gámez or Bolaños Island (keep your fingers crossed for some dolphin action)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Arrival to island. Beach time: cold beers or snorkeling!
  • 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. - More beach time!
  • 4:00 p.m. - Afternoon snack
  • 5:00 p.m. - Setup camp
  • 6:00 p.m. - Dinner time
  • 7:00 p.m. - Camp-fire, wine, stories and wild island party!


Dolphins spotted during one of our trips to the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park

Sunday June 19th

Volleyball session in the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park

  • 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. - Volleyball tournament
  • 9:30 a.m. - Depart to next island for more snorkeling, beach time and another chance to spot dolphins
  • 10:30 a.m. - Snacks, fruit and cold drinks
  • 1:00 p.m. - Depart back to main land
  • 1:30 p.m. - Lunch at Boca Chica (fresh fish or upgrade to lobster for $5 more!)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Head back to Boquete
  • 5:00 p.m. - Arrival to Boquete

For Habla Ya Spanish students this trip will cost only $135 per person (and $150 per person for non students). Price includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation Boquete to Boca Chica and all of the boat trips (to Isla Palenque, Bolaños and Gámez)
  • Meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner), snacks, cold beer, soft drinks and fruit
  • Comfortable Camping gear: tent, sleeping bag, mat, flashlight, first aid kit, tarp

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What to bring? A towel, a couple of changes of cloth, swim-wear, sun-block, mosquito repellent, passport or copy of it, camera, extra water and a back-pack.

If you're in Panama at the moment, join us and don't miss it! The Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park is the highlight of many visitors' Panama vacation.

Couple at Bolaños Island in the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park
Couple at Bolaños Island in the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park

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  1. Great itinerary! Nothing beats spending time with kids and exposing them to the nature. It’s a nice learning experience for them.


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