Chiriqui Gulf Island Tours & Beach Trips | Panama Island Tours

Couple at Gamez Island in the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park

Tour Panama's Uninhabited Islands

Discover Chiriqui's turquoise waters & white sand beaches

  • Panama Island Tour & Beach Trip Options: details, itinerary and prices for day trips and overnight excursions to the islands of Chiriqui's gulf. Learn how we will reach these paradisiacal islands and discover our repertoire of fun and relaxing sea water activities. It's a great trip that couples or families vacationing in Panama shouldn't miss!
  • Preparing the Perfect Island Boat Tour: where will we meet to start this tropical adventure? How do we get to the Chiriqui Gulf? What do I need to bring to really enjoy it? What to expect to bring back?
  • Chiriqui National Marine Park: learn more about the location and characteristics of the protected waters and islands of this tropical treasure.
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If you want to spend several nights in the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park you might want to consider Isla Paridita's All Inclusive Private Island Getaway Resort.

Itinerary and Rates

Panama Island Tours & Beach Trips in Chiriqui's Gulf

Whether you want to lie on the beach, snorkel a bit, swim in crystal clear waters or go wildlife watching underneath the rainforest canopy, there is something for everyone in this off-the-beaten-path destination!

After a 1.5 hour drive from Boquete we hit the Pacific coast. Our super panga is waiting for us in the small fishing village of Boca Chica, just outside of David. Our licensed boat captain finalizes preparations and we all hop in and begin our boat tour through the mangrove estuary of Laguna de Chiriqui.

It is very likely that at the end of this first leg of our journey we will encounter some dolphins, who will swim around our boat and playfully jump out of the water to our delight.

Panama Island Tours & Beach Trips in Chiriqui's Gulf

Panama Island Tours & Beach Trips in Chiriqui's Gulf

Very soon we will enter the protected waters and uninhabited islands of Chiriqui's Gulf National Marine Park. With more than 14,000 hectares (36,000 acres) of extensive coral reef, mangrove swamps and marine meadows, this protected area serves as a refuge for leatherback and hawksbill turtles, tiger-herons, large pelagic fish like white-tipped sharks, howler monkeys and scores of colorful exotic fish.

Panama Island Tours & Beach Trips in Chiriqui's Gulf

Nature then gives us a magnificent display as we contemplate how the sea's colors change. The dark blue tones which surround the mangroves near the shore give way to shades of turquoise and emerald wrapping white-sanded beaches on idyllic islands lined with slender coconut palms. This tropical exhibit is complimented by picturesque rocky outcrops sprinkled across the gulf. Talk about beauty, you'll not want to leave!

Afterwards we will pass the late morning and better part of the afternoon exploring, swimming, relaxing in a hammock, lunching and playing on the white sand beaches of one of Chiriqui Gulf's tropical islands. Snorkeling gear is provided to explore the surrounding waters. At certain times of the year, whales are also passing by. If we are lucky enough we'll see them "spouting around".

Panama Island Tours & Beach Trips in Chiriqui's Gulf

The Islands of Gamez and Bolaños are our most popular destinations, although for those on a budget a closer trip to San José Island is offered. Your trip's final destination depends on weather and sea conditions. A major plus of this whole region is that the dry season tends to start earlier than in other parts of Panama, around November, and ends at about the same time, in May. The air out here is fresh and balmy, unlike the interior humid lowlands or the Caribbean.

If you think that just one day on an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Chiriqui just isn't enough, we also offer this beach trip as an overnighter to make this the highlight of your Panama experience!

Rates
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Full Day Island Trip $75 $95
Overnight Island Trip $150 $175

* Prices are in US Dollars. The above prices are per person and do not include Panama's 7% ITBMS Sales.

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Prices include: transportation to and from Boquete (to and from Caldera or David as well), boat trip, snorkeling gear, hammock setup, professional guides, snacks with fresh fruit and cold drinks at the island, and a cooler if you choose to bring additional refreshments, and a meal of the day lunch back in Boca Chica (fresh fish or chicken, or upgrade to lobster for $5 more). For the overnight boat tour option all camping gear, equipment, and meals are also provided. A minimum of 6 persons is required for any boat tour to the islands of Chiriqui's Gulf.
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Get Ready for your Island Tour

Who can join our Panama Island Tours in Chiriqui's Gulf?

Panama Island Tours & Beach Trips in Chiriqui's Gulf

Everybody is invited to join our Panama boat tours! No specific fitness level or special skills are required! Come and have the time of your life!

Where does this Island Tour start?

You can come to our offices in Central Avenue Boquete at 6 a.m. or we can pick you up at your hotel in Boquete, Caldera or David.

So, what needs to be done to make this beach trip happen?

  1. Choose between a full day trip or overnight trip
  2. Fill out and submit our booking form, or just Contact Us if you're not sure everything yet
  3. Secure reservation with payment (you'll receive payment instructions after completing the steps above)
  4. Come into our offices on the day before to sign release forms or if you arrive to Boquete after 5:30 p.m. and you'll be joining an island tour on the next day, then we will request your details by email and have the forms ready for you, so that you can sign them just before starting the boat tour
  5. Meet at our office at 6 a.m. or we can also pick you up at your hotel if you let us know where you'll be staying at and in which room (or we can also pick you up in Caldera or David if you let us know)

And what do I need to bring with me on the day of my Panama Island Tour?

Panama Island Tours & Beach Trips in Chiriqui's Gulf
  • Swimming clothes and beach clothes (flip flops and hat for example)
  • Dry clothes and towel for after the boat trip
  • Sun block
  • Water bottle
  • Any additional food or refreshments that you enjoy having while on the beach (but we'll have plenty!)
  • Walking shoes to explore the islands
  • Camera
  • Snacks for at the end of trip (lunch is provided)
  • Cédula or copy of your passport and of the page with Panama's entry stamp (in fact, you should always carry this while in Panama!)
Rates
  Habla Ya Student Rate Normal Rate
Full Day Island Trip $75 $95
Overnight Island Trip $150 $175

* Prices are in US Dollars. The above prices are per person and do not include Panama's 7% ITBMS Sales.

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Many local fisherman are also out there looking for their day's catch so we may as well make the most out of it and get some fresh lobster, crab, shrimp or one of the many fish that they might have already caught. Nothing like fresh seafood for a nice dinner back in Boquete!
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About The Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park

The following video gives you a glimpse of the outstanding beauty of this area. We invite you to sit back, relax and see for yourself why the Lonely Planet's most recent edition for Panama refers to this Park as Chiriqui's lowlands most precious gem...

The Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park was founded in 1994 to protect 14,730 hectares (36,400 acres) of extensive coral reef (19 in total), mangrove swamps, 25 islands and marine meadows.

Map of the Chiriqui Gulf National Marine Park

The islands are small hills of sedimentary rock that can reach 100 meters above sea level. The islands have a savannah-type tropical climate with an average temperature around 27°C and average annual rainfall between 2,000mm and 2,500mm. The rainfall allows humid tropical forest with trees like Maria (Calophyllum longifolium), oak, spiny cedar, Spanish cedar, and espave (Anacardium excelsum).

Locally this park is also known as the Paridas archipelago, being Parida and Paridita Island the only inhabited isles. Other islands include: Santa Catalina, Pulgoso, Gámez, Tintorera, Obispo, Obispone, Los Pargos, Ahogado, Icacos, Corral de Piedra, Bolaños, Berraco, Bolañitos, San José, Linarte, Saíno, Sainitos, Iglesia Mayor, Carey Macho and Carey Hembra.

Sport fishing in the Chiriqui Gulf beyond the Marine National Park is legendary around Ladrones, Secas and Contreras Islands. Islas Secas is a cluster of 16 private islands that are part of a luxury ecolodge.

Rates
  Habla Ya Student Rate Normal Rate
Full Day Island Trip $75 $95
Overnight Island Trip $150 $175

* Prices are in US Dollars. The above prices are per person and do not include Panama's 7% ITBMS Sales.

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Another way to access the Golfo de Chiriqui National Park is through the little town of Pedregal. You just have to drive pass the Enrique Malek airport for about 15 kms. The boat journey from here though is considerably longer (1.5 hours) to get to the Chiriqui Gulf National Park compared to the 30 minute boat ride from Boca Chica.
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