About This Listing
Welcome to the beautiful island of San Cristobal!!!!
Here on the lagoons of San Cristobal we have a nice little jungle hut for one or two, right above the water.
Happy inspiring environment PERFECT for the adventurous soul! Rustic living style where you can choose to be with, or away from technology! (yes, we have Wifi!) The island has no roads or electricity but we do have solar panels and clean rainwater on tap! As soon as you awake you can take a dive into the ocean from a peter pan style diving board right off the front of the cabin.
Beneath you, there is lots of marine life: the water is teeming with our pet fish, swarms of sardines, starfish, sea cucumbers, anemones, dolphins (see them during the day, hear them at night), amazing coral and bioluminescent plankton at night!
Downstairs you have a kitchen with refrigerator, stove, blender and running fresh water and a gas barbecue on the deck. Note: self catering is possible, but seen our location stocking up is quite a mission. Therefore we offer deliciously prepared meals for our guest on request: breakfast 8usd pp, lunch 10usd pp and dinner 15usd pp.
There is a freshwater shower (biodegradable soap only, please!) at the cabin, and the composting toilet is a 2 minute walk, on the land. The kitchen is offers fantastic sea views. Here you are literally cooking on the sea. This kitchen and the common area around can be shared with guests staying in the other room we have on the dock.
For more privacy, you can ask a quote to rent both rooms on the deck (upon availability) via:
Bookings for larger groups (up to 14 people) are possible via:
TONS of awesome stuff to do! This place is absolutely incredible. Take a dip in the crystal clear agua, go for an early morning kayaking adventure, attempt to smash open a coconut with a machete, jump on the water trampoline!!! :), work while being in an inspiring environment, munch on guaba (tastes like bubblegum),...
A 5 minute boat ride (or half an hour kayak or an hour swim :-)) takes you across the bay where you can buy (limited!) extra supplies from a local shop or a local organic Indian farm or even an Austrian restaurant which is open on Friday and Sunday and offers a great opportunity to meet locals and expats in a great atmosphere. Another local Afro-Caribbean restaurant offers simple daily meals (fried chicken) or if you order on time they cook on demand (rice, beans, chicken and freshly caught fish).
A 30-minute each way, $70 round trip boat ride will take you to the town of Bocas del Toro, which has over a dozen bars and restaurants, a fun backpacker party scene, some very good food, some not-so-good food, an airport, several small supermarkets, local fruit and vegetable stands, and lots of local color and diversity. A similar boat trip will take you to the mainland (Almirante), a jumping off point for extended trips to Panama's incredible cloud forest or Costa Rica.
Yep...There's much to do and see and experience!!
There is a minimum stay of 3 nights for this cabin..(we have 3 on site) because of the transportation costs by boat.
NOTE: The cleaning fee includes your share in the transportation costs. The rest is covered by us.!!!
!!! IMPORTANT: THIS IS A RUSTIC PLACE, NOT A RESORT !!!
It's for the adventurous, who want reasonable comfort in a remote setting, and want to experience realities of rural life in the tropics. In addition to the abundant pleasures of the lush forests and reefs, you should expect to…..
TEST YOUR SELF-RELIANCE: You will have people come by selling you fish they just caught, and then learn that you have no idea how to clean it, and that that makes a giant mess. Salt water, humidity and the jungle may wrestle with you for control of the electronics, hardware, and other goods we've provided. Get ready to be a little MacGuyver — and speak up if you have questions or problems!
GO OFF GRID: You will run out of running water if you take long showers or if the rains don't come. The solar panels are backed with batteries, but you'll need to remember to turn off lights and fans when not in use — especially when the clouds hang out for a few days. The Internet is fast and reliable.
WEAR BUG PROTECTION: Generally there are less bugs and mosquitos on the dock than inland. Around dusk and dawn chitras (sand fleas or no-see-ums) might show up. Mostly this lasts not longer than half an hour and they are more perseverant when it's wind still. In bed and in the kitchen you won't be bothered. We use chitraproof netting.
If this still sounds awesome, come check this out! We will pick you up, and make sure you have what you need to enjoy your stay.
DELIGHTFUL EXTRAS !!!
Some of our guests have enjoyed the following extras, so we thought we'd share them with you!
• DOLPHIN WATCHING in Dolphin Bay by sunset or sunrise. A private experience with more than a good chance to approach dolphins very closely with our SUP-board from our panga. $30/trip.
• SNORKELING/PARADISIACAL BEACH/DOLPHIN
WATCHING: boat tours to Islas Zapatillas & Coral Cay, or Red Frog beach passing through Dolphin Bay twice with a very good chance to spot dolphins. ($50/person, whole day, tour discount as from 3 persons)
• FARM TOURS: visit a local farm and learn more about the local vegetables & fruits or visit a chocolate farm ($10 to $15/person, including boat ride)
• OTHER TOURS: upon request
• MEALS: breakfast 8usd pp, lunch 12 pp, dinner 15pp. Only fresh and mostly local ingredients, prepared with love!
See you soon!
Ok Great, But How Can I Get There?
Travel by Air
There are 1-hour flights from Panamá City's domestic airport (PAC) into Bocas del Toro Airport (BOC). If you fly from Panamá City you will need to go from the international (PTY) to the domestic airport (30-minute taxi ride /$35), unless you fly with AirPanama, which departs from both airports. If you can book a flight from the international airport before 1:30PM you can make it into Bocas del Toro the same day. If you travel from Costa Rica you can book a flight from San José (SJO or SYQ, 1 hour). Take into account that there is also a $28 international departure fee from Costa Rica. Always try to book flights to Bocas del Toro in advance, Skyscanner might help. Once you or your group has arrived at Bocas del Toro airport, which is located on Isla Colón, the Virginia's Dock is a 10-15 minute walk or $1 taxi ride away. There we will happily meet you for the pre-arranged boat pick-up.
Travel by Bus
For an alternate, more cost-effective means of transportation, using the bus system may be the way to go. If you travel from Panamá City you can take a taxi ($35 from the international airport) to the Albrook Bus Terminal. From this terminal (night)buses leave to Almirante, which takes 10-11 hours. Unless it's a national holiday it's unnecessary to book your bus tickets in advance. If you travel from Costa Rica you can save money by taking a bus from San José. You can either take a bus to Changuinola and then take a bus to Almirante, or take a bus to the Sixoala border, do the border crossing procedure by yourself, take a bus to Changuinola and then another bus to Almirante. If you take a bus directly to Changuinola you will be traveling with Transportes Bocatoreños, which departs at 9AM just north of the Coca Cola Bus Terminal in downtown San José in front of the Hotel Cocori. The ride takes about 7 hours, but take into account that the waiting time at the Sixoala border can take a few hours in high season. In Almirante you can take a taxi ($1) to the boat gas station or any other preferred pick-up point where we will be glad to meet you for our boat pick-up.
The Boat Shuttle
The best means for transportation from the mainland to CocoVivo is by boat. When booking with us, you'll be in contact with the host, Lazare, in order to coordinate a pick-up from the nearest dock in the Bocas del Toro province, the Bocas del Toro Airport in Isla Colón or from the bus station in Almirante. The cleaning fee ($70) includes the pick-up and drop-off by boat from one of these locations (30-minute ride).
NOTE: The cleaning fee includes your share in the transportation costs. The rest is covered by us!
Other Things to Note
Business group? Check our Hill House offer: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/326033
- You're welcome to use any of the toys (kayaks, snorkeling gear, aquaskipper, water trampoline) but please leave them in the same or better shape as you found them.
- Extra trips to town $70.
- Please be responsible with electricity use (if there is no sunshine for a couple of days, batteries can run low). Check ECO.
- Likewise, but less critically, with water. The tanks last for about a month with no rain, which almost never happens, but leaving a faucet running overnight is a really bad idea. Check ECO.
What an amazing experience! The moment you step out of you tent in the cabin, you are greeted by incredible views. The coral is stunning, with wild life everywhere! We saw sloth and dolphins on our first day, and the reef was full of brilliant colors and fish. Our host, Lazare, was attentive to our every need and quick to correct any concern. One night he and Jodie cooked a delicious meal, which included a freshly caught barracuda! The waters on a dark night are bioluminescent, and every movement you make lights up these tiny creatures so that it looks like you are swimming in stars.
How can I describe the amazing and peaceful place Lazare is managing? He has done a great job preserving the nature around Bocas and really creating a sanctuary for travelers. We stayed at the cabin for four days and had an incredible time. Beautiful corals right under us, star fishes everywhere, diving board right in our room and the fully stocked kitchen were some of our biggest highlights. And oh, fishermen come right to your cabin with the daily catch! It was also great spending time him Lazare, his girlfriend Jodie and their volunteer workers. Lazare also took us for rainforest hiking around the property, which was amazing and Jodie cooked meal for us one of the days. Will definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to have a serene getaway. Be aware, this is true nature with all its insects and cute geckos. Also, please bring bio degradable soap since all the soap water goes right to the ocean!
The magical reef cabin is truly magical! We loved to stay in this beautiful place with lovely hosts and amazing food service. You can see Dolphins, Rays and a bunch of colorful fish at the coral reef right underneath the house! Enjoy jumping off the plank every morning, right out of your bed!
My experience here it was awesome, that´s is one of the best places I have been, if you want to sleep upstairs the fishes, corals and get out of bed just jump into the water.... that´s the place..Im miss that..
Lazare and Judy are the best hosts, they are friendly, the communication by email or in person was excellent, we went to a excellent restaurante by boat with them (is the only transport from the house) Lazare showed me the property and Jody is the master chef!! try the Jody´s breakfast..
I hope to back there soon. Im waiting for you guys to ride in the Andes Mountains you have a house In Santiago. A big hug.
Our stay at the Magical Reef Cabin exceeded all of our expectations. Waking up every morning and jumping off the diving board into beautiful clear blue waters was truly magical.
Lazare and Jody were unbelievable hosts. Every meal they made for us was amazing and was always something different. Their easy going personalities made the experience so relaxing.
We did a day trip with Leo, along with all the guests on the property at the time. He took us to a great snorkelling spot and then to another island with the most beautiful pristine beaches. We all really enjoyed this day.
If you are looking for rest, relaxation, beautiful scenery, unbelievable food and a vacation different from the norm, you will enjoy this place greatly.
Thank-you Lazare and Jody !!
Hola! For my last college spring break trip, my friend and I decided to travel to Panama for a more idle/beach/nature experience rather than the hustle and bustle of city life or raging undergraduate students. I can say the decision to stay in the magical cabin reef may have been our best decision yet! Not only did our hosts cook us amazing meals from different cultural backgrounds, they also engaged in deeper conversation with us. Without having to travel to a museum in the city, my friend and I were able to learn about the indigenous culture and history of the surrounding people as well as the development of the island we stayed on. As an inquisitive student, I learned a lot about myself and questioned my plans for the near future. Idle time, the sun and the diving board helped out a lot as well.
In short, I would highly recommend this location to anyone; especially if you are under the care of these welcoming hosts!
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About the Host, Ulrich
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