About this listing
If jumping off a 10 foot Diving Board into a crystal clear Lagoon sounds better than a cup of coffee, our DIving Booard Room is a perfect accommodation for you!
Our Eco-Retreat is one of Bocas Del Toro's best kept secrets. Located on the southern tip of Isla San Cristobal, the cabin is perched above a coral Reef. Fully engage with nature while enjoying the comforts of rustic charm.
Welcome to the beautiful island of San Cristobal!!!!
If jumping off a 10 foot diving board into warm, crystal clear water sounds better than a cup of coffee to you, you will feel right at home in this room. The diving board is literally steps from your bed, and we know its the best way to start your day.
This little hut is perfect for one or two, adventurous souls! 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.
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 is a shared kitchen with refrigerator, stove, blender and running fresh water and a gas barbecue on the deck. Note: self catering is possible, but in high season the kitchen can get crowded, therefore we offer deliciously prepared meals for our guests on request.
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 sea.
A 5 minute boat ride (or half an hour kayak or an hour swim :-)) takes you across the bay where you can buy (limited!) supplies from a shop or visit Ernie for his famous fried chicken.
A 30-minute each way, $70 round trip boat ride will take you to the town of Bocas del Toro, which has over a dozen bars and restaurants, a fun backpacker party scene, some very good food, some not-so-good food, an airport, several small supermarkets, local fruit and vegetable stands, and lots of local color and diversity. A similar boat trip will take you to the mainland (Almirante), a jumping off point for extended trips to Panama's incredible cloud forest or Costa Rica.
Yep...There's much to do and see and experience!!
Guests will experience this fun little hut , while having access to the communal dock, equipped with Bar, Meal Service ( for guests only), Lounge, and shared kitchen amenities. (high Season limited access to kitchen, as restaurant services takes priority)
Interaction with guests
This cabin is above a shared space, the action on the dock doesn't really start around here until after 9:30 am to allow guests in The Reef Cabin the opportunity to sleep in. You will make friends quickly sharing your diving board! There is a ladder on the exterior of the building for visitors to access it, so don't worry about soggy footprints in your room.
We are here to answer any questions guests may have about the area, and off the grid living.
This neighborhood is WILD!
You really become PART of the eco-system when you stay at The Tropical Island Jungle Retreat.
We take sharing this paradise very seriously and we want to keep it comfortable for our animal neighbors too. The Fish, the Dolphins, the Sloths, the Howler Monkeys, the Herons, the Parrots, the kinkajous and the Iguanas were all here before us, and luckily still are. Please remember to bring bio-degradable soaps and bug sprays, and to be conscious of the trash you bring on site.
Tierra Oscurra is a hidden destination, we will need to coordinate a pick up and drop of point of either Almirante on the mainland or Bocas Town on Isla Colon.
We provide a 'Ride Share' service to our remote location for 60$ included in the cleaning fee. To participate in this reduced price transport we ask that guests co-operate with the arrivals and departures of others, this could mean taking a short water taxi to the decided meeting point or being flexible with pick up times. If you would like to be picked up at a specific time we can refer you to a water taxi, or pick you up personally for an extra fee, from your hotel or the airport.
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.
Other things to note
!!! 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…..
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 by a generator, 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.
WEAR BUG PROTECTION: We are bug conscious in the design of our accommodations. You will see dozens of geckos feeding on the insects on the outside of the screens that keep you nice and relatively bug free in the house. That being said, a layer of coconut oil, or bug spray can keep you comfortable during "Chitra Hour" when the no-see-ums come out at dawn and dusk. These critters are generally predictable, so its easy to be prepared
Respect the Reef, Respect your Neighbor.
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