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 https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/919910
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!
Cleaning fee includes pick up and drop off by boat from town (30 min ride).
The boat is an open panga 27,5 feet with an outboard engine and can transport up to 18 people.
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.
Help yourself to any fruit you find on the farm (but ask if you're not sure what it is :)
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).
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.
My sister and I loved our relaxing stay in the cabin with its beautiful surroundings and clear water. Leo was always willing to help make our stay special, and take us to different places on the boat. He also introduced us to delicious local fruits which we had never tried before. The kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment were a big plus. All in all, a great experience!
Awesome location and perfect service! However we were not very lucky with the weather (windy and rainy) we had a wonderful time. Leo showed us around at the farm; fresh tropical fruits tasten very good!
From the moment I contacted the people at this magical reef cabin (it was Lazare who did all the corresponding) I felt welcome and cared for. Very prompt and considered responses to all my questions, and I was even accommodated without problem to change my dates when something came up at home. Lazare, a personal thank you for all your help and kindness. You helped make my trip a very special one. As for the place, WOW. It was a dream come true, staying in a cozy loft above a crystal clear body of water, not another soul around other than Leo the caretaker, his wife, and his adorable son. The kitchen was amazing, stocked with any extras you may need, and the shower was fresh and always had water available when you needed to rinse off. As for the bugs, they can be a bother for some people, but as per Lazare's suggestion a 5% neem oil to coconut oil mixture helped keep the no-see-ums away. Besides, the bugs are only during short periods of the day, and diving into the warm water helps if they are making you crazy. Take a walk in the jungle with Leo, see sloths and iguanas, drink fresh coconut water. Take the kayaks out for a spin, snorkel along the subtle yet colourful reef. I do suggest snorkeling deeper into the mangroves, the sights are hauntingly beautiful.
We will be back! Thanks Lazare, Leo, and Esther
Even if we couldn't be in panama in the cabins for christmas for several reasons we had a very friendly and helpful communication with lazare.Thanks for all! Panama and the cabins will still be on our list!!! They support you in each way. Hope to come to panama soon to have our experience in isla christobal. THANKS
So perfect! If you are visiting Bocas and really want to get out of town and relax, this is the place! It's so beautiful and super rustic and remote, everything that I want in a vacation. Leo took us on a hike around the property and we saw four sloths, and the next morning we saw a huge spotted eagle ray came right up to our dock! We loved every minute, highly recommended! Also, Capitan, the house dog is so sweet and we wanted to take him home!
We had a great time at the Magical Reef Cabin. Leo, the caretaker, is always available to to take you out on the boat, in to town or just hiking around the property. The property is different. If you aren't into the great outdoors, you may have issues with the composting toilet, 2 min walk down a trail or tent sleeping. We enjoyed it, but we wouldn't recommend it to our parents. There are two rooms over the water, so if you aren't interested in hanging out with other people, make sure you book the two rooms, not just one. The reefs around the cabin are incredible. Fish everywhere.
Haben uns sehr, sehr wohl und Dank Hund Captain sicher gefühlt. Ein Traum, wenn man wie wir ganz alleine über dem Reef sein kann. Hütte ist schließlich für vier Personen ausgelegt. War ein Highlight der Reise und perfekter, entspannter Urlaub von unser Backpacking Reise. Einfach mit dem Kayak nach Sonnenaufgang unterwegs Delphine spielen sehen. Während der drei Nächte (Mindestaufenthalt meiner Meinung) überwiegend Sturm und regnerisches Wetter gehabt und dennoch würde ich es wieder machen. War einfach nuuuur schön.
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