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Best things to do in Bastimentos Island

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“National Marine Park. Take a day-tour to Islas Zapatilla on a day when weather is clear and waves are not choppy. The tour takes you first to Dolphin Bay, then to Cayo Coral for snorkeling and a restaurant over the water, then it goes to Islas Zapatilla, which is a marine reserve. No hotels, restaurants or bars are on this island. Pristine and pure. Pick up your trash and take it with you! Avoid single-use plastic to save our precious marine life.”
10 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Try the Jungle Zip line. This is a once in a life time experience. Strapped in a harness you will 'zip' along a steel cable high through the jungle. See the money's, the colorful birds and breathtaking views. ”
11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant/bar over the water. Snorkeling, and in-water hammocks. Scenic view. Easy to swim. Take a water-taxi from Bocas Town. Do not go on a Friday, when it is reserved for a private party called "Filthy Friday". Please do not come home drunk and disorderly.”
4 locals recommend
Cafe
“Take a water taxi to Bastimentos Island and take the 15 minute hike up the hill to this charming organic family farm. 2 hours tours include a tasting of their cacao and a snack.”
5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
1 local recommends
Thai Restaurant
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“great food.Tapas style A little pricey but well worth it Seared tuna with wasabi yogurt sauce,Mee Krab and the Tomato-basil soup.Don't miss Bread pudding for dessert.”
2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A beautiful walk up the beach front from Villa 76 - stop along the way to swim and sightsee. An iconic must see on your trip ”
2 locals recommend
Park
“paddle or boat up a canal to the indigenous village and take a tour through the batcaves to be able to jump off a waterfall in the cave! ”
5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Snorkeling trip; See spectacular coral, sponges, and the fish that inhabit the reef. Start with a swim near the dock to see fish that live near the dock. Take a break, dry off & warm up over lunch or a beverage at the restaurant. Then swim out to the reef and drift with the current. Depths are shallow enough to see cone sponges, sea cucumbers, staghorn coral, anemones, sergeant majors, parrotfish and much more from the surface, or dive down just a few feet for a closer look. Duration: 20 minute boat ride there, 1-3 hours snorkeling and lunch at restaurant (lunch not included) Cost: Water Taxis charge $? per person round trip.”
1 local recommends
Latin American Restaurant
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“Great, authentic Caribbean style chicken, rice and more! Take out is very fast! ”
2 locals recommend
Gym
“Nice beach bar with food option on the beach of Red Frog. Just a stroll away and a relaxed atmosphere.”
2 locals recommend
Bar
“This is our hostel! We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. You can book your shuttles to different locations here, take tours, rent kayaks, SUP boards, and surfboards! ”
3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Best snorkeling in Bocas! Accessed by boat with a tiny beach, just off Isla Solarte.”
1 local recommends
Lodging
“La Loma Jungle Lodge offers chocolate tours and lunch. (By reservation only)”
2 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
1 local recommends
Restaurant
“At walking distance. Very nice to walk discovering the natural reserve. For launch you can have a sandwish and for dinner local food in the over the water restaurant. ”
2 locals recommend