Want to explore the warm waters of Bocas del Toro? On the western side of the Panamanian Caribbean, you will find a place full of colorful and diverse marine life. Its crystal clear waters give you everything from snorkeling to deep sea diving. Bocas del Toro has the perfect plan for you to discover an authentic underwater paradise. Here is a list of incredible places you shouldn’t miss during your visit.

Bocas Town, Isla Colon, is the center of tourist activities. There you will find most of the diving agencies, where you can book your experience and rent equipment. If you don't have international certification, like PADI, SSI or SDI, among others, they will offer you the Discover course you’ll be able to dive with during your stay in Bocas. Now, let's dive in!

1. Pandora and Bouyline

  • Maximum depth of 50 feet.
  • Difficulty level: Basic-Medium.

palayas bocas

These two diving sites are located between Isla Colon and Isla Solarte. Pandora is a wreck. and is ideal for the curious, while Bouyline is known for exciting marine life, including rays and sharks. These spots are one of the few places where it is possible to see seahorses: a sight to see, and a challenge to come across. Here you will also see crabs and green morays.

2. Sachen 

  • Maximum depth of 40 feet (12 m).
  • Difficulty level: Medium.

Located between Isla Colon and Isla Solarte, this special place has coral-lined walls and an explosion of colors. It is an ideal place to spot sharks, and is also home to the beautiful sea goddess Nudibranchia.

Be careful! This point requires a little more experience, and you must try not to damage the coral or hurt yourself. Sachen can only be visited during the months with less sea current of September and October.

3. The Old Wreck

  • Maximum depth of 45 feet (14 m).
  • Difficulty level: Basic - Medium.

Colón Island

This is a small ferry sunk since 1997 that has created an ecosystem of its own. Here you will find crabs, shrimp and a variety of colorful fish, puffer fish and seahorses. It is a popular spot for night dives and bioluminescence experiences.

4. Playground

  • Maximum depth of 50 feet (15 m).
  • Difficulty level: Beginner.

This site is located in the middle of Colon, Solarte and Carenero Islands. It is perfect for shallow dives–ideal for beginners. It is also known for its starfish and excellent visibility for underwater photographers, so don’t forget your camera!

5. Cayo Coral

  • Maximum depth of 60 feet (18 m).
  • Difficulty level: Beginner.

buceo y snorkeling, bocas

Twenty minutes by boat from Isla Bastimentos, this place offers an impressive backdrop for snorkeling and diving. You can find reef fish, giant jellyfish, sponges and barracudas in underwater caves and tunnels.

6. Mangrove Point

  • Maximum depth of 60 feet (18 m).
  • Difficulty level: Beginner.

Beaches Bocas del Toro

An incomparable place for beginners, very close to Isla Colon. This dive site allows you to explore the mangroves and corals at shallow depths. It is ideal for snorkeling, night diving and underwater photography.

7. Punta Hospital 

  • Maximum depth of 50 feet (14 m).
  • Difficulty level: Basic.

Estrella Beach

Located at the northern tip of Isla Solarte, this is one of the most popular diving sites. It features a coral wall that drops from 39 to 49 feet (12-19 m). It is perfect for both snorkeling and experienced divers. You will be able to see a wide variety of colorful Caribbean species.

For experienced divers, the vertical line descent is the main attraction. In the descent you will find caverns and small holes in the wall that serve as habitat for all kinds of species. It is also ideal for night diving, since lobsters, crabs, rays and sharks come out of the caves at night.

8. Airport Point

  • Maximum depth of 50 feet (14 m).
  • Difficulty level: Basic. 

Very close to Bocas Town, Airport Point is another site protected from wind and waves, so it offers an ideal opportunity to get started in diving. It has large coral colonies of different species and colors and a diversity of tropical fish, corals, sea urchins and rays.

9. Cuevas de Polo

  • Maximum depth of 40 feet (12 m).
  • Difficulty level: Medium to advanced.

Coral Cay L4

Thirty minutes from Isla Colon, you will find the Polo canal and caves, which are two of the best diving spots in Panamá. The play of light that forms between the cracks of the rock formations and the canals offers an incredible view, especially for underwater photography. You will be able to see sharks, stone fish, rays and lobster, among other species. Due to the difficult conditions, this place requires experience, but for experts it is, without a doubt, a must-see.

10. Tiger Rock

  • Maximum depth of 110 feet (35 m).
  • Difficulty level: Advanced.

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This dive site is about an hour's sail from Bocas Town, near Punta Valiente. It is ideal for advanced divers. It is a sea mountain that rises above the surface and descends to the depths. You will be able to see fish families, manta rays and schools of sharks, including tiger and hammerheads.

Due to its remoteness and strong waves, it is categorized as a seasonal place: visit it in September and October.

Each of these places offers a unique experience in the middle of an underwater world full of beauty and abundant marine life. No matter your level of experience, you will always find places to explore and marvel at the diversity of Bocas del Toro's underwater ecosystems. Get ready for an unforgettable underwater adventure!

Where to Stay in

Bocas de Toro

Where to Stay in

Bocas de Toro