Tours & excursions
Al Natural offers many opportunities to discover the vibrant nature and culture of the Panamanian archipelago of Bocas Del Toro.
We offer the following boat tours and excursions, usually 3 to 4 hours long:
- Boat tours to the idyllic white sand beaches of the Zapatillas islands, with a great snorkeling stop, all within the protected land and water of the Bastimentos National Marine Park. During the months of August, September and October, it is often possible for us to organize special tours to Zapatillas to observe turtle hatching.
- Snorkeling tours to explore the colorful soft coral garden near Crawl Key, and others secret spots full of starfishes.
- Boat tours in a “cayuco”, the local dug-out canoe, through several mangrove rivers to discover a pristine mangrove forest, home to sloth, and the Indian villages of Salt Creek and its nature trail, home to the famous poisonous dart red frog.
- Boat tours to Dolphin Bay, where dolphins are easy to spot (please note, it is not possible to swim with the Dolphins).
- Boat excursions to Red Frog Beach, Long Beach or to Bastimentos town.
- Visit of a cacao farm and an organic farm and shop.
- We can set up special boat trips to the town of Bocas del Toro on Isla Colon. Sorry, no night trips are possible. Please note that you are welcome to go along for fa nominal fee of $10.00 p.p. with any of our already scheduled trips to Bocas.
We offer various treks along the seaward beaches and through the jungle of Bastimentos Island. These treks, which are done with a local guide and packed lunches, last between 3 to 6 hours. They start either from the town of Bastimentos, from Red Frog Beach, or Playa Larga, when the sea allows it. These walks take you along all the seaward beaches of Bastimentos, including the magnificent Long Beach which is within the national park and through the jungle by using a primitive trail to reach the village of Salt Creek where we send another boat to take you back to Al Natural.
Also the nearby Indigenous community of Salt Creek offers various interesting treks, like the Camian Path where you can spot easily many of the local wild animals in their natural setting, like trails that lead you to Long Beach, to a bat cave or to a fresh water cascade, and the Medicinal Plant Tour. In all tours you are accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide from the village and many of them are learning English.
The birding around Al Natural is great, you can spot many interesting birds, including Great kingfisher, Montezuma Oropendola, Green Ibis, Grey-necked Wood-Rail, Pale-billed Woodpeckers, Golden-collared Manakin, Mangrove Black Hawk, Northern Jaçana, King Vulture, various Sandpiper, Parrots and Hummingbirds and of course the Brown Pelican and many others. The best way to spot then is to walk along the beach. Very close by, you can spot on the top of a couple coconut trees many of the astonishing hanging nets of the Oropendola and many of those great looking birds flying around.
We are also offering a special birding tour, which start at down and takes you in boat to a cut in the island of Popa, an island in front of our island at 20 minutes by boat. There, when riding the water in the cut you can spot Keel-billed Toucans and other birds. Another way to see birds is to go to the Indian village of Salt Creek, there you can choose to take the tour “Senderos de los Caimans” with a local guise ($7.00 p.p. to be paid to the village directly), he will help you to spot birds.
For the surfing, there is a reef break very close by to Al Natural, at the point. I heard it is fun although it is not always feasible. The best surf is on the beaches facing the ocean in the island of Bastimentos. The closest spot is at Pelicano beach and is accessible by foot from Al Natural, but we usually take the surfers there by boat, or we go to Long Beach in the Marine National Park. Those spots are for experienced surfers only, we have no surf guide available at Al Natural. Those spots are secret spots, you will have the wave just for yourself!
Also If you are beginners or interested by a surf guide, we can organize easily for you a surf trip with experienced surf guides from surf schools in Bocas town, usually we take you to Bocas and you do the class there as there are easier spots near Bocas. You can easily rent surf boards in Bocas town.
If you take the all-inclusive package with us, we will take you to our surfing spots, like Pelicano Beach or Long Beach, for half a day as part of the package. Also if you want to take classes, we will arrange them and will take you to Bocas (half a day or the whole day) where you have access to many surf spots. What is never included is the surf guide or the cost of the surf classes.
We also organize fly-fishing in the open sea to catch bonitos, jack fishes, barracudas and small tuna (equipment to be provided by guests).
We are offering scuba diving and PADI courses at Al Natural in our PADI certified Zapatillas Dive Center. We are at the best spot to offer the most exclusive dives in the whole archipelago; indeed, we are the only dive operator in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro who offers regularly dives to the protected waters and reefs around the Zapatillas Cays in the National Marine Park where many impressive wall dives and caves can be explored, and who offers them at a competitive price due to our location, as we are far away from Bocas, but closest to the best dive sites and the Bastimentos National Marine Park. Al Natural and its lagoon is a great and safe place to do a Discovery Dive and experience fort the first time the magic of the underwater world. For all the info and complete pricing please go to diving. I am glad to inform you that we are introducing our new Multi Dive & PADI Certification & Multi Night Packages.
Rates of Tours (Prices are per person)
The availability of certain excursions depends on weather conditions. The rates of the tours depends on the number of participants.
|Prices are per person.||2 pers.||3 or 4 pers.||5 pers. or more|
|Mangrove rivers and village of Salt Creek (Not included entry and cost o guided tours offered by the village)||$25.00||$20.00||$20.00|
|Zapatillas Cays, with snorkeling stop||$35.00||$25.00||$20.00|
|Snorkeling at Coral key||$35.00||$25.00||$20.00|
|Zapatillas Cays and Coral Cay||$55.00||$40.00||$35.00|
|Dolphin bay with snorkeling at Coral Cay
|Red Frog Beach (beach, zip lines)||$55.00||$40.00||$35.00|
|Old Bank (organic farm and shop at Up in the Hill)||$55.00||$40.00||$35.00|
|Visit of cacao farms (La Loma Chocolate Farm)||$45.00||$30.00||$25.00|
|Surfing from boat at Pelicano Beach (2 hours, with boat and captain, without guide, without board)||$40.00||$30.00||$25.00|
|Surfing from boat at Zappatillas Beach (2 hours, with boat and captain, without guide, without board)||$55.00||$40.00||$35.00|
|Trekking the open sea side beaches of Bastimentos from Red Frog to Al Natural||$60.00||$40.00||$35.00|
|Bird observation from boat in a canal of Popa island (6.00am)||$35.00||$25.00||$20.00|
|Sloth islands with snorkeling stop||$50.00||$35.00||$30.00|
|Fishing tour||$140.00, one fisherman
$85.00 p.p., two fishermen
|Fly-Fishing (without equipment)||$120.00, one or two fisherman|
|Diving||See Zapatillas’s Dive Club info|
|If one person is doing a tour, it is the rate per person X 2.
Please note that the entrance fee to the village of Salt Creek ($2.00p.p.), as well as the tours offered by the village of Salt Creek, the activities offered by Red Frog and the tours of the cacao and organic farms are not included in the above prices.