We took two boat tours. One was arranged by a fellow vacationer and he invited us along. It was a private boat. It was $10 per person for an all day deal. We used the hotel's equipment for snorkeling, We visited:
- Bird Island - Beautiful, there were three different kinds of Boobies and pica rojas.
- Starfish beach - big starfish, lots of them, but not much else
- Snorkeled near Smithsonian - the mangroves were amazing places to snorkel, sometimes there were so many fish you couldn't see.
The second one was through a boat rental owned by a Minnesotan couple. $20 a per person and included towels, a cooler, bottled water and all the snorkel gear. We visited:
- Dolphin Cove - we saw two dolphins, but there were lots of tourist boats trying to get close and ti felt like we were exploiting the poor dolphins.
- Coral Cay - Nice snorkeling, no big fish, but lots of coral
- Lunch - we packed in our own
- Hospital Point - More snorkeling more fish than Coral cay, but not that many
We stayed at the Mar Vista for $55 a night per couple. They were nice, hot water, good beds. Breakfast came with.
- Ohm - Indian food, decent, a little pricey, not good for breakfast
- El Ultimo Refugio - good, they have a new menu every day, good desserts, interesting fusion food
- Peruvian - I don't remember the name, but it was disappointing
- Sara's - home of killin' me man sauce, it was a nice place for lunch.
- El Pecadors - I hear is closing down, but it was wonderful, go if you get the chance
- 9 Degrees - In the Tropical Market, Delicious but expensive, go for lunch.
- Super Gourmet - really a market not a restaurant, but a good place to buy food for day trips
Getting There and Back: We took the overnight from Panama City. It leaves at 8:00pm, cost $26 per person and arrives at 6:00am in Mirante. From Mirante take the water ferry over to Bocas $4. The way back the bus leaves around 7:00pm, and costs the same. You arrive in Panama around 6:00am.