Cala Mia is a small, charming eco-resort on unspoiled Boca Brava Island, which lies in the protected Pacific National Marine Park.
Cala Mia is a delightful and secluded lodge situated atop the rural, wooded island Boca Brava, a short motor launch ride from the tiny Pacific coastal port Boca Chica. Boca Brava is one of the islands which make up the archipielago of Chiriqui, itself embraced by the National Marina Park on the gulf of Chiriqui.
The park has over 100 islands with a multitude of remote beaches, some accessible from the property by motor launch or sailing boat, and from where you can also take out a kayak to explore a delta of bird-filled mangroves. Other activities you can book in advance or at the lodge include walks across the island, stand up paddling, bird-watching tours, horse riding and sailing.
Cala Mia is a strikingly friendly property, but the service is not intrusive: friends, families and couples will feel at home here. It is also popular among fishing enthusiasts, snorkellers, scuba divers and whale watchers (in season July-November)
Guest rooms are set in a clutch of individual rustic, but comfy air-conditioned palm-thatched cottages, each just a stone's throw from its crescent beach of golden sand, which guests have to themselves. Each cottage, furnished with regional materials and decorated with local art, has its own veranda and hammock overlooking the azure waters of the open sea or over the picturesque gulf which separates the island from the mainland.
The semi-al fresco restaurant has the highest vantage point, and serves a short daily menu of home cooked delicacies. There is also a pretty freshwater infinity pool and, on a small island accessed via a hanging bridge is a spa area – book your treatments in advance, therapists have to come across from the mainland.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
"Most memorable was watching mother and baby two-toed sloths from bedroom window at Canopy Tower. Early morning on the roof of Canopy Tower listening to howler monkeys as the sun rises over the forest.”NW, Kidlington
Each part of my trip had a special moment. I loved both the new and old parts of Panama city, but my highlight there was seeing sloths while walking up Cerro Ancon. In Bocas del Toro it was being the only person there on a stunning beach. The best moment though has to be staying at the Canopy Tower and experiencing the wildlife. I'll never forget the sound of the Howler monkeys.TF, Wakefield
Highlights: “Locks on the Panama canal and Panamax vessels up close.”MC, Fulham
"Bocas del Toro was great fun and frivolous and a great journey there by boat."GS, Bushey
Because of my interest in shipping, the Panama Canal partial transit was fascinating.JB
Most memorable experience: “Tranquillo bay was a cut above everything else. Staying on Waidup (near Isla Tigre) was also special.”MH, Chiswick
Most Memorable Moment?: Too hard to choose one. Panama Canal Transit was a lifelong ambition.NA, London
Panama was far more interesting than what we thought it would be, particularly the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bio Diversity Museum.CY, Heathfield
We didn't realise the partial canal transit would be in such a big boat with loads of other tourists - not a problem, but would have been good for this to be pointed out in advance.NF, Tunbridge Wells
We enjoyed all locations which were very diverse and equally memorable.IB, Chesterfield
Top experiences in Panama - going through the canal and exploring Panama City and surrounding area. I was surprised to find that Panama is not just the Canal Zone!
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