Isla Boca Brava
photo by Rob Tiggelman

Boca Brava is an island in the Gulf of Chiriquí.

Getting there

From David’s Enrique Malek International Airport: Boca Brava can be accessed by boat from the small fishing village of Boca Chica, just 5 miles from Boca Brava over water. Boca Chica is less than an hour from David's Enrique Malek International Airport. Alternatively, a five minute car ride from David to the nearby port of Pedregal will enable travelers to board a boat for the 50 minute scenic ride to the island. Construction has begun to expand David's airport to accommodate direct regular flights from the United States and Canada.

Traveling around

By boat, water taxi or foot.


It is covered in untouched rain forests and home to multiple families of howler monkeys, as is the neighboring island, Isla Palenque. They are near the Chiriqui National Marine Park, Parque Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriqui (just one of Panama’s 15 nature refuges). The Marine Park is home to many of Panama’s 900 species of birds, 1200 orchid varieties and 100 butterfly varieties.

Things to do

Due to the estuary of the Pedegral, Boca Brava cannot boast of nice beaches. The waters become beautifully clear just past Boca Brava on Isla Palenque, however.

A supreme venue for aqua tourism, Coiba National Marine Park's marine reserves are a convenient day trip away from Boca Brava, featuring huge coral reefs that are breeding grounds for orcas, dolphins, whales, sharks, manta rays, barracudas, three kinds of marlin and moray eels. World-class sport fishing and diving can be found around the Islas Ladrones and Islas Secas.


Bar and restaurant can be found at Cala Mia Resort.


Bar and restaurant can be found at Cala Mia Resort.


Solar powered green resort Cala Mia can be found on Boca Brava, which offers 11 bungalows and practices environmentally responsible tourism. Also on the island, Hotel Boca Brava commonly known among backpackers as "Frank's Place."

On neighboring Isla Palenque a boutique eco-resort development plans to break ground at the end of the year.


This largely uninhabited island has no stores of note.

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