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Bastimentos Alive Tours

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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Bastimentos Alive takes you into the beautiful jungle and to the tropical beaches of Bastimentos. Check out our website for more details on our tours.
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Lisarooze wrote a review May 2018
Haarlem, The Netherlands1 contribution2 helpful votes
A week ago we did the jungle walking tour to polo beach. Our guide was titi. Tom couldn’t join us because of other activities but he helped us really well to get there. We we’re at the other side of the Island but he sent us a boat to pick us up. The tour was with a small group and Titi. Titi was awesome. He lived almost all of his live on bastimentos and knows the island really well. He told us so much about everything. He climbed jn threes to get us the all different kinds of fresh fruits, told us about the birds, the people and showed us the island. Even build us a little bridge when me and another girl didn’t want to walk through the mud. So he got to big branches and build us the bridge. At the and we arrived at polobeach. A 70 year old man who lives there for almost all of is live so he got his own beach. Normally polo would prepare the lunch together with Titi, but he was a bit drunk. He had some friends over during the day so when we arrived around 3 he was a bit drunk. He told us all kinds of crazy stories, it was fun to meet him. He had a crazy live and he is know just enjoying it by cooking, drinking, smoking and having fun with different people everyday. It was a fun day. After the tour Titi and Tom invited us to a party at there organisation there throwing every monday. There was a local band and it was a really relaxing and fun to be there! Thanks Titi and Tom!
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Lisa V wrote a review Apr 2018
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Yesterday my boyfriend and I were part of the group doing the Zapatilla tour. Our guide, the boat caballero, Christo was super friendly and funny. We have seen dolphins, sloths, crocodiles, starfishes and parrot fishes. On the sea a fisher gave us some lobsters which Christo cooked with rice for lunch. It tasted great! At the end of the tour we bought cocktails at blue coconut, a nice place to relax.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Kristin Paul M wrote a review Apr 2018
Golden, Colorado38 contributions17 helpful votes
We just got back from 3 days on Bastimentos. We could never have gotten such a varied, complete look at the area without Tom and his adventures. We started with the Polo's Paradise hike, which was the most unique tour I've ever been on. We walked across the island from Old Bank on a muddy trail through jungle over hilly cow pastures, trying various tropical fruits and getting a good background on the island from Tom and Titi. We walked through beautiful, somewhat built-up Red Frog beach and on to the tropical paradise of Polo's Beach, where we swam and had a delicious of chicken, coconut rice and potatoes cooked by Christo at Polo's cabin. Polo himself seemed to be chilling the day we were there. We saw some of the little, red frogs there. We walked back to Red Frog boat access and took a boat home around 5-6 pm (much to my son's relief, who was afraid we'd have to hike all the way back). It rained some off and on during lunch, but luckily spared us during the earlier hike. The rain wasn't really a problem. We sheltered under Polo's roof during lunch. Day 2, Tom set up a tour of Nivida Bat Cave for us with Rutilio Milton, a leader of the indiginous Ngobe Bugle tribe on Basti who speaks English well and is known for his bat cave tours. It was raining off and on again, which doesn't make much difference in a cave. We got a boat taxi to Bahia Honda, the center of the community there where we met in the restaurant/school. He took us up the mangrove-lined river to the cave (20-30"), then toured the cave, where the water level was pretty high due to recent rain. We went to the first waterfall, which required a brief section of swimming. We could have stopped earlier (as my 10 yo son did), with water only thigh-level (waist for my 10 year old), and still seen plenty of bats, but it was really cool to go the little bit further to the waterfall. It sounds like we could have gone further had we wanted to. The lunch back at Bahia Honda was ready when we got back (~2 hours RT to the cave), cooked by Carmen. Another delicious, typical meal of chicken, rice, plantains. For our third day, we did the Zapatilla tour. The sun cooperated and we had a totally sunny day. Christo led this, with Javier driving the boat. We started with a visit to Sloth Island, where we watched a sloth for awhile, then snorkelled at Cayo Coral, then hung out on one of the Zapatilla Islands and snorkelled again. I saw some beautiful, brightly colored fish at both places. There's a cooler on the boat, so we enjoyed some beers we had brought there. Then we went over toward the Salt Creek area, stopping to watch a bunch of dolphins play right near our boat one the way. We hung out while Christo cooked another nice, traditional lunch with chicken, coconut rice and plantains. A couple of caimans lurked nearby. After a couple of hours, we headed back by a small island with lots of starfish surrounding, then to the Blue Coconut, an uncrowded over-the-water bar/restaurant in a beautiful location on Solarte. My kids snorkelled there while my husband and I had a drink and hung out (bring some $ for food/drinks if you want). We were done around 6 pm, although Christo offered to stay there longer if we wanted. I enjoyed listening to Christo and Javier speaking Guari Guari (the creole language based on English (although unintelligible to me) with some Spanish and indiginous Guaymi thrown in) that is the primary language spoken in Old Bank. Overall, an unforgettable 3 days on Bastimentos!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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wheresthesalt wrote a review Mar 2018
San Diego, California62 contributions23 helpful votes
Tom and Titi are great guides and helped us navigate the 10-mile hike through the jungle on a wet, sloppy day. Although it's clear that they are organized, the day is tailored to the clientele and does not feel like a forced march. Flora, fauna, and fruit make for a great active day.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Djbtlv wrote a review Mar 2018
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma20 contributions6 helpful votes
We spent a day with Tom and the crew on a well-equipped, comfortable boat. We booked a private excursion and it was evident the crew had a plan for the day but was flexible and eager for us to have the day we wanted. We were picked up at our marina and went to Zapatilla island. Did some snorkeling here which is nice but the beach was idyllic. Several other groups of people were on the beach for a day trip, but this added to the fun. Everyone was just having a great day on a beautiful beach. We then went to Azul beach and were just lazy for a bit. Had lunch on Coral Cay (food was AMAZING), and snorkeled around the docks with the colorful fish. Last stop was Blue Coconut - a fun island bar out on the water. Snorkeled a small reef here that was absolutely beautiful. Hard to beat a great cocktail and great coral and fish! We were a family with teenage girls. The crew was serious about safety but laid back. They knew the area well and genuinely wanted the give us a great day. We are so thankful to Bastimentos Live for one of our favorite days on our Bocas Vacation.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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