Welcome to Cocovivo, a unique paradise for the curious and adventurous. Cocovivo is not your typical hotel; it is an eco-retreat designed to offer nature-seekers a more immersive experience of Bocas del Toro, both in the water and in the jungle. Many activities here at Cocovivo are free, but for a deeper connection to the area, we recommend signing up for one of our carefully crafted tours, unique to Cocovivo!
The reef at Cocovivo is one of our best kept secrets. Not only is right on your doorstep, it's one of the healthiest and happiest stretches of coral in all of Bocas del Toro. To make it as accessible as possible for guests, we offer basic complimentary snorkeling gear in a wide variety of sizes. The snorkel gear can be found at the Reef Center, which -- as the name suggests -- is also the launching point for swimming and snorkeling. Please do not touch the reef, both for conservation reasons and for your own, as there are many sea urchins ready to give you a spiky splinter.
Yoga at the Reef Center
When the weather is calm, there’s nothing more relaxing than spreading out a yoga mat at the Reef Center with 360 degrees of sparkling water as a backdrop for your downward dogs.
Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking
One of the best ways to experience Cocovivo is by water. We have a selection of complimentary standup paddle boards and kayaks for exploring our little lagoon. Don't be surprised if a school of dolphins splashes by you; they also love it here! For a midday snack, paddle across the lagoon to Ernie's Chicken shack for a local fried chicken treat (if you don't see it immediately, ask the locals!).
Here in our lagoon, the combination of still waters and red mangrove trees create the ideal environment for bioluminescent micro-organisms to thrive. The ideal viewing time is a new moon night or before the moon rises. Any kind of motion causes the bioluminescence to light up: swimming, kayaking, or even just jumping on the dock!
Hiking around our 55 acre grounds
Cocovivo began as a reforestation project and now our jungle is teeming with life. Slip on some closed-toed shoes and explore to your heart's content. Keep an eye out for sloths, howler monkeys, and kinkajous along the path. Having trouble spotting these critters on your own? Book our popular Jungle Tour and one of our local guides will reveal the secrets of the rainforest.
Spot Wildlife at Night
Borrow a bright headlamp at the reef center, and look up into the trees. It's amazing how many critters come out to play when the sun goes down. In particular, keep an eye out for kinkajous - a curious Panamanian mammal with the body of the monkey and the head of a bear. They can be found scampering around the bamboo and fruit trees.
Jungle Trek (Most Popular)
A walking tour of CocoVivo’s 55-acre biodiverse grounds that leaves right from the Reef Cabin. Trek through thick jungle foliage and climb small waterfalls. Learn to identify the trees, fruits, and creatures of the jungle. Your guide will take you to the secret hideouts of the jungle’s more exotic species: sloths, howler monkeys, and kinkajous, and we will be looking for fresh tropical fruit and coconut water on the way.
We provide rubber boots and bug repellent. Long pants recommended
Duration: 2-3 hours
$24 for 1-2 pax. $8 per add'l pax.
Indigenous Fishing Wisdom
See the traditional fishing techniques of the Ngabe people in the lagoon! Go fishing in a traditional dugout canoe (or kayak, if you prefer a more stable boat) with a local Ngabe guide who will show you where the fish are, how to catch them, and how to clean them.
Duration: 1.5 hours
$24 for up to 2 pax. $8 per add'l
Frog Discovery Adventure
Researchers from all over the world come to Isla Cristobal to study our frogs - especially Oophaga pumilio, the strawberry poison-dart frog, famous for its widespread variation in coloration. We call our population the “blue jeans” morph, and you will see why.
This frog-scouting adventure is a beautiful and intense hike through some undeveloped swaths of jungle with awe-inspiring trees whose roots may be taller than you are! In addition to frogs, odds are you'll also see a sloth or two and maybe some howler monkeys. This hike is also on CocoVivo land, but only accessible by boat.
We provide rubber boots and bug repellent. Long pants recommended.
Difficulty level: Adventurous: Deep into the jungle, steep hillsides and slippery slopes
Duration: 2-3 hours
$45 for up to 3 pax, $10 per add'l
Green Acres is a privately owned and operated working chocolate farm and botanical gardens nestled on the south shore of Dolphin Bay. Learn how our cacao is grown in a sustainable manner. See how it is dried and roasted and turned into 100% organic chocolate and nibs. Samples are provided!
Duration: 3 hrs (incl. 30 min boat ride)
$15/pax (pay to Green Acres)
$30/for the boat ride per group
Visit a Local Village
CocoVivo could not exist without our local community. Our property manager was born right here in Tiera Oscura, and we integrate local crafts and building techniques in the design of all our our cabins. This tour will offer a glimpse of what it's like outside of the expat bubble of Bocas Town. This adventure involves a short walk with a chance to see monkeys and sloths.
Duration: 2-3 hours
$45 for up to 3 pax, $10 per add'l
Boat Ride to Bocas Town or Almirante
"I found a tour in my guidebook that looks interesting, but it's not offered on this list. What do I do?" First, ask us. There's always a chance we'll be able to accommodate or create something custom for you. In the more likely event that we can't swing it, we can take you to Bocas Town where there are a plethora of tour companies offering group trips to places like Red Frog and Zapatillas. Your shared ride for your arrival and departure at CocoVivo is included in your AirBnb service fee.
$60 + $10/hr of wait time
Beach Tours also offered in Bocas
For less than 6 people, it might be more economical to book these trips from an operator in Bocas town, but if you’re at CocoVivo and would like some white sand beach time, here are your options:
Cayos Zapatillas are islands in a small archipelago plucked straight from a postcard and dropped off of the coast of Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro. The white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and palm trees are quintessentially Caribbean. Optional stop to spend up to 3 hours at a floating monkey sanctuary along the way where you can cuddle and play with the rescue monkeys.
Duration: 6 hrs (incl 1.5hr boat ride, sometimes a bit choppy)
$180up to 6 pax. $15 per add'l
$20/pax. Monkey add-on
Our favorite! This white sand beach with crystal clear calm water is known for its gigantic bright orange starfish. Bring a mask and snorkel or just look at the from the surface. This beach is at the northern end of Isla colon. Food options range from lobster dishes to local vegetarian food. A 20 minute walk takes you to Bocas del Drago beach, which is less developed.
Duration: 4 hrs (incl. 1.5hr boat ride)
$150up to 6 pax. $10 add'l
Red Frog Beach
Located on nearby Bastimentos Island, Red Frog Beach is one of the most scenic white sand beaches in Bocas del Toro. In recent years, a resort has been built up around the beach where guests can choose from an array of dining options, sip cocktails by the infinity pool, or book a relaxing massage.
Duration: 4 hrs (incl. 1h boat ride)
$120up to 6 pax. $10 add'l