Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge

Panama

Tranquilo Bay Eco Adventure Lodge

Panama

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‘Where eco-friendliness meets adventure in a lush mangrove coastline. Experience nature at Tranquilo Bay where wildlife spotting is assured, and knowledgeable guides will help you explore the neighbouring islands.’

Overview

  • Highlights

    • Surrounded by 200 acres of forest
    • Spectacular ocean & jungle views
    • Kayaking, paddleboarding & snorkeling
    • Reusable water bottles provided
    • Meals with fresh, local ingredients
    • An observation tower to spot wildlife
    • Adjacent to a National Marine Park
    • Responsible water usage (rainwater)
    • Biodegradable toiletries provided
    • Check-in: 10:00am
    • Discover more with ‘Behind the Green’

    Minimum stay: 3 nights
    Equivalent price per night: From $281 USD

  • Local Knowledge

    Bastimentos Island has many different landscapes offering fantastic sightseeing opportunities and other activities from hiking, fishing, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding, to birdwatching from the observation tower.

    On Bastimentos Island, there is:

    • Wildlife spotting; sloths, dolphins, birds
    • Beaches; Red Frog Beach, Polo Beach, Wizard Beach
    • Creeks; Salt Creek, Cedar Creek, Alberrys Creek

    Other places of interest include:

    • Red Frog Marina
    • Cueva de Murcielagos (Cave of the Bats)
  • Location

    Tranquilo Bay is located on Bastimentos Island which is part of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, in the province of Bocas del Toro, Panama. The island consists of many beaches, coves, a mangrove coastline and is home to the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park which takes up the majority of the island’s area.

    • Distance from airport: Bocas del Toro Airport
    • Key attraction: Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park
    • Nearest restaurant: Restaurant Jasmine

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  • Architecture
    During the 5-year construction of Tranquilo Bay, the owners committed to live primitively in the jungle at the then future site of the hotel. This enabled them to conduct research that...
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    would help create an eco-friendly destination that protects and preserves the environment. Materials were purchased in Panama where possible, renewable and recyclable materials were used with the addition of thick interior insulation to keep temperatures cool during warm equatorial days. Local hardwoods were used as decorative elements and for the furniture within the hotel rather than built from a limited resource. The hotel’s canopy observation tower was made from a former communications tower that they split into two equal parts, they built stairs and a platform between the two to allow guests to view wildlife and the archipelago from a bird’s eye location. They are preserving more than 80 acres of the 200+ acres they have acquired, and they limit their use of local hardwoods to combat de-forestation.

  • Water
    Tranquilo Bay practices responsible water usage and educates their employees and guests in these practices. All water used at the lodge is captured rainwater, with a catchment process on each...
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    of the cabanas, staff quarters etc. that is then purified using a filtration and UV light sterilisation technique. Toilets, faucets and shower heads are all water-saving and grey water is used for irrigation for gardening, moreover the black water goes through a septic system (which does not have harmful chemicals).

  • Energy
    Energy at Tranquilo Bay is produced from a diesel generator, using less than 1 gallon of diesel an hour to support all guest and employee housing, the kitchen and laundry etc. They limit their use of...
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    fossil fuels where possible by: maintaining travel days to and from Isla Colon, looking into alternatives for their power generation such as the boat motors they use. There are energy-saving lights installed throughout the building and there are no path lights between the cabanas and the main lodge building to save energy and reduce light pollution, instead guests are provided with flashlights. Guest units are on energy-saving mode and air-conditioning is only turned on at the heat of the day and for dinner service.

  • Engage Guests
    The activities offered at Tranquilo Bay are all human-powered; hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, wildlife watching on-site etc. to promote a greener stay as these activities do not...
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    use any fuel. Tranquilo Bay also educate employees and guests on the protection and preservation of the native marine and wild life in the local area, as well as providing guests with a binder with all eco-friendly options at Tranquilo Bay. The hotel also tries to use every opportunity to engage with guests regarding eco-friendliness, such as at meal times and on excursions where the owners or a guide can talk to guests with information concerning conservation and environmental education.

  • Waste
    There is a strict waste separation system in place to encourage recycling at Tranquilo Bay, including on-site compost. Kitchen and garden waste go to this compost or is fed to the local animals. The
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    hotel also avoids the use of plastic by providing guests on excursions with reusable water bottles that are returned, sanitised and filled every day, and by using reusable shopping bags and/or boxes for all of the hotel’s purchasing. Discoloured towels and sheets are repurposed for cleaning or for other on-site jobs and rice, coffee, flour and produce bags are repurposed into shopping bags for groceries. They also do not print marketing materials, instead all of their material is available to download from their website.

  • Food
    The majority of food at Tranquilo Bay is sourced from within Panama and raw materials are brought in, in the largest quantity possible to then make as much food as possible from this on-site, such as...
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    the breads and desserts baked on-site every day. The hotel has planted trees that will increase their self-efficiency in the future and they already grow a fair amount of fruit and herbs on-site (about a third of the fresh fruit juices served come from the trees on-site). Tranquilo Bay does not support the over-fishing of lobsters, conch and octopus, thus they will not purchase or serve these locally endangered species at their hotel.

  • Conservation
    Renee H. Kimball (hotel owner) was the president of the Bocas Sustainable Tourism Alliance from 2009-2012 and she and the hotel are involved in many organisations and projects within...
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    conservation including: BESO and Give and Surf charities that support the local children; APTSO, a foundation supporting sustainable tourism; the Bastimentos National Marine Park, and they host The School for Field Studies. They work with several indigenous communities such as Salt Creek indigenous community to create a 620-acre municipal reserve to protect the trees, this provides roofing for this community and keeps the area safe from being developed on. Indigenous communities provide the hotel with guides for their excursions and prepare trails for tourist use to understand the indigenous life at Bocas del Toro. They are involved in science projects such as Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute that does a number of studies on the property, citizen science projects eBird and the Global Bid Day bird count. They sponsor a scholar who studied the monkeys on Bastimentos and they work with a graduate who studies the red frogs of Bastimentos, they are waiting for approval to do DNA research on Tarpon and are also working to identify new species of insects at Tranquilo Bay with the appropriate experts. Last but not least, they also volunteer as the Vigilantes de Bastimentos in order to help the Panamanian government agencies enforce the various environmental laws.

  • Housekeeping
    To keep housekeeping practices as eco-friendly as possible, sheets are generally changed once a week for longer stays (unless guests request otherwise), towels are only changed if they are...
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    found soaking wet on the floor or at check-out and all wash loads are done at full capacity. The laundry detergent and dishwashing soaps are biodegradable. For cleaning, bleach is avoided or used in very limited quantities; instead vinegar and alcohol are used where possible. The hotel uses biodegradable shampoo and conditioner from Bioland Organics and bars of castile (olive oil based) soap made in Panama, with any unused soap being repurposed for employee usage.

  • Kiwano Bonus
    Tranquilo Bay have helped in other ways outside of these categories; most of the employees that don’t live within walking or paddling distance of the hotel live on-site, the hotel owners' children have...
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    repurposed wine bottles by turning them into drinking glasses, chipped dishes are donated to the local home for the aged and the hotel participates in organised trash clean-ups on the island and neighbouring islands. Tranquilo Bay also supports the Panamanian economy by employing local personnel and purchasing locally made goods.

Reviews

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    "Immaculate and comfortable"

    We are just leaving what felt like our home away from home. The resort was beautiful and our cabanas immaculate and comfortable.

    M & J Smith, Google Reviews

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    "Amazingly beautiful spot"

    Many beautiful birds and plants on the property. Had a lovely, peaceful kayak paddle into the mangroves one evening. Cabanas were lovely and private. You need to spend several days there at least to get the full effect of this eco-lodge.

    Karen, Facebook Reviews

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    "So glad we went!"

    The remoteness allows visitors to experience first hand, with knowledgeable and passionate guides, the essence of Panama. Birds, sloths, beautiful plants, frogs, upside down jellyfish, beautiful coral reefs, mangroves teeming with life, it is hard to adequately describe Tranquilo Bay.

    Johanna, TripAdvisor

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    "Ideal choice for bird watchers"

    Absolutely first rate eco-hospitality. An ideal choice for birders with friends/family who want a wide variety of water-based outdoor activities.

    Jeffrey, Facebook Reviews

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    "Fascinating, active, and still relaxing family holiday"

    The location is breathtakingly beautiful, tucked in between the rainforest and the mangroves, on the edge of the reef. The snorkelling was easy, interesting and varied with great options right off the dock, around the edges of the mangroves, and a short paddle away to one of several cool reef options. Hiking the forest paths was also fascinating, with so much biodiversity.

    Family D, TripAdvisor

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    "Tranquilo, for sure!"

    My wife and I spent my birthday here. It was the best celebration of my life in this amazing place with excellent accommodation, superb food, attentive staff and knowledgeable, engaging guides. We loved every second we were there in this incredible garden of pristine nature. We’ll go back because it was difficult to leave.

    Robert, TripAdvisor

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