West of Panama City on the Caribbean coast, the snorkeling at Bocas Del Toro is renowned for its protected waters and coral reefs. Many of the snorkeling spots have very clear water with few waves. The waters generally fall within the protected Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimento. The best Bocas del Toro snorkeling is a Red Frog Beach and the coral-fringed Cayos Zapatillas. Other good dive spots include the tip of Solarte Key, where you’ll find The Garden and Hospital Point, the bay side of Colon Island, where you’ll find Boca del Drago and Mangrove Point, and lastly, on Cristobal Island where you’ll find Crawl Key and Cristobal light dive spots.
The best way to get to the remote snorkeling sites around Bocas del Toro is by taxis marinos (water taxis), which are widely available from the Bocas del Toro boat terminal.
To reach the snorkeling in Panama by air, fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY) located just east of Panama City. From Panama City, there are domestic flights to destinations throughout the country. The domestic terminal at Tocumen International Airport tends to serve destinations in western Panama. The main domestic airport in Panama City is Aeropuerto Marcos Gelabert located in the Albrook sector of the city. The only domestic airline is Air Panama, which luckily serves many of the islands. Take a domestic flight to Almirante. From Almirante, there is a ferry boat out to Bocas del Toro boat terminal via Taxi 25 or Bolas Marine Tours (30 minutes). When leaving Panama, there is a required departure tax of $40USD per person in cash, which may be included in the international airline ticket (reconfirm that it is included).
Overall, Bocas Del Toro is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 7 snorkeling dives in Panama.