Bocas del Toro, Panama

Isla Popa

Wild Beaches, All-Inclusive Resorts & Lush Jungle

Isla Popa is the second-largest island in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. It is located only 200 meters from the mainland.

Isla Popa, Bocas del Toro

Isla Popa

Untouched beaches and Raw Jungle

Popa Island is one of the biggest islands in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. It consists of a group of islets and cays that form part of this district. On Isla Popa, you will find colorful reefs, mangroves, and lush forests where you can see tucans. Go on a snorkeling tour and discover the many reefs and fish that inhabit the surrounding island. Or simply relax on one of its almost private beaches where you will be the only one there. Popa Island is only a few minutes from the famous Cayos Zapatillas. One of the least visited islands in the Bocas archipelago. Isla Popa is home to five indigenous communities: Popa 1, Popa 2, Isla Tigre, Loma Partida, and Punta Laurel.


History of Isla Popa

Bocas del Toro is a picturesque archipelago located in the Caribbean Sea on the northern side of Panama’s isthmus. These islands were first discovered (and named after) Christopher Columbus in 1502, utilized initially as a place used for refuge and repairs to his fleet of ships.

Isla Popa Culture

Isla Popa is home to five different indigenous communities. Each community practices agriculture tends livestock and artisanal fishing. The majority of the inhabitants are indigenous Ngöbe. Most residents live in rustic homes, many of them built over the sea.

How to Get to Isla Popa

Most visitors to Bocas del Toro visit local indigenous communities for cultural and wildlife tours. Isla Popa is a 30-minute boat ride from Bocas Town. Reach out to local tour agencies for details on where to go and what to do on Isla Popa.

Safety on Isla Popa

Isla Popa is a small community of only around 600 inhabitants. Still, just like anywhere, it’s essential to use common sense when visiting. Do not leave your things unattended while visiting. Make sure to use local tour agencies and guides when visiting the jungles and surrounding reefs.

Isla Popa Tips & Tricks

A few local communities offer tours of their villages and places to eat over the water. Make sure to bring cash, the entire island is off-the-grid, and there are no ATMs anywhere near here. 

Things to Do


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