Bocas Bali

Architect Andres Brenes, best known for designing the world’s sexiest hotel, has created another seductive masterpiece. Within sight of spirited Bocas Town in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, lies an extraordinary Balinese inspired over-the-water getaway, Bocas Bali, which rivals the most breathtaking resorts in the world. The resort’s charismatic host Scott Dinsmore ensures a warm, unforgettable experience for our guests, who enjoy our rare blend of informal spontaneity in an elegant Caribbean setting.

Your dining experience at The Elephant House and The Coral Café foregoes traditional all-inclusive fare in favor of local, farm-fresh ingredients and regional seafood sourced from Bocas fishermen. Inspired by our on-site greenhouse, our master chef masterminds innovative dishes for every meal.

Guests enjoy 1,100 square feet of spectacular alfresco living, resting on stilts over the Caribbean Sea. In addition to a private pool and terrace, each villa features a king bed with sumptuous linens and an elegant hand-carved soapstone mural. In traditional Balinese style, artists dedicated over 1,000 hours to carving each villa’s teak wood furnishings.

Swim or snorkel directly from your overwater villa. Or explore the Caribbean waters surrounding the island via kayak or paddleboard. For a secluded snorkeling experience, the small island directly across from the villas hosts breathtaking sea life. Bocas Bali’s cerulean waters are warm year-round. But if you prefer freshwater over saltwater, our stunning clubhouse pool is a serene spot to sunbathe.

Private Pool Villa

The private pool luxury water villas are positioned to take full advantage of the steady, warm breeze of the Bocas Del Toro Archipelago. Sip cocktails in your private pool as dolphins pass by or step into the inviting Caribbean water, eternally warm and crystal clear. Situated among the coral with plentiful starfish, this side of the bay is well suited for snorkeling.

Private saltwater pool

Stairs into the sea

Snorkel masks and fins

Romantic Balinese tumpang sari canopy over your bed

Glass Floor Villa

These luxury water villas feature a section of glass floor to view the sea life below from inside the villa. Enjoy a flute of Champaign on your comfy deck sofa as you watch a stingray glide by. The ever-inviting calm waters of the Caribbean Sea on this side of the bay is perfect for a leisurely swim.

Glass floor inlay inside the villa

Comfy outdoor sofa

Stairs into the sea

Snorkel masks and fins

Romantic Balinese tumpang sari canopy over your bed

IBUKU Island Treehouses (Coming in 2022)

The stunning Elora Hardy designed bamboo treehouses will transport you to another realm. Reaching a height of forty feet, you will feel on top of the world and experience a sense of awed wonder. There is a surprise at every turn including a circular door and a dumb waiter reaching from the jungle floor to grand living area at the top. See Elora Hardy’s famous TEDTalk here.

Whimsical groundbreaking designs

Inspirational bamboo living spaces

A feeling of ethereal beauty

Javanese hand hammered copper bathtubs


Dolphin viewing in Dolphin Bay behind our island


Kayaking the mangroves


Fitness center

Arranged Activities & Touring:


The archipelago of Bocas del Toro is set in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea dotted with coral gardens and a stunning variety of tropical fish. It would take you months to explore all of the dive sites here. Some of the most popular are:

Hospital Point

Coral Garden/Grandma’s Garden

The Wreck

Zapatilla Cay

Tiger Rock Bocas

The Buoy Line

Marker 19

The Log

Manuel’s Wall


Mangrove Point

Punta Caracol (Seashell Point)

The Airport/Whorehouse

Bird Island (Swan Cay)

The deepest dives are 114 and 110 feet at Manuel’s Wall and Tiger Rock respectively.

The helpful staff is happy to schedule a dive trip for you. We can arrange to have the Bocas Dive Center pick you up at Bocas Bali’s dock.


Jaw-dropping is the best way to describe Isla Escudo de Veraguas. It’s arguably the most beautiful uninhabited tropical island in the Western Hemisphere.

The island is located about four hours off Panama’s Caribbean coast by boat. But you will arrive in about a half-hour after our seaplane picks you up at Bocas Bali’s dock. Limited access to the island ensures plenty of private beaches to enjoy. Bocas Bali will customize your seaplane visit to Isla Escudo de Veraguas specifically for you. We can arrange for swimming, snorkeling, a lobster cookout, time on your own “private beach” and drinks of your choice. You dream it; we’ll do it.

Note: This exclusive Bocas Bali excursion is dependent on favorable weather conditions and may not be available during times of the year when waves are high.


Many visitors rate Monkey Island as their favorite tour in the region. Here, several species of orphaned monkeys belong to a troop that socializes, grooms, and plays together every day. Monkey Island began when Francine Roy adopted an orphaned capuchin monkey in 2013 while living in Bocas del Toro. Over the years, she’s adopted additional monkeys abandoned by their pet owners or orphaned due to habitat loss or hunting. Francine founded the Monkey Island Foundation with a mission to offer lifelong care for monkeys separated from their families at a young age.

Most people spend a couple of hours on the small island. In addition to the tour, guests can snorkel, swim, play water volleyball, or relax in a hammock. Lunch is available upon request, as well as cocktails, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages.