We were well taken care of by Ormelio, the manager, who organized our pick up at the airport and transportation to the lodge, snorkeling, a visit to bird island and Red Frog Beach, Estrella Beach, and our car, boat, taxi and bus trip to Changuinola to fly back to Panama City. Ormelio also took us on a jungle walk, which was interesting. The food was good. If you don't speak very good Spanish, don't worry because Ormelio sounds like he's lived in America. He's a member of the Ngoble Bugle indigenous group and it was fascinating to talk to him about his background and family and the local people. The other guests were also interesting.
The website doesn't quite capture the remoteness of this place, which is a 20 minute ride from the paved road on a bumpy dirt road. There are no longer any bikes to borrow or shopping to speak of in the little community of Drago, which is 8 miles away. The sea was too rough to use the kayaks and you couldn't snorkel on the beach by the lodge at the time of year we were there. We are flexible so we didn't mind but a more balanced description would set more realistic expectations. That said, it is truly a beautiful place to stay for nature lovers. We saw lots of birds (I'm a birder) and monkeys and sloths.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two private houses (sleep 6) with six additional apartments (sleeps 2+). All accommodations have kitchens and refrigeration. 20 acres of of private property and private beach. Larger, long beaches within walkng distance. 'A private, natural hideaway' Like being at a friend's beach house... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lodge At Swan's Cay Panama/Bocas Del Toro - Isla Colon