This stunning 277 acres island is located 100 miles off the isthmus of Panama, in the Pacific ocean and forms part of the Pearl Island archipelago. A scattering of nearly 250  islands that are characterized by perfect white sand bays and beaches fringed with coconut trees and dense jungle.

The uninhabited island you will be living on was featured in the first two seasons of Bear Grylls’ The island’
desert island panama

Wildlife

From April through until September is humpback whale mating season and they are found here in impressive numbers. There is an extremely high chance that you will see the whales. If you are lucky they will be breaching right off the beach as you take your breakfast. At any time of year you might also witness turtles nesting on our beach, these include Olive Ridley, Green and occasionally leatherback Turtles. Nesting is more likely to occur during a full moon and we will walk the beach most nights to try to spot a nesting turtle from a distance. On a number of mornings we have walked the beach and seen tracks from the night before, you may even be fortunate enough to have the chance to witness hatching. 

Though visibility here is not immensely clear. Year round when snorkelling you can spot stingrays, reef sharks, eagle rays and turtles. The night times are illuminated by phosphorescent plankton and fire fireflies. From sea eagles to hummingbirds, the bird life on the island is abundant.

spotted eagle ray desert island panama

what we love

  • Primary tropical rainforest right down to the beach.

  • Huge expansive beaches

  • phosphorescent plankton lighting up the ocean.

  • Incredible electric storms (April - November)

 

  • Great international connections and cost effective to get to.

  • Add on some time to see Central America

  • Excellent fishing

  • Diverse birdlife

Accommodation

Before and after you will stay in the best hotel on the nearby island with its own beautiful private beach (below). From here our speedboat will collect and drop you back after your expedition.

 The hotel beach your survival adventure starts and finishes

The hotel beach your survival adventure starts and finishes

Climate

There are two distinct seasons, Dry (from December to May) and Wet (May to November), with a short shoulder season in between. 

Average weather panama island

The wet season, is still predominantly blue skies but is punctuated by astonishing and sometimes ferocious electric storms. The temperature is more agreeable and there is ample drinking and water to wash with.  Rainfall tends to be on average 1 hour a day and torrential. This is a really nice time to cool down and get the salt off your skin. Mosquitos are not much of an issue all year round, there are however sandflies at this time of year which can get quite irritating at sunrise and sunset. Dry season offers wall-to-wall blue sky, less insects and better visibility for snorkelling, however it’s warmer with less shade and water is more of a premium. In summary both have their merits but wet season can be a more extreme and challenging experience. 

 Our uninhabited desert Island from above

Our uninhabited desert Island from above

Getting here

You will need to fly to Panama City, Panama (Tocumen PTY). From there you will need to transfer out to the island we take out speedboat from. A return flight is $110 USD or you can take a ferry. Once you have send us an enquiry we will send you a full travel information pack with all the information and tips.