About Bambuda

Bambuda Lodge is on Isla Solarte, just a 5 minute taxi-boat ride from Bocas Town ($3-$5pp). It consists of two lodge buildings and rentable cabins overlooking a private bay with coral reef and incredible views of the ocean and mountainous spine of mainland Panama. The main lodge has large spacious decks out front for lounging or sunbathing around our massive swimming pool. Beside the bar we have a 150 ft waterslide that deposits you in the ocean! Surrounded by colourful tropical gardens, the main building has a restaurant and bar where we will be happy to fill your belly with food and intoxicate your thirsty body with drinks of all kinds.

Started by two-Canadian childhood friends, we have assembled a very friendly staff team around us that always ends up becoming great friends with all the guests. We have a way of living together like a big family which you will enjoy as we eat dinner together and explore our surroundings together during your stay.

We are on 14 acres of pristine tropical rainforest which is deep and mysterious and incredible to get lost in. Our lodge is completely off-grid, with the Caribbean sun providing all the solar-power we need day and night, and rainwater collected for our water needs. Our only connection to the outside world is the much appreciated WI-FI signal which is strong and fast despite our location.


Things to Know about Bambuda Lodge


We do not accept children under the age of 16.


We prefer cash payments, there is an ATM at the Banco Nacional in Bocas Town less than 5 minutes walk from the water front. We can also accept payments via credit card for 3% fee or Paypal for a 5% fee.


-We have a full on-site restaurant and bar, with a variety of options for every budget. We do not have an open kitchen for guest use. You will not be able to store food or alcohol in the fridge.


-Bambuda Lodge has a mix of private rooms and dorms and our guests like getting to know each other and hang out in the many common areas. However it is also easy to find your own corner to read a book or surf the internet in peace. A highlight for many guests is the communal dinner where everyone eats at the banquet table together at 7:30p – 8:00p


-During the day and evening we like to play music depending on atmosphere. The rooms are located away from the music which allows people who want to have a few drinks and listen to music to be able to do this without disturbing the guests who would like to sleep.


-Going to and from Bocas Town is a 5 minute water taxi which can be called for you day or night. Prices are $3-$5 pp in the day and $5 at night. From town ask any boat driver to go to Bambuda Lodge on Solarte and they will take you directly to us. Getting to a beach is very easy and the closest one is only $4 away


-Bambuda Lodge is off-grid, meaning our electricity comes from the sun and our water is caught and filtered rain-water. With this state-of-the-art technology we are all able to live in comfort; every bed has its own fan and showers are hot. Try to be mindful of water usage and power consumption, toilet paper goes in the garbage bin not down the toilet.

-free cancellation 72 hours in advance, after that you will be charged for your entire stay.


If you cancel one month (30 days) before your reservation, you will be charged 25%. If you cancel within 30 days, there are no refunds. Please only make your reservation once travel plans are secured.


-We have a full tour office and we can arrange countless activities for you around the islands that will keep you busy for weeks. Onward travel to somewhere in Panama or Costa Rica can be arranged for you easily. Within Bambuda’s 14-acre property there are hiking trails through the jungle,  coral reef snorkeling directly in front, and countless plants, fruits and animals living all around us.

Further back towards the jungle we have the Jungle Hideaway which is an enormous beautiful house featuring spacious private rooms with amazing views of the ocean and jungle.

Our property is covered by green rainforest with 40 different kinds of fruit trees. Behind us you will find miles of available hiking in our jungle and into the rest of the island beyond. Talk to our staff and we will point you in the right direction for whatever activity interests you. We live among fruit trees from all over the world including mango, lemon, pineapple, bananas, bread fruit, star fruit, bitty-bop, cherries, grapefruit, acai, water apples, lychee, 3 types of coconut and many others. Each morning fresh fruit is picked and served to our guests.

The activities around the archipelago will keep you entertained for as much time as you have available!

Practical Information

Hours of operation:
Restaurant: 8 am - 9 pm
Bar: 8am - late
Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Reception hours: 9 am - 9 pm

Telephone: +507 6962-4644
E-mail: info (a) bambuda.net

Bambuda is on the south side of Isla Solarte, right next to Blue Coconut. If you don´t have your own boat, just ask any taxi boat driver to take you to Bambuda on Solarte.