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Hospital Point

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Just off Colon Island and resting on the northwest tip of Nancy Cay (Solarte Island), lies Hospital Point. Once the central medical center for the United Fruit Company, which established its headquarters in Bocas del Toro in 1899, Hospital Point is now under private ownership and a popular tourist destination for divers and snorkelers.

an aerial view of hospital point, bocas del toro, panama

Perhaps even more so than Coral Cay, Hospital Point possesses a vast assortment of sea life and is arguably Bocas' best place to snorkel and dive. The water is shallowest just off the northwest side of the point—facing Bocas town—where you'll find an abundance of colorful, tropical fish, including parrotfish, angelfish, sea stars, pufferfish, among others. Off the island's tipt, the coral formation descends abruptly, quickly reaching depths in excess of 30-40ft, where it forms part of the deep ocean channel between Hospital Point and Carenero Island. Here, you're more likely to encounter eels, lobster, crabs, lionfish, and sponges, though they're difficult to find if you're not diving with tanks.

a lobster tucked in the coral at hospital point, bocas del toro, panama

Getting to Hospital Point

Most tour operators include a stop at Hospital Point as part of their full-day tour. It is most often the last stop before returning to Bocas town. Anyone wanting to visit Hospital Point at their leisure can hire private water taxis, or rent a sit-on-top kayak by the hour, half-day, or full-day from any of the waterfront tour/dive operators. The water is normally quite calm, but it’s further away than it looks.

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