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Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

3 Full baths

Description from owner

Welcome to the Villa on Mango Bay. A vacation at our villa is like being transported to Jurassic Park. Monkeys, Dolphins, Parrots & Eagles are seen on a daily basis. Fisherman are often seen just off the point of the island. As it is famous for Red Snapper. Most morning the water is totally calm & ideal for paddling or a ski behind one our boats. We are the perfect launch point to go whale watching or spear fishing to Isla Ladrones. The Chiriqui Marine Park is just 30 minutes away & it is one of the super natural jewels of the Province. Best of all, we can have you from the airport to the villa in 45 minutes! We have all the luxuries like high speed internet, five AC units & Netflix's. The rooms all have teak hardwood floors,10 foot bamboo ceilings & an over head fan. Each room having an incredible view as the exterior walls are all glass.

The villa is comprised of three 800 foot Steel, Teak & Bamboo platforms. Each of the rooms has an incredible view, thru the glass with curtains that can be drawn. The first room has 2 sets of bunk beds, central night table & lamp & a large armoire for clothing. The second has a nice queen bed, Rustic hardwood chair, armoire & two end tables. Both rooms are large. The master is on its own 800 foot platform & has an attached 3 room master bath & its own covered porch with teak deck furniture. This room has a king bed, armoire, desk, two end tables, chest & another ornamental cabinet.

The kitchen is fully stocked with all the appliances you would expect back home. There is a 20 foot long marble island that allows for seating of close to a dozen. We have a gas barbecue to grill your freshly caught fish of the day.The living room has two funky Bamboo chairs & a large sectional for seating. It easily converts to additional spot to sleep two more. We have an entertainment center with a Onkio 5.1 receiver, 5 speakers & two DVD players, both have different formats. The flat screen TV receives Netflix's in English. We have high speed internet & fantastic WIFI. We also have a Magic Jack phone system so you can call home to North America for free!!

The home & furniture has a Bali theme, It blends well with the thatch covered bamboo post & beam roof system. These three 60 foot long thatched roofs cover the villa's three 40 foot long pavilions & the bodega which houses the laundry room, sporting equipment & the off grid power system. The walls are glass to give you the feeling of living in the jungle, but of course you are completely isolated from the outside. We have all the conveniences, like AC in every room, high speed internet, Netflix's & crushed ice.

We also have a guest cottage on the property. It can be rented in addition or separately. Contact me for a quote please! It is more of a chalet stye, as it has a loft that could be used for extra guests. It is a 530 foot 2 bedroom with a 240 foot covered porch in the front. it has a nice kitchen with both inside & outside dining tables. There is a nice tile shower in the bathroom & cedar bathroom cabinet with a big glass bowl sink. The vanity has 3 drawers to store your toiletries. Especially good for longer term guests. Each of the rooms has a ceiling fan & there is an AC unit in the front of the house. The cottage is well insulated, so we think that it will stay cool once it is down to temperature. It has an induction element & a 3 burner Italian cook top. A stove exhaust fan. The convection oven sits just on top of the hood fan. There is a large fridge to store your food & beverages. The kitchen is stocked with most of the pots & utensils you use at home.

Yes, we have a large array of solar panels & a new large set of batteries to store the power of the sun in Panama. We just installed our new high efficiency Perkins diesel generator. To ensure there is always a way to keep the rooms cool at night. We do not intend for our guests to stay inside the house all day under the AC. That is NOT possible in an off grid environment. But we want to ensure guests a comfortable night relaxing & a good nights sleep.

The property is on a jungle preserve with incredible trees, some fruit bearing, with birds & monkeys giving an ambiance similar to Jurassic park. The calm warm waters are accessed by our 150 foot long pier. We have our own small private beach with cement steps to access it. It is great spot to lay out in the morning or to go for a swim, paddle or to water ski off of the beach or our 24 foot long dock.

Access to all the fishing in the bay & out into the Hannibal bank is a must. We have a small barge for transporting a few people & all their luggage. We have a quick run about (with a ski bar, double skis & a knee board for the kids) We also have a 20 foot open boat with 3 bench seats for transporting larger groups of people & their luggage. One of our boats can get you right into the marina at Petragal in about 40 minutes. Petragal is just 4 minutes from the airport; which is only 5 minutes from the city of David.

Beds: 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 6 Twin Beds, 2 Sofa Beds, 1 Crib

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 6942008

About the area

Car: Not Necessary We are ideally situated to explore all the activities that the Bay of Chiriqui has to offer. Fishing in the bay as a quick way to amuse your self & catch your own dinner. We could arrange it, so that our boat captain (who use to be a local fisherman) takes you out to catch some fish or maybe you want to see if you can catch a 100-300 pound Tuna or Marlin. If so, we can arrange a deep sea fishing trip out out to the world famous Hannibal Bank. You can water ski on the calm water in the bay all year long. Explore one of the hundreds of small island beaches. Find caves & maybe meet a surf school at Isla Silva for a day or two of lessons. There is a great monkey preserve only 10 minutes away by boat, we canarrange a day trip (Fridays) that will be highly educational. Great photo opportunity!! There are many things to see & do in the mountains as well. We can arrange a trip to go rafting or zip lining, it can be arranged from Mango Bay. However to really check out the mountains, we would recommend that you stay in Bouquette. This would make those activities much closer & relaxing. They also can advise you on some local places to see & eat at. Be aware that the mountains can get heavy rain while our island often stays completely dry, or the rains come much later in the day.. The ridge trail is very interesting & gives you some nice views of the bay.You can see Vulcan Baru in the distance. Panama's largest mountain! We often take our guests to Hotel Boca Bravo, just across from Boca Chica. This is about 15 minutes from our house.

Getting around

You either hire Victor to take you out or we can connect you with Daniel, he has a 31 foot, twin engine. He can take you out on a fishing trip or to explore the Secas Islands. There is also some spectacular spear fishing around Isla Ladrones. Daniel can make it there in 1 hour from Mango Bay. Often the fish are in droves there!

Getting here

You can fly into David from Panama city or San Jose, Costa Rica. Many drive to David or even take the inexpensive deluxe charter bus system that moves the majority of people in Panama.

Interaction with guest

Victor our manager lives on the island. I live in Canada but keep in touch by phone & text.

Owner profile

Shawn M.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English

About the owner

I bought the large partcel on Isla Boca Chica (Muertos about 5 years ago. We have done a ton of work to make it the relaxing polace it is today. Gusts have no idea of the cost & effort involved in setting up a luxury villa on a tropical island in Panama. It is a an extremely unique experience.Th...

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Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 4: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 5: 2 Twin beds
    Beds in other rooms: Twin bed


  • Air conditioning
  • Grill
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Safe
  • Sea view
  • Staffed property
  • Towels provided
  • Waterfront


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 3 Full baths

Reviews (2)

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

Date of Stay
January 5, 2016

We stayed at the villa for 3 nights and it was nothing short of an adventure-filled, exciting visit. The villa itself is beautiful, nestled in pristine rain forest and surrounded by a wide variety of tropical fruit trees. For adventure seekers like us, there was no shortage of activity.

We spent a day and a half exploring the island by foot. We also spent a day out on the boat exploring the Chiriqui marine park, which is a quick ride away, where we practically had the whole ocean to ourselves. We were surprised by how few people we came across in such a beautiful place.

Besides all the activities away from the villa, we also enjoyed the accommodations. The villa is comfortable and well-appointed. The kitchen is well-equipped for any cooking - there's no take out there! The deck around the villa has a gorgeous view out to sunrise.

There is a small beach just down the hill near the dock for a quick dip after a sweaty day in the jungle.

The bay is very quiet, with only the occasional fishing boat passing by. The local wildlife is very entertaining too!

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers

My family of seven had an amazing vacation at Mango Bay. We were met at the airport in the city David by Jose who transported us and our groceries (Jose purchased groceries for us in advance so we could get to the island asap) to the boat landing. Captain Victor, picked us up with two boats at the landing, and we had our first exciting boat ride. The islands are so beautiful. Caretakers David and Linda met us at Mango Bay, gave us a tour of the villa, and we got settled in. Each day was an adventure.

One day, David & Linda set up a tent and chairs for us on the beach on Isla Boca Brava! Victor and his son, Brian, transported us there and back. We played in the ocean. Hunted for shells. We found abundant sand dollars! Make sure to plan activities early in the day! Then you can rest in the afternoon at the way cool Mango Bay! And prepare wonderful meals. We used the grill for most of our cooking. The solar system is way cool too! It is a good thing to be off the grid. We worked carefully with David and Linda on timing of air conditioning usage, so we could minimize the use of the backup generator. One afternoon Victor cut down fresh coconuts for us all, and he skillfully used his machete to prepare them. We were able to drink the coconut water!

Another day, Captain Daniel took us way out in the ocean to many islands! Daniel knows the people here. He is intuitive about what we would like to experience. With him we went to great island getaways. We saw crocodiles, sting rays, 100 year old trees, eco lodges, hidden beaches, dolphins, pelicans, two places where he has lived, his dear friends... We were able to snorkel, catch big fish, eat awesome watermelon, and experience way out there ocean and island stuff! Daniel also helped us with the boat ride back to Petragal, which is close to the city of David. The fish that we caught with Daniel provided two wonderful evening meals.

One day we just chilled at the Mango Bay Villas. Enjoyed the cool breeze, the warm sun, the high and low tides, the relaxing shaded decks, the magical howler monkeys that became our good mysterious friends and guardians through the week. We added a trip to Boquete on the end of our adventure. Jose was the perfect driver and guide to Boquete, and back to the David Airport. Shawn helped us connect with wonderful dear people who guided us in Panama City, in the city of David, out at Mango Bay, and in Boquette. We learned unexpected things from the people and nature every day!

A Unique Travel Adventure

Isla Boca Chica, Boca Chica, Chiriqui, Panama (654183)

Date of Stay
January 23, 2016

We just came back from Panama and we had a fabulous getaway at this villa. It is remote, quiet and a true taste of what Panama is really about. The owner Shawn was extremely informative. Everything was organized from the time we landed in David airport. Our driver who speaks English picked us up and drove us to the grocery store to get our necessities for the visit. We then drove to Petragal Marina where we met the boat captain who drove us through the channels surrounded by mangroves to the Villa. We were welcomed by the house keepers who were very helpful showing us the villa and all the features of the property.

The place is tastefully decorated and the views of the bay and mountains are incredible. The glass walls and thatched roof of the villa offer an amazing tropical experience inside and out. The Villa is well equipped with all of the amenities including a full kitchen, large onsuite with an amazing outdoor shower, Internet and TV. The deck is quite large and was great for dining outdoors. We used the boat services for a full day going to several beaches within the marine park(nice snorkeling) as well as isla Palenque where we saw a lot of monkeys. We went to lunch with our boat captain at the Boca Brava Hotel restaurant where we found affordable and good food. The ridge trail hike in the jungle on the island is quite the experience! I recommend this beautiful villa and location to anyone looking to experience the nature and natural beauty of this amazing country and live the natural experience.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Tourist without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+ & Romantic Getaways