Things to do in Panama

From a completely laid back vacation to an itinerary filled with adventures, there are many things to do in Panama. This small country in Central America really has it all. With a main city that offers quite an active nightlife, internationally known restaurants, coffee culture, crafted beer culture, shopping malls, opera shows and even a few museums to visit. There are also many touristically developed areas such as Venao, Portobello, The Gulf of Panama, Boquete, The Gulf of Chiriqui amongst many others that offer fun things to do in Panama.

You can have breakfast viewing the sun rising over the Pacific ocean and by 10:00 am you could be arriving to a cooler weather mountainy area. There is plenty diversity of flora and fauna, beaches, mountains, archipelagos and you can also find slightly developed to completely unspoiled islands.

If you are an outdoor adventurer you will find many fun things to do in Panama. Whether is a mountain activity or if the aquatic fun suits you best, you can choose both in Cala Mia, take a look at our packages today.


Isla Secas Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the most fun things to do in Panama due to the diverse marine life and ecosystems that are found throughout the country. Take a boat tour towards one of the best snorkeling spots in the Gulf of Chiriqui. The trip comes highly recommended as magnificent encounters with marine life exist not too far from our shores.

The half day trip includes a 45 minute boat ride to archipelago of Isla secas. You will snorkel around the stunning live coral reefs, seeing colorful fish, and other exotic marine life that thrive in the area.

Suitable for couples, groups of friends, and families with older children. Cala Mia staff will ensure your adventure is filled with enjoyable memories.

Paddle Boarding

Discover the magical feeling of floating around the Boca Brava Island in a safe and easy way.  This incredible experience is one of the top things to do in Panama during your holiday. It’s easy to master and soon you will confidently glide over the waters around Cala Mia.

  • The 30 minute ‘Experience Paddle boarding’ option is great for beginners.
  • The 2 hour ‘Mangrove Tour’ takes you on an adventure into the mangrove-lined rivers.  See the incredibly rich ecosystems surrounding this paradise.

Island Tours - Half Day

The perfect way to relax and enjoy a half day could be exploring the surrounding islands. You’ll embark on a short 20 minute journey of discovery across the waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí towards the unspoiled Isla Gamez or Bolaños where the cool shade of swaying palms fan over white sandy beaches. These beaches are great for swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing.


Sea kayaking is just one of the best things to do in Panama that make your trip to Cala Mia a unique Island adventure! You can freely explore this remote tropical coastline and take your time to admire the numerous sandy beaches and our pristine natural environment.

For the more adventurous guest looking for some exercise, you can paddle around the island and, tide permitting, into a hidden mangrove jungle. The journey of paddling through the still waters of a secluded mangrove jungle is an experience unlike any other. It is definitely one of the top things to do in Panama.

Tow Sports

Playing with tow water toys is maybe one of the most fun things to do in Panama. Its a good way to relax your mind and get some exercise done.

Try your skills or learn the following sports with our instructors:

  • Wakeboarding
  • Kite Surfing
  • Skurfing
  • Water skiing
  • Knee boarding
  • Subwing