Gran Kahuna Hostal

Isla Carenero, Bocas del Toro, Panama, Distance from city centre: 0.3km

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On a beach lined with palm trees you will find Gran Kahuna Beach Hostel in Bocas del Toro. Now located on Carenero Island, only a three-minute boat ride from Bocas Town, Gran Kahuna Beach Hostel offers a mellow beachfront hostel setting with shared and private rooms.

Our aim is to provide travellers with laid-back, quiet, comfortable accommodations where all the best Bocas has to offer is close at hand. This newly-renovated hostel is a tranquil choice for travellers looking to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bocas del Toro.

We are the first surfer-oriented hostel in Bocas with a great variety of surfboards for rent and only a few minutes walk from the best surf spots in Bocas.

If you came to Bocas del Toro to wake up on the beach, then Gran Kahuna Beach Hostel is a great choice!

Prices are per person per night.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Café
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Not Accepted
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals Available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Steam Room
  • Taxes included
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels For Hire
  • Towels Included

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

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How to get there....

We are located right on the water on the neighboring island of Carenero, only three minutes by boat from Bocas Town so you can shop and party all you want yet still far enough from the action to enjoy the tranquility and tropical beauty of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. After landing on Isla Coln, simply take a water taxi to Gran Kahuna on Carenero Island. Well cover the cost of transport (usually $1) so you can check-in at your leisure.

Take a taxi to Changuinola, Finca 60, then a water taxi to Isla Colon; we are located 100 meters to the left when you arrive. This would all costs about $10.

BY BUS FROM DAVID-CHIRIQUI: take a bus from the International Bus Terminal in David to Almirante/Changuinola. Let the driver know ahead of time that you want to stop at ALMIRANTE. The bus takes about 4 hours to arrive at Almirante. From there take a taxi to any water taxi that goes to ISLA COLON. We recommend JAMPAN, TAXI 25, or BOCAS MARINE TOURS.

BY BUS FROM PANAMA CITY: take a bus from Albrook International Bus Terminal in Panama City, usually you can take a direct bus from Panama City to Almirante for about $25, the ride is approximately 10 hours. When you arrive to Almirante take a water taxi to Isla Colon for $5. We recommend JAMPAN, TAXI 25, or BOCAS MARINE TOURS.

BY AIR PLANE: Aeroperlas and Air Panama have several daily flights from Panama City to Bocas, David to Bocas, and even Costa Rica to Bocas. From the airport take a taxi to the Gran Kahuna Hostel, we pay for the transportation.

Located Near

On Isla Carenero there are no streets or cars, which completes the serene vibe. While there are residents from all over, many of the locals are indigenous and speak Guari Guari or other dialects. There are many islands surrounding the hostel that you can explore with a tour group or on your own. The main island of Isla Colon boasts rich nightlife, dining and shopping options. There are many nightclubs and bars lining the water just a short distance from our dock.

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