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Pukalani Hostel Reviews

Big Creek, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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128 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 81%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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good location, quiet place


They only give for breakfast pancake mix. Not even coffee. The location is beautiful but out of the town. You need to take taxis or bike all the time.


The place is really ideal for surfers, its close the the best surfspots, but its a bit far from the center and can be difficult to get a taxi at night...but they are working on it, so it wont be a problem soon i guess. The stuffs are so nice, and helpful, they organized for us everything for a good price, and helped as they could. I really liked to stay here, chilling. Clean, simple rooms. The swimmingpool is really big and free kayak is a lot of fun too.


We had a few problems with the room at check in, but the staff was so friendly and helpful that the problems evaporated The common kitchen is below standard, but usable. We really enjoyed our stay. I recommend it.

  • 6th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


Our stay was great. The Caraballos are awesome

  • 18th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The hostel itself is a good deal, you get what you pay for. It has a pool and is beach front. If you're into partying and enjoying everything the city center has to offer, the hostel is 5km away from it (cab fare of 2-3$ p/p and taxis come by frequently if you are already in the center). Ask the staff and they will call a cab to pick you up at the hostal. I came to relax so this didn't really bother me. I would fix the guest's kitchen thought, it's not really inviting at all. Melly was nice :)


In general, everything was fine the only problem was that far from the center, taxis are few and the weather is variable and usually rains.

  • 2nd Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ecuador
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Our private room was secure, beds were comfy, and we had an AC unit and bathroom, so we were happy, but some friends of ours did not have an AC unit. The room came with breakfast which was great for a quick bite before heading out for the day. The pool is a very nice touch. Our one major complaint was the location. It is a 2 dollar cab to town per person, but cabs take a long time to get there once called and they are not always available to come late at night/if you do not have a few people.

  • 24th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Pukalani is the best hostel to stay in Isla Colon, wonderful hostel, great hosts, very very nice atmosphere.

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