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Pukalani Hostel Reviews

Big Creek, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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92 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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The Hostel itself was very nice with swimming pool and ocean view however the staff was not really helpful or gave you a welcome feeling.


Pukalani is nice compared to other hostels in Bocas because it has a pool and big grounds where you can hang out. It's quite a walk or ride from town but you can easily take a $2 taxi. It would be great if the hostel had bikes for rent! The drawbacks I found were - it was clean enough but our bathroom never got really cleaned in 5 days I was there and the kitchen is a little gross. At the bar, the price listed is never the real price. Coffee is $1, but it's then 50 cents more for milk etc.


Very good hostel! Nice place and comfy beds. You can already stay at the hostel common area if yoz arrive early with a night bus. Great staff!


Really great hostel!!! Only bad thing is you dont get any breakfast, except for that tjis hostel is really nice and the surroundings are amazing. Stay here!


Had A great time here A bit expencive. The kicthen is very small and not for cocking Big meals.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The hostel didn't offer the following features even though they say on hostelworld: there is no shuttle to town, you have to pay 2$ one way for a taxi. no smoking area in the entire hostel although it's mentioned even in the confirmation mail. they don't offer breakfast but they tell you on hostelworld and in the confirmation mail when you book a dorm. The breakfast is only for private rooms but if you book one for 3 people only 2 get breakfast. But you can use pancake powder in a filthy kitchen


This is so far the best hostel I have ever stayed. The place itself makes you feel like in paradise. Just the fact that it is a front sea hostel makes it nice to be at any time of the day. I was in a private room in the second floor with an amazing view to the Caribbean. There is a swimmming pool to and bar-restaurant. Breakfast is free if ypu pay for a private room. The staff is kind and make you feel comfortable. It would be good to have cable tv in the rooms or at least the private rooms.


Grounds are gorgeous, each room opening up to the pool and ocean just beyond. Rooms and facilities were super clean (minus the common kitchen, but that's the fault of irresponsible travelers). It's an interesting space in that you can be as social or as solitary as you'd like. Plenty of serene moments, but the nightly group at the hostel bar couldn't be beat! Staff treats guests as if they're family sharing their home. We were given rides to town, FOOD from their family dinners, & lots of hugs!


This is a great, peaceful place to stay in bocas. Just outside of town, it is worth the $2 taxi ride to escape the people of Bocas. I would highly recommend to anyone who's ready to relax, meet other fun travelers and enjoy Panama

  • 16th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Pukalani was clean, beautiful, and quiet (although they apparently have a massive full moon party once a month). They have a private beach and a pool which were very nice. But for me, it was located way too far out of "downtown", about a 7 minute taxi ride, or a 45 minute walk. The price of Pukalani was about the same as other hostels located downtown, but I ended up paying about an extra $10-$12 a day in taxis.


This is one of the best hostels I've ever stayed at! The location is beautiful and the staff is awesome.

  • 26th Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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