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Pukalani Hostel Reviews

Big Creek, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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121 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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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.


Pukalani is the spot to stay in if you are going to Bocas. We met a couple who didn't have a place to stay upon arrival so they stayed in Town. The next day they turned up at Pukalani and after one night said they regretted not spending all their time there. Staff - great. Martina runs a tight ship when it comes to cleanliness. And you will not find cooler owners in Panama, let alone Bocas. Would come back in a flash

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Gracias a ustedes por hospedarse aqui con nosotros esperamos que vuelvan algun dia buen viaje!!!!


Juan and Maife were excellent. I really enjoyed my stay there.

  • 20th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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Gracias para nosotros fue un placer tenerlos en nuestro hostal esperamos que regreses algun dia buen viaje!!!


The hostel is located in a wonderful setting right at the beach and it has an excellent swimming pool. It's a very good place to relax. The only real minor point is they do not allow you to bring your own alcohol hoping you'll buy overpriced drinks at the bar. Since the place is mainly a hostel and too far from the center to function as a bar, this doesn't work out at all and kills a part of the atmosphere. Solution; either allow outside alcohol or lower the prices because no one buys it now.


Straff was Medium friendly. No shuttle bus to the center, so you have to take a taxi every time. Private rooms in the center only cost half the price. Though it is quiet and relaxing there. Breakfast is very little and only for privates. Bike rental would be good

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