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Pukalani Hostel Reviews

Big Creek, Bocas del Toro, Panama

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112 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 73%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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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


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

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


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


Apart from the good location of the place (right on the beach, even tho 5km from the town) you quickly realise that the place is not well taken care of. You cannot bring your own drinks coz they want to rip you of with their bar, 12dolar doorm includes a pancakemix for breakfast: you can prepare your own pancakes in a dirty kitchen..would be nice that they at least offered honey and coffee with the "included breakfast". The girl at the recepcion was very helpful tho :)


This is a good hostel to stay at if you are trying to get away from the party scene for a while. The entire hostel is well landscaped and very clean. The pool is an awesome way to cool off after a long day. I would stay here again!

  • 12th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Friendly staff, nice pool/beachside environment. Thanks for a great stay!

  • 29th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


great hostel to stay in, loved the atmosphere, Pitbul Hugo and friendliest staff ever, salsa lessons from Jaenette

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