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Taboga Island also known as the «Island of Flowers», is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama. It is a tourist destination, about 20 km from Panama City, Panama.
The island was discovered in the 16th century and was originally named Isla de San Pedro by the Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Its current name derives from an Indian word aboga («many fish»). The island’s first settlers were Indian slaves from Venezuela and Nicaragua. The small town of San Pedro was founded in 1524 by Hernando de Luque, dean of the Panama cathedral. The town church of the same name is claimed to be the second-oldest church in the hemisphere. Rose of Lima (1586–1617), the first Catholic saint of the Americas, may have been born on the island. French painter Paul Gauguin visited the island in 1887. Paul Gauguin in Taboga
Having worked for the first (French) attempt to dig a canal from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific, attempt in which 22000 workers lost their life, French painter Paul Gauguin, taking ill, was sent for treatment in Taboga Island; he then returned to France, with a stopover in Martinique; then left for the Marquesas and meeting his Destiny. His stay in Taboga is marked by an engraved plate on the island’s main beach.
Tourism is the major economic activity on the island, although fishing and agriculture are also practiced. The island has become a popular touristic attraction due to its beautiful natural areas and its proximity to Panama City. Daily ferries link the city to the island, most of them departing from the Amador Causeway.
Aside from beaches, the island has trails for hiking to its highest points, including Cerro Vigía and Cerro de la Cruz. The latter is a hill located south of the town, topped with a huge cross. Boat tours for fishing, whale watching, snorkeling, and sightseeing are available, as well as walking and nature tours.
Taboga Island has small hotels and restaurants Calaloo Beach Fishbar & Grill on Playa Honda just 2 minutes from the pier, Agua Sol Villa, located on the water with a private beach entry from the hotels ocean deck; Ocean Rock Cafe and bar, ocean view from their hillside/rainforest location B and B Hotel Cerrito Tropical and Restaurant; Mundi’s; Hotel Vereda Tropical and on the top of the island, the spectacular Villa Caprichosa Hotel and Caffe Capri Bistrot by the famous American-Italian designer Diane Burn.
Tours for hiking, nature and village walks, whale watching, fishing, and boating can be organized through Agua Sol Villa and B and B Hotel Cerrito Tropical.
Taboga also has the famous Cementerio do Taboga (Cemetery of Taboga) it is the oldest cemetery on the Island and is full of rich history and decorative headstones and graves.
- Departure Day
R44 Helicopter departure
Round trip from Aeropuerto Marcos A. Gelabert to Taboga.
If you need to hold the helicopter, the waiting time will be charged at $120 per each hour. The first wait hour has not charge, it will be free by courtesy of PANAMA HELICOPTER TOURS