Panama features one of the richest ecosystems on the planet. With thirty percent of
the country protected as national parks, visitors to Panama can experience lush
tropical mangrove forests, secluded beaches and an unparalleled array of wildlife.
BASIS International’s project on Boca Brava Island is designed to enjoy and
preserve this remarkable environment while utilizing sustainable technologies.
Boca Brava Island, on the Pacific Ocean’s Gulf of Chiriquí, borders Parque
Nacional Marino Golfo de Chiriquí, a national archipelagic marine park protecting
25 islands, 19 coral reefs and abundant wildlife. This gulf, famous for world-class
fishing, scuba diving, wildlife, bird watching, is one of the most picturesque places
BASIS’s development concept for Boca Brava—the first of its kind in Panama—
includes an upscale luxury eco-boutique hotel and villa style residences which
combine ecological preservation and New Urbanism practices. Our goal is to
maximize return-on-investment without sacrificing environmental sustainability or
social responsibility. Geo features such as solar and wind energy, grey and storm
water recycling, and dense landscaping are featured throughout the development.
The local community will benefit from the project too, through small business
development, health and educational programs.
The project site borders a large protected mangrove forest that separates it from a
secluded beach. From the beach front, the landscape climbs to rolling hills that
provide incredible views of tropical forest, nearby islands and the open ocean.
Monkeys, armadillos, wild rabbits, iguanas, turtles, dolphins, humpback whales
and more than 250 different bird species inhabit the immediate area. The forest has
more than one hundred species of trees. Boca Brava visitors and residents can
enjoy exploring the island on foot or horseback, relaxing by the beach or pools,
kayaking though mangrove forests and myriad water sports.
Finally, it is our hope that by educating our guests about conservation, the forest,
our wildlife and Panama’s culture, we help spread the word about the importance
of sustainable development.