Learn to Dive Bocas Eco Retreat

Inquire for 2016 Availability

Join Bocas Water Sports and the Garden of Eden Bed and Breakfast for a week of eco-adventure designed to renew your spirit and invigorate your mind.

This is a focused retreat that is designed for the adventurous traveler who wants to learn how to scuba dive in the warm Caribbean waters of Bocas Del Toro.   If you have been wanting to learn how to dive but were not excited about jumping into the murky gravel pit or the high mountain lake for your open water dives then consider beautiful Bocas del Toro.  We have long been a premiere surf destination but we also have great “WATER” below the waves!  Bocas Del Toro boasts year around water temperatures of 82 degrees so you do not have to worry about that 3ml wet suite to do your diving comfortably.

Oh and did we mention no PLASTIC FISH!  Many times when you do your classroom in the City they populate the pool with Plastic fish – we have no need to do that in Bocas Del Toro.

Don’t want to sit in a hot classroom for your lessons?  Then join us poolside at the Garden of Eden and enjoy watching the hummingbirds while your instructor is teaching you NOT to hold your breath under water!

We design our learn how to dive retreats for small groups to get the best interaction with the staff who will be working with you throughout the week.

Why Bocas del Toro?

It's a premiere surf destinaion. But we also have great "WATER" below the waves for exploring! We boast your-round water temperatures of 82 degrees, so you don't have to worry about that 3ml wet suit to do your diving comfortably.


What is Included?

  • Transportation from Bocas del Toro airport to Garden of Eden on arrival and departure
  • 3 meals per day during Retreat (Dinner night of arrival.  Breakfast on day of departure)
  • All water taxi transportation throughout the week
  • 3 Open water dives daily and one night dive optional  during the week
  • Day excursion on last (no fly) day.  May include chocolate and flora/fauna hike, beach excursion, caving or zip lines.
  • Park and private property entrance fees
  • Applicable taxes

What is not included?

  • Air transportation to Panama City, Panama or San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Transportation from Panama City or San Jose to Bocas del Toro
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • These retreats are small focused groups (maximum 12 participants) so discuss with your friends and travel groups and book early.
  • For more information contact us by e-mail at gardenofeden.bocas@gmail.com.   Note that these retreats CANNOT be booked directly thru our reservation page.  Contact us for deposit information.

About Our Staff

Our staff has a combined total of over 50 years in hospitality and the Bocas Del Toro region.   Additionally we use local indigenous guides where appropriate for our tours who speak English and are knowledgeable about the region and the ecosystems you will be encountering.

About Our Food

All meals are prepared with fresh local ingredients and cooked in what we call a Caribbean-Bocas style.  While we can accommodate dietary restrictions we specialize in providing flavors and tastes that are found in the region and cultures that are represented in Bocas del Toro.  Our meals are served family style and tend to focus on local caught fish and seafood but we do prepare chicken, pork, and beef dishes.

Sample Retreat Schedule

Day One:  Arrival into Bocas Del Toro and transport to the Garden of Eden, which will be your base for the next 7 days /6 nights.  Be greeted with welcome refreshment and your orientation for the week

Days Two, Three & Four :
8:00 Breakfast, Open Water Class 4 hours, Open Water Skills 3 hours
4:00 – 6:00 Free time to relax or take a short kayak around the mangroves
6:00 – 7:00 Appetizers
7:00-8:00 Dinner

Day Five:  Open Water Dive

Day Six: Being your last ‘No Fly’ day, you can enjoy a day excursion with park and private property entrance fees included. Day excursions can include:

  • Zapatilla turtle nesting park and Coral Caye snorkeling trip
  • Guided kayak trips thru the mangrove bays looking for water birds, rays, skates, and other mangrove fauna.
  • Natural Spring caves and rainforest hike
  • Hike to Polo Beach or Long Beach
  • Oreba cacao farm and chocolate tour
  • Massage by the pool or in your room
  • Red frog Zip line
  • Visit a local indigenous village and rainforest hike

Day Seven: Enjoy your last breakfast at The Garden of Eden, followed by transportation back to Bocas Del Toro.

The weekly schedule will be arranged based on weather and availability of guides.
These retreats are small focused groups (maximum 12 participants) so discuss with your friends and travel groups and book early.   Register early by e-mailing gardenofeden.bocas@gmail.com.

Cost of Retreat:  $1,400 per person based on double occupancy

Payments:  50% deposit due at time of booking.  Full payment due 30 days prior to workshop. Deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days prior to workshop.  After 30 days the deposit will be refunded if your position can be rebooked.  We strongly recommend using travel insurance.   All payments are processed via PayPal and can be made online.

Who Would Attend These Trip?:
Anyone who is spending way too much time behind a desk each week trying to keep up with the corporate world.  Anyone who is spending hours each day planning meals, scheduling events for everyone else and needs a break from the routine.

Sorry but we cannot accommodate any handicaps for these retreats.  Garden of Eden Bed and Breakfast is not handicap friendly.