A short flight or taxi-boat ride from the mainland is the main
island of the archipelago; Isla Colon, named after Columbus, who
sailed through here on his fourth and final voyage to the Americas.
Aside from the obvious appeal of the white-sand beaches and
Caribbean Sea, there are plenty of activities to choose from,
including boat trips around the isolated virgin beaches of the
archipelago, snorkelling over coral reefs, rainforest hiking,
community visits to Indian villages, and dolphin spotting.
Another option is to continue by boat to the island of
Bastimentos, which covers an area of about 20 square miles. It is
mostly jungle and has no roads, cars, or airstrips.
Activities include guided nature trails to discover the local
flora and fauna (from monkeys to moths and turtles), sea kayaking
in the lagoons and mangroves, and snorkelling or diving on the
coral reefs of the Bastimentos National Marine Park. You can also
enjoy excellent birdwatching and fishing, visit a local cocoa farm
to see the chocolate-making process, take day trips to the forest
reserves of the mainland, or just relax on one of the many
beautiful beaches of the archipelago, we recommend asking to be
marooned on your own desert island for the day - all you need is a
good book, snorkelling gear and a radio to request a sunset pick