What to bring on your stay

Here is a list of recommended items to bring when coming to stay at Ankay Conservation.



One of the lovely things about living in the jungle is the fact we’re surrounded by nature. But that does mean that by the time the sun goes down it can be a little bit tricky to see the path. So we recommend you pop a headtorch in your bag when you’re packing – rechargeable is best!


Eco-friendly toiletries

We like to promote the use of plastic-free naturally based products like shampoo/ conditioner bars and insect repellent.


Coral-safe suncream

As a conservation center working closely with corals, we do everything we can to minimise our impact in the ocean. In this spirit, we ask you to bring suncream free from octinoxate and oxybenzone- two chemicals that cause the most damage to corals.


Sunglasses and sunhat

Always useful for our surface intervals and travels!


Dive equipment

With all our courses and programs, full equipment rental is included in the price. But if you own any of your own equipment, feel free to bring it along!



Lots of places in Bocas Town accept card, but there are still a few crucial businesses that don’t- namely the boats. Boat rides between Isla Colon and Ankay Conservation cost $5 during the day and $10 at night. Whilst you can get cash here, the ATMs here charge you $6.99 for every withdrawal, regardless of the amount, so it might be sensible to bring it with you.


International/ Panamanian SIM

Whilst many places around Bocas del Toro have free, accessible Wi-Fi (including Ankay Conservation), it’s sensible to have a working SIM card to have easy access to maps, contacting taxi boats and any other travel needs.


Reusable water bottle

We have an on-tap supply of UV-filtered drinking water, but across in town you’ll have to pay for a plastic bottle. To help combat plastic waste (and keep your expenses down), we suggest you bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill up here at the centre.



Weather in Bocas can be a little fickle. Whilst we always hope for the best weather for our students, nothing can be guaranteed- even in dry season. It’s a good bet to pack a small, fold away waterproof of some sort that you can keep in the bottom of your backpack or a dry bag and well as a waterproof jacket.


Beach/boat towel

Towels for use within the centre are free to use, but if you want to head to the beach, or dry off on the boat, we suggest bringing a microfiber towel. These are quick to dry and easy to clean, and sand falls right off them!