Bahia Honda Kayak Fishing Expedition – Original

This kayak fishing expedition on the ‘Lost Coast’ of Panama is a real wilderness experience. Our base camp is situated in Bahia Honda, where we are hosted by a local family.

Accommodations are in basic thatch roofed Bohios out fitted with good quality camping gear.

World class fishing is literally right on our door step.

Bahia Honda’s ‘Lost Coast’ offers various fishing sites made up from  islands , under sea pinnacles and miles of coastline.

On land, waking up with the sound of howler monkeys and baitfish jumping around you is truly magnificent .

Jim’s magical Rooster fish

Kayak Fishing Expedition Bahia Honda


Arrival day

Arrivals through Tucumen International Airport in Panama. You will be met on arrival and transported to hotel for overnight stay. Panama City is a vibrant international city with great restuarants and night life. Hotel accomodations vary from 5 star to hostles and guesthouses

Arrivals before 12:00 can transfer to Santa Catalina and spend the night in private comfortable cabins, arranged by Panama Paddle Center.

Day 1

Pick Up at 06 00

Travel by private mini-bus or 4×4 to Santa Catalina or Playa Banco . Trip+- 5 hours, transfer to Panga for a 1:30 min panga ride to Bahia Honda

14 00 Arrive Bahia Honda, check in

15 00 Trip orientations and safety briefings

16 00 Equipment preparation,  Check out paddle and fishing

18 00 Return to camp and clean up

18 30 Drinks and briefing and planning for next day

19 00 Dinner

Days 2, 3, 4 & 5

05 00 Wake up and breakfast

06 00 Launch site evaluation and preparation.  Day’s fishing start

Pending conditions we fish to 12 00 lunch

15 00 Afternoon Kayak fishing

18 00 Day end return to hotel

18 45 Drinks and briefing and planning for next day

19 00 Dinner

Departure day

06 00 Wake Up and breakfast

07 00 Depart to Panama City for return flight home

Flights to Depart after 17:00

Add on Trips

Add on activities, fishing Peacock bass on Gatun Lake are available before and after scheduled trips, with accomodation available at the Gatun Lake Villa.

Tight Lines and paddle hard


$ P.O.A.
Depending on number of anglers


Jackson Cuda and Ocean Trident are currently pre positioned on site, ( From time to time we also fish Stealth , Perception and Hobie kayak)

English speaking guide

Accommodation included, at Panama Paddle Center’ base camp in Bahia Honda

Camping style

Not Included

Hotel accommodation in Panama City or Santa Catalina
Personal items
Road transfers from Panama City to fishing locations

We recommend that due to the remote locations all anglers have travel and medical evacuation insurance.

We fish the best equipment to give you the best chance to catch fish and have an experience of a life time
Anglers will be responsible for their equipment and damage or loss will be charged to their accounts.

VIP meet and greet service available at Tocumen on arrival at additional cost

Paddling Experience

Fishing starts and ends on land, we promote true kayak fishing. Depending on conditions and location we have a support panga.

There are some remote locations and panga´s may be used from time to time to reposition anglers.

The offshore areas we fish requires good seamanship, we have a qualified guide with anglers at all times.

It will be all anglers responsibility to prepare themselves physically and technically for these trips.

We require all anglers to complete a form related to their experience and physical paddle capability.

Prior to any fishing a check out paddle will be required.

We will inform all anglers of the requirements needed for each trip. Any angler that can not conform to these will not be allowed to go to sea.

Instruction is part of the trip and anglers will be shown launching and beaching technique. If you want to learn safely this is the place. We’ll schedule advanced and beginners trips throughout the year to accommodate all levels of kayak anglers.

Safety is always our first priority and fishing will always be scheduled around what weather and ocean conditions permit.


Panama Paddle Center is a strong supporter of catch and release and promotes conservation. We keep a fry-up for dinners and release the rest.

Fishing Tackle

Although we have tackled available we highly recommend that anglers bring their own tackle.

Recommended tackle
1 Two Spinning or bait casting rods and reels, Shimano Bait Runner type, 20 to 60 lb
2 One Jigging Type rod reel to 20 to 60 lb
3 Light Tackle Casting or spinning reel for bait and smaller fish

Lure Kits

Lure kits are available on reservation, we highly recommend these kits they have been put together for the local conditions and drawing on our guide’s experience.


For More information and bookings Contact

Hennie Marais

+ 507 6780 3346

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