Also known as Isla de Los Perros (Dog Island), Achutupu is a private island a short boat ride to the east that is inhabited only by a family of caretakers. Visitors must pay them a US$2 entrance fee.
Note: Don’t confuse this Achutupu with the large, crowded island of the same name much farther east.
Everything about this pristine speck of sand and palm trees is straight out of a postcard. The water is calm and crystalline, with great snorkeling visibility.
There’s an old shipwreck in shallow water just off the south side of the island. It’s overgrown with brilliant coral and has become a playground for a variety of small and medium-sized tropical fish.
Achutupu is surrounded by other lovely islands, with rustic Kuna sailboats and the occasional sleek foreign yacht gliding around them. If Achutupu isn’t perfect enough, ask the boatman to do some more exploring.
© William Friar from Moon Panama, 3rd Edition