Jinja Island is a private Caribbean hideaway located deep in the heart of Panama's Bocas Del Toro archipelago.
Jinja Island is situated in an area of calm, clear water on the northeast entrance of Dolphin Bay.
The island boasts a house, a cabaña, a bodega and three boat docks. It is highly accessible and uniquely suited for development.
The dream is to provide accommodation and entertainment for groups of up to 20 visitors who’ll come to Jinja Island and live in harmony with nature as they attend bespoke eco-retreats for writing, art, yoga, well-being and conservation.
INVEST IN NATURE
Jinja Island is a haven for wildlife, attracting hummingbirds, wild parrots, flycatchers, pelicans and toucans.
The mangroves which surround the island provide both privacy for visitors and shelter for all kinds of creatures, both great and small.
The soil is rich in nutrients and provides a solid foundation for growing all kinds of tropical trees, plants and flowers: coconuts, bananas, pineapples, aloe vera, ginger and many more besides.
The daily temperature averages a pleasant 26°C (79°F) all year round and with 400cm (115") of rain annually, there is never a water shortage... just 2.2 acres of lush, green, vibrant life.
Jinja Island’s reefs are among the most vibrant, healthy and best preserved in the region.
The north-east shore of Jinja Island is fringed by two breathtaking tropical reefs, both of which provide a rich haven for all kinds of marine life.
These warm shallows burst with aquatic splendour: coral, sea anemonae, sponges, urchins, starfish, octopuses, eagle spotted rays, clown fish, barracuda, red snapper, swordfish, fry, langusta and shrimp.
At night the water glows with bio-luminescence and sparkles with the reflections of a million stars which trace a path across the firmament all the way from the North Star to the Southern Cross.
Jinja Island lies 10km due south of Bocas Town. It is the largest private island that is "line-of-sight" of Bocas, which means boats can travel there day and night.
INVEST IN BOCAS
Lonely Planet lists Bocas Del Toro
as Panama’s number one attraction
for backpackers and eco-tourists.
An archipelago of hundreds of lush green islands, clear tropical waters and white-sand beaches make Bocas Del Toro the hidden gem of the Caribbean.
On a more practical note, Bocas has an international airport with several flights a day to Panama City and Costa Rica, as well as supermarkets and hardware stores, timber yards and solar panel distributers – everything needed to set up Jinja Island as Central America’s premier eco-retreat.
Panama uses US dollars, it’s relatively easy to set up a company and most visitors enjoy six months visa-free entry on arrival.
Boasting a stable economy, a currency pegged to the US dollar, the highest GDP per capita of any country in Latin America, jungles, volcanos, exotic wildlife and hundreds of miles of unspoiled beaches on two different oceans, tourism in Panama is taking off in a big way.
The number of tourists that arrived in 2017 totalled 2.5 million – a figure equivalent to over half the population of Panama itself.
According to the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), tourist spending went up by 4% in 2017, totalling a massive $4.451 billion — a huge amount for such a small country. Much of that income comes from wealthy holidaymakers looking for somewhere a little "off the beaten track".
With cheap daily direct flights to Panama City from Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, New York, LA, Houston, Las Vegas, Washington, Boston, Atlanta and Montreal (amongst others), when it comes to tapping the backpacker/eco-tourism market, the sky is the limit.
Located just a few degrees north of the equator, Panama enjoys a year-round tropical climate. Temperatures are uniformly high — as is the relative humidity — and there is little seasonal variation. If you like it hot, the weather is superb all year round!
Private islands big enough for an eco-retreat are hard to come by. Jinja Island is in a perfect location in a stable and economically successful region of the world.
I am the first and only person to visit every country in the world without flying. I lived off-grid on Jinja Island for 3 years.
I'm driven by an insatiable desire to create positive experiences for the world, to prove that with hard work and determination anything is possible and to leave the planet a better place than I found it.
My time in Bocas taught me the most effective ways of getting things done. I've seen for myself what works and what does not. Trust me when I tell you that local knowledge goes a long way.
My engaged online following of over 30,000 YouTube subscribers, together with my creative toolkit as an acclaimed writer, award-winning videographer and website designer mean that I'm uniquely positioned to generate worldwide publicity for whatever happens next on Jinja Island.
What would you do with your own tropical island? An exclusive eco-retreat? Set up a bar on the water? Or just use it whenever you need to escape from the world?
Given its location, size and natural wonders, Jinja Island is brimming with investment opportunities. With enough cabañas, solar panels and rainwater collection tanks, an eco-resort would easily cope with up to 20 guests at a time, all of whom could enjoy high-quality broadband and 24-hour access to Bocas Town.
Panama's strict environmental laws mean that building on the reef or disturbing the mangroves that surround the island is forbidden. However, it would be permissible to apply for a concession to build a bar and/or cabaña on Jinja Island's Bocas-facing lagoon which would not interfere with the reef or mangroves in any way.
Below is a suggestion for one of the many ways that Jinja Island could be developed into a world-class eco-retreat once this Covid-19 nightmare is over.
Everybody dreams of owning a private island. It's time to make that dream a reality.
Your initial investment will grant you 50% of the ownership of Jinja Island and the exclusive right to lease the island for a nominal fee in order to build your dreams upon it.
I'm looking for a investor with vision, an investor who understands the unique and life-changing potential that owning an island brings. Most of all, I'm looking for an investor with the grit and determination required to make Jinja Island a rip-roaring success.
If you choose to invest in Jinja Island, there is a rule: whatever you decide to do with this spectacular site, it must be environmentally sustainable, both at a local and global level. If that sounds like your cup of tea and you've got the money to invest, please, get in touch.