A day in Paradise
Day trip San Blas islands
San Blas islands, Panama
1 full day
Day trip to the San Blas islands
Explore the highlights of San Blas in only one day
Explore during this day trip uninhabited islands covered with palm trees and surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Experience a fascinating indigenous culture in a place, that is still fairly new to tourism. Enjoy fresh, local seafood straight from the sea (lobster upon availability, other options available).
Our San Blas Day Tour runs daily – what are you waiting for?
Start: Carti (San Blas)*
End: Carti (San Blas)*
*Transport from Panama City to Carti and back available
I am so glad we did this tour, it was incredible! I really wanted to see San Blas but we only had five days in Panama so this was perfect!
John & Liz, USA
Your perfect day in San Blas
San Blas Day Tour Highlights
At least 2-3 islands
Crystal clear waters
Lunch on the beach
Freshly caught seafood
Authentic Kuna culture
Prices San Blas Day Trip
- Boat ride from Cartí, San Blas, to different islands and back
- Visits to different islands
- Delicious fresh lunch on the beach (usually fresh fish/sea food, alternatives available upon request, + sides)
- Snorkel equipment
- Transport from Panama City to Carti*
- Governmental entrance fees to San Blas and dock fee (22 USD per person)
- Beverages (can be brought along or purchased for fair prices)
*Optional: Add car ride from Panama City to Cartí and back, +50 USD per person (leaving 5.30am, returning ca. 7pm)
Islands, beachtime and fresh fish
San Blas Day tour Itinerary*
Morning to lunch time
We meet at ca. 8:30am in Carti (departure time Panama City: 5-5:30am) and head to the first island (ca. 30mins). Visit the first island and stay here until lunch time. Walk around the island, enjoy the white sand beach, swim in crystal clear waters or go snorkeling.
Enjoy a delicious fresh meal with the catch of the day (vegetarian/vegan options available on request) right next to the beach and surrounded by palm trees.
Let’s explore an uninhabited island and a place where we can spot some sea stars before the day has come to an end and we are heading back to Cartí, where the tour ends. From here, you can expect to be back in Panama City at around 7pm.
* Exemplary tour, occasionally we change the order of the tour.
Your guarantee for an authentic experience
Your San Blas day tour is organized and fully carried out by us. As a purely local and family run business, proud of our Kuna heritage and with over 10 years of experience in tourism in San Blas, we invite you to experience an unforgettable and authentic day in San Blas.
Getting to San Blas and other information
The San Blas islands are not easy to access and most likely unlike most places you might have visited. Read this to know what to expect.
On what days do you offer the tour
We offer the tour every day, Monday to Sunday, including holidays!
Where does the tour start/end
Our tour starts at around 8.30am in Cartí, Panama, which is a small dock in the Comarca Kuna Yala (San Blas). From here our boat will pick you up and bring you to the different islands. The tour also ends here at around 3/3.30pm.
How to get to San Blas
There is no public transport to San Blas! You can get to San Blas either via plane from Panama City or via the only road connecting San Blas with Panama City. The road is departing from highway 1, leading through the San Blas hills to Cartí, where our tour starts. From Cartí, boats are departing to the surrounding islands. The road can only be accessed with cars equipped with 4×4 (SUVs or pickups). If you do not wish to drive yourself, shared taxis with a special permit from the Kuna Congress (for 4-7 people) leave daily at 5.30am from Panama City to Cartí and return in the afternoon from Cartí to Panama City, arriving approx. at 7pm. You have to make a reservation in advance via your travel agency. It is 25 USD per person each way (50 USD for the return ride) – please contact us if we should organize the taxi ride for you.
What is the governmental entrance fee
Every visitor to San Blas has to pay an entry fee to the Congress of Kuna Yala, our official government. See it like a tourist tax. It is collected upon entering the Comarca Kuna Yala in Nusugandi (along the road to Cartí). The entrance fee is 20 USD for foreigners and 5 USD for Panamanians or residents.
Additionally, at the port of Cartí a charge of 2 USD is required per visitor for using the facilities.
What should I pack
Please make sure to pack the following items: passport, cash (no cards accepted, no ATMs), sun protection, towels, swimming gear, snorkeling equipment, plenty of water to drink.
On the island where we have lunch you can also purchase beverages, water or beer.
You might get wet on the boat ride, depending on the weather and wind. Also make sure to keep your personal belongings (passport, cash, phone, camera etc.) in a drybag or plastic bag.
How can I book
What payment methods do you accept
At the moment we can only accept payments in cash (US Dollar only). Please pay us on the day of the tour in cash.
As everyone in San Blas, we travel in speedboats with outboard motors between islands. Boat rides are max. 30mins at a time. Our captains are licensed and boats equipped with safety vests.
We visit at least 2-3 islands, carefully chosen by us and often decided on the day of the tour to provide you the best possible experience. Some of those islands have cabins to sleep in, western-style bathrooms and a restaurant (usually where we go for lunch) whereas we might also visit uninhabited islands with no bathrooms or other facilities (usually short stays, before or after lunch time).
Don’t miss out on the San Blas islands
This tour runs daily!
Ready for your island adventure? Our San Blas Day Trip goes every day, perfect to fit in on your last day in Panama City or in between travels. Book your perfect escape today and see you soon in paradise!
Your best choice for a visit to the San Blas islands, Panama. As a purely local and indigenous business, we offer authentic day trips and overnight stays in our traditional Kuna cabins on the San Blas islands in Panama and multiple-day boat trips across the Panamanian-Colombian border (boats from Panama to Colombia and boats from Colombia to Panama) as the local alternative to sailing the San Blas islands.