Your day trip to the San Blas islands in Panama

One day in paradise

Your day trip to the San Blas islands in Panama

One day in paradise

Photo by © Yarrow Kraner

Because you deserve it

– San Blas islands day trip –

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DURATION

1 day (ca. 5.30am – 7.00 pm)

PRICE

USD 50

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Panama City/ Panama City
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DURATION

1 day (ca. 5.30am – 7.00 pm)

PRICE

USD 50

START/END

Panama City/ Panama City

Whether you want to escape the city for a day or are short on time, our day trips to the San Blas islands from Panama City are perfectly composed to let you experience the highlights of San Blas in only one day while giving you a perfect and stress-free timeout from the bustling city life.

Our package for your San Blas islands day trip includes the round trip by boat from the port of Carti, visits to different islands, delicious local lunch and snorkeling gear. If needed, we can arrange the round-trip from Panama City to San Blas (incl. pick-up at your hotel) for you (50 USD plus entrance fee to the Comarca of San Blas which is 22 USD for foreigners, 7 USD for Panamanian/residents). So all you have to do is hop on and enjoy!

Highlights of your visit to San Blas

Experience the beauty of the San Blas islands in just one day filled with island adventures and pristine beaches
Visit at least two of the most beautiful islands in San Blas*
Swim in crystal clear waters, snorkel a sunk ship, explore colorful coral reefs, see star fish, relax in the hammock
Delicious lunch on the beach, usually fresh seafood and juicy coconut rice
Maximum time on the islands from early morning to late afternoon

Our package for your San Blas islands day trip

San Blas islands day trip

50 USD

per person 

Included:

Lunch

Boat ride from port and between islands

Entrance formalities

Visits to different islands

Snorkel equipment

Tour guide (Kuna-, Spanish-, English-speaking)

Not included:

Car ride from Panama City & back (can be added for 50 USD)

San Blas entrance and port fee (22 USD foreigners, 7 USD Panamanians/residents)

Snacks, Water, Drinks

What’s included

Lunch

Usually fresh seafood with coconut rice (breakfast can be purchased in the morning en route)

Transportation

Boat ride to and from the port of Carti (San Blas) and between the islands

Tours

Visits to 2-3 different islands or a Kuna village (alternatively, choose to stay on our island until departure in the afternoon)
Not included: Car ride to/from Panama City (50 USD, we can arrange this for you), entrance fees to San Blas and for using the port (22 USD for foreigners, 7 USD for Panamanians/residents), beverages, water, snacks

Itinerary of your visit to San Blas

Early morning: From Panama City to San Blas
If requested, we can arrange a driver that picks you up at your hotel in Panama City around 5.30 am. (Remember, there is no public transport to San Blas). On the way to the Comarca of Kuna Yala (San Blas), you can make a quick stop (15min) at a supermarket to get cash or buy snacks and water. Leave the bustling city behind you and enjoy the breath-taking view along the only road connecting San Blas with Panama City. Discover how the jungle is waking up as you follow the curvy road deeper into the mountains. With a bit of luck you can even spot toucans or other animals. Enter the Comarca of Kuna Yala at the entrance Nusugandi (be prepared to show your passport) and pay the entrance fee.
Expect to arrive at the dock of Carti (San Blas) at around 8.30-9 am. Our boat already awaits you to bring you to our San Blas island. In case you arrange your own transport, please make sure to arrive at this time.
Late morning: Arrival on the island
In a short boat ride we will bring you to the first island. Enjoy the approx. 30 min ride along the coast with our experienced and certified captains, passing first islands and Kuna villages. Enjoy the rest of the morning and engage in amazing activities such as snorkeling, lazing in a hammock, exploring the island,…
Noon: Lunch and more islands
We will leave in our boat to visit other islands, where you can go snorkeling, swimming, see sea stars, buy molas (local handcrafts) or have a cool drink in the shadow of a few coconut trees. If you are interested, we can also take a tour to visit a Kuna village, where you get to learn first-hand about our traditional lifestyle. We will return to the island in our boat in the late afternoon. Alternatively, you can decide to stay on our beautiful island and enjoy the pristine beaches and colorful coral-reefs. For lunch, enjoy a delicious, local meal of fresh seafood or other local specialties prepared by our Kuna chefs (seafood availability depending on fishing times and weather conditions). Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Afternoon: Return from San Blas to Panama City
At around 3 pm it is time to say goodbye. We will leave the island in the boat and head to the dock of Carti, from where the drive back to Panama City starts.
Cross once again the mountains and have a last view from atop on the coastline and the islands of San Blas before heading to the suburbs of Panama City .
If you arranged transport via us, the drivers will drop you off at your hotel/hostel in Panama City. Expect to arrive there at around 7 pm, depending on traffic.
Early morning: Drive to San Blas
If requested, we can arrange a driver that picks you up at your hotel in Panama City around 5.30 am. (Remember, there is no public transport to San Blas). On the way to the Comarca of Kuna Yala (San Blas), you can make a quick stop (15min) at a supermarket to get cash or buy snacks and water. Leave the bustling city behind you and enjoy the breath-taking view along the only road connecting San Blas with Panama City. Discover how the jungle is waking up as you follow the curvy road deeper into the mountains. With a bit of luck you can even spot toucans or other animals. Enter the Comarca of Kuna Yala at the entrance Nusugandi (be prepared to show your passport) and pay the entrance fee.
Expect to arrive at the dock of Carti (San Blas) at around 8.30-9 am. Our boat already awaits you to bring you to our San Blas island. In case you arrange your own transport, please make sure to arrive at this time.
Morning: Arrival on the island
In a short boat ride we will bring you to the first island. Enjoy the approx. 30 min ride along the coast with our experienced and certified captains, passing first islands and Kuna villages. Enjoy the rest of the morning and engage in amazing activities such as snorkeling, lazing in a hammock, exploring the island,…
Noon: Lunch and more islands
We will leave in our boat to visit other islands, where you can go snorkeling, swimming, see sea stars, buy molas (local handcrafts) or have a cool drink in the shadow of a few coconut trees. If you are interested, we can also take a tour to visit a Kuna village, where you get to learn first-hand about our traditional lifestyle. We will return to the island in our boat in the late afternoon. Alternatively, you can decide to stay on our beautiful island and enjoy the pristine beaches and colorful coral-reefs. For lunch, enjoy a delicious, local meal of fresh seafood or other local specialties prepared by our Kuna chefs (seafood availability depending on fishing times and weather conditions). Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations and we will do our best to accommodate you. For lunch, enjoy a delicious, local meal of fresh seafood or other local specialties prepared by our Kuna chefs (seafood availability depending on fishing times and weather conditions). Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Late afternoon: Return to the city
At around 3 pm it is time to say goodbye. We will leave the island in the boat and head to the dock of Carti, from where the drive back to Panama City starts.
Cross once again the mountains and have a last view from atop on the coastline and the islands of San Blas before heading to the suburbs of Panama City .
If you arranged transport via us, the drivers will drop you off at your hotel/hostel in Panama City. Expect to arrive there at around 7 pm, depending on traffic.

Essential trip information

  • Make sure to pack the following items: passport, cash, sun protection, towels, swimming gear, snorkeling equipment, plenty of water
  • In San Blas you can only pay in cash, payments by card are not accepted – Please make sure to bring sufficient cash with you as there are no ATMs
  • Please bring only little luggage as the car and the boats don’t have much space – Often, you can arrange with your hotel/hostel to store your main luggage there
  • Your driver can make a stop at a supermarket on the way to San Blas in case you wish to bring snacks or water – However, we kindly ask you to keep the environmental impact in mind as there are only limited possibilities for recycling on the islands
  • Soda, water and snacks are available for purchase on the islands
  • We will pass a check point when entering and leaving the Comarca of San Blas where your passport and your luggage will be checked by the Panamanian border control – you will not be allowed to enter without passport
  • Please be prepared to get wet on the boat ride to the islands – Depending on the weather and your seat in the boat, spray from the waves might enter the boat. Also make sure to keep your personal belongings (passport, camera, etc.) in a drybag
  •  Please note that there is no WiFi on our islands and only limited cell phone coverage in the Comarca of San Blas
  • Water, soda and alcoholic drinks are not included in the packages but can be purchased on the islands
  • Time on an islands also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated

WHAT TO BRING

  • Make sure to pack the following items: passport, cash, sun protection, towels, swimming gear, snorkeling equipment, plenty of water
  • In San Blas you can only pay in cash, payments by card are not accepted – Please make sure to bring sufficient cash (preferably small notes) as there are no ATMs
  • Please bring only little luggage as the car and the boats don’t have much space – Often, you can arrange with your hotel/hostel to store your main luggage there
  • Your driver can make a stop at a supermarket on the way to San Blas in case you wish to bring snacks or water
  • Soda, water and snacks are available for purchase on the islands

TRANSPORT

  • We will pass a check point when entering and leaving the Comarca of San Blas where your passport and your luggage will be checked by the Panamanian border control - you will not be allowed to enter without passport
  • Please be prepared to get wet on the boat ride to the islands – Depending on the weather and your seat in the boat, spray from the waves might enter the boat. Also make sure to keep your personal belongings (passport, camera, etc.) in a drybag

YOUR STAY

  • Please note that there is no WiFi on our islands and only limited cell phone coverage in the Comarca of San Blas
  • Water, soda and alcoholic drinks are not included in the packages but can be purchased on the islands
  • Time on an islands also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated
Contact us

(+507) 6151-7379
(+507) 6807-2764
info@sanblasfrontera.com

About Us

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 better alternative to sailing the San Blas islands.

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