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Getting ready for your Day Tour to the San Blas Islands

11Island Hopping in the San Blas Islands with stop in Isla Perro

Nuedi,

(or thank you in English) for making your reservation with us! We will soon be welcoming you to the San Blas Islands. In order to be best prepared, please read the following carefully:

Trip booked: Day Tour San Blas Islands

Start/End: Panama City/Panama City

To-Do: Please send us until latest 48 hours before the trip (via email):
  • Full name of all guests, passport numbers and birth dates: to register all guests with the local government. Please do not send photos of your ID. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Name and address of your hostel/hotel in Panama City – in case of a private address/AirBnB please also send a phone number/WhatsApp
  • Any dietary restrictions or allergies

Your itinerary:
  • Pickup at your hotel: between 5-5:30am (drivers usually start with pickup in Casco Viejo and Caledonia area, then move along Highway 1/Carretera Panamerica towards Tocument to leave the City, pickup time will vary accordingly)
  • Arrival in San Blas: at around 8-9am (port of Cartí). From here, ca. 20-35min boat ride to the first island.
  • Island Hopping: During the day, the boat will bring you to 2-3 islands where you can go swimming, snorkeling, wandering around the beaches, relax… Itinerary usually covers usually EITHER Isla Perro + Piscina Natural or 1-2 smaller, less crowded islands + Piscina Natural BUT is subject to weather, seasonality and how crowded the islands are
  • Lunch: on one of the islands freshly prepared lunch (set meal of either fish, chicken or vegan/vegetarian option). You can purchase beverages at very reasonable prices or bring your own
  • Departure and return to Panama City: in the afternoon return to Cartí with the boat. From here, your driver brings you back to Panama City (expected arrival: ca. 7pm, depending on traffic)

We’d love to ensure that all drivers & tour guides we work with speak Spanish & English, but unfortunately due to a lack of English-speaking local guides (only Kuna people are allowed to work in San Blas) we might not always be able to do so. Also, we ask for your patience when transitioning from the car to the boat (and similar when returning) – things might appear chaotic at the port, but don’t worry – everything is organized for you. It’s just that sometimes things have to be taken with a grain of Latino patience 🙂

Payment:

Payment method: Please pay the total amount to the driver in cash (US Dollars only). 

Included: car ride from Panama City to San Blas and back (incl. pick-up and drop-off at your hotel), boat ride to and visits to different islands incl. island fees, lunch

Not included: drinks/water/beverages (but can be brought or purchased), Kuna Yala entrance fee (20 USD per person and a fee for using the port of 2 USD per person; mandatory for all visitors to San Blas)

What to prepare/pack:
  • Mandatory Masks in the car+boat
  • Passport: mandatory, it will be checked upon entering the Comarca of Kuna Yala (San Blas) and when crossing the border
  • Sufficient cash: in US Dollars to pay for the entire trip and entrance fee in cash, to buy drinks, snacks, souvenirs on the island (small bills of 1 USD and 5 USD highly recommended) – Card payment is not accepted and there is no ATM in San Blas
  • Sun protection: for the island and the boat ride
  • Water to drink: Water/soft drinks are not included in the package, please bring sufficient or purchase on the island
  • Snacks (e.g. breakfast since only lunch will be served)
  • Swimming gear, Sandals/FlipFlops, towels
  • Wetbag or plastic bag for your valuables in case of a wet boat ride or rain
  • Snorkeling gear

We recommend putting your valuables (cash, phone, passport) into a wetbag or plastic bag. Depending on the weather, there’s a chance of getting wet during the boat ride! We are not responsible for any damages that might occur.

Other helpful information

Undoubtedly stunningly beautiful and home to a fascinating indigenous culture, the San Blas Islands deserve their place as one of the top places to visit. But, a growing number of tourists and a lack of waste management infrastructure threaten this fragile ecosystem. As a company, we are working on eco-friendly solutions to protect our home and minimize the environmental, cultural and economic impact. As a visitor, there are a few ways how you can also support us in these efforts:

Packaging: We kindly ask you to minimize the amount of packaging that you bring to the island and, once you return to Panama City, take it back with you. San Blas does not have a functioning waste or recycling system for packaging and you can help by returning packaging with you and properly disposing of it in the city. If you purchase drinks on the island, we recommend to purchase cans since those are the only things actively collected and recycled.

Respecting nature: Do not touch the starfish or take them out of the water. Starfish are very delicate and touching them can do severe damage. Also, please do not stand on or touch corals – evens slight touches can cause irreversible damage.

Open mind: These beautiful islands are home to a unique indigenous culture with a way of life that is different from most and one whose standards may be different than your own. Bring an open mind and appreciate different lifestyles and you will have a wonderful time in this paradise.

Island hopping & stays in San Blas, snorkel colorful reefs
Get in touch

Feel free to contact us at any time in case you should have further questions. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kuna Yala (San Blas) soon!

Thanks and kind regards. 

Your team from
San Blas Frontera

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