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11One of the many uninhabited islands in the San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands Day Tour incl. Return Transport

(7 Reviews)
  • 5:00am-7:30pm
  • San Blas Islands (Cartí area)
  • Offered daily
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
  • No pre-payment & free cancellation
  • Covid-19 precautions

Discover the most beautiful beaches of the 365 islands in the San Blas Archipelago during this day trip from Panama City. Wander tropical beaches on deserted islands, snorkel colorful reefs and enjoy delicious, freshly caught sea food during a freshly prepared lunch on the beach (lobster upon availability, other options available).

Start & End of Tour

Pick-up between 5-5:30am at your hotel in Panama City
Drop-off at ca. 7.30pm at your hotel in Panama City, depending on traffic

For Veracruz/Playa Bonita earlier pick-up/later drop-off plus additional charges apply

Price Includes

  • Round-trip from your hotel to San Blas and back (shared SUV/4x4 for max. 6 persons)
  • Shared boat to and between the islands (incl. safety vests)
  • Visits to at least two islands and island entrance fees
  • Lunch on the beach (catch of the day or chicken + sides or: vegetarian/vegan)
  • Beverages, drinks, snacks (can be purchased or brought along)
  • Sunscreen, towels and personal items
  • Governmental entrance fee to San Blas and dock fee ($20+$2 for foreigners, $5+$2 for nations/residents)

Discounts for Children

  • Children 5-8 years: $75 (50% of tour price, full price for car ride)
  • Children 0-4 years: $0 (gratis tour excl. food, car ride on parent's lap), lunch on the island can be ordered extra
  • OR Children 0-4 years: $50 (gratis tour excl. food, own seat in the car with children seat on request), lunch on the island can be ordered extra
  • Governmental Entrance Fee: free entrance for children 0-8 years old

Covid-19 precautions

  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Masks are mandatory in all public and crowded spaces (e.g. during transport)
What to Expect

For this day trip, you’ll dive from the bustling city of Panama City into the tranquility of the San Blas islands, one of the top destinations in Central America! The San Blas islands are part of Kuna Yala, an indigenous territory along the Caribbean Coast governed by the Kuna indigenous group. A trip to Kuna Yala won’t look like any commercial vacation you’ve experienced in the past. Instead, you’ll get to embrace the local customs and cuisine. But keep in mind, there’s no WiFi, or credit card payments, and US dollars are the only acceptable form of payment.

Expect a stunning paradise, untouched nature and a proud and independent indigenous culture. Trust us, at the end of the day you’ll be sad to be leaving this slice of paradise already! 

  • Island hopping in an archipelago of 365 paradise islands
  • Feel like Robinson Cruisoe when exploring uninhabited islands
  • Swim in crystal-clear waters
  • Snorkel colorful reefes
  • With a bit of luck, see starfish, dolphins or turtles
Itinerary

MorningArrive in San Blas and enjoy the beach

You will be collected at your accommodation in Panama City between 5-5:30am and head in a comfortable 4WD straight for the San Blas hills. After ca. 2-3h in the car and a quick passport control upon entering the Comarca of Kuna Yala , you’ll arrive at the small dock in Cartí. From here, a small boat will bring you in a short boat ride (max. 30mins) to the first island, where you can enjoy a beautiful beach, crystal-clear waters or go snorkeling. 

LunchDelicious Sea Food

For lunch,  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.

Afternoon Island Hopping

After lunch, let’s go and explore an uninhabited island and a place where we can spot some sea stars (no touching!) before the day has come to an end and we are heading back to the dock in Cartí. Your driver will bring you back to Panama City from here (arrival ca. 7:30pm, depending on traffic).

Due to current circumstances (Covid-19 pandemic) or weather changes, the itinerary might be slightly adapted if required

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FAQ

What should I pack?

You’ll be spending an entire day out on the ocean and in the sun so we highly recommend dressing accordingly! 

Please bring mandatory: 

  • Passport: mandatory, it will be checked upon entering the Comarca of Kuna Yala (San Blas)
  • Sufficient cash:in US Dollars to pay for the trip in cash, to buy drinks, snacks, souvenirs on the island (small bills of 1 USD and 5 USD highly recommended) – Credit cards are not accepted and there is no ATM in San Blas 

Additionally, we recommend: 

  • Sun protection: for the island and the boat ride (sun blocker, hat, T-shirt with sleeves, towel)
  • Water to drink: Water/soft drinks are not included in the package, please bring sufficient or purchase on the island
  • Snacks
  • Towels
  • Swimming gear
  • Sandals, flip flops (no closed shoes)
  • Wetbag or plastic bag for your valuables in case of a wet boat ride or rain
  • Snorkeling equipment

Please wrap sensitive items and put them in a waterproof bag as the boat ride to and between islands might get bumpy and wet at times. Have your passport and cash with you during the car ride and ready to present when entering the Comarca of San Blas (passport check + payment of the governmental entrance fee).

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

San Blas is cash-only, there are no ATMs or card payments in San Blas. Please bring sufficient cash (US Dollars), preferably in bills of $1 or $5 for paying for snacks, water, taxes etc. since locals rarely have sufficient change. 

Why is there a governmental fee to enter San Blas?

All visitors to the Comarca Kuna Yala, and thus to the San Blas islands, have to pay a fee upon entering. For this purpose, there are inspection points at all entrance points to Kuna Yala, such as along the only road, all ports and all airports. This fee is used to protect the rich biodiversity of the Kuna Yala rainforests. 

It is $20 for foreigners and $5 for nationals and residents. 

What is cancellation policy?

You can cancel up to 24h before the tour starting date with full refund of the entire trip price. After the 24 hours, the deposit cannot be returned. 

Can I drive to San Blas myself?

San Blas cannot be reached via public transport and entrance to the area is strictly controlled by the local government. A limited number of independent drivers are certified to bring tourists to the San Blas islands in SUV/4WD as sort of chartered taxis at a fixed price. It is currently NOT possible to drive in your own car to San Blas or hire a taxi-service and the transport needs to be organized together with your tour/stay. 

We organize the transport to San Blas and back for you together with your stay and for this collaborate closely with a selected number of licensed drivers. 

7 Reviews
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Tanja & Bene

Family Traveller

Very good experience. The organization, the guides, the transport, the food, everything really went very well. Our 7-year old daughter had a lot of fun during the boat ride and enjoyed the different beaches. So did we!

March 3, 2020

Gal

Solo Traveller

Everything was great, the guides are very nice and professional

January 15, 2020

Sharuk

Solo Traveller

Amazing!

January 3, 2020

Camille & Brian E.

Family Traveller

A marvelous experience for the entire family! Our kids enjoyed the boat ride and seeing real see stars. We loved how the guides taught us everything about these beautiful creatures while making sure we wouldn’t disturb them in their natural habitat.

December 27, 2019

Alejandro

Group Traveller

They picked me up at the indicated time at my hotel, the transportation was very comfortable, the guide was really friendly and respectful, and the places we visited were incredible.

November 25, 2019
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