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11Sea stars, tropical reefs and deserted islands on this day trip to the San Blas Islands

San Blas Islands Day Tour incl. Return Transport

(12 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 San Blas Islands 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. Snorkel the famous sunken ship on Isla Perro or choose to go for some quieter, uninhabited islands.

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 a natural pool with star fish, incl. 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: $75 (50% of tour price, full price for car ride)
  • Children 0-4 years: gratis tour excl. food (lunch can be ordered extra), car ride either on parent's lap or 50$
  • 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 - San Blas Islands Day Tour

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 San Blas Islands Day Tour

No fixed itinerary, but let us know during the booking process if you’d prefer visiting either the sunken ship on Isla Perro (one of the highlights of San Blas, but tends to be rather crowded on weekends) or more quiet, uninhabited islands (for example Kuanidup, Iguana or Anmardup). Itinerary subject to change and decided on the day of the tour (depending on weather, covid restrictions, weekdays etc.)

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. 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 (ca. 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 or chicken 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

Who is this tour for?

We recommend this tour for everyone that would like to get to know the San Blas Islands but does not have the time to stay overnight or prefers to visit only during the day. Children are highly welcome, although we recommend that children are 6+ years old given that it is quite a long day (5am to 7pm).

Which islands will be visited?

You will visit 2-3 islands and a natural pool (star fish!) during this day tour. Our day tour does not follow a fixed itinerary but let us know during the booking process if you’d prefer visiting either the sunken ship on Isla Perro (one of the highlights of San Blas, but tends to be rather crowded on weekends) or more quiet, uninhabited islands (for example Kuanidup, Iguana or Anmardup).

We will try to accommodate your wishes. Our guides put together a daily itinerary, depending on several factors such as weather, season and how crowded the islands will be on that particular day

What are lunch options?

For lunch, you can choose between the catch of the day, chicken or a vegan/vegetarian option with a side of rice, plantains or vegetables/salad. Drinks and beverages can be purchased or you can bring your own.

Will there be an English-speaking guide?

While we try to hire English-speaking guides and drivers, we cannot guarantee that there will be one with you during the tour. In San Blas, only Kuna people (the indigenous tribe living on the San Blas Islands) are allowed to work, and unfortunately there is only few Kuna guides that speak English AND fulfill our high quality standards. Therefore you might find a Spanish-only guide on this tour. But don’t let this discourage you from joining, usually communication still works well.

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. 

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. 

12 Reviews
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Julio I

Group Traveller

Loved the excursion! San Blas is such a beautiful place, my daughter and I felt as if we were in paradise!

March 8, 2022

Melissa

Solo Traveller

Had a great time on the tour, although I would have enjoyed having more time on the islands. Next time I will probably book an overnight stay.

March 4, 2022

Yraida & Carsten

Family Traveller

Un día espectacular en las islas. Fuimos durante las vacaciones de carnaval. A los niños les encantaron las estrellas de mar y el paseo en barco. Almorzamos un delicioso pescado fresco.

February 25, 2022

David M

Group Traveller

Je recommande vivement San Blas Frontera pour cette excursion. Réservation transparente, communication très rapide et agréable, excellente journée sur les îles. Merci d’avoir tout organisé !

December 16, 2021

Bianca Schmidt

Couple Traveller

Insgesamt sehr zufrieden mit dem Tagesausflug auf die San Blas Inseln. Leider einen etwas regnerischen Tag erwischt aber unser Guna Guide hat sich große Mühe gegeben, dass wir trotzdem eine tolle Zeit hatten. Wir haben viel über die lokale Kultur von ihm gelernt und der Tag verging wie im Fluge. Man hat gemerkt, wie sich alle darüber gefreut haben, dass nach dem Covid Shutdown endlich wieder Tourismus möglich ist.

September 7, 2021
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