San Blas Islands

San Blas Island and Snorkel Tour - Visit the islands + Lunch + Drink + Snorkel

San Blas Islands, Panama
ALL INCLUSIVE San Blas Tour 4 Islands Transport from Panama City

From $89.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 14 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Visit one of the most beautiful islands in the San Blas archipelago but don’t stop at looking at the views - immerse yourself in them on a snorkeling tour. You’ll be taken to a quiet beach away from the crowds where you can swim and snorkel in warm waters among tropical sea life. Even take a close-up look of a sunken wreck. Learn about indigenous Guna culture and enjoy a tasty seafood lunch.
  • Snorkeling gear is included
  • Lunch of seafood, fish, or chicken will be provided
  • Entrance fees to the San Blas Islands are included
  • Optional round-trip transport is available

What's Included

  • Shared boat/lancha transportation all day
  • Snorkel Equipment (snorkel and mask)
  • One beverage: Bottle of water, soda or beer
  • All Island Taxes (entrance to each island)
  • Lunch
  • Guna Entrance Fee paid to border patrol ($22 for Internationals, $7 for Panamanian residents)

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Carti Parking and Boat Terminal
    F23C+W2C, Warsobtugua, Guna Yala, Panama

    The tour starts in the port of Carti. Contact our office for exact driving directions and instructions. Plan to arrive no later than 8:30am. Only 4x4 vehicles are allowed entry into San Blas territory. All other cars and SUVs will not be allowed to enter the territory and you will lose your tour.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

If booking with transportation from Panama City: IF YOU HAVE NOT PROVIDED YOUR WHATSAPP NUMBER AND PICK UP INFORMATION (HOTEL NAME & ROOM NUMBER) YOUR TOUR IS NOT CONFIRMED AND WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PICK YOU UP. On the day of your tour, please be ready to be picked up from your hotel between 5:00am and 5:45am, and wait in the lobby. Since we have shared transportation with up to 6 guests per car, our drivers choose the best route to pick up all guests in a timely manner. To avoid any delays we appreciate your cooperation in being on time. If you are not at your designated pick up point (and waiting in the lobby!), you will loose your tour without refund. The driver will try his best in contacting you via WhatsApp. Please understand that the driver cannot wait longer than 10 minutes before continuing to the next pick up destination, in order to provide timely service for all of the other guests. If driving on your own to San Blas: Please contact our office for exact driving directions and instructions. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ONLY 4X4 CARS ARE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE TERRITORY. We have many guests who arrive in a regular SUV (such as Hyundai Tucson or similar), but are not allowed to enter, because the SUV is not a 4x4 and is considered too small or not suitable for the treacherous roads.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Departure time is between 5:00am and 5:45am from your Panama City lodging. If staying at Playa Bonita area, your departure time is between 5:00am and 5:15am.
  • You are welcome to bring a cooler with your own drinks, potable water, snacks and beverages (fruit juice or alcohol). The driver will stop at a supermarket on the way to San Blas in order for you to purchase additional items.
  • Please be advised that San Blas is in the Guna territory, which is an autonomous, Indian zone. The services are very basic. The Gunas will be providing all touristic services, such as meal preparations, car and boat transportations, lodging, and tour guiding. We are proud to be working with this friendly tribe and with each booking we give back to the community, supporting their customs and their traditional way of life. We kindly ask you to respect this beautiful culture and their simple way of life, leaving your expectations behind and learning about their innocent culture.
  • We recommend that you bring your personal hygiene items, such as towels, sunscreen, hats, mosquito repellent.
  • In San Blas Islands there are no ATMs, please bring cash. You can buy additional drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc.
  • “Tigo” is the cell phone company that has the best reception in San Blas.
  • Infants need to sit on laps
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR A 2.5 to 3 HOUR CAR JOURNEY EACH WAY OVER CURVY ROADS! THERE IS ALSO A 25-30 MINUTE BOAT RIDE TO YOUR FIRST ISLAND WHICH CAN GET QUITE BUMPY AND WET. We feel that the islands are worth the long drive, but some travelers have complained about the drive and the fast boat ride from and to the port. While we strive to provide our guests the best service and an unforgettable experience in San Blas, we are not responsible for road and ocean conditions, and we would like you to be aware of this fact :)
  • IMPORTANT SAN BLAS DISCLAIMER - PLEASE READ! While San Blas is a beautiful island archipelago with stunning beaches and clear waters, it also has its downsides, for which we would like to make you aware off. In San Blas only the Kuna population is allowed to work in the territory. The services and infrastructure are not what most of us are used to. Kunas are not very service oriented and can often seem shy or reserved. A stay in San Blas can be compared to a camping vacation that offers minimal comfort, services and amenities. We strongly advise those who have 5 star expectations to think twice before embarking on this adventure. We do have alternative tours in Panama with more high-end services. We really care about our reputation and we want our guests to enjoy their vacation with us. We attempt to be as transparent as possible in order to set guest expectations from the start. We do not own any of the islands and we pride ourselves in providing excellent service during your booking process and attempting to assist you during your San Blas vacation. However, please remember that we cannot guarantee the same excellent service during your stay in San Blas. Please read all the below information well! San Blas is very rustic without the amenities and standards you might be used to from home. Compared to places such as Tahiti and Maldives that are managed by international hotel chains, San Blas has remained autonomous without the influence of outsiders. When visiting San Blas, it should be viewed as a cultural experience where guests visit the paradise islands of the Kunas and respect their traditions and their primitive ways of living. No air condition - None of the islands offer A/C No Wifi - You can buy a prepaid SIM card (Tigo or Digicel), which may or may not have signal. No luxury facilities - Bathrooms may be dirty, sinks may get clogged What seems like trash and clutter around the local huts, are items and tools that Kunas re-use for their daily lives. Please respect the fact that different cultures have different education, perspectives and ways of living and do not expect the cleanliness you may be used to from your home country. All services will all be handled by the indigenous Kuna. While Tao Travel 365 strives to provide the best service possible and train the Kuna in customer management, some of the below services are often out of our control. Car transportation - the ride to San Blas takes 2.5 to 3 hours, with 1.5 hours over slow, curvy roads. For those with motion sickness, please prepare accordingly. The transportation is in a shared 4x4 SUV, with one seat up front, three seats in the middle row and 2 seats in the back row. Seats are assigned randomly. Those who require additional space in the car must purchase an extra seat. Pick up from your lodging is scheduled between 5:00am and 5:30am, but can sometimes be as late as 5:45am depending on the timeliness of other guests that we pick up. Out of respect for all others in the car we ask everyone to wait in the lobby of their building at 5:00am. If you are not at the designated meeting point, the driver will make an effort to locate you, but he cannot delay the transportation by more than 10 minutes. No refunds are awarded to guests who don’t show up on time. Boat transportation - depending on weather and ocean conditions, the 20-40 minute boat ride might be bumpy and wet with ocean spray. Island kitchen - meal are prepared fresh in the local kitchen and usually consist of fried or grilled fish with salad and patacones (fried plantains). Most Kunas DO NOT speak English. Trash is a worldwide problem and unfortunately San Blas has not been spared from the ever increasing issue. During certain tides and ocean and wind conditions plastic trash from throughout the Caribbean ocean accumulates on the beaches of San Blas. While the local Kuna are working hard to collect the constant flood of plastic trash washing up on their beaches, guests will nevertheless find evidence of plastic spread out on the island. Furthermore, Kunas tend to collect certain “trash” and re-use it for their purposes. During the wet months (April - December) or during windless days, all of San Blas experiences sandflies, which are little blood-sucking flies that leave itchy marks. Please ensure to bring insect repellent and prepare to return to Panama City with a few itchy memories. Weather: Panama is located in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, which means that the weather is very unpredictable and is impossible to forecast with accuracy. The weather forecast will usually show rain and thunderstorms for most days of the year, when in reality there are oftentimes beautiful, sunny days in San Blas. Please do not rely on the weather forecast in Panama. Due to the tropical conditions in San Blas rain can occur at any time and we do not offer refunds for rainy days. Travel Emergencies: The San Blas islands are located in a very remote region of Panama. We ask all guests to be responsible for their own well being and to be aware that medical assistance can often not be provided right away. The closest medical facility in San Blas is very basic and can only provide assistance for minor issues. Guests with injuries such as broken bones that require more specialized treatment need to be transported to Panama City. Guests are responsible for all charges arising from a medical emergency, such as boat and car transportation and medical care. We suggest all guests to carry a Travel Insurance to cover emergency expenses. We kindly ask our guests to lower their expectation when visiting San Blas and to focus on the beautiful remote paradise that San Blas has remained despite the effects that modern society has caused to them. The Kunas are very gentle and kind people, but can also be somewhat shy at times. When approaching them with a smile and an open heart you will be guaranteed an innocent, happy smile in return. Arriving with the right mindset and expectation usually guarantees an unforgettable experience, where guests are able to focus on the beauties of the islands, beaches, ocean and the people, rather than on the limitations that we mentioned above.
  • The use of drones is prohibited in San Blas. Heavy fines are imposed on those who disobey the law.
  • AGAIN!!! Please be prepared for a 2.5 hour car journey each way (1 hour on a highway and about 1.5 hours through the mountains over curvy roads! Please do not leave bad reviews because of the road. We try to warn you ahead of time ;)
  • The road to San Blas is very curvy. If you are sensitive to motion sickness, please prepare accordingly by bringing appropriate medication.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Added the pick-up and drop-off option. Driver was Billy who was very friendly. Drives fast, but not unsafely, so I wouldn't sit in the back row of you get travel sick. The drive through the forests includes tougher terrain, but he drives slowly here with the windows open. We were able to stop a couple times to take some pictures of the jungle scenery and look out for animals. Islands are absolutely gorgeous. I think a day trip was enough because by the end I was all sunned out and in need of a good shower. Got to experience snorkeling around a shipwreck which had plenty of fish, big and small, and some coral. Visited 2 islands and 2 mid-sea pools. Included food was okay, not that tasty but still good and filling. Didn't really need any extra snacks. Bit expensive for the experience but I'd say it is well worth it. The islands are at risk of rising sea levels so who knows how long this natural beauty will be around for.


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More seating & shade please!
Jane_B, Jan 2024
Islands were beautiful, as was the ride through the mountains. But the islands were jam-packed with day trippers, and there wasn’t nearly enough seating or places with shade for the crush of people who were there. I’m too old to just flop down on the sand and sit in direct sun for 2 hours. Hopefully they will grow their tourism facilities to provide more seating, hammocks, tables and shade. Separately not everyone had access to snorkel equipment so I missed out on the shipwreck and starfish nursery.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We're sorry to hear about your discomfort and thank you giving us your feedback. We strive to make this tour a great experience for everyone. San Blas is still a very remote and untouched paradise and remains so, thanks to the Guna culture that adheres to its independence and traditions. We understand that more amenities make the trip more comfortable for some visitors, while other appreciate the raw experience, being on a native island. We do offer beach trips to Taboga Island and Las Perlas, which do offer beach chairs, umbrellas, nice restaurants and water sports rentals to name a few. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your Panama vacation.
Tour was nice...but I...
Gabor_L, Apr 2023
Tour was nice...but I would be glad if I get a botle of water...and the toalet is free in the harbor... for 180 USD price
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Gabor, thank you so much for your valuable feedback. For your information the tour cost is $89 or $146 with roundtrip transport from Panama. While we arrange all logistics for our guests, all services are handled by the indigenous Kuna. Them charging $0.25 for the use of their toilets is a nominal fee that they use locally to keep them maintained and clean. We do provide one drink for each guest, which is served during lunch. We hope you will return to Panama again soon and book another tour with us :)
Anae_G, Aug 2022
Overall this was a great experience! The trip from the hotel to the pier was long and bumpy, which they let you know prior to picking you up from the hotel. On the way up we stopped at a market and a landing with a view to take pictures. Once we got to the pier we’re introduced to our tour guide and you get a chance to use the bathroom (under a $1 like in Paris). From there we island hop! The guide tells you how long we stay at each island/the pool, and they also take pictures along the way. They do serve lunch (not especially seasoned) and provide snorkel equipment. The ride back seems faster than the way there, but expect to find yourself in traffic. This was a great experience and I’m glad the people of the San Blas islands shared this with us.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hi Anae, thank you for your words. We do our utmost best to provide excellent service to our guests. We are grateful to have an awesome team that is very friendly and knowledgable. We hope you will visit Panama again soon :)
Like a dream...but is this the right thing to do?
Muhammad_F, May 2022
I have given this tour 4 stars, because I felt like it was well organized, accurate and a lot of fun. The guides and drivers were great and being amongst the islands feels like you are in a completely different world... BUT, I think there are much deeper issues with what is going on with San Blas and these tours. The litter and general condition of these paradise islands is, at times, horrendous. Strolling up to a picture perfect tropical island and seeing bottles, crisp packets and face masks everywhere made me very uncomfortable, and I felt like I was part of the problem frankly. I don't think we have figured out how to experience these islands in any kind of responsible way, and it felt exploitative to the Guna people. Of course, they must benefit from the tourism, but something seems very wrong with this.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Muhammad, we are happy that you enjoyed your tour and found our service exceptional. Unfortunately, the plastic bottles and other plastic waste that can be found on the beaches of San Blas is related ocean currents washing up waste to the shores of San Blas. The Kunas clean their island daily and tourism inspires them and helps them to keep their islands clean and recycle plastic waste. Unfortunately waste is a worldwide problem and we are grateful you are aware of it when encountering plastic products on a daily basis. Unfortunately, in countries such as Panama, Colombia and Venezuela (where most of the trash stems from) people are not as educated and aware of this issue and discard their waste into the streets (which ends up in the ocean and on the shores of tropical beaches). We work closely with the Kunas and we guarantee you that they are not being exploited or taken advantage of in any way. On the contrary, we are supporting their communities (with donations, fees collected at the border crossing, taxes paid to islands and with employing their services) and we continually educate them on the trash issue at hand, which they try to alleviate with recycle bins on their islands and with daily trash cleanups. Thank you again for joining us on our tour and we hope you will be back soon for another beautiful stay in the islands.
Beautiful beaches but an arduous journey
Eric_J, Mar 2022
I have mixed feelings about this tour, which is why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. On the plus side, I want to say that the staff on the tour were great and did everything they could to make the trip enjoyable. In addition, the San Blas Islands are gorgeous; I've never seen such turquoise water, and it was very enjoyable to hang out on the beach in the water or in a hammock by the beach. The lunch was also very good. The main negative is that you have to spend a lot of time traveling to get to the fun. We were picked up at 5:15am and did not get to a beach until 10am. Overall, we spent about 14 hours on this excursion, of which about 6 hours was beach time. Overall, I am happy that we went on the tour because the islands are so beautiful and would recommend to a friend that they take the tour if they are okay with the travel-to-fun ratio but I would not do this tour again. If I wanted to visit the San Blas Islands again, I would look into catamaran tours that visit the islands.
Mostly good tour of San blas
Jen_M, Feb 2022
Overall I liked this tour. It’s a really long day, so be forewarned of that. I booked the English tour, and even though it wasn’t a huge deal, my driver to the pier didn’t speak one word of English. Because of a very big delay getting there (I didn’t get on the boat until 10 am, which was meant to be 8:30) he wasn’t able to update me on what was happening. Luckily some girls in my car spoke Spanish and could translate. Once we got to the pier, it was absolutely chaotic. I got put into a group, but there was not much communication as to what was going on. Overall the islands are absolutely stunning. The included lunch was decent. We visited all the places we said on the itinerary which was nice since we were delayed. I just wish there had been better communication in general. I had to ask the main boat-wrangler (not really a guide so to speak) on which island we had arrived to at every place we visited. Overall a nice way to be able to see the islands. Just be aware it’s a long days journey, I was picked up at 4:50 am and dropped off at 8 pm.
Added the pick-up and...
Remi_L, Nov 2021
Added the pick-up and drop-off option. Driver was Billy who was very friendly. Drives fast, but not unsafely, so I wouldn't sit in the back row of you get travel sick. The drive through the forests includes tougher terrain, but he drives slowly here with the windows open. We were able to stop a couple times to take some pictures of the jungle scenery and look out for animals. Islands are absolutely gorgeous. I think a day trip was enough because by the end I was all sunned out and in need of a good shower. Got to experience snorkeling around a shipwreck which had plenty of fish, big and small, and some coral. Visited 2 islands and 2 mid-sea pools. Included food was okay, not that tasty but still good and filling. Didn't really need any extra snacks. Bit expensive for the experience but I'd say it is well worth it. The islands are at risk of rising sea levels so who knows how long this natural beauty will be around for.
Great experience.
desireejames7, Feb 2020
It was a wonderful experience. I definitely recommend the tour. The islands were beautiful and hour guide was warm and fuzzy.
A great experience
cdpkirk47, Feb 2020
Love swimming in the natural pools and the snorkeling lunch was delicious and the guide was marvelous

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