San Blas Islands

2D/1N - Private Over-Water Cabin in San Blas Islands PLUS Day Tour

San Blas Islands, Panama
NEWLY OPENED San Blas Islands PRIV Cabin Over the Water 2 days 1 night Tour

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  • 2 days
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

    What's Included

    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    • Boat Tour
    • Snorkel Equipment (Mask & Snorkel) during boat tour
    • Lunch (2)
    • Guna Entrance Fee paid to border patrol ($22 for Internationals, $7 for Panamanian residents)
    • Beverages

    Meeting and Pickup

    You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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    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 5:41am, 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

    Day 1

    Explore and enjoy beautiful Isla Wailidup

    1 Stop

    San Blas Islands

    1 day Admission Ticket Included

    Accommodation: Overnight in Private Cabin Over-the-water, private bathrooms

    Meals: LunchDinner

    Day 2

    Check-out from cabin at 8am & Amazing San Blas Day Tour

    3 Stops

    Isla Perro

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    San Blas Islands

    1 hour Admission Ticket Included

    San Blas Islands

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Accommodation: Not included

    Meals: LunchBreakfast

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infant seats available
    • 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
    • Please DO NOT FORGET to bring your ORIGINAL Passport for the Kuna border crossing
    • The boat transfer from the port to the islands may be bumpy with some sea spray. If you are sensitive to motion sickness, please prepare accordingly by bringing appropriate medication. You may also get wet, so please bring some water protection for your luggage and yourself
    • You are allowed to bring additional snacks/beverages and a cooler.
    • Our 4x4 transportation has insurance for the car and each passenger inside (maximum 6 passengers per car)
    • We recommend that you bring your personal hygiene items, such as towels, sunscreen, hats, mosquito repellent.
    • The usage of drones has been made illegal in the islands of San Blas. Heavy fines have been imposed on those who ignore the law. Please don’t do it!
    • 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.
    • You can rent snorkel equipment and beach toys.
    • Aside from using generators for electricity, there are no amenities and utilities as you are used to from the city. Electricity only available between 6pm and 6am. Food is basic, yet freshly prepared such as fresh fried fish, mixed seafood, chicken or lobster (at extra charge) with salad, rice or plantains.
    • We will check the availability of the cabin and will send you a confirmation mail.
    • Booking minimum for 2 people
    • 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 live with the Kunas and respect their traditions and their primitive ways of living. No air condition - None of the islands offer A/C, some cabins don’t have fans either. 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, sheets may be old Isla Wailidup has been known to receive negative feedback due to its old and worn cabins and oftentimes clogged sinks and toilets. Electricity is only available between 6:00pm and 6:00am. Cabins don’t have outlets. Electric devices can be charged in the restaurant. Water is a precious commodity in San Blas. It is either brought in by boat or pumped from the island well, which may have a significant salt content. Oftentimes pumps can malfunction and cause water outages. Beds and mattresses can be uncomfortable and sheets are old, worn or dirty. 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 you will spend your time living alongside the Kunas who have different traditions and values. 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. Luggage is stored in the front of the boat and covered with tarps. Island cabin management - cabins are very rustic and facilities, such as showers and bathrooms are often “home-made” with PVC pipes. Some guests have complained that sheets are old. Please bring your own if you require fresh smelling sheets. Island kitchen - meal plans are repetitive and food might taste bland, without the use of spices. Additional food, drinks and snacks can be purchased on the way to San Blas. The driver will stop at a grocery store. Most Kunas DO NOT speak English. Please attempt to resolve any cabin related issues and requests directly with the island management. 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. 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. Some islands, especially Isla Wailidup tend to have more than others. 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. Guests who stay in cabins and would like to return earlier than their scheduled departure date must notify our reservation team one day before by 5:00pm via e-mail in order for us to arrange your return transfer. No refunds apply for early departures. Due to the complexity of the logistics involved with each reservation in San Blas (arranging cars, boats, tours, cabins and meals), we kindly ask our guests to adhere to the itinerary schedule sent to them in advance of their trip to San Blas. For any changes in schedule, you must first contact our office at least one day before by 5:00pm and we will attempt to accommodate your request. 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.
    • There are no electrical outlets in the huts, only light. You can recharge your phones and cameras in the main house.
    • 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.
    • In San Blas Islands there are no ATMs - please bring cash. You can buy additional drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc.
    • 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 5 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

    • 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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      Reviews

      4.0
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      Great time on San Blas Islands
      Lacey_R, Apr 2024
      This was a great excursion and i would definitely recommend it. the accomodations were rustic but we knew that going in, and were what we expected -- we even brought our own sheets we bought in Panama City just in case, but didn't need them, as the sheets provided were fine. However, being on an overwater bungalow was a really amazing experience as the water is clear and you can see tons of fish right on your balcony. the island we stayed on was very nice and we enjoyed the swimming and island hopping (and snorkeling near a ship wreck). Communication during the trip could have been better as to what we were doing and when, but when i messaged on whatsapp the tour company was very responsive. everyone on the islands were very nice and hospitable and made us feel welcome on their land. we also didnt notice much trash, which seemed to an issue other reviewers had. i don't think you can miss a trip to san blas islands when visiting panama!
      Response from Host, Apr 2024
      We're delighted you enjoyed the unique overwater bungalow experience and the beauty of our islands. Thank you for the recommendation! We acknowledge your feedback on communication and are working to improve it. Safe travels!
      Not worth the value
      Pretty_C, Aug 2023
      We were left stranded on accommodation island for 2 hours after everyone else was collected for their island hoping experience. Was very stressful due to language barrier and not what we expected after paying so much.
      Response from Host, Aug 2023
      Hi Pretty, Thank you for sharing your feedback about you experience. We understand you felt like you were stranded. However, as you may remember our team was in constant contact with you solving the 30-minute delay of your tour. During the WhatsApp communication with our team, you even confirmed us that you were ok. Our boats successfully handle a multitude of guest arrivals, departures and island tours each day and we have great confidence in them. However, on the day of your scheduled tour, there was a 30-minute delay due to a San Blas-wide First Responder Safety training course that all boat crew had to attend. We understand that it caused you stress, not knowing why the tour was delayed. As soon as you contacted our office, our team was able to resolve this issue immediately. We hope you were able to enjoy your overall San Blas experience, as well as our attentive customer service :) We don't agree that this instance warrants a 2-star review, but of course that is your opinion. We do our best to provide excellent service, especially during rare instances such as in your case. Thank you again for booking with us. We hope to hear back from you on your next trip to Panama.
      Rustic but lovely stay
      Margaret_D, Jan 2023
      We had reasonable expectations coming into our trip to San Blas, and we were not disappointed. The food prepared was great and the staff were kind and accommodating despite some language barriers. The cabins were simple but provided everything as described. The island was quiet, relaxing, and beautiful. Wailladub in particular seemed more quiet and less crowded than other islands were visited during our trip.
      Incredible spot, necessary progress on service to customers
      Germain_B, Nov 2022
      The spot with all islands around is amazing. We were not expecting tremendous confort in the cabins, they are quite nice. But there’s unfortunately no effort made to have a clean island and beaches (except the one of arrival). Trash can be found around an honestly half a day would be enough to clean everything. There was work in progress during our stay (on Saturday seriously), with a lot of noise made by the tools and the guys building new cabins. So you actually feel like a merchandise fed for lunch and dinner, then transported from one point to another without any big effort to get you in confort.
      Response from Host, Nov 2022
      Hi Germain, we are happy you found the islands amazing. Unfortunately San Blas is a remote destination without any luxurious amenities available in the city. Trash is a worldwide problem and arrives daily at the islands, especially during times when there is rain and wind. The Kunas make a great effort to keep up with the cleaning of their island. We are sending out a thorough San Blas disclaimer mentioning all the aforementioned points to lower guest expectations. We believe, that guests who arrive with their expectations low usually enjoy their time in San Blas and are pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the islands and the sweet Kuna people :)

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