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San Blas Island and Snorkel Tour - Visit 2 islands + Lunch + Drink + Snorkel

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Warsobtugua, Panama
San Blas Island and Snorkel Tour - Visit 2 islands + Lunch + Drink + Snorkel

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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
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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)

Departure Point

F23C+W2C, Warsobtugua, Panama

If driving to San Blas with your own car, please ensure to arrive no later than 8:30am and in a SUV vehicle. All other cars will be turned around at the border crossing. Carti has 3 ports. Your lancha/boat and captain will be waiting for you in the Barsukun port. Contact us to arrange RT transport.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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 5:00am.
  • 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 DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR ORGINAL PASSPORT. WITHOUT IT, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE KUNA TERRITORY AND THE SAN BLAS ISLANDS.
  • 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, only cash in received. You can buy drinks there, snacks, souvenirs etc.
  • “+Movil” and “Digicel” are the cell phone companies that have reception in San Blas.
  • Infants need to sit on laps
  • The car ride to San Blas takes 2.5 hours and for about one hour the drive leads through windy roads. If you get motion-sick, please plan accordingly.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR A 2.5 HOUR CAR JOURNEY EACH WAY OVER BAD ROADS WITH POTHOLES AND SLOW CURVES! We feel that the islands are worth the long drive, but some travelers have complained about the roads while we are not responsible for the roads and their condition, 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. 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 ways of living. No aircondition No Wifi No luxury facilities Electricity only available between 6pm and 6am Water is a precious commodity in San Blas. It is either brought in by boat or pumped from the island well. Oftentimes pumps can malfunction and cause water outages. Beds and mattresses can be uncomfortable 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 with potholes. For those with motion sickness, please prepare accordingly) Boat transportation (depending on weather and ocean conditions, the 20-40 minute boat ride might be bumpy and wet with ocean spray). 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). Island kitchen (meal plans are repetitive and food might taste bland) 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 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 natural insect repellent and prepare to return to Panama City with a few itchy memories. We kindly ask our guests to lower their expectation when visiting San Blas and to focus on the beautiful paradise that San Blas has remained despite the effects that modern society has ceased 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The road to San Blas is very curvy with lots of hills. If you are sensitive to motion sickness, please prepare accordingly by bringing appropriate medication.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tao Travel 365
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Blas Island and Snorkel Tour - Visit 2 islands + Lunch + Drink + Snorkel?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Blas Island and Snorkel Tour - Visit 2 islands + Lunch + Drink + Snorkel?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Blas Island and Snorkel Tour - Visit 2 islands + Lunch + Drink + Snorkel?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Blas Island and Snorkel Tour - Visit 2 islands + Lunch + Drink + Snorkel?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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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.
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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.
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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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