9-Day Island Hopping San Blas

9-Day trip paddling the San Blas Archipelago in Panama from island to island, world-class snorkeling, and meeting the Indigenous Kunas.

This is our extra special sea kayaking trip away from home. For years we have guided the waters of San Blas, and due to its amazing characteristics we just can not let it go. We love sharing this tropical experience with you, paddling from one deserted island to the next, all surrounded by turquoise, warm and shallow waters, white sand beaches, and coral reefs perfect for snorkeling. Add the special touch of the indigenous people living here. San Blas is very different to Golfo Dulce- not better, not worse, just another different kind of paradise!

THIS TRIP STARTS ON ANY SATURDAY (see Trip Calendar)

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Day 1. Arrival & transfer-in @Country Inn & Suites by Carlson (L/D)
Day 2. Transfer to San Blas, Paddling Intro @Tiger Island (BLD)
Day 3. Paddling to Diadup Island, R&R @Diadup Island (BLD)
Day 4. Paddling to Sichirdup Isle, Snorkel @Sichirdup Island (BLD)
Day 5. Paddling to Rio Paloma (mainland) @Sichirdup Island (BLD)
Day 6. Mangrove Paddle to Salardup Island @Salardup Island (BLD)
Day 7. Paddling to Bidirdup Island & snorkel @Bidirdup Island (BLD)
Day 8. Transfer to Panama City. Afternoon free @Country Inn (B)
Day 9. Transfer out to PTY Airport. End of trip (B)

(B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

This itinerary for 8 nights/9 days is US$ 2495 per person

Included in Your Trip Cost:

  • Skilled, professional adventure guides
  • Transfer in & out from Panama Airport (PTY)
  • First & Last night lodging in Panama City
  • Round trip transportation from Panama City to San Blas
  • 6 nights camping on 5 islands
  • Support boat with crew
  • Full time cook
  • Most meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • 6 days kayak rental (including paddle, spray skirt, life vest)
  • All activities and equipment (tent, pad, hammocks, chairs, etc)

9-Day Itinerary Description

Upon your arrival to Panama City Airport, you will be met by a Tropical Sea Kayaking representative who will provide private transportation to a comfortable hotel in Panama City (30 minute drive), right on the banks of the entrance of the Panama Canal.

Either in the afternoon or early evening you will be meeting your guide who will take you to a nice restaurant for a local dish and the trip briefing.

Overnight Stay: Country Inn & Suites by Carlson (or similar)
Meals Included Today: Lunch/Dinner

Early this morning right after breakfast, we’ll leave the city and cross the Continental Divide to San Blas (2,5 hour drive). From there we will hop into our support boat for a drive to our first island.

Here you will become familiarized with your kayak by paddling along the rainforest mainland. This way we get the opportunity to test and adjust our boats and make sure we feel comfortable before we commit to any long stretches of paddling on the days to come.

In the later afternoon we’ll walk into the Kuna village for an introduction to their culture, and get to meet the women who will be showing their traditional outfits called ‘Molas’. In the evening we’ll have our first Kuna dish where after they’ll perform a local dance in the moonlight.

Overnight Stay: Digirdup Island
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning after packing our camp, we begin a 4-5 hour paddle to the uninhabited island of Diadup. The paddling includes two open channel crossings. Our motorized support boat will carry our dry bags (luggage) and camping equipment, so our kayaks will be light and maneuverable. Additionally our support boat can assist paddlers in need or if tired.

We’ll stop on a pleasant island somewhere along the way for lunch where after we’ll continue to today’s destination: a marvelous little island with just a local family living on it.

The afternoon will be at leisure to relax in your hammock or play in the ocean. We provide a hammock for each of the participants.

Overnight Stay: Diadup Island
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we break camp and paddle along sand cays and across open channels to the magical uninhabited white sand island of Sichirdup. This small island will be our home for the next 2 nights. The coral reef surrounding the island offers amazing snorkeling opportunities. Be sure to bring your snorkel and mask! (We have masks and snorkel available, however we encourage you to bring your own).

Overnight Stay:  Sichirdup Island
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Layovers are great!! This morning sleep-in, you do not need to pack your tent and your belongings, instead relax! At mid-morning, we are taking a day trip to the nearby mainland, where we will paddle our kayaks upstream through the gentle Rio Paloma looking for wildlife and the best swimming holes. This is a wonderful opportunity to bathe in the fresh clean river water. Once we can’t paddle any further upstream, we will continue our exploration on foot on the trails parallel to the river. On our way back we will stop for a picnic lunch at the shore of the river!

After lunch we’ll paddle back to Sichirdup for an afternoon snorkeling session along the ‘wall’; a drop outside the reef offering spectacular marine life sightings!

Overnight Stay: Sichirdup Island
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we set off on another amazing stretch of tropical sea kayaking to reach the amazing Island of Bidirdup. The 3-4 hour paddle necessary to get there will have us initially island hopping and eventually making one open crossing.

Bidirdup is a small island, perhaps with the acreage of a football field, and with only one native family being the only inhabitants and caretakers of the island, so the fine white sands, turquoise water and picture perfect setting will likely be yours, and yours alone during your visit. Great Snorkeling here, too!s

Overnight Stay: Bidirdup Island
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning we will jump in our kayaks and head west with the predominant wind and current, for approximately 3 hours, island hopping our way to Nube Sibu Dup (or Dove Island), another tropical atoll paradise.

This beautiful island evidences our transition from the remote areas of the Guna Yala Archipelago, to the areas slightly tainted by the recent growth of tourism spurred by the paving of the road leading to the area. Formerly a footpath, and for many years a 4×4 challenge, this paved road provides the only vehicle access to Guna Yala.

Overnight Stay: Nube Sibudup Island
Meals Included Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early morning, we will leave our kayaks and hop on a motorboat and motor to the road access to meet our comfortable 4×4 vehicle, which will drive us back to Civilization (a.k.a. Panama City), where we should arrive by mid-afternoon.

Once we get to your hotel, you will check –in and say goodbye to your guide! You have the option to enjoy one last dinner with your guide in the old city of Casco Viejo, which we highly recommend you visit.

Overnight Stay: Country Inn & Suites by Carlson (or similar)
Meals Included Today: Breakfast

This day we have arranged for your transportation to the international airport in Panama City to catch your flight home. You will leave Panama with a new understanding of the tropics and with a unique insight into the simple lifestyle and worldview of the Kuna People. To you we say “nu-edi,” or thank you in the Kuna language.

Departure
Meals Included Today: Breakfast

Full Itinerary

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