Boat Tours & water sports in San Blas Islands

Top Boat Tours & Water Sports in San Blas Islands, Panama

Boat Tours & Water Sports in San Blas Islands

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  • Dustin D
    1 contribution
    Very well organized and fun! Even though it’s a long day, all the stops are worth it. The islands are beautiful and the people are very nice.
    Written 19 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Inga_K_K
    Quito, Ecuador326 contributions
    San Blas is very beautiful, and finally I had a lovely time. However you have to be prepared that things will just happen according to the understanding of local indigenous community, not as on train schedule in Switzerland. You don't know where you will be going and when, you are just told a short while before: now we go to a different island or now we do the tour (possibly not the same island as in tour description and not on the same day). In the final accounting, all islands very beautiful and all tours were fun. So if you can relax and just let things happen, you will have good time. But if you need to be in control of everything and be informed at all times, this may not be for you.
    The lodgings and food are rather basic (but I did get my lobster dinner). Think toilet on the other end of the island, or at least over the yard. The facilities were nevertheless impeccably clean.
    According to tour description, a drink should have been included with lunch and dinner, but the local providers did not think so – just as well that I had packed plenty of water from the mainland.
    The jungle exclusion follows the course of a stream, wading sometimes knee deep, so dress accordingly. I finally had to do it in my trekking shoes, it did them no favours. The river is rocky so barefoot wading is not an option, and the rocks are sometimes slippery – this may not be appropriate for small children or senior citizens.
    Written 9 December 2021
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  • TheDebsBucketList
    Charleston, SC81 contributions
    This tour was an adventure and not for the feint of heart! One third of the trip is through the jungle on deeply rutted, curving, narrow roads. The Toyota 4 wheel drive vehicle was navigated by Adrien who knows the roads well. Be sure to bring your passport as we went through a Panamanian checkpoint as well as upon entry to the Guna indigenous territory. One of the 6 passengers in our vehicle had overstayed his visa prompting a 45 minute delay while this dude explained his documents. The 45 minute boat trip to the islands was pretty bumpy. But once we got there…oh my! Just gorgeous! So glad we went, even though we were certainly wondering on the way there…
    Written 8 February 2022
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  • Erin B
    New York City, NY95 contributions
    So grateful to Tao Travel for making this experience possible for us. Because of Covid our initial travel plans were cancelled and we ended up coming to Panama last minute during their busy season. Tao Tours was able to accommodate us, booking our San Blas one night trip with a private cabin only a few days in advance. They were very responsive and easy to communicate with over whatsapp and phone. The trip's fees and breakdown were clearly communicated and things went smoothly. After a long ride on a bumpy road and a boat trip that was also bumpy, we were dropped off on a beautiful beach for an unforgettable experience. While the accommodations are simplistic, anything fancier would detract from the sublime experience of being on an island in the middle of nowhere. You can walk the island's circumference in ten minutes and can fall asleep under the stars listening to the waves. We were picked up the next morning and had an amazing day exploring three other islands and the natural pools with starfish. Throughout, every guide or driver was friendly, communicative and we were well taken off. This is a hard working company with a hard working crew. I am so glad this trip worked out and we got to experience the wonderful San Blas Islands!
    Written 6 February 2022
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  • antonio m
    Panama City, Panama11 contributions
    This was my second time in San Blas and definitely better than my first one. The first time I stayed on a cabin on an island, and to be honest staying on a boat is a lot more comfortable. The crew was fantastic and food delicious. I'd definitely recommend it
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Matt from La Mesa
    6 contributions
    Our party of six booked a private one-day tour and had an excellent experience. Because it was just us, we had some say in which islands to visit and how long to spend. These guys were very accommodating and made it a very personal experience. Because our main interest was snorkeling, they took us to specifically great spots.
    We saw plenty of other tour boats that were group tours and we felt a little sorry for them... too crowded, and probably no "customization".
    We could not have asked for more, and if/when we visit again, we will try to book with them.
    Prep Notes:
    1. The description here currently says that prices start at $165 per person, but we paid less than that for our *private* tour, so please reach out directly to the company to get your own quote. They are very responsive via WhatsApp, but email worked also.
    2. The road trip is not as bad as some people say, just go with poor expectations and it will be OK! :-)
    3. There are restrooms available at the boat launch site, but they are not free. Some of our party used them as changing rooms instead of dressing in swim suits at the hotel.
    Kudos and thanks to Osiris and the others who served us.
    Just do it!
    Written 12 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Adriana K
    1 contribution
    My hubby and I spent the night in San Blas on Aroma island. The trip was very well organized and we were met very early at our hotel in Panama City by a sweet driver who took us to San Blas. The drive was a bit rough,especially the second part but we love a little adventure and enjoyed taking photos of the beautiful scenery. In the port, a boat was waiting for us and took us to the island. We were immediately blown away by the beauties of the islands. Our cabin was very basic, so don't expect the standards of a Hilton hotel. But the sunset and the stars at night make up for all the lack in creature comforts.

    The company we booked with also included a day tour for us, which we enjoyed the next day. Overall, we had a blast and highly recommend this trip.
    Written 7 September 2019
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  • Astrid B
    2 contributions
    Paradise Vacation

    My husband and I spent 3 nights on a beautiful San Blas island. We really enjoyed this little paradise as it is an experience you won’t get anywhere else. Facilities are very basic and the Kunas live very simple, sleeping in hammocks and catching fresh fish in their tree canoes. If you are looking to get away from busy civilization to unwind and soak in the tropical sun, swimming in a clear ocean, this is the trip for you! The tour to Cayos Holandeses was another step up fro the paradise we found on our island. The ocean looks like a postcard picture and the atmosphere is indescribable. We felt 3 nights were not enough for us and we hope to be back one day to stay longer.
    Written 18 May 2022
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