Kayaking Panama's San Blas Islands

Panama City, Panama

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This fascinating trip to the Panamanian Caribbean is a kayaker and snorkeler's dream. Explore the San Blas Archipelago, with over 360 small coral reef islands spread over 200 miles. The spectacular snorkeling alone is worth the trip, but seven days of kayaking give you an amazing perspective of this coastal area. In addition to exploring the waters, you'll get to know the fascinating Guna Yala people, an indigenous tribe that has thrived here for centuries, passing their days in much the same way as they did hundreds of years ago. Top off your trip with a visit to the impressive Panama Canal.


Duration: 10 Days
Starts in: Panama City, Panama
Ends in: Panama City, Panama
Group Size: 4-8

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MT Sobek

MT Sobek, the originators, innovators and leaders in adventure travel for more than five decades, crafts journeys to the world's most memorable places.



Arrive in Panama City

Upon arrival at the Panama City airport, meet your MT Sobek guide who will help you transfer to your hotel in Panama City. Meet with the group in the evening for an orientation followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Learn about Guna Yala Culture

After breakfast, transfer to Carti in the Comarca of Guna Yala. Continue by boat to the Island of Tigre, where members of the indigenous Guna tribe live. Spend the day learning about traditional village life, visiting the Congress House, and meeting the Sahila, or community leader, who will explain Kuna values and why life has changed little over time.

Paddle & Snorkel to Diadup

After breakfast, get your first introduction to sea kayaking and take a short paddle to the mainland rainforest, where you'll see an abundance of birdlife. Afterwards, spend six hours paddling to your camp in Diadup with breaks for lunch and snorkeling among the coral reef.

Kayak to Sichirdup Island

After breakfast, set out in your kayak for a six-hour trip to the beautiful island of Sichirdup, an uninhabited island that will be your home for the next two nights. The coral reef surrounding the island offers amazing snorkeling opportunities for you to enjoy in your downtime.

Day Paddle to Rio Paloma

Take a day trip paddling from Sichirdup to the Rio Paloma, a gentle river on the mainland. Along the way, take a freshwater swim and look for wildlife. After paddling upstream, stretch your legs on a rainforest walk.

Visit the Island of Estrellita

Set out on a six-hour paddle to the Island of Estrellita with a break for lunch and relaxing. Set up camp. Arrive in the afternoon and set up camp. Then relax, swim, snorkel or read in a hammock.

Kayak to Diadub & Beach Hammocks

After breakfast, set out on a short, two-hour paddle to Diadub. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, relaxing in hammocks, playing volleyball, or snorkeling.

Visit the Island of Nurdup

For your final day of kayaking, spend six hours paddling to the island of Nurdup, a small family community of 30 Gunas. Set up camp, and then spend the afternoon relaxing in paradise.

Visit the Panama Canal

Take an early-morning boat ride back to the Port of Barsuggum and transfer by car to Panama City. Visit the Panama Canal, an impressive man-made marvel that cuts across the Isthmus of Panama. Spend lunch and the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening, gather with the group for a farewell dinner.

Depart from Panama City

Transfer to the international airport for a flight back home.


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