Day trip

Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

4.3 / 5

76 reviews

Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

From US$ 159 per person

Visit the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama, known for their turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, sunbathing, and swimming on four islands on this day trip from Panama City.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Your hotel in Panama City. Please be ready in the lobby of your hotel at 5:20 AM. The maximum time that the driver can wait is 25 minutes.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit four islands in one day (Perro Chico, Waily Lodge, Pelicano, and the Natural Swimming Pool)
  • Sunbathe on white sandy beaches and kayak and snorkel in clear blue waters
  • Go paddle boarding at Waily Lodge
  • Enjoy a local lunch of fresh fish with rice and salad
  • Visit Pelicano Island from the Money Heist Netflix series
Full description
Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City between 5:20 AM and 6:00 AM to start the day trip. Drive 2.5 hours to San Blas Port, Carti, and then take a local Panga boat to the first of the San Blas islands. Here, enjoy a light breakfast of fresh fruit and take some time to sunbathe with provided umbrellas, beach chairs, and towels. You can also use kayaks or paddleboards to explore the island surroundings. Afterward, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish, rice, and salad. After lunch, sail onwards to Perro Chico, known as the best snorkeling spot in the San Blas Islands. Here, you can see a variety of colorful fish species and a sunken boat. Next, visit Island Pelicano, made famous by the Netflix series Money Heist. Finally, head to the natural swimming pool. This is a bank of sand in the middle of the ocean where you can walk or swim around to find your starfish. At 3:30 PM, sail back towards the port and return to Panama City in the evening. On weekends, before coming back to the port, you'll visit one of the largest communities in San Blas to witness a traditional dance put on by locals.
Includes
  • Shared transportation from Panama city for 6 passengers in a 4WD vehicle (if option chosen)
  • Shared boat to the islands
  • English-speaking guide
  • Snorkeling gear, kayaks, and paddleboards
  • Umbrellas, beach chairs, and towels
  • Light breakfast
  • Lunch (fish or chicken with rice and salad)
  • 1 drink (water, soda, or beer)
  • On weekends: traditional dance show
  • Pickup from hotels outside Panama city
  • Entrance fee to San Blas Islands ($23 per person)
  • Infant seat in the car ($50 without a baby seat or $100 with a baby seat)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • San Blas Islands in an Indigenous Zone where only local people work so the food is basic but tasty and all facilities are rustic
  • Snorkeling and kayaking are optional activities
  • Please send the full names, passport number, nationality, and age of all travelers at the time of booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 76 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    3.9/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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I liked the experience because the places are wonderful, I think it was necessary to detail more about the tour and the conditions of the places that were going to visit, because for example there was difficult access for snacks and drinks, there were not many options where to be.

January 10, 2022

When we arrived, the sea was very rough and the weather didn't seem to open. The boat trip was a little tense but we arrived well and the day was perfect. We passed by 4 islands... All of them paradise and incredible. The Guna's service and attention, their affection for us were awesome. An unforgettable tour!

March 3, 2020

people over 60, beware, you will have to jump in and out of a boat without a ladder or rail. Good sunscreen is a must. Road is bumpy and long. The Islands are Paradise, the people are very friendly, the tour was well organized, everything ran in time. We enjoyed it very much. Of course, some comments in English about history and customs would be nice.

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February 26, 2020

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