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.
Paddle through crystal-clear waters and explore the white-sand beaches of the pristine San Blas archipelago
Snorkel among parrotfish, stingrays, nurse sharks, and more in a rich marine ecosystem
Learn about the fascinating culture of the indigenous Guna Yala who call this place home
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to the international airport for a flight back home.
We first pioneered this Panama kayaking trip in the year 2000 and have brought it out of the vault for our 50th year.
Follow expert local guides as you paddle over 5.5 days through the pristine San Blas Islands - feeling completely away from it all.
This trip perfectly blends tranquil kayaking in warm Caribbean waters with nights on beautiful beaches, and a bucket-list visit to the Panama Canal.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Seven days of moderate sea kayaking, plus easy day hikes, spectacular snorkeling, and time to relax on pristine beaches. Also includes Panama Canal visit.
Six nights of very basic beach camping on uninhabited islands, and two nights in hotels.
Warm water and warm nights. Exposure to full sun, the elements, salty ocean waves, sand and potential warm Carrie ban wind.
Upon arrival at the Panama City airport, meet your MT Sobek guide who will help you transfer to your hotel in Panama City.
There are Jejenes, also known as little sand flies or no-see-ums. They do not come out when it is breezy, and are most often noticed in the mornings and late afternoons.
This trip is designed for those who want to kayak everyday (5.5 days.) However, the trip is vessel-supported for the entire duration, so you can skip some paddling if you want to.
We predominantly use single kayaks on this trip. A few doubles may be available. The kayaks are efficient, and easy to paddle and control.
This trip is a kayak expedition designed for people with some previous paddling experience. You do not have to be an expert or know how to roll. However, you should have practiced a wet exit and assisted re-entry before the trip.
The (one) landline telephone on the islands no longer works. Cell coverage is very minimal at best.
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