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Panama City: 4-Day Island Hopping San Blas Adventure

1. Panama City: 4-Day Island Hopping San Blas Adventure

Discover what local life is like in San Blas on this 4-days island hopping tour. Get to know the beautiful islands of this Central American paradise, and enjoy the white sand beaches and turquoise ocean. You may choose the standard transportation option which allows for a maximum of 6 passengers per vehicle, or choose the upgraded transport option to travel in a little more comfort with a maximum of 4 passengers per vehicle. Day 1 Pickup from selected hotels in Panama City begins at 5:20 AM. After pickup, you will stop by a supermarket in case you want to buy snacks or drinks. Then, head to the San Blas hills. The journey takes about 2.5 hours and is followed by a 30-minute boat ride to Ina island where you will sleep and have lunch and dinner. Pay a visit to a natural swimming pool and explore the pool on a paddle board. Visit the island in front of Ucusubi to go snorkeling and sample some fresh local lobster for dinner during lobster season. Day 2 After breakfast, visit a local Guna community and learn about this tribe's culture and rich history. Next, take a hiking tour in the San Blas jungle up to a waterfall. As you hike, pass a local cemetery, and spot monkeys, sloths, many birds, and iguanas. Come back to Ina Island for lunch and then take your boat to the 2nD Island Aguja. Relax and discover this island at your own pace. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Day 3 After breakfast, take a boat to Perro Chico island where you will sleep. You will first visit Perro Grande Island where you can kayak all around and visit another natural swimming pool. Once in Perro Chico, take your snorkel gear and visit the sunken boat which is just in front of the island and full of tiny colored fishes. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Day 4 After breakfast, take a boat back to Panama City. Breakfast is included.

Panama City: 1-Night San Blas Islands in Sea Huts

2. Panama City: 1-Night San Blas Islands in Sea Huts

Spend a full day and night on the San Blas Islands: swim, kayak, and paddle out on the water and overnight in a bungalow on the beach. San Blas is an indigenous zone, so prepare for a rustic time. There’s no hot water, Wi-Fi, electricity, or other amenities, so you’ll spend 2 days experiencing what life is like for the Gunas. On the morning of Day 1, you’ll be picked up at 5:20 AM from the lobby of your Panama City hotel and taken on a 2.5-hour trip by 4WD over the San Blas hills up to Port Tupile. From there, take a typical Guna boat on a 30-minute ride to paradise over turquoise waters. Arrive on the white sand beach where you’ll spend 2 days and 1 night in a bungalow right on the beach. The Yani Lodge bungalows are rustic with shared bathrooms, and the island is very calm. On the island, taste the catch of the day around mid-day and then take a tour with a guide to Perro Chico, where you can snorkel in a sunken boat full of colorful fish. Then, visit a natural swimming pool and spot starfish and other marine wildlife. Spend the rest of the time kayaking, paddle-boarding, or just relaxing on the beach.   On Day 2, enjoy breakfast and spend your free day to explore the island, and relaxing! Transportation back to Panama City around 3:00 PM, arriving around 6:00 PM to your hotel.

Panama City: San Blas Islands 2-Day 2-Night Sailboat Tour

3. Panama City: San Blas Islands 2-Day 2-Night Sailboat Tour

Explore the San Blas archipelago on this two day and two night trip from Panama City. Savor fresh locally sourced seafood meals onboard with drinks. Try to catch a fish with the fishing equipment or uncover the secrets of the underwater world with the snorkeling gear. Day 1: Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Panama City at 5 AM. Sit back and enjoy the scenic 3-hour drive to port Carti. Take a speedboat to the boat where you can settle in and relax. Sail to the turquoise waters of the Cayos Limones islands where you can snorkel and soak up some sun on the white sand beach. Have the chance to meet indigenous Kuna people and learn about their culture and way of life. Spend some free time looking at local handcraft shops or purchasing a fresh seafood lunch at a restaurant. Head back to the boat to rest for the evening. Day 2: Enjoy fishing in the sea as you cruise to the island of Cayos Nasargandub. Once at the island, chillout in a hammock in the shade of palm trees on the beach or go for a swim through the crystal clear waters. Rest in the boat in the evening. Day 3: After a delicious breakfast, catch the speedboat back to the port and transfer back to your accommodation in Panama City.

From Panama City: Catamaran Cruise to Taboga Island

4. From Panama City: Catamaran Cruise to Taboga Island

Board a catamaran from Panama City, and set sail toward Taboga Island. Capture sights of the Bridge of the Americas, the Amador Causeway, and the Bay of Panama. Enjoy an open bar and musical atmosphere, as you swim and sunbathe on the beach. After lunch, explore the local village. Arrive at the meeting point and jump onto a maxi catamaran heading toward Taboga Island, located just 20 kilometers off the coast of Panama City. Admire the stunning Pacific Ocean and see along the way the Bridge of the Americas, the Amador Causeway, and the Bay of Panama. Drop anchor in a virgin bay, and take advantage of the sea and sun until lunchtime. Relax in the sun, listen to music and enjoy an open-bar onboard. Then, sail toward the main beach and the town of Taboga to enjoy lunch on the catamaran. Afterward, opt to go down to the island to visit the town and take advantage of the beach or continue with the vibe on the catamaran before riding back to Panama City.

Panama City: Taboga Island Full-Day Pirate Ship Tour & Bar

5. Panama City: Taboga Island Full-Day Pirate Ship Tour & Bar

This is Panama's one and only party pirate ship experience. We will be setting out across the high seas in our 110 foot Spanish Galleon for a day of fun in the sun, swimming, music and dancing. Leaving from Panama City we will head out to Taboga Island where we will stop just in front of the bay for swimming, diving and rope swinging among our flotilla of floatie toys. Some will be able to relax and sunbathe on one of the Black Magic decks, some will prefer to read a book, while others will be able to enjoy the music on board while having one of our cocktails. Later, we will raise our anchors to start our return trip to the city where we will be arriving by sunset. This trip is fun and exciting for all types of passengers. We will have music and dancing on the main deck for those who are in the mood for a party atmosphere. But the pirate ship is big and the music will never be overpowering and families and older people will have plenty of pirate themed fun and water activities to keep everyone happy and entertained. This is simply the best way to experience Panama bay, Taboga Island and the beautiful waters of the Pacific while in the city.

From Panama City or Portobelo: Caribbean Cruise with Lunch

6. From Panama City or Portobelo: Caribbean Cruise with Lunch

Explore the beauty of the Blues Veins lagoon and the white sands of Playa Blanca beach on this tour from Panama City or Portobelo. Sit down for a delicious lunch on a catamaran.  Choose to be picked up from the comfort of your accommodations in Panama City or to make your own way to Portobelo. Hop aboard a speedboat that will connect you to the catamaran. Feel the wind in your hair as you soak up some sun on the way to your first stop at Blues Veins. Make your way to the interior lagoon aboard a dinghy. Disembark at a secluded beach where you can take a walk or snorkel through the coral in the crystal-clear waters.  Head back to the boat to eat a lunch of local products with a variety of dietary options. Continue to Playa Blanca beach where you can make the most of the sea by swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding.  Return to you Portobelo where, depending on the option you select, you can be dropped-off at your accommodation in Panama City, or you can drive back to your accommodation. 

Panama City: Surf Lesson and Beach Day in Playa Caracol

7. Panama City: Surf Lesson and Beach Day in Playa Caracol

After a pickup from your hotel, head to Playa Caracol Beach, where you can take a beginner surf lesson with a professional instructor. Enjoy the lesson in small waves and shallow area, where you can learn the basic techniques. Instructors will be close by at all times for security and confidence. Later on, use the facilities at the Surf Club, where you can hang out in lounge chairs or a hammock and enjoy the restaurant, a shower, or the beach.

Panama City: Rio Grande White Water River Rafting Day

8. Panama City: Rio Grande White Water River Rafting Day

Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime with a full day out on the Rio Grande. This river, located in the Coclé province, runs through tropical dry forest and has rapids that vary from Class II-III to Class III+. On this excursion, ride out from Panama City to the river and experience it with a white water river rafting trip. The area of Coclé has become Panama's mecca of beach tourism, due mostly in part to Playa Blanca, a gorgeous white sand beach located along the Pacific Ocean. Playa Blanca has attracted famous beach hotels such as Decameron and Barcelo, but not far away is the river with its exciting rapids. Also in the surrounding area is El Valle, a mountain village inside an extinct volcano crater. Meanwhile, most of the basin surrounding the Rio Grande is devoted to cattle and farming. learn this and more as you set out on a full day of history, touring, and thrills.

Rio Chagres: Gatun Lake Kayaking Tour

9. Rio Chagres: Gatun Lake Kayaking Tour

Gatun Lake Kayaking Tour In the early morning your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and take you to the Gamboa public ramp or Gamboa resort where you will start the kayaking trip. From the ramp your guide will take you into the Chagres River to explore the nature of the area from your kayak. Explore rowing on a kayak the beautiful Chagres River before it merges at the Gatun lake where the huge vessels and boats transit from Ocean to Ocean. The Chagres river is the main tributary of waterof the Canal. A quite waterway, enjoying the sound of the wild life of this dense tropical forest. You will have the opportunity to see a sloth in a tree, a colorful bird peacefully living in the jungle or at the top the water plants, caimans, turtles among many others species of the local fauna. After a short hike to the small port used by the Embera indigenous at Gamboa, the tour last about 1 hour and 45 minutes (in the kayak) always accompanied by a bilingual guide and probably also by an Native Indigenous guide from the area who has knowledge of the jungle. (optional option for one hour at $40 entrance with local lunch) After this amazing adventure, you guide will take you back to the Gamboa public ramp where you transportation awaits to take you back to your hotel.

From Panama City: Caribbean Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Tour

10. From Panama City: Caribbean Stand-Up Paddleboarding Day Tour

Have a unique adventure on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean on this Caribbean stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) day tour.   Meet your guide in Panama and take the scenic 1.5-hour drive via the Panamá-Colón Highway to Sabanitas. You’ll arrive a small town in the Colón province called Portobelo, where you’ll begin your pirate-like SUP ride to Playa Huerta. Paddle through the clear waters and admire coral reefs, tropical marine life, and the beauty of this natural treasure with your knowledgeable instructor.   On your return, stop for lunch at La Torre Restaurant, where you can enjoy a traditional Afro-Caribbean meal (at own expense).

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The 4 day trip is well worth it. By hopping you get many different impressions and the days are very varied. You still have enough time to relax and breathe deeply. The accommodations are very simple, but we didn't miss anything. The food was also okay and sufficient. We were on the island of Pelicano - very beautiful, great and familiar -, Aroma - a bit larger, beautifully laid out but not family friendly, the Banos rather neglected -, Perro Chico - very beautiful and well-kept beach, lively, large restaurant with a selection of food, nice Family.

A very interesting tour. We spent a very nice time with the Guna Indians who took great care of us. Beautiful little islands, basic accommodation, trip to the waterfall - all in all a very nice experience and highly recommended.

Breathtaking islands to explore and brilliant organisation from the team - from the pick-up in Panama City through to answering queries while on the tour

Wonderful place, relax, a lot a corals in the water, meal was good, we enjoy everything, thank you

Great staff. Great adventure. We had an amazing time.