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Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

Activity provider: Panama San Blas Tours Int

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, and swimming in the natural pools on 3 islands on this day trip.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is at centrally-located hotels 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


  • Visit four islands in one day including Pelican and Ucusubi
  • Snorkel in one of the best reefs in San Blas and enjoy clear blue waters
  • Try your skills at paddle boarding to Ucusubi, a tiny private island
  • Visit a local community, learn how they live, and how molas are made
  • Meet and swim with Llorona, a pet shark of the island
Full description

Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City 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. First arrive at Pelicano Island, made famous by the Netflix series Money Heist. Enjoy a light breakfast of fresh fruit and coffee and take some time to sunbathe with hammocks. Towels will be provided.

Then take the paddleboards and your snorkel gear and go paddle to Ucubusi Island where you will find one of the best reefs to snorkel in San Blas. Discover a variety of colorful fish species. Afterward, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish, rice, and salad. After lunch, head to the natural swimming pool. Chill out on a bank of sand in the middle of the ocean where you can walk or swim around to find your starfish. Finally, visit a local community where you will see how the locals live. You can try the coconut bread made on the island, and see how molas are made by the grandmas on the island. Sail back towards the port and return to Panama City in the evening. 

  • Welcome fruits and coffee
  • Shared transportation from central Panama city for 6 passengers in a 4WD vehicle (if option chosen)
  • Shared boat to the islands
  • Basic English-speaking guide
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, tube, and fins)
  • Paddleboards to share
  • Beach chair
  • Towels
  • Lunch (fish or chicken with rice and salad)
  • 1 drink (water, soda, or beer)
  • Pickup from hotels outside Panama City
  • Infant seat in the car ($50 without a baby seat or $100 with a baby seat)
  • Entrance fee to San Blas Islands ($23 per person)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

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

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 119 reviews

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The tour is a fantastic detour to paradise to start our journey. First something about the organization - everything worked out great, the pick-up was on time and everything was taken care of. A stop at the supermarket is also included. I have to deduct points for the transport, although we had the best driver, who drove very well and fortunately was experienced. However, the 2nd part of the trail was really not for the faint of heart - some cars were parked at the edge because the tourists were throwing up. There was a traffic jam at the border to Guna Yana and we were on the road for a little over 3 hours. This is quite a distance for a day trip. Once arrived we were compensated for everything... our guide Keneth was very accommodating and took great care of everything. On the first island you have time to arrive and realize this beauty... I recommend staying at least overnight, because when it was the most beautiful we unfortunately had to go back.

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November 4, 2022

It is amazing to see the San Blas Islands. All providers offer different islands. Unfortunately, you only saw Pelican Island. No starfish, no other beautiful islands. You get inclusive towel, lunch, slice of watermelon, snorkeling gear and paddle board. Overall it's a great experience, but the islands aren't natural, there's a lot of plastic floating everywhere. And the road to get there is an impertinence. The guide doesn't actually speak English, but you hardly ever need it unless you want to discuss something. Then it doesn't work.

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October 16, 2022

Wonderful day. Everything is as described in the schedule. Pick up at 5h30, 3h drive including a fairly eventful hour. Arrival around 9h-9h30 to embark on small boats. 1st drop on a magnificent island with a bar, a swing etc. 2nd stop: Island where fresh fruit, paddle and canoe await you. 3: direction the natural swimming pool: snorkeling to admire fish and stars 4: direction Pero chico (casa de papel) to eat, swim and relax. Back on dry land around 4 p.m. To be done again without hesitation.

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August 13, 2022

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