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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
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From US$ 159 per person

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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.

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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


  • 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.

  • 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

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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

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4.3 /5

based on 104 reviews

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The trip to get to the San Blas Islands is very long as it takes almost 4 hours to go and 4 to return. Half of the journey by land is on a road in terrible condition, which makes the trip very uncomfortable. The San Blas Islands are beautiful and possibly one of the least known and explored wonders of the Caribbean.

July 9, 2022

Obviously you can’t account for rain but you could make the trip more enjoyable by not asking us to stand in the rain waiting for the boat to arrive. Also update your information as it was not $23 it was $25. Also where is Banedub listed on your information? My tour guide didn’t seem to know what Wailey lodge was?

July 3, 2022

We were picked up on time and the communication with the organizer worked great. We visited three islands and a sandbank. Pelicano Island (from Money Heist) is closed. It is a pity that the excursion is advertised and the islands cannot be visited at all. It was also not clearly communicated by the organizer - we noticed this at lunch on the sidelines.

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April 2, 2022

Product ID: 246297