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BLISS in San Blas Islands Panama Includes Tour & Transport from Panama City
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BLISS in San Blas Islands Panama Includes Tour & Transport from Panama City

By Tao Travel 365 - Panama
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Ages 3-99, max of 14 per group
Duration: 14h
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Live guide: English, Spanish
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  • Snorkel Equipment (snorkel and mask)
  • Fried fish or chicken with rice and salad. Vegetarian options available.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Shared roundtrip transfer from your hotel in Panama City to Port of Carti
  • Shared boat/lancha transportation all day
  • Tour to Isla Perro, Isla Diablo or Isla Yansailadup or Arena Blanca PLUS the famous Natural Pool
  • One beverage: Bottle of water, soda or beer
  • Island Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - San Blas Islands
  • Entry/Admission - San Blas Islands
What's not included
  • Guna Entrance Fee paid to Border patrol ($22 for Internationals, $7 for Panamanian residents)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • IF YOU HAVE NOT PROVIDED YOUR WHATSAPP NUMBER AND PICK UP INFORMATION (HOTEL NAME & ROOM NUMBER) YOUR TOUR IS NOT CONFIRMED AND WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PICK YOU UP. On the day of your tour, please be ready to be picked up from your hotel between 5:00am and 5:45am, and wait in the lobby. Since we have shared transportation with up to 6 guests per car (1 up front, 3 in the middle row, and 2 in the back row), our drivers choose the best route to pick up all guests in a timely manner. To avoid any delays we appreciate your cooperation in being on time. If you are not at your designated pick up point (and waiting in the lobby!), you will loose your tour without refund. Please note that the car drivers only speak Spanish. The driver will try his best in contacting you via WhatsApp. Please understand that the driver cannot wait longer than 10 minutes before continuing to the next pick up destination, in order to provide timely service for all of the other guests.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Additional pickup options
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
      • Avenida Balboa, Av. Balboa, Panamá, Provincia de Panamá, Panama
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 127626P12

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
        • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Most travelers can participate
        • The boat transfer from the port to the islands may be bumpy with some sea spray. If you are sensitive to motion sickness, please prepare accordingly by bringing appropriate medication. You may also get wet, so please bring some water protection for your luggage and yourself
        • PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR A 2.5 to 3 HOUR CAR JOURNEY EACH WAY OVER CURVY ROADS! THERE IS ALSO A 25-30 MINUTE BOAT RIDE TO YOUR FIRST ISLAND WHICH CAN GET QUITE BUMPY AND WET. We feel that the islands are worth the long drive, but some travelers have complained about the drive and the fast boat ride from and to the port. While we strive to provide our guests the best service and an unforgettable experience in San Blas, we are not responsible for road and ocean conditions, and we would like you to be aware of this fact :)
        • IMPORTANT SAN BLAS DISCLAIMER - PLEASE READ! While San Blas is a beautiful island archipelago with stunning beaches and clear waters, it also has its downsides, for which we would like to make you aware off. In San Blas only the Kuna population is allowed to work in the territory. The services and infrastructure are not what most of us are used to. Kunas are not very service oriented and can often seem shy or reserved. A stay in San Blas can be compared to a camping vacation that offers minimal comfort, services and amenities. We strongly advise those who have 5 star expectations to think twice before embarking on this adventure. We do have alternative tours in Panama with more high-end services. We really care about our reputation and we want our guests to enjoy their vacation with us. We attempt to be as transparent as possible in order to set guest expectations from the start. We do not own any of the islands and we pride ourselves in providing excellent service during your booking process and attempting to assist you during your San Blas vacation. However, please remember that we cannot guarantee the same excellent service during your stay in San Blas. Please read all the below information well! San Blas is very rustic without the amenities and standards you might be used to from home. Compared to places such as Tahiti and Maldives that are managed by international hotel chains, San Blas has remained autonomous without the influence of outsiders. When visiting San Blas, it should be viewed as a cultural experience where guests visit the paradise islands of the Kunas and respect their traditions and their primitive ways of living. No air condition - None of the islands offer A/C No Wifi - You can buy a prepaid SIM card (Tigo or Digicel), which may or may not have signal. No luxury facilities - Bathrooms may be dirty, sinks may get clogged What seems like trash and clutter around the local huts, are items and tools that Kunas re-use for their daily lives. Please respect the fact that different cultures have different education, perspectives and ways of living and do not expect the cleanliness you may be used to from your home country. All services will all be handled by the indigenous Kuna. While Tao Travel 365 strives to provide the best service possible and train the Kuna in customer management, some of the below services are often out of our control. Car transportation - the ride to San Blas takes 2.5 to 3 hours, with 1.5 hours over slow, curvy roads. For those with motion sickness, please prepare accordingly. The transportation is in a shared 4x4 SUV, with one seat up front, three seats in the middle row and 2 seats in the back row. Seats are assigned randomly. Those who require additional space in the car must purchase an extra seat. Pick up from your lodging is scheduled between 5:00am and 5:30am, but can sometimes be as late as 5:45am depending on the timeliness of other guests that we pick up. Out of respect for all others in the car we ask everyone to wait in the lobby of their building at 5:00am. If you are not at the designated meeting point, the driver will make an effort to locate you, but he cannot delay the transportation by more than 10 minutes. No refunds are awarded to guests who don’t show up on time. Boat transportation - depending on weather and ocean conditions, the 20-40 minute boat ride might be bumpy and wet with ocean spray. Island kitchen - meal are prepared fresh in the local kitchen and usually consist of fried or grilled fish with salad and patacones (fried plantains). Most Kunas DO NOT speak English. Trash is a worldwide problem and unfortunately San Blas has not been spared from the ever increasing issue. During certain tides and ocean and wind conditions plastic trash from throughout the Caribbean ocean accumulates on the beaches of San Blas. While the local Kuna are working hard to collect the constant flood of plastic trash washing up on their beaches, guests will nevertheless find evidence of plastic spread out on the island. Furthermore, Kunas tend to collect certain “trash” and re-use it for their purposes. During the wet months (April - December) or during windless days, all of San Blas experiences sandflies, which are little blood-sucking flies that leave itchy marks. Please ensure to bring insect repellent and prepare to return to Panama City with a few itchy memories. Weather: Panama is located in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, which means that the weather is very unpredictable and is impossible to forecast with accuracy. The weather forecast will usually show rain and thunderstorms for most days of the year, when in reality there are oftentimes beautiful, sunny days in San Blas. Please do not rely on the weather forecast in Panama. Due to the tropical conditions in San Blas rain can occur at any time and we do not offer refunds for rainy days. Travel Emergencies: The San Blas islands are located in a very remote region of Panama. We ask all guests to be responsible for their own well being and to be aware that medical assistance can often not be provided right away. The closest medical facility in San Blas is very basic and can only provide assistance for minor issues. Guests with injuries such as broken bones that require more specialized treatment need to be transported to Panama City. Guests are responsible for all charges arising from a medical emergency, such as boat and car transportation and medical care. We suggest all guests to carry a Travel Insurance to cover emergency expenses. For more information, please visit www.taotravel365.tours/travel-insurance/ We kindly ask our guests to lower their expectation when visiting San Blas and to focus on the beautiful remote paradise that San Blas has remained despite the effects that modern society has caused to them. The Kunas are very gentle and kind people, but can also be somewhat shy at times. When approaching them with a smile and an open heart you will be guaranteed an innocent, happy smile in return. Arriving with the right mindset and expectation usually guarantees an unforgettable experience, where guests are able to focus on the beauties of the islands, beaches, ocean and the people, rather than on the limitations that we mentioned above.
        • You are welcome to bring a cooler with your own drinks, potable water, snacks and beverages (fruit juice or alcohol). The driver will stop at a supermarket on the way to San Blas in order for you to purchase additional items.
        • PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR ORGINAL PASSPORT. WITHOUT IT, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE GUNA TERRITORY AND THE SAN BLAS ISLANDS.
        • Please be advised that San Blas is in the Guna territory, which is an autonomous, Indian zone. The services are very basic. The Gunas will be providing all touristic services, such as meal preparations, car and boat transportations, lodging, and tour guiding. We are proud to be working with this friendly tribe and with each booking we give back to the community, supporting their customs and their traditional way of life. We kindly ask you to respect this beautiful culture and their simple way of life, leaving your expectations behind and learning about their innocent culture.
        • We recommend that you bring your personal hygiene items, such as towels, sunscreen, hats, mosquito repellent.
        • In San Blas Islands there are no ATMs, please bring cash. You can buy additional drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc.
        • “Tigo” is the cell phone company that has the best reception in San Blas.
        • Infants need to sit on laps.
        • The use of drones is prohibited in San Blas! Heavy fines are imposed on those who ignore the rules.
        • AGAIN!!! Please be prepared for a 2.5 hour car journey each way (1 hour on a highway and about 1.5 hours through the mountains over curvy roads! Please do not leave bad reviews because of the road. We try to warn you ahead of time ;)
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        • Tao Travel 365 - Panama
          304
          Panama City, Panama
          Joined in March 2019
        • darwal70
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Way to See a Lot in a Half Day
          We had a great time. There were 4 others plus the guide so the vehicle had lots of room. Our guide (can’t remember his name) gave a great history of Balboa and the canal on the drive to the boat. The boat ride was really good, they could see thing you would never notice. We got to see a crocodile laying in the sun, an up close with a Capuchin Monkey, a grey Herron, Howler Monkeys and multiple lizards. It’s the wild and there are no guarantees you will get to see them, so I was excited to have a capuchin come on to the boat. On the ride back we saw two different container ships going through the canal. The butterflies, frogs and sloths were great as well. I saw comments about the conditions the sloths are in but I didn’t see an issue. They are the experts and I know this raises money for what they do. I was very impressed with the amount of plants they grow and replant. Our guide through this was Juan and he was very informative. I would recommend to everyone
          Written March 3, 2024
        • GoPlaces617071
          0 contributions
          2.0 of 5 bubbles
          Disappointing, but glad to see the monkeys
          The tour started out poorly as there were seven of us in a relatively small SUV. Thankfully, all were nice and there was no one that was overweight or it would’ve been intolerable. This was supposed to be an English speaking tour and unfortunately, our guide, Mario, was nice, but spoke very little English. He knew only the basics, and often in the middle of an English sentence would switched to Spanish word. There was minimal explanation of what we were doing and the plans. my experience was completely different from the other reviews secondary to our guide. We were able to see the monkeys which was the highlight. The sloth, sanctuary, butterflies and frogs were also very interesting.
          Written February 8, 2024
        • teresasT6041UZ
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Disappointing.
          Very Disappointing. Sloth sanctuary more like a glorified zoo. Where they are kept for public viewing is stark, noisy and can't be good for the animals. Viewing is rushed. Trip to monkey Island was ok as had good viewing opportunities but again rushed and they use human fruit to attract them which is terrible and wrong. Definitely not an eco tour. Tour was no where near 6 hours as I indicated. Most expensive and shortest tour that we did of 4 booked on tripadvisor/viator.
          Written January 28, 2024
        • Paola M
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Lost in the middle of nowhere
          We just come back from 5 days in Darien, guests of Solarte and his family. What to say...my heart is still there. Walking in the jungle, sleeping in the lodge with a river by, whaching animals, sharing time with smiling beautiful kids, feeling like in a lost paradise! Feeling the strong and love of these people for their environment and the strict necessity to preserve it as it his. Just go, enjoy, and come back differently.
          Written January 22, 2024
        • 479deanb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best trip ever
          It was a great trip with the village and trip to the water falls. Very interesting to meet and hear about this tribe, not a tourist trap or put on experience.
          Written January 17, 2024
        • K7314UJheidis
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Must have wildlife experience in the Panama Canal Zone
          The experience was so much fun. Our driver Armando shared a lot of history with us. We had opportunities to take many beautiful photos of the wildlife, lakes, rivers. We enjoyed the monkeys and sloths and learned about Panama. He also gave us some great recommendations for our trip.
          Written January 6, 2024
        • Michelle E
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Must do tour
          Had a great time. Ali our guide was fantastic, explained so many things on route to the boat as well as about the wildlife we saw. Stopped on route to buy fruit to feed monkeys with and ensured our every need was catered for. Brilliant to talk to about Panama and very friendly. Also the guy who drove the boat was great, he and Ali made sure that we saw everything there was to see. Very informative tour of sloth sanctuary by on-site guard.
          Written January 3, 2024
        • April A
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          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Very fun and exciting experience. The views are amazing and the people were very friendly.
          The only reason I didn’t rate this as a 5 is because there was not much of an explanation or discussion about where we were or the indigenous peoples/community we visited. I think this is because our guide didn’t speak much English. Otherwise a fantastic experience and our driver was very funny and engaging.
          Written December 31, 2023
        • Nicole S
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Enjoyable day!
          Really enjoyed the boat ride and wildlife. Got to see three types of monkeys. Even fed a monkey! Three big ships passed through too. Very enjoyable day !
          Written December 29, 2023
        • scismoski
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary
          Armando was a great guide and drove us to the boat tour then told us about the different monkeys on the island. The sanctuary was great too and we especially enjoyed seeing the sloth having lunch.
          Written December 25, 2023
        • X7539JGmarks
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Gamboa
          We got our own driver there (30 m drive) No Uber back so make sure driver is waiting. Tram $45 pp and boat tour $40 pp. well with it. Saw rainforest, monkeys, etc. fantastic experience. Total time about 5 hours door to door. Great couple or family day trip from Panama. Highly recommend
          Written December 8, 2023
        • Curious150808
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fun family day in Gamboa
          Armando was an excellent your guide. We enjoyed the day very much. He was prepared with bottled water for us and nuts and bananas for the monkeys. He also was very knowledgeable about the canal, lake, and animals.
          Written November 20, 2023
        • LowellAckerman
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great wildlife tour
          We enjoyed taking a boat ride on the Panama Canal and viewing monkeys, iguanas, birds and more in their natural habitat. Our guide, Daniel, was informative and friendly with solid command of English. The sloth sanctuary visit was interesting and allowed us to get close to these delightful animals. It is wonderful to see an organization dedicated to rescuing sloths and trying to prepare them for release.
          Written November 3, 2023
        • Getaway442297
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          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Not as advertised and sorry we went
          First the positives: Our driver picked us up on time at our hotel. Our drive was uneventful, and more pleasant than expected as the road is now mostly paved, making what was once a four hour trip a two-hour trip. This must be a recent addition, as everything we heard and read said it was a very bumpy and arduous drive. We had internet and phone service the entire time which was a surprise. And finally, even though the food was simple, it was very good. We even had lobster one night, and our host, Orlando only charged us $10 per person. Now onto the realities: The motorboats hauling people from island to island are not inspected for safety. We got on the boat and as we were heading out, one of the guides grabbed the stanchion to the boat canopy to hoist himself to the front of the boat. The stanchion broke free because the screws holding it in place had come out, and it came crashing down on our daughters’ legs. It cut her leg, thank goodness, not severely, but the next day she had a huge bruise. And it was painful for the rest of our trip. The boats are not easy to get onto or off of. The one review I read said the San Blas Islands were for anyone from 1-99 years old. Not true. I would never take a child. It’s too dangerous. And I am a healthy active 67-year-old, but I have double knee replacements. It was low tide when we arrived, so getting on the boat required us to fold ourselves in half like Gumby, while leaping onto the boat, which got more difficult as the boat filled with people. When we arrived at our island, exiting the boat required some unsightly acrobatics somewhere between a full split and a lunge in conjunction with two people pulling us up. There isn’t a ladder on the boat and there isn’t one on the dock. Those should be minimum safety requirements. We choose the over-water cabins because of the online picture and the Tao Travel website stated that the over-the-water cabins on Wailidup island were newly constructed. The website also advertised a clubhouse that served cocktails. Ok. These cabins are NOT newly built. In fact, they are falling apart. I sat on a bench in the dining area, and it fell apart. The owner switched it for another one for me. Our bed had a huge crack in it and felt like it was going to break every time we turned over. Only one bed had mosquito netting. The sheets were not clean and there was no telling when the last time was they were washed. The planks on the dock were coming un-nailed, with rusty nails sticking up. It was very shaky walking, and I was afraid we were going to fall through or pierce our foot with a nail. There was no gorgeous beach. It was full of trash. This was not trash that had washed up on shore from Columbia. It was trash from day to day living by the Guna residents. There was no clubhouse. There certainly were no cocktails, and we had to walk across a cesspool to the other side of the island to get a lukewarm soda. In between some coconut palm trees on the beach were some hammocks. You laid in these at your own risk. The hammocks were full of coconuts that had fallen from the tree above, and looking up there were plenty more in the trees still to fall. So that was a concussion or a subdural hematoma waiting to happen, depending on if your head was harder than a coconut or not. If there are going to be hammocks, the coconuts need to be removed. There were no other chairs or seating on the beach, and since the beach was so filthy, I was not going to lay one of my towels on it. Inside our cabin, there were rusty nails sticking out of the wall, and my husband cut his arm on one. The sink fell of the wall when my husband leaned against it, so he had to re-attach it. We were not expecting hot water, but the water we showered in was gray in color, so I really did not feel clean after a shower. You need to bring water shoes for even the shower, as it is a very rough concrete base which will cut your feet, and it is filthy, so the risk of infection would be high. Then one day our host ran out of gasoline. So that meant there was no water at all, because the water pump is gasoline powered. We could not go in the water because there was human excrement floating in it. The sewer line leading from the cabin toilets to the cesspool in the center of the island was broken under the dock, and the toilets were flushing directly into the ocean. The owner finally noticed it too and fixed it the second day we were there. But by that time, we had no desire to go in the water anywhere near these cabins. And good thing. One morning we got up to an 8-foot crocodile swimming a few yards from our cabin. No one mentioned those. The Tao Travel website regarding this trip talks about the trash seen on the beaches, since this seems to be a major complaint of tourists. They even claim they have been actively involved in educating the Guna people in recycling. The $2 every tourist pays to enter the San Blas is supposed to help the Guna people clear the beaches of the trash. I have no problem paying $2-5 to help the Guna people keep the beaches clean. But they need to keep the beaches clean. Our host sat on the dock most of the day and his son was in one of the cabins playing video games on his phone. They threw more trash on the beach but no one was picking any up. The trash is a health hazard and attracts vermin. We left no trash and took everything we brought back with us. There are no trash bins for recycling as claimed, and the one bin that I put my food waste in was overflowing. With all the motorboats coming and going to these islands, some boats need to be dedicated to helping remove trash from these islands and take it back to the mainland where it can be disposed of in a more sanitary fashion. Maybe Tao Travel and any other tour companies sending tourists to these islands need to be even more proactive in helping the Guna dispose of this trash, since much of the trash is being generated from servicing tourists. The trash we saw is not washing up on the beach from Columbia as Tao Travel wants you to think. And the bane of our existence for the entire 3 days, was the sand fleas on this island. There is nothing being done to control them and with all the trash they are taking over. The second we stepped off the boat they descended on us. We had bug repellent wrist bracelets on both wrists and on our ankles. No help. We tried Eucalyptus/Lemon bug repellent. No help. Then we put on Precaridin, the heavy-duty stuff, which worked if we kept reapplying it every couple of hours. It was misery. There is no reason the sand fleas had to be that bad on Walidup. They were not a problem on any of the other islands we were taken to on our third day. My husband and daughter were allergic to the bites and ended up with huge, migrating, itching rashes that took a full two weeks to go away. Sand fleas do carry a disease called Tungiasis. It is caused by adult female sand fleas that burrow into the skin mostly of the feet. It occurs in poor and marginalized areas of the Caribbean. And once again, this is a safety issue. If companies are going to run tours to these areas, they should assist the Guna population, so they are not so poor and marginalized, and their islands are not bug infested. Sand fleas are controllable. On our return boat ride back to the mainland, one of the guides was putting a wood rod in between the stanchions to hold the canopy, and it slipped and hit my husband’s hand, cutting it. It would not stop bleeding, so I am trying to reach my pack in the front of the boat which has bandages in it while the boat is bumping along at high speed on the water. No one seemed to really care that my husband’s hand was dripping blood all over the boat. I finally got a bandage on it, but he also still had to hold pressure on it. This made it difficult for him to get off the boat. While we were going from island to island, one woman stepped on a sea urchin, and another was stung by a stingray. There was no one around with medical knowledge, and medical treatment was non-existent. I am truly shocked no one has gotten seriously injured. Or maybe they have and we just haven’t heard about it. I enjoyed talking with our host. I speak Spanish so we had some enjoyable conversations, and he was lonely, so I did not mind spending time with him. And we enjoyed learning about the Guna culture. However, the trip was far from enjoyable, and we were perplexed at the reviews describing this wonderful tropical island paradise, when it was so far from our experience. We are hikers and backpackers, and we are used to “rustic” experiences. This was not rustic. It was dangerous and a health hazard. I was never so happy to put my feet on shore back on the mainland and get back to our hotel in Panama City to shower and wash twenty layers of bug repellent off our skin. We were on this trip, celebrating my husband’s 70th birthday. I was hoping to give him a relaxing three days away from the hustle and bustle of the big City on a beautiful Caribbean Island. Instead, we were literally trapped on an island for two days. We ended up feeling like we had just filmed a segment of a survival series and we were lucky to make it to the end of the show. We were in Panama almost two weeks. We took several other tours with three different companies, and they were all wonderful and exactly as advertised. This trip was nothing like advertised and where we stayed looked nothing like the online photos. We were very disappointed, and sadly wish we had not done it. I wrote a letter to Tao Travel directly and got no response. So they are not available while on your trip or afterward.
          Written October 30, 2023
        • wedunit2014
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A really fun day
          We really enjoyed this tour! The boat ride where we saw beautiful jungle and so many monkeys. The guide brought bananas and grapes and we were able to feed them. The Sloth Sanctuary was really interesting with lots of things to see. Would really recommend this tour
          Written October 28, 2023
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        CZ-Milka
        Czech Republic24 contributions
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        Aug 2021
        We bought a trip including a visit to 4 different islands according to the itinerary - Isla Perro, Isla Yansailadup, Natural Pool (technically not an island) and Isla Chichime. In fact, we only visited one island, Yansailadup. According to some internet discussions, the reason was COVID was the restriction. However, we were not informed in advance about the change of the program, although we were often in contact because we had to meet the entry conditions (COVID tests). Part of the money was returned to us, but unfortunately, that doesn't change that if we were informed about the change of the program, we would not be interested in the trip at all. For this reason, I definitely do not recommend this operator.

        In addition: The journey took longer than was announced. The operator states "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers", but there were 12 on the boat. There are some renovations on the island Yansailadup, so there was noise all the time. The guide always gave us inaccurate information, especially about the departure time, which was never observed. Since we never knew how much time we had, we couldn't find a program - maybe swim in the sea.

        The driver was fine and found some animals for us during our journey. And the islands are beautiful at all…
        Written September 24, 2021
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        Dear Milka we are very sorry you did not get to enjoy San Blas as most of our other travelers do. On our listing it was always clearly stated that due to the new Covid measures imposed on tour operators we were not allowed to visit all 4 islands (As of September 15th we are now visiting 3 islands and no more Covid test requirements). As you correctly mentioned we were in touch quite a bit in anticipation of the tour and we made these facts clear to you as to all of our other guests, in addition to our listing description. We feel that you are purposely trying to undermine our tour, listing details such as amount of guests in the boat, tour length (we actually try to make the tour longer than that of other tour operators for the overall enjoyment of our guests), noise on the island and your Kuna guide. We usually do not issue refunds, but in a gesture of good faith and to appease you we issued you a refund in the amount that you had requested. We take all of our guest feedback very seriously in order to keep improving our tours, but we also notice disgruntled guests that complain about every little detail, focusing on negatives instead of enjoying the amazing beauty of the San Blas islands. That same day we received excellent feedback from all other travelers in the same tour with you.
        Written September 28, 2021
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        Natasha N
        Dallas, TX5 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2022
        This excursion was recommended to me by a friend who did it last year. San Blas islands are beautiful, The road to get to the dock is horrendous. It is the worst pot holes you can imagine for almost 2 hours. Our driver was very rude, he spoke english very well until we picked up the other passengers, then for the 3 hr ride he spoke spanish to the other passengers. Once at the dock there was barely any assistance from our "tour guide" to get on the boat that wasn't secured all the way to the dock. Once at the island, our lunch order was taken. We found a spot on the beach. There is a little store to buy souvenirs. Do take your drinks and snacks with you. The lunch was flavorless. I ordered fish it looked delicious until the first bite, My friend paid extra for the lobster. It was overcooked and not seasoned. After lunch we were supposed to go snorkeling. Yet again, barely any assistance getting on the boat, we were taken to a spot to go snorkeling. They stop the boat and tell everyone to get into the water, no life vest, nothing. My friend, myself and a couple stayed on the boat. They went to two spots for snorkeling. After snorkeling they took us to another island, yet again barely assistance to get off the boat. Once we got to the second island all of a sudden our "tour guide" became very attentive..............Offering us drinks, telling jokes.........It was tip time. I tipped for my friend and I, the tour guide got an attitude with me because I told my friend not to tip him because I had already done it. Going back to the dock, it started raining. The tour guide and his staff decided to stop at their homes to change clothes while us guest waited in the rain with no protection. By the time we got back to the dock everyone was shivering. We had the same driver going back to the hotel, he spoke spanish to the other passengers for 3 hours, we were the last to be dropped off and all of a sudden the driver wanted to speak english to us after ignoring us for a total of 6 hrs. For people that work for tips I expected more friendly staff. They do the bare minimum and want you to tip them.
        Written December 5, 2022
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        Dear Natasha, thank you for your feedback about your day trip to San Blas. We are happy that overall you enjoyed the islands and your day. We understand your comments about the tour guide and the driver. We are constantly working to provide the best tour in San Blas and we take your feedback very seriously. As a matter of fact, we have already had a meeting with the boat guide to hear his feedback. We do not condone our guides asking for tips, which in our opinion should be a voluntary gesture by the guest if they enjoyed their service. We do work in a country with different customs and cultural behaviors and we ask our guests to take these aspects into consideration as well. While Panamanians may seem somewhat reserved or even rude at times, they do not mean to offend anyone. In San Blas, the Guna tribe is very simple and unrefined. The people are truly sweet and gentle, but may also seem somewhat shy and aloof at times. Again, we ask our guests to accept them the way they are and have been for centuries and focus on the beauties of their islands, which they are offering us to visit. We teach our providers (tour guides, cabin employees, drivers, office staff etc) to always be courteous and attentive and we will keep focusing heavily on customer service. Thank you again for bringing your concerns to our attention. Rest assured we have already made changes and hope this kind of comment will be our last one :) We hope you will visit San Blas again in the future with us :)
        Written December 9, 2022
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        Milena D
        1 contribution
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2023 • Couples
        Well organized. Staff very friendly. Long drive but it was worth it. The islands were beautiful. My only recommendation is they should use a more comfortable vehicle or fit 4 people instead of 6. My husband and I were fine but the couple on the back was definitely not - too tight and uncomfortable for such a long drive.
        Written February 1, 2024
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        Thank you for your feedback. We're happy you enjoyed the trip. We appreciate your recommendation on improving our vehicle comfort and will take this thoughtfully into consideration.
        Written February 5, 2024
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        MaDiAn
        Cologne, Germany54 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        We had a wonderfull day with Adrian and the other Cuna. Adrian is a great driver and a engaged guide. He always knew when to stop for me to take pictures on the way to the harbor. The islands are a little crowded but beautyfull never the less. The Cuna guide was great like all the Cuna people we met on the islands. The car ride is only a lttle rough at the end and you should not eat before :-D We saw monkeys and took home a wisdom: diffrent mountain, diffrent monkey. We also made friends with the other people from the tour. Dont miss the islands, the ride is not that hard.
        Written February 17, 2020
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        Libertad
        10 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2021
        San Blas is a wonderful and heavenly destination. The island is incredible, more incredible than the photos show. The people were friendly and were attentive to any questions or requests that we asked of them.

        Traveling by boat is an experience that everyone should do at least once in this destination.

        I would definitely book the tour again, hopefully soon.
        Written October 9, 2021
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        AS
        Jersey City, NJ6 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2022
        So this excursion requires a car ride from the west to east coast which takes 3 hours without traffic, with traffic 5 hours. The islands are beautiful but this is not a relaxing trip, as you only stay at each island for an hour. The boats that take you from island to island are small and you get wet. They also did not provide snorkeling equipment so we didn't see much except for 2 star fish in the natural pool.

        This is not for those who are elderly or out of shape or get motion sickness.

        The people were nice but it is too much for one day. The driver was on time and perfect but I would stay on the west coast next time and see the islands in the Pacific and see San Blas on a different trip...
        Written February 25, 2022
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        We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience in San Blas. In our listing, we do specifically warn about the 2.5 hour drive to San Blas, which can take longer during busy times such as February, which is carnival month. We receive great feedback about our tour from most of our guests that have read the entire listing and know what to expect from their day tour. We also DO offer snorkel equipment for all of our guests and we are following up with our captain of that day. We offer several tours that take place on the Pacific side of the country, such as our Embera tribe & waterfall tour and Monkey island tour. We hope you will be able to join us on those tours and we are certain you will greatly enjoy them as they are shorter with less driving involved :)
        Written February 26, 2022
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        Coastal26741755362
        Orlando, FL2 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2023 • Couples
        San Blas was beautiful. A true paradise experience. The boat ride and islands were good. I would have been happy just going to the island where we ate lunch and the middle of the ocean swim experience rather than jumping from place to place. Take the warning seriously about the road trip there and back, it is brutal. Dramamine needed for sure! The grocery stop is really more like a 7-11 or quick mart so be prepared. The fish lunch includes the whole fish. The other thing to note is your guides are really just drivers. There is no narration or background history. This may be a language thing, but just good to know.
        Written April 21, 2023
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        Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience in San Blas and appreciate your feedback. We hope to hear back from you again soon on your next Panama vacation.
        Written April 24, 2023
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        Olitsch
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2021 • Friends
        Had a nice tour thanks to Tao Travel.
        We contacted them with some questions before we booked the trip, which were answered really fast and friendly.

        The tour itself was an once in a lifetime experience. Everyone who has the chance should book this trip!

        Highly recommended!
        Written August 15, 2021
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        Hi Oliver, thank you for coming to San Blas with us . We are so happy you enjoyed our tour and look forward to hear from you again soon . Bis bald :)
        Written August 16, 2021
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        David F
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020 • Couples
        This was absolutely the best trip we have ever done. The islands of San Blas are gorgeous, the kuna people were so sweet and Tao Travel 365 was very helpful with arranging the trip. We had a few questions before the trip and always received a prompt answer from one of their friendly staff. We will definitely be back again and recommend to our friends this amazing paradise which is so worth the early morning departure and the 2 hour drive.
        Written February 29, 2020
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        Samuel
        5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2022 • Family
        We had an amazing stay in oir over water cabins. We felt hesitant booking it based on the previous review but we were pleasantly surprised. The cabins are basic, yes, but that is what we had expected. The Kuna family managing the property is very sweet and took us on a boat tour to other islands. Overall great experience! Already planning our next trip baco to San Blas next year, staying in tbr same cabin only this time a few more days.
        Written October 26, 2022
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        BLISS in San Blas Islands Panama Includes Tour & Transport from Panama City provided by Tao Travel 365 - Panama

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