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The islands are beautiful and the tour guides are very nice. This is just not worth $150. Lunch was not the greatest and serves cold.
Also, if you have any kind of motion sickness this is not the tour for you. The car ride to the dock is two hours, halh of which are winding roads through the mountains.
All proceeds, however, do go to the indigenous community that organize this tour.
There is not much more beautiful than a perfect sunny day on white sand next to very blue warm ocean water and palm trees all around to offer the perfect amount of shade and rustling of palm leaves in the air. This tour offered that but it was a looooong day and you are better off going the route of doing an overnight or two one any of the available secluded islands (especially if you are the campy/outdoors type). The day: up at 430am to be in the lobby by 5am to be picked up closer to 6am, followed by a 2hr Drive (half of which is extremey bumpy over potholes... but on the way you are distracted by scenery and happy you are in A/C), followed by a 35min boat ride to your first island. There is not much “guiding” or “touring” (which is fine, just a little different than advertised) but you are told when to be where (which is important)... otherwise you get to do what you want for the time on the island, or in the natural pool, or on another island. See, my fiancé and I aren’t big on spending too much time in the sun or on a beach, we burn easily and get bored... we love a good beach day, but more of the resort type with cocktails... if we had known to pack rum and coke, we would have (thank god I grabbed hotel towels on the way out!)... by the time we got to the 3rd island, get just more of the same and we were ready to head back, but in the mean time soaked up the relaxing, people-watching aspect of the day and feeling the beauty of the surroundings while there. The way home was just as long and exhausting... but I give props to the driver we had... handled the roads and the traffic like a champ and got us back at a decent hour. I recommend the excursion, but be ready for what it really means is all.
Amazing tour! San Blas is a must-see! This tour was the perfect length. You wake up early and pick-up is from your hotel. You take a 2 hour drive very curvy/windy road to the beach. Once you arrive at the beach-area, you get on a ferry for another 30 minutes or so. The ride on the ferry is very quick and the views are incredible. You stay on the first island for a couple of hours. The islands are very secluded and during the off-season, the islands are basically private. Our second stop was a starfish sandbar. The guides collected starfish and brought them closer to the boat so that they were easily visible for everyone. You had the opportunity to go snorkling and look for more starfish as well. The last island is where we got lunch. Lunch was a delicious, typical, Panamanian meal consisting of rice, beans, salad, and fried fish. Every place we went was incredible and exceeded expectations. The guides/drivers were very pleasant and helpful every step of the way! I highly recommend 10/10!
We basically had a private island to ourselves which was nice and relaxing. The water was beautiful. However there was trash on the island that should be cleaned up. It wouldnt take a lot to do so. The dinner could have been better. Im vegetarian and was provided a simple salad and fries. The staff was friendly and packed water and snacks for us. Overall it was a nice and relaxing day on a private island in beautiful Panama.
Best day during our stay in Panama. Aside from the extremely long drive it was great. The water was very warm and crystal clear. The surprise stops are also very breathe taking. I must admit two downfalls and if they fix this it will make the trip splendid......1 the boat ride is rough and gets you completely soaked! Even on the ride back, its relentless and very uncomfortable. 2 Stop trying to monopolize on every little thing! Some things are understandable like paying for the trip, entrance fee, and for drinks. But pay to use the nasty stinky bathroom? Since when is using the bathroom a privilege? It wasn't even clean!!! That's why I give this 3 stars.
This tour was excellent, we were treated very very well. I think it's an absolute must. There was amazing scenery during the drive. Then the cute boats that took us out to these gorgeous islands. I'm still in awe that my personal photos look like a brochure, not photoshopped!! Brilliant experience.
I usually love viators however this one was a miss. They give very little information regarding what to expect. First there is a 2 1/2 hr ride over winding steep narrow roads. Then the boat ride is 1 hour to the first island. The boat is small and tossed around like canoe in the high waves and you are soaked before getting to you first island. We were not told to bring a towel or to wear a bathing suit so everything was wet within 10 minutes. There was no dock on the island so you have to get out in 2 feet of water...again good to have been wearing a bathing suit. The islands were so windy that we were pelted with sand the entire time. No place to escape this wind. Getting back on the boat meant getting back in the water and jumping into the boat. Totally not recommended for anyone over 35 or in not great physical condition. Not really safe! We were happy when it was over. Not fun!
This tour is an adventure. We went Tues Jan 16, 2018 with Elvis who was very informative about "the people of the islands". The trip to the port was very bumpy with many potholes along the way. We swam with the starfish, snorkeled the pirate ship, and enjoyed paradise for the day. U'll want 2 stay.
This is everything people described. It is a guaranteed adventure. The driver drops you off and drives away quickly leaving you in an unknown place with dozens of people around and you have no idea what you are supposed to be doing. Eventually someone approached me and said he had been looking for me. I then went with there group on a rickety boat out to the islands, had a great time, and then was plastered with water the whole way back. On the return boat ride the wind had picked up, so the waves were constantly hitting us and the driver was bailing while steering. It was quite an adventure, bring Dramamine. Also, a cooler with drinks and snacks is not a bad idea.