San Blas Islands Snorkeling

The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Panama.

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Northeast of Panama City off the east coast of Panama, the San Blas Islands offer numerous snorkeling opportunities. The San Blas Islands consists of 365 small islands with some still inhabited by the Kuna Indians. They are roughly 100 miles off the coast and are accessible by a 20 minute flight from Panama City. To reach the snorkeling in Panama by air, fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY) located just east of Panama City. From Panama City, there are domestic flights to destinations throughout the country. The domestic terminal at Tocumen International Airport tends to serve destinations in western Panama. The main domestic airport in Panama City is Aeropuerto Marcos Gelabert located in the Albrook sector of the city. The only domestic airline is Air Panama, which luckily serves many of the islands. When leaving Panama, there is a required departure tax of $40USD per person in cash, which may be included in the international airline ticket (reconfirm that it is included).

Overall, San Blas Islands is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 7 snorkeling dives in Panama.


Local Contact(s):  Autoridad De Turismo Panama Tourist Board (507) 526-7000.

Recommended Book:  "Rough Guide To Panama" from Rough Guides

Recommended Map:  "Panama Adventure Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Feb - May

Base Camp:  Akwadup Lodge; Yandup Island Lodge

Luxury Loding:  Coral Lodge Dive Resort

Article Source:   Best San Blas Islands Snorkeling Review

GPS:  9.569648, -78.819995

Date Published:  12/30/2011

Date Updated:  6/25/2016

ID:  22940

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