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Panama Kayaking: Guna Yala Archipelago

9 Day Trip

Caribbean kayaking with the indigenous Gunas

Our Panama sea kayak adventure is an authentic Caribbean journey exploring the Guna Yala archipelago, also known as the San Blas islands. With special permission from local chiefs, we’re privileged to kayak among the archipelago’s 350 islands and sand cays. Be welcomed as guests into the Guna Yala communities where tourism is strictly controlled and traditional culture remains strong.

We travel by road from Panama City to the port of Barsuggum and then a short boat transfer takes us to Tigre Island, where the kayak adventure begins. We’ll paddle along a stretch of islands through an area of outstanding beauty and biological diversity, using a local panga boat to carry our fresh food and water. We’ll beach camp on deserted islands and snorkel over some of the Caribbean’s most diverse coral reefs.

The isthmus of Panama is a prolific natural corridor linking North and South America, with vast undisturbed forests that are home to monkeys, toucans, birds of prey, giant otters and tapirs. We’ll spend a day hiking along a  freshwater river that flows through primary jungle and enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal, clear water. Join us for a spectacular Panama kayaking adventure holiday, blending Guna Yala culture, astonishing reefs and rainforest, and of course, hammock time!


Easy to Moderate

This trip is suitable for active paddlers of all abilities


18-26 Jan, 15-23 Mar

Private group trips are available between Dec-Mar. Contact us for costs and dates.


From US $2650.00 per person

Trip costs are in US dollars and based on a minimum number of three participants. The two-person trip cost is US$3100.00 per person (twin share).


All meals, twin share hotel and tent accommodation, land and boat transfers between Panama City and Guna Yala, all kayak and camping equipment, expert guides.


Airfares, travel insurance, tips to local staff.

Day 1

Pre trip briefing & overnight in a Panama City hotel.

Day 2

Road and boat transfer to Tigre. Camping.

Days 3-4

Kayak to Ordup and Bebsidup Islands. Camping.

Day 5

Paddle to mainland for rainforest walk, return to island. Camping.

Days 6-7

Kayak to Birdirdup and Arridub Islands. Camping.

Day 8

Land transfer to Panama City. Overnight hotel.

Day 9

Airport transfer. End of trip.

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