San Blas Island Tour

Cayos Holandeses & Lemon Keys
3 Days/3 Nights

The Cayos Holandeses (or Dutch Cayes in English) are a group of a approximately 20 islands forming part of the San Blas Archipeligo. These are some of the most untouched and least visited islands in all of the San Blas. Only 3 of the islands are populated by the local Kuna Yala Indians and all are surrounded by virgin white sand beaches, the perfect place to enjoy a couple of days of peace and tranqulity. The Cayos Holandeses are also encompassed by a coral reef, which means that the entire area is perfect for snorkeling. Join us for the only budget Cayos Holandeses tour. $280pp
Cayos Holandeses From the OceanCayos Holandeses Palm TreesChilling Out in Hook IslandCamping Tour Dog IslandIsla PerroIsla Perro from the OceanBonfire in Hook IslandIsla Perro, Unspoilt LandscapesStunning White SandTake your Fresh LobsterKuna Guy with Fresh LobsterTypical Canoe, CayucoKuna Mola, Traditional TextileKuna PeopleLunch TimeTypical DishVolleyball at Hook IslandReady to SnorkellingShip Wreck and Isla DiabloShip Wreck in the WaterSnorkelling at the Hook IslandSnorkelling on the WreckSnorkelling at Hook IslandCayos Holandeses UnderwaterCoral on the Wreck ShipDog Island CoralGreat Barrier ReefWreck Ship Dog IslandWreck ShipHook Island, Pristine Paradise
You´ll be amazed at how remote the Cayos Holandeses are compared to the other, over touristic, parts of the San Blas islands. Nowhere else in San Blas are the snorkeling sites as pristine, the fishing as successful and the marine life as abundant. The Lemon Keys are visited on a more regular basis by tourists and Kunas alike, but they are beautiful in their own right and home to the famous San Blas ship wreck at Isla Perro, star fish island and the tiny, quaint Isla Pelicano, one of the smallest islands in the San Blas. Coco Blanco where you will camp for all 3 nights is nestled between these islands, and one of the cleanest and prettiest islands in the area, and has toilets and showers. Carti is the local community you will visit if time permits during your tour. This is a very traditional San Blas Kuna village, with bustling dock.
Pick up at  your hostel or hotel & transfer in 4×4 (Approx 2.5 – 3 hrs) to the San Blas islands of Carti. We advise buying all supplies before leaving Panama City. Otherwise you can pick up basic supplies in Coco Blanco (more expensive). You will be picked up and taken directly to Coco Blanco for breakfast.
For the next three days you will be taken on daily tours to the surrounding islands in the Lemon Keys and Cayos Holandeses.
Spend some time on Isla Perro and swim in the waters around Diablo (Devils Island) where you can swim over to the sunken ship. Tour the lemon keys, where you will visit some of the most beautiful islands in the area including Isla Pelicano, and star fish island

You will spend one whole day in the Cayos Holandeses which consists of a boat trip to some of the most remote areas including a huge sea lagoon where you will have the opportunity to admire the hundreds of star fish littering the sea floor. Then with any luck you will chance upon a group of Sting ray or even a shark or two. They can be in groups of 12 or more and some are over 8ft long.  You will spend the whole day exploring the surrounding islands.
Transfer back to the mainland is early on day 4 with 4×4 to your Hostel/Hotel. You will usually be back in the city by midday but the transport can be unpredictable so it could be later than this.

Itinerary

Please check availability with us, but It can be done any day of the week
Rates/Options
3 NIGHTS/3 DAYS for $280pp
Please ask about numbers when booking your trip and we will advise. Note: You don’t need to be a member of a group as we’ll take anyone!! If you do have a group ask us about special departure days
Disclaimer and important info
This is a camping tour run by the local Kuna Indians and we have partnered with them to support and promote the local indigenous Indians and their families. Please read this FACT SHEET to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting the San Blas islands.

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What to bring

Transport from Panama City to San Blas via 4×4 Kuna Taxes Approx $10pp One small bag(you won’t need much)
Boat transport around the Lemon keys and Cayos Holandeses Entrance fees to some beaches ($2) Swimming gear(bathing suit & towel)
3 nights camping on Coco Blanco near to Isla Perro (Blow up mattress and wind up torch provided) Drinking Water (You need plenty). Can be bought on Coco Blanco Sunglasses, sun screen and a hat
Kuna cultural experience in a local community Snacks, sodas or alcohol Books and anything else you’ll need for San Blas beach time
Spanish & Kuna speaking guide during most of the trip Toilet – There are toilets and showers on Coco Blanco island Insect repellent – Toilet paper – Hand wipes – Snacks and alcohol if required (Plenty of water)
Three meals a day with freshly caught Seafood when available Camera, Torch headlamp or other light