San Blas Island Hopping

Days 96 - 99

To get to Colombia without flying we were forced to take an excursion around and through the San Blas islands as there is no accessible road via land. We’d spend a couple of hours at sea each day as we made our way south, and in total, we spent a night on three different islands. We did this in the company of about 20 other people (most of whom were much younger than us and were primarily on this trip to drink and party).

A heavy thunderstorm accompanied us on our first island, but with plenty of beer, rum and locally sourced sea food it didn’t dampen our spirits. Each island was merely a few hundred feet in size, with no facilities aside from a make-shift toilet, a volleyball court and some shelter housing a few hammocks to sleep in at night. The days soon blended into one, snorkel or relax in the hammock, then snorkel some more and then.. drink. It was incredibly relaxing until each morning when it was time to take ourselves and our hangovers onto choppy waters in order to move to the next island.

Along the way we were supported by the Kuna, local indigenous people who call these islands home. On our last night we visited and stayed on one of their main islands where half of the population are children. Here we were treated to some more traditional dancing and were free to roam the village, with curious kids following us as we made our way around.

Pete Mel