SBA: El Tranquilo - Cacique Cruiser

SBA: El Tranquilo

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The ultimate combination of relaxation and exploring in the San Blas island.  El Tranquilo is hosted on Diablo island, close neighbor to the famous dog island and sunken ship.


  • Round trip ground transport, pick up in Panama City between 5-6 a.m. on day 1 and arrive back about 7 p.m. on you last day
  • Accomodations
  • Basic meals
  • Boat rides to and from the port
  • 1 day trip to 1 or 2 other beautiful beach islands
  • Bilingual guide on the day trip
  • Snorkel equipment the whole trip
  • Departing from the islands at 3 p.m. instead of 8 a.m.


Dorm w/ Shared Restroom:

  • 1 night = $153 + Indigenous entrance taxes ($22 foreigners, $7 Panama residents)
  • 2 nights = $188 + Indigenous entrance taxes
  • 3 nights = $223 + Indigenous entrance taxes
  • Additional day trips  = $25


Private w/ Shared Restroom:

  • 1 night = $168 + Indigenous entrance taxes ($22 foreigners, $7 Panama residents)
  • 2 nights = $218 + Indigenous entrance taxes
  • 3 nights = $268 + Indigenous entrance taxes
  • Additional day trips  = $25


More Details:

  • All prices are per guest
  • Price includes 1 day trip with our group and guide from El Original
  • 1 night minimum, 4 nights maximum​
  • 2 guest minimum in a private rooms
  • A 4% online processing fee will be applied to all full payments on credit card.  Deposit payments will not be charged.


Not Included:

  • Indigenous entrance taxes ($22 foreigners, $7 Panama residents)
  • Water & beverages
  • Guide staying overnight on the island


  • Diablo-Marti is one half of Diablo island operated by part of the family that owns it.
  • It is located right next to the famous Dog island with a sunken ship that is great for snorkeling. It's a very short boat ride away, and short swim for strong, experienced ocean swimmers only.  If you go on to Dog island you will have to pay a $3 island fee per guest. They accept wet money :)
  • The cabanas and dorm are very basic, they have sand floors and lights in the evening only.
  • The restrooms are separate from all accommodations and very basic as well. There are 2 toilets and 2 showers shared between all guests.
  • There are not outlets for charging in most of the cabanas however guests may charge devices in the restaurant area in the evening.
  • The meals provided on the island are simple and they do not generally offer much variety.  Though we monitor the quality of food through guests and visits we do not control the menu.  We are constantly providing feedback to the islands in an effort to change this, but the reality is the meal qualities vary. It is recommended that guests bring some snacks if they have big appetites or very specific dietary needs.
  • We do not offer refunds or discount for rain or bad weather unless a trip is cancelled by us for safety reason.  May through October are months where it can rain very often, and November through April can have high winds that make the seas rough.  The weather changes often in the islands, our experienced guides and hosts do their best to keep guests dry, but the islands are a very rustic area and guests must be prepared accordingly for changing weather conditions. Please see our Refund Policy for more details.
  • Please take a look at out Terms and Conditions  for the trips.



  • El Tranquilo and Original Chill both include 1 day trip with our bilingual guides.
  • We make snorkel equipment available to guests on both trips.
  • With this trip guests also get to leave the islands at 3pm on their last day.



  • With El Tranquilo our bilingual guide does not stay overnight on in the island with guests on this trip, but the island has a local staff that hosts guests and prepares meals.  
  • El Tranquilo does not include a visit to the Guna community.
  • Additional day trips with our bilingual guides may not be available for purchase with El Tranquilo like they are with Original Chill. The reason trips are not available everyday is that our day trips often go to Perro Chico island, which is the neighbor of Diablo island.  El Tranquilo guests can get from Diablo to Perro Chico for $5 each with the locals on the island, and then pay $3 island tax. This is a much better deal than paying us for $30 for a trip next door :)
  • When on the day trip guests can ask our guides where the day trip for the next day is going.  If it is going somewhere other than Perro Chico island guests can add themselves to the trip for $30 each.  It is $5 more per guest than Original Chill because our boats use more fuel and time to come to Diablo for pick ups.

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  • First Day - Pickup anywhere in Panama City between 5-6 am,
  • Go to a market where you can purchase beverages, snacks and other things you may need for the islands such as sunblock.
  • If you shop the night before, or are very quick in the market, then you may have time for coffee or a breakfast snack.
  • After the market it is approximately 2 hours to the entrance of the Guna territory.  This is where you will be asked by the police to show your passport or Panamanian cedula.
  • After the entrance it is usually a little less than 1 hour drive to the port where you will meet your Guna guide. Then it is approximately 30 minute boat ride to the islands .              
  • Relax and enjoy the island, with 3 meals included each day. 
  • One day trip to 1 to 2 other beach island is included in your stay. 
  • Last Day - Depart for Panama City at approximately 330 pm and arrive in Panama City at approximately 7 pm.


  • A very authentic locally hosted experience
  • Snorkel & mask included on the daytrip
  • Depart the islands at 3:30 pm. 8 hours more beach time than our competition.

Detailed information


  1. Panama
  2. San Blas Islands