Swimming and snorkelling here is a delight with hundreds of deserted islands to play around and beautiful well preserved coral to explore. The inner child in me was released, it felt so free to leap off our battered wooden boat and swim off in this way. We swam from island to island across translucent waters seeing spotted eagle rays with long, long tails like poker straight black liquorice and pairs of iridescent squid.

My final comment would be that it’s a shame that the Kuna don’t see any value in looking after the natural beauty of the environment they have. Soon the huge number of plastic bags, bottles and flip flops floating past will result in lasting damage to the sea life in the San Blas and then.. they will have nothing. If only they would consider changing this aspect of their way of life.

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