Yani Island


Yani Island 


Yani Island, beautiful and less crowded, is a newer island. White sandy beaches and shallow water surround the islands that offers camping, shared and private accommodations. Yani is located close to La Piscina Natural (natural swiming pool) and is also known as “lobster island” since lobsters are caughts close to the island. Lola, the resident parrot, is there to welcome you to the island. Yani is suitable for all guests, and a good home base for taking day trips to other spots. 

Distance from port: 30-40 min boat transfer

Highlight: Day trips and sunsets 

Tour Overview 

Transport arranged from guests accommodation in central Panama City

Pick-up between 5:00 and 5:30 am

Drop-off approximately 12:00 pm final day

* Late return available (approximately 7:00pm) for $20 per person extra including lunch

Jeep transfer from Panama City to port: 2.5-3 hours


  • Return jeep and boat transport- pick up and dropoff at your accommodation in central Panama City
  • Accommodation on Yani Island
  • Meals- traditional-style, prepared and served on the island. First meal is lunch on day of arrival
  • Day tour- visit to two or more islands that include Isla Perro Chico, La Piscina, sunken shipwreck, Yani Island. Guests are welcome to take this tour again for $5 per person.
  • Local Kuna family host
  • Volleyball 

Not Included

  • Kuna Yala entrance fee and port tax ($23 per person for foreigners, $8 for Panamanians and residents of Panama)
  • Island entrance fee for Isla Perro/shipwreck- $3 per person
  • Beverages- water, soda, snacks, or alcohol. You can take these with you and purchase them on the island ($1-3 USD). It is prohibited to bring coolers onto the island.
  • Yani has kayaks available to rent for $15 per 1.5 hours
  • Jeep pickup from or to accomodations outside the central area of Panama City.


1 night2 nights3 nightsExtra nights
Camping$145 pp$185 pp$230 pp$35 pp
Shared dorm (shared external bathroom)$165 pp$205 pp$245 pp$40 pp
Private room (shared external bathroom)$175 pp$225 pp$275 pp$50 pp
Private beach cabin (shared external bathroom)$180 pp$235 pp$290 pp$55 pp
Private cabin over water (shared external bathroom)$190 pp$255 pp$320 pp$65 pp

Prices are per person. 

* Minimum of 2 guests in Private rooms/cabins

* Extra nights include meals.

* Matress, pillows, and sheets included. 

Camping– tent, mattress, pillow, and sheets provided. Tents sleep 1-2 people. 

Shared Rooms– there are several dormitory-style rooms on the island which sleep around 6-10 people and have sand or wooden floors. 

Private Rooms– there are several private rooms, which can sleep 2 or 3 people. Bathrooms are shared and separate from rooms.

Private Beach Cabin– there is one private cabin on the island in front of the sea which is separate from the other accommodations and has a wooden floor. It sleeps 2 people.

Private Cabins over the water– there are 3 private cabins that are built over the water that sleep 2 people onwards. 

Bathrooms are shared and separate from the accommodations. There are 3 toilets and 4 showers shared among guests. Facilites are basic.

There are no charging outlets in the rooms however, guests are able to charge devices in the main dining area in the evenings.


Additional information

  • Guests can take the day trip multiple times. The first tour is included in the price, and additional trips cost $5 per person- islands you visit may include Isla Perro, Isla Pelicano, La Piscina, Wiley, Perro Grande. Day tours usually visit the same groups of islands so any additional day tour will likely be very similar to the first.
  • Late (afternoon ) departure from islands on the final day $20 pp including lunch (drop off to Panama City is approximately 7:00 pm with late departure).
  • Snorkeling equipment is avaiable on tours but if you want to be guarenteed a quality set the entire time, you are welcome to bring your own equipment.
  • All visitors to San Blas are required to present their original passports at the entrance checkpoint (copies do not suffice).
  • Please note the tours in San Blas are not guided in the traditional sense; we work with local Kuna in all aspects of the tours and not all members of the community speak English.
  • Drones are completely prohibited in the San Blas Islands and bringing them in may result in a fine or confiscation of equipment. Surfing, kitesurfing, and scuba are also prohibited activities. We strongly advise guests against carrying any equipment of these kinds into San Blas. 

    Important Information

    We kindly ask that before booking a tour to San Blas, all guests read the San Blas Information Page to get an idea of what to expect before visiting the islands. We are working with local drivers and guides, and San Blad works a bit differently than Panama and likely very different than what visitors are accustomed to. This is part of the unique experience that San Blas offers its visitors. It’s important to keep in mind that tourism is still relatively new to the islands, and guests will find that accommodation is rustic, meals may be simple, and timing if often not precise. 

    All transportation and tours in San Blas are operated strictly by local Kuna staff and from the moment you are picked up at your accommodation unil your return, your San Blas experience is facilitated by businesses run by the local Kuna community, not directly by Panama Travel Unlimited. However, we’re always in communication with our partners in San Blas and available to provide assistance and support throughout your journey if needed. 

    We ask for patience, respect for their times, and ways of doing things. If you are unsure that this type of travel is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.