Many who come here to do so for the experience of “island hopping”—sailing from one largely untouched oasis to the next; travelers explore the coastlines while also getting a firsthand glimpse at what Kuna life is really like.
Aside of course from the underwater adventures available, it is the communities themselves that seem to attract tourists. Go to one of the islands close to the mainland and you will find thatched bamboo huts, coconut groves and people who try hard to stop commercialization from entering their community.
Sailboats run between the islands and can be booked by smaller parties. There are also a number of small boat operators willing to ferry people from island to island. This is largely about the romance and adventure of the experience.
As this is the Caribbean we’re talking about, snorkeling has become an incredibly popular activity for those visiting the San Blas archipelago. Some say it is like swimming through an aquarium of tropical fish.