The waters that surround the San Blas Islands are the perfect environment for the starfish pictured below. Warm, clear and carpeted with soft white sands, they provide the ideal conditions for this creature to survive and thrive.
Happily, the same conditions also provide a delightful existence for humans – and there’s plenty of room for both to prosper side by side.
The San Blas Islands stretch away from the coast of Panama like a spray of sand flicked from a foot. None but the largest warrant an appearance on the Google map of the area, but switching to a satellite view reveals the telltale white specks and turquoise circles of an archipelago.
Made up of almost 400 distinct bodies, the isles range in size from tiny sandbars to larger, populated islands – although only a relative handful are permanently occupied. By boat-hopping from place to place, it’s very easy to find something approximating your very own desert island.
The Caribbean Sea provides a beautiful opportunity for snorkelling, being home to hundreds of diverse species, in addition to our five-legged friend shown above. Tropical fish swarm in great numbers and are easy to observe as they flit beneath the waves.
Experiential travel is all about immersing yourself in an environment, and the San Blas Islands require you to do so. They are by no means easy to reach, but the experience of arriving makes the whole process worthwhile.