SUP Activities and Adventure

Beginners Stand-up-paddle-board Class

For first-timers and beginners, we offer a 2-hour introductory class at Playa Grande, San Carlos with 45 minutes of guided practice stressing safety aspects and SUP techniques followed by 1 hr and 15 minutes of supervised practice time.

Cost $45 per person for our hotel guests, includes equipment.

Cost $55 per person for non-guest.

Book your stay and a Beginners SUP Class at Istmo.  Teachers – host a retreat at Istmo and get a SUP class at Playa Grande included free of charge in your retreat package.

Beginner SUP Classes Panama Pacific Coast

Lagunas de San Carlos SUP Beginners Tour

The Lagunas de San Carlos is a beautiful mountain lagoon surrounded by a forested area, making it a perfect place for beginner Stand-up paddleboards to practice.

Check out this video of our guests paddling at the Lagunas de San Carlos – this was their first time ever on a SUP!

The lagoon is a 45-minute scenic mountain road drive from Istmo, and temperatures are cooler due to the altitude. There is also a nice 45-minute hike up to the top of the hill with nice views of the area.

The tour includes transportation (45 minute driving time each way) and 2 hours of SUP instruction and supervised paddle at the Lagunas.

Price for two or more is – $60/person.

Prices for a single person is – $95/person.

Book your stay at Istmo and include a SUP tour to the Lagunas de San Carlos.

SUP Classes on the Lagunas de San Carlos Panama

SUP Mangroves Tour

The Istmo SUP Mangroves Tour is an excursion to the Chame mangroves.  The tour includes 2-hour paddle on calm water through beautiful mangroves, and a 30 minute drive each way.

2 or more – $60 per person.

1 person – $95/person.

Although it is a low impact paddle, previous SUP experience required.

This tour is tide dependent and leaves based on tides.

Book your stay at Istmo Yoga Retreat and tour the mangroves on a SUP board!

Chame Mangroves SUP Tour in Panama

Farallon Island SUP Tour

Paddle to and around beautiful Pacific Farallon Island, nesting grounds for frigate birds and pelicans.

At lower tides, you can paddle through a cave that traverses the island.

The tour includes a 1.5-hour paddle on the Pacific Ocean around Farallon Island, 15 minutes drive each way.

Prices for groups 2 or more people  – $70/person.

Prices for one person is –  $120/person.

Generally a low impact paddle, however, due to the unpredictable wind, it can become a more strenuous paddle. Intermediate paddling experience required.

Book your stay at Istmo Yoga Retreat and take a SUP Island Adventure.

Panama Farallon Island Advanced Island SUP Tour

Embera Indigenous Village SUP Visit

Paddle to an indigenous village, stop to feed the monkeys on the way.

This tour includes a 1+ hour paddle down a beautiful calm river which meats Lake Gatun, ethnocultural tour of an Embera Village, dance presentation, traditional lunch, return trip on a motorized dug-out canoe, and a 1-hour 45-minute car drive each way,

We need at least 48 hours advance notice to organize this trip – contact us.

Prices for groups 2 or more people is – $180/person.

Although it is a low impact paddle, previous SUP experience required.

Book your stay at ISTMO Adventure Retreat and explore the diverse cultural heritage of Panama!


Bucket List - Feed a monkey from a SUP Board in Panama

Cannot decide what activities to include during your stay at Istmo?  Want to participate in all off them?  Consider our 7-day Tropical SUP Adventure and Yoga Retreat – it is an all-inclusive package that strikes a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.