With miles upon miles of untouched coastline and remote rainforests, sea kayaking is a great way to explore parts of Panama that otherwise wouldn’t be accessible. Panama also has the best conserved marine environment in the northwest Atlantic, and 25% of the country is part of a national park or nature preserve. Sea kayaking, as a very low-impact tourist activity, is one of most ethical and least disruptive ways to experience Panama’s astoundingly diverse ecology and cerulean blue waters. Experienced kayakers are free to explore the hundreds of uninhabited Caribbean islands around Panama without having to compete with other tourists or worry about contributing to often-detrimental tourist overflow. And for those new to the sport, not to worry – in comparison to river kayaking, sea kayaking is easy to pick up, and can be done by people with no experience. Kayakers ready to strike out on their own must be fairly self-sufficient, as trips longer than a few hours will most likely involve passing through remote and unpopulated areas (which is precisely the reason many kayakers head to Panama in the first place). Although both of Panama’s coastlines offer much for the sea-kayaker, if you only head to one place, make it the Archipelago de San Blas. Most of the tour operators focus their trips around the San Blas, made up of a group of more than 360 islands off Panama’s northeastern Caribbean coast. This area features a beautiful coral reef, enough uninhabited islands to go around and then some, and the Kuna. The Kuna people are one of Central America’s most vibrant and independent indigenous cultures. The second major kayaking destination is Bocas del Toro. The town, in western Panama (again on the Caribbean side), has a laid-back eco-tourist atmosphere while the surrounding area offers protected bays, Open Ocean, miles of untouched beaches and rainforests.