Located on the Atlantic side of Panama and extending down to the Northern part of Columbia is a chain of islands known as the San Blas Islands. These islands are inhabited by the Kuna Indians. The Kuna are thought to have migrated from the mainland of South America to escape the Spanish Conquistadors. The Kuna are friendly and the islands are truly beautiful. I have visited the islands twice, and hope to return again some day. The primary mode of transportation in the islands is the boat. The Kuna make dugout canoes and some dugouts have sails. We went to a small island by dugout where we dove amoungst some of the largest and most beautiful Staghorn and Elkhorn coral that I have ever seen. The Kuna woman make hand sewn applique clothworks, called Molas, which they display in front of their huts for visiting tourist. I purchased several Molas which I had framed. We stayed for a weekend at a hotel with thatch roof and bamboo walls. It certainly was not the modern, air conditioned hotel room to which I have grown accustom. It is the custom in the San Blas that if you take a picture of a woman, you must give her twenty-five cents. Therefore, it is a good idea to carry alot of spare change with you when you want the Kodak moments.