Intel For the Cayo Perico Heist in GTA Online

Before you can start the Cayo Perico Heist you must collect intel. This intel collection mission takes you to the island of Cayo Perico where you pose as a music producer. While on the island you can grab different pieces of intel that help make heist easier to complete. These pieces of intel are both fixed and variable in their locations. To learn more about intel for the Cay Perico Heist in GTA Online see our guide below.

Guide Status: WIP.

Intel Map for Cayo Perico Heist

Image showing the complete Intel Map for Cayo Perico Heist.

The map above shows you the locations of all the fixed intel in the Cayo Perico Heist. These intel points will be in your game as you search the island. The only intel that changes locations is Points of Interest. The full list of intel you can collect can be seen below.

Intel Targets in Cayo Perico Heist

Image showing gathering intel of the North Dock in GTA Online.

Intel For the Cayo Perico Heist is split into 5 distinct categories. Within each of these categories there are a number of things players can photograph on the island. Each time you find something snap a picture of it and send it to Pavel to be added to your heist intel screen on the submarine. Not everything can be photographed. Some locations you need to physically visit.

Secondary Targets

  • Cash.
  • Weed.
  • Gold.
  • Paintings.

Infiltration Points (8/8)

  • Airship.
  • Halo Jump.
  • West Beach.
  • Main Dock.
  • North Dock.
  • North Drop Zone.
  • South Drop Zone.
  • Drainage Tunnel.

Escape Points (4/4)

  • Airstrip.
  • Main Dock.
  • North Dock.
  • Kosatka.

Compound Entry Points (6/6)

  • Main Gate.
  • North Wall.
  • North Gate.
  • South Wall.
  • South Gate.
  • Drainage Tunnel: Take a boat or swim to this location. Dive down and Pavel will talk to you about using the tunnel during the heist.

Point of Interest (6/6)

  • Power Station.
  • Control Tower.
  • Bolt Cutters.
  • Grappling Equipment.
  • Guard Clothing.
  • Supply Truck.


The locations of the Bolt Cutters, Grappling Equipment, Guard Clothing, Supply Truck, and Cutting Powder may change each time you do the heist. There is no one place they will always appear. Instead there are a number of places you can find them.

Returning to Cayo Perico for More Reconnaissance

If you didn’t snag everything during the story mission and you wish to head back to the island to do more recon you can. This option is available to you through the Planning Screen. Approach the screen and interact with it. When you are on the Intel screen select the Gather Intel option to start a return mission then head over to VIP Charter Jets at the airport to fly to the island.

Back on the island you will start at the party on the beach. From here you need to leave out of either the North Gate or South Gate. Once you are out of the party area you are free to explore the island for intel as you like. Keep in mind as you explore that you have a limited number of times you can be caught by the guards (like 5-8). Once they catch you enough they will send you back to Los Santos. Alongside the guards you will encounter a surveillance helicopter that launches if you stay on the island for a while. If the helicopter catches you, you get sent back immediately.

This guide is part of our larger GTA Online Cayo Perico Heist hub. Follow the link to access more of the guides we’ve created for this update. Thanks for reading and happy heisting.

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8 responses

  1. Daris says:

    i gathered all the intel, it says i have them all but it won’t let me do the heist. I go on sightseer and Mandrazos safe is still closed. What am im missing???

  2. Kye says:

    Carnt find 1 pair of bolt cutters? Been playing for 3 days now can any body please help?

  3. Brian says:

    What is the combo to madrazzo’s safe?? It has a dial but I don’t have any numbers to open it.. thanks

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    How do I get the Drainage Tunnel. I’ve taken numerous photos, and none have check that off my list….

    • James Williford says:

      I stole a boat at the north dock, went around the map to the back of El Rubios compound and dove into the water behind the house. The drainage tunnel is down there. Pavel will say something when you get close to it.

    • Nick Maniscalco says:

      If you go to the rear of the compound, in the water, you’ll find the drainage tunnel

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