PANAMA TO COLOMBIA
ABOUT THE BOAT
- 40 ton steel comfortable ocean going motor sailer specifically designed for charter/ backpacking operations. Completed and launched 2003. 10mm plate glass windows and all the required safety equipment for this voyage. ( As specified by both the Colombian and Panamanian Govts)
- 20 Passenger berths: Five double beds (2 in private cabins, one with curtain screen and two open in the saloon), 10 single berths.
- All berths have fans.
- Three toilets with electric flush toilets.
- Large foredeck with bean bags and sun cover.
- Below deck dry stowage for all baggage.
- 8 person dinghy for transportation to shore.
- Shore activities include bbq , volleyball and snorkeling. Pirate costumes available.
- Can take motorcycles.
CAPTAIN & CREW
- Captain: Charlie. South African, 50,000 sea miles, speaks English and Spanish.
- First mate: Ori. Seven yrs working this route
- Cook: Natalie
ABOUT THE TRIP
- Day 1 – A member of crew will meet you in Puerto Lindo on the morning of departure. Most people arrive by specially arranged group transport (25USD per person) which will take you directly to the meeting point. Passengers arriving independently will be given instructions where and when to meet.
- After a trip briefing the captain will collect passports. Everyone will board the boat early afternoon before setting off at around 2pm. The boat should arrive in San Blas during the evening and anchor overnight.
- Day 2 – This will be the first full day in San Blas. Remember, because you departed from Puerto Lindo the day before you will already be in the islands when you wake. Many other trips start their first day in the islands which means passengers don't get on board until around 10am after arriving from Panama City.
- Day 3 – Another full day in San Blas. This time you will head further east towards the outer more secluded islands.
- Day 4 – The final day in San Blas before heading towards Cartagena. Coco Bandero is a favourite place to stop on this final day to relax before setting off in the afternoon, beyond the islands
- Day 5 – All day and night at sea
- Day 6 – You should arrive to Cartagena in the morning or early afternoon. After the immigration formalities have been completed by the captain’s agent you will be taken ashore near Club Natico Marina, a short taxi to the main hostel area. Your captain will call our maritime agent on arrival in Cartagena. He deals with all boat arrival paperwork and immigration. You will likely stay on the boat after arrival whilst the captain meets the agent, who will return later with passports stamped. Onward travel tickets will not be required.
- WHAT'S INCLUDED
- Accommodation onboard.
- 3 daily delicious meals made of fresh ingredients.
- Water & coffee & tea.
- Use of fishing gear.
- Snorkel equipment for all guests.
- Immigration assistance.
More about the food:
- Fruit is also served in the afternoon. Bread , nutella, jam and peanut butter are generally available all day. Seafood is regularly caught and purchased from the locals. Lobster will be served if in season.
- Breakfast is around 7:30 am and includes coffee/tea, fruit, cereal and bread.
- At around 10 or 11 am a second cooked breakfast is served. Examples are Chorizo, omelettes, pancakes etc.
- Lunch is between 1 and 2 pm
- Dinner is around 7pm. All meals are substantial with fresh vegetables.
- The boat has ample refrigeration for drink storage.
- Ice is provided for the coolers on deck for guest use.
- Neither boat provides alcohol , mixers or snacks such as chips.
- Alcohol can be purchased in the islands but it is generally the norm to purchase everything prior to the trip.
COST & PAYMENT BREAKDOWN
- Total Cost = $550
- $50 deposit payment made to Cacique Cruiser to reserve your spot.
- $500 per guest for the boat trip paid to the captain.
- This price does not include the $20 Guna territory entrance fee, which must be paid to the captain in cash when requested.
- This price does not include transport from Panama City to the boats departure point.
- Canadian passport holders are charged an additional visa fee by Colombia of 190,000 Colombian pesos. Check today's exchange rate online.
THE DEPARTURE POINTS & ARRIVAL LOCATIONS
- The boat departs from Puerto Lindo Panama.
- Guests must meet at restaurant at Casa X hostel at 5pm on the trip date for a pre trip meeting. To get there guests must pay for ground transportation. There are 2 options:
- The public bus. This will cost about $12 total, but you must depart Panama City's Albrook bus terminal to Colon by 8 am in order to make what is normally the last connection direct to Puerto Lindo at 10am.
- Schedule a seat in in a shuttle for $25, see shuttle details below.
- The boat arrives at Club Nautica marina in Cartagena. From there guests can easily take a taxi to main areas.
- There is a minimum of 2 guests required for this shuttle to operate.
- The shuttle costs $25 per guest and will pick you up between 12:30 and 1pm on the date of your trip. Your driver is Hernan, a very experienced an friendly driver. He will offer to stop at a supermarket along the way to give you an opportunity to purchase last minute items such as sunscreen, toiletries, snacks or alcohol. The $25 shuttle fee needs to be paid to Hernan in cash.
- The day before the trip we will add you to a Whatsapp group with our team, the driver and other shuttle passengers. This gives us an easy way to send out pick up times, communicate delays and answer questions others might like to know as well.
- To sign up for the shuttle all we need from you is a confirmation reply that also includes your pick up location in Panama City. The other option for transportation is the public bus. This will cost about $12 total, but you must depart Panama Citys Albrook bus terminal to Colon by 8 am in order to make what is normally the last connection direct to Puerto Lindo at 10am.
- Surfboards and kitesurf gear cost $5 additional for the shuttle, please let us know in advance if you are bringing these so our driver can plan to fit these along with the passengers and baggage.
BE PREPARED WITH THE FOLLOWING
- Separate your luggage into two bags. One small ‘day pack’ for what you will need for the time on the boat and your main bag/backpack which will be stowed away. It is also advisable to protect luggage with large plastic trash bags.
- Snacks and beverages you want for the trip. We recommend shopping in Panama City as there are no big shops near the boats departure point.
- 2 copies of your passport.
- Cash to pay the ground transport, entrance fees the balance due on the sailboat trip, and any spending money you want for the trip.
- Tight fitting T-shirt to snorkel.
- Mosquito repellent for nights without wind and evenings ashore.
- Sweat shirt or a light raincoat for the night.
- The boat supplies a mattress with sheets but no blanket
- If you get motion or sea sickness, we highly recommend that you buy motion sickness tablets from the pharmacy.
INFORM US AND THE BOAT CREW IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY
- You have health problems or conditions the crew should be aware of.
- You can’t swim.
- You have allergies to certain foods.
This boat is an independent boat which we represent as a guest service agent, because they are busy sailing and taking care of guests. Since we do not own and operate the boats we do not control the schedule, and cannot be held responsible for delays cancellations by the boat, or actions of the crews aboard the boats. However, in the event of a delay or cancellation we will provide guests with other available options, or refund their deposit payment. And if a guest registers a fair complaint or suggestion with us we will communicate with the boat and advocate for the guest in an effort to reach an amicable resolution.