Please Book in advance for January/February/March. Demand is very high and most boats book up 2-3 weeks in advance
Sailing from Panama to Colombia by boat has become one of the great backpacker journeys of the world. Where else can you spend 3 tranquil days sailing through the beautiful white sand islands of San Blas by yacht or catamaran, covered in palm trees and amazing beaches, then 2 days on a boat to Colombia to finally arrive in the amazing colonial fortress city of Cartagena. There is only one way to do this, and that is by taking a Boat to Colombia with Hostel Mamallena from Panama to Cartagena via San Blas.
‘Get ready for an Adventure to remember, this ain’t no Royal Caribbean’
Why book with us? That´s easy, Our experience and knowledge in this trip costs you nothing, yes nada. Making a booking through us on your Boat to Colombia will be the same price as you will pay anywhere else, there is no booking fee or charge for our services and you will have the peace of mind about safety as we have been dealing with these trips for over 6 years now. (p.s. That is way longer than anyone else)
How to make a booking on a boat sailing to Colombia from Panama
Please have a read through the detailed trip info below, have a look at all the boats on offer and when you know what this trip is all about simply use the CONTACT US boxes and we will email you an in-depth trip Fact Sheet with all the boat departure dates and prices. Alternatively see the calendar below and when you are 100% sure of the boat you want, send us a reservation request and we will contact the captain to confirm your spaces. We highly recommend contacting us for the full Fact Sheet first as it has more detailed information on each boat and up to the minute departure dates that the website may not be showing just yet. Hope we hear from you soon!
for a detailed Fact Sheet, Reviews and Ratings of each boat if you know what to expect from this trip,otherwise…….
Want to know what this trip is all about? Read on,
Do we recommend you taking this trip? Hell Yes we do, We are backpackers like you and have done the trip, and loved it, more than once or twice ourselves and want to help you guys have the same great experience we did. Is it safe? Yeah, we think it is, there are some real horror stories floating around the Gringo Trail but this trip has changed hugely in the last couple of years and unsafe boats have now been pushed aside and left empty. There are still some crazy captains around, but hey, sometimes that is what makes for the best trips! If you decide to take a boat from Panama to Colombia you’ll enjoy 2-3 amazing days sailing in the beautiful San Blas islands of Panama. The open sea crossing to Cartagena is seen as one of the worlds toughest by the global boating community, Please make yourself well informed of what you are getting yourself in for, and then relax, its a great trip, a must do and completely safe….Trust us! This is an opportunity not to be missed. White sand tropical islands are waiting to be explored. Snorkeling like you have never seen before, swimming or just relaxing on the deck of your yacht. Why not catch your own seafood, if you can. Experience the traditional lifestyle of the Kuna Islanders. Eat Lobster that have been caught just minutes before, the list goes on.
This is a 5 day trip but it is all about the 2-3 days in the islands followed by the 30-45hr open ocean crossing to Cartagena, without stops! Don´t be unhappy if you arrive early on the 4th day(which can happen!) That normally means the open ocean crossing was less than 30hrs and you were lucky enough to have had less time probably being sea sick. Its better not to argue with the captain about the early arrival, he might take you back out to the rough seas for a few more hours to make up for it (That´s a joke! Well we hope so anyway). The trip price includes all meals, water, departure fees and taxes, but does not include the transport costs to reach the boat which are detailed later in this thread. The captain of the boat will take care of all immigration requirements. Snorkeling gear is included in every trip and the quality will vary from captain to captain depending on how often they replace their sets. The number of sets will also vary from one each to one between two people, if you love snorkeling then it is a good idea to spend $10-$15 and grab your own set before heading to the boat. Fishing gear is also included but this is normally just a line and lure being pulled by the boat as you are sailing, rods and reels are a rarity nowadays. Remember that there is NO opportunity to get money once you leave Panama City. There are no ATMs in the islands, nor Portobelo or Puerto Lindo, and your next bank will be either Cartagena or Turbo (if your boat is heading to the border). Payment for the trip is made in cash, sorry no Credit Cards, and collected by the captain once you are on-board. It is advisable to start withdrawing money from an ATM a few days before so that there are no last minute worries as some banks set withdrawal limits lower than what you need for the trip.
Meals vary by boat with some having a big lunch and small breakfast and others vice versa. On every trip you are served 3 meals a day with most dinners being seafood and rice or pasta based, sometimes on the boat and sometimes on the islands with the locals, again this is captain dependent. Lets hope at least one meal is the catch of the day that you pulled in for everyone (get photos to show your friends of course!). Please let us know at the time of booking if you have special dietary requirements. All boats accommodate Vegetarians, Kosher etc and may ask you to bring some supplies up from the city with you as such things are limited in San Blas. Other items such as alcohol(of course you´ll be wanting beers and rum right?) and soft drinks you will need to take yourself. It’s often a good idea to buy these in Panama City, it is much cheaper and the shopping in San Blas is more limited. Most boats will have limited refrigeration for Beers, sodas etc but not ice unless you are lucky. Snacks are optional and not really needed unless you are an ´eat between meals´ type of person, most boats will have fresh fruit available at all times for you to snack on. Some boats include a lobster meal, others charge a small fee for it, while others think it is being over fished and may be against it on-board.
The traditional route is to Cartagena via the San Blas islands sailing from Panama to Colombia. You will spend 2-3 days in the islands, the amount of time is dependent on the captain and quite often the weather conditions on the open ocean. Two anchorages, once departing immigration in San Blas, is a normal trip, three or more anchorages then you have a great captain who wants you to have the best possible time. You can also expect that the captain will use their engine for most of the trip due to the need for maneuverability around the reefs in the Islands and to help sailing against the wind and currents on the way to Cartagena. The engine will be noisy and it will help the inside of the boat get hot, all the more reason to hang out up on deck in the fresh air and learn some sailing techniques. Some captains also offer a trip to the Panama/Colombia border which is a 4-5 day trip where you’ll sail through the entire group of islands and finish in the Colombian town of Sapzurro, avoiding the dreaded 2 day open ocean crossing. From there you’ll take a lancha to Carpurgana, a speedboat to Turbo and then buses to Cartagena, Medellin or wherever you’re going. Most prices for this sailing experience are between $450 and $500pp. It’ll then take another day or so and $85pp to reach your destination. The area around Carpurgana is beautiful and known as a secluded Colombian beach resort town. There are very reasonably priced hotels and budget hostels there and transport to Turbo leaves at 7.30am each morning for $25 each and takes 2hrs.
The Departure Point
There are a couple of departure points but the majority of sailboats in Panama are currently leaving from the San Blas islands themselves. It will cost a little more, but it means that travel time to reach them is less and you have more time sailing in the beautiful islands, which is what the trip is all about right? There are no buses on this route and you’ll need to take a 4×4 to reach the boat, but this is easily arranged by us at the hostel..You will take the 4×4 at 5.30am on the morning of your boats departure from your hostel in Panama City and the total cost will be $45-$50pp for the jeep, local taxes and a fast boat to take you out to the Captain.
The other departure points consist of Portobelo and Puerto Lindo, which are on the Caribbean coast around 1.5hrs from Colon City. You can reach these small towns by bus from Panama City at a relatively low cost of $5-$6pp and around 3hrs travel time. The captain will arrange a meeting the day before departure to collect passports etc and you will stay in a local hostel there that night and hopefully leave early the next day.
Prices have been increasing and currently range from $485 to $550 per person, depending on the boats size, quality and of course, the captain. Please know that a cheaper boat does not mean a lower standard of trip, it just means a captain with lower operating costs. The quality of boats can vary, but we feel that the boats we deal with are some of the best operating between Panama and Colombia. The price may also seem high, but consider what you’re receiving. 5 days of food and accommodation, 2-3 days in the islands, arriving in Cartagena and of course, the experience of a yacht charter that would normally cost around $300 per day in the major caribbean islands. The price of one way flights to Colombia can range between $330 and $400, so sailing from Panama to Colombia and having 3 meals a day prepared for you is just a much better deal.
The Meet and Greet
Once on-board the Captain will stow away your large bags, leaving you with your day pack and all the essentials you will need for the trip. It is better to organize your bags before you depart as this will save on time, you wont need much on-board, some t shirts, shorts, sunscreen, toiletries, ipod/camera chargers, books, sea sick pills etc etc. Most Captains will collect payment and passports when you arrive at the boat, and you will not see your passport again until your hostel in Cartagena, but don´t worry as this is normal procedure. You should also get a brief tour of the boat and safety instruction in case of emergencies. This is the time to say if you are uneasy about anything to do with the trip. Make sure you’re comfortable with what you’ve been told and feel free to ask any questions. It’s a long way to Cartagena and you need to feel safe for the entire voyage. If, for whatever reason, you do not feel safe then do not be afraid to leave the boat. If it’s for a legitimate reason then no captain will have a problem refunding your deposit, they will probably be a bit grumpy but that is there problem, not yours.
Remember that these are budget, backpacker based sailing trips. Some of you will have cabins, some of you will share beds as strangers and others will sleep in the saloon of the yacht on sofas. Be prepared for cramped spaces with not much privacy, and remember if the weather is bad you’ll be spending a lot of time with your fellow passengers. A couple of boats offer daily showers but on most trips your best, and possibly only shower, will be while your are snorkeling or drunken skinny dipping with the luminescence plankton. Oh, and Air-Con…Not a chance. You’re also not going to be getting breakfast in bed and you’ll not be waited on. The only cocktail barman will be one of your fellow passengers. Everyone normally helps out with cleaning and cooking duties and some captains may ask you to help out with keeping watch on the way to Cartagena. No experience is required and the captain will take care of all sailing operations, you just make sure the Auto-Pilot stays on course and yell ´Land Ahoy Skipper´ if you need to. If for whatever reason you do not feel comfortable doing this, don´t worry, the captain will not mind. Safety always comes first! Take sunscreen or you will probably get burnt, Take Mareol or you will probably get Seasickness, Take Alcohol or you will probably feel left out, Take a book and charged Ipod or you will probably get bored, Take $50 (at least) in small bills as spending money or you will probably not be getting souvenirs, Take a small water bottle to refill on-board or you will probably find drinking hard when it gets bumpy, Take a good attitude towards the boat, it is the Captains home, their house, where they live, treat it as you would your own home or you will probably upset them but Don´t take drugs or you will probably go overboard and finally….. Take no expectations and you will definitely be having a fantastic time.
What do I learn along the way? What do we do for fun?
Some Captains are happier than others to show you and teach you some sailing skills or knot tying along the way. If you’re interested in sailing then ask if you can assist with the operations of the boat and the captain may say yes, or he may say no. Sometimes in certain weather conditions they prefer everyone to stay below decks for safety.
The actual sailing route through the San Blas islands and where you anchor is totally dependent on the Captains, they all have their favourite spots and Kuna families that they know. They usually take you to the places where they know you’ll have the best time, both with the beaches and the locals. You can expect barbecues on the beach, great snorkelling sites, fishing where possible, interaction with the local indigenous tribes, parties and more. It all depends on the captain, your fellow passengers and you. Some trips party more than others, some are just downright wild and others are more relaxed and tranquillo but we’re pretty sure that if you go along with the right attitude then you’re going to have a great time.
The Fine Print
Please remember, these aren’t our trips. We help both you and the captains arrange the trip but each captain is independent and operates as they wish, we have no control over their actions. That said though we do limit the boats that we work with and only use boats we consider safe and captains we trust even though some could use improvement, which we happily tell you before booking them. If a boat is bad we don´t want to hide or from you and let you book it somewhere else unknowingly, we want to tell you about it and let you decide for yourself what´s the best boat for your trip. We’re not in the business of you having a bad time so we actually care about who you go with.
Few of these yachts travel to a strict schedule so it’s never sure that the boat you want will be ready to leave when you are. We maintain a list of boats that are ready to leave for Colombia and when we hear from you we’ll send you our current list. It can be an idea to ask for the departures list in advance as more boats are starting to set departure dates a month or more ahead of time.Sailing from Panama to Cartagena can be great fun but there are often stories of storms, damaged boats, boats on reefs, drunk Captains, stoned Captains(very common actually), lack of food, people falling overboard and so on. Go out there for fun but remember that you’re in the hand of the mother nature and the captain, once on the open ocean your captain is Master and Commander and there to keep you and his boat safe and arriving happily to Colombia.
We want to know how your trip goes. When you arrive in Colombia please return to this page, find the boat you sailed with and leave them a quick review so other passengers know what to expect. If it’s bad, we’ll know to tell the captain and everybody else. If it’s good we want to tell others so they can have the same great time you did. But no matter who you go with we know you’ll love sailing to Colombia.
We work with more captains than any other booking service, giving you the best chance of choosing the safest boat for your trip. We are not obligated to fill some boats before others and can tell you honestly who is good and who is bad, who is safe and who is not.
Special Note:If your boat is not on the calendar then we are not sure of when it will next be sailing, if we know or anticipate a date it will be there. We generally receive departure dates 10 days before so keep in mind that more boats will be available the closer to departure you book with us. Remember there can be, on some occasions, delays, unexpected happenings and changed departure dates at short notice, we would suggest making any flight bookings etc for a couple of days after your due arrival.
Please contact us for each boat´s departure port, as it will affect your total trip cost. Don´t forget it gets hot in boats and you will probably enjoy sleeping up on deck, under the stars, more than in your cabin.
Click a boat name to see photos and reviews, or see the flag ratings chart below.
The Gypsy Moth-English skipper Sym and partner Amy do their boat trip from El Porvenir, Panama to Cartagena. They do a great 5 day trip. They used to do the trip on a boat called the Quartermoon. They have some of the best reviews of any boat and are who we use most for our private san blas sailing charters.
Boat: 50ft Gulfstar
Jacqueline-The biggest Catamaran from Panama to Colombia, at 56 ft and with many triple and double cabins this is a great boat. They can also take motorbikes . Austrian Fritz is renowned for fantastic and hearty meals and is a chef by trade so make the most of the enermous portions he serves you. They also provide baked German brown bread ,Tea, Coffee, Water and Natural lemonade.
Boat: 56ft Fontaine Pajot
Nacar catarmaran-Fabian is one of the original captains sailing Panama to Colombia and has been doing so for 17 years, normally on the Sailing Koala he now has a beautiful catamaran sailing in the San Blas islands He gets great reviews and is a very easy going Colombian Captain and currently has lovely English Luana on board as first mate, rumour says she cooks a great meal. You cant go wrong with a Catamaran from panama to Colombia which is why they fill up so quickly with passengers.
Boat: 42ft Lagoon
San Blas Adventures- (the Darien Gapster) is a fast launch aka speedboat, alternative to the sailboats to Colombia, offering 4 days in San Blas before heading towards Sapzurro, Colombia On the trip you’ll sleep on the islands, spending two nights in Kuna villages and one night camping on a deserted island. The crew has years of experience both in boating and in the San Blas islands of Panama. They work closely with the Kuna giving you a unique opportunity to meet the people as well as experience the pristine beaches and waters on offer.
Boat: Fiberglass Fast Boat N/A (unique trip)
Wildcard-Kiwi John on the Wildcard has one of the largest boats to Colombia at 60ft, with a fully enclosed cabin, double and single berths. He can take up to 16 people. We get good reviews about the Wildcard, John is a good cook and you’re fed well and looked after, we hear he cooks a mean Chicken curry. One of the more popular sailing trips to Colombia due to his very regular schedule.
Boat: 60ft Custom Steel Hull :
Perla del Caribe-Jonny from Spain can take 9 people on the Dufour 43ft. It is a great boat to Colombia via the San Blas islands. We have seen it 1st hand and can vouch for it being up to scratch. Jonny has 10 years of experience crossing the atlantic and was previously doing this trip with his last boat, La Rebeldia.
Boat: 43ft Dufour
Delfin Solo-Rengin and Tashin from Turkey/USA have long been doing the trip from San Blas to Cartagena by boat and also do the occasional private San Blas sailing charter They do a good trip and are known for their very relaxed atmosphere and interaction with the guests. The boat has undergone a recent refit and is in top condition from what we hear. They usually take no more than 8 people which for a 45ft boat means it allows a lot of space for everyone.
Boat: 45ft Cutter Rig Ketch
Corto II-Argentinean Sebastian has finally got himself his own boat between Panama and Colombia and is loving the trips. The Corto is a nice 43 ft boat, the captain and the boat are well recommended,as is the the company of his beautiful little Spaniel dog, He takes 7-8 people and has a very regular schedule. Sebastian was skippering La Perla del Caribe for a long time before the Corto.
Boat: 43ft Beneteau
Ave Maria-Aussie Paul has been sailing to Colombia from Panama for a number of years, he has his girlfriend Sindry on board with him. He has a very nice, larger 52ft ketch monohull and takes only 9 people which is great for a boat of this size. The boat is beautifully maintained and the woodwork throughout is stunning. This boat is one that all other captains sailing in San Blas admire and Paul is big on maintaining its standard.
Boat: 52ft Custom Wooden Ketch
Santana-German Gisbert has a large catamaran and can take up to 15 people. One of the bigger boats between Panama and Colombia and being a Catamaran to Cartagena it is a little less rocky in the rough seas this time of year. We have heard pretty good things about the trip. The boat is not luxury, but is perfect for the trip and is a little like a floating hostel with dorm style beds and a couple of cabins. They also have a canoe on board for you to explore the San Blas islands of Panama
Boat: 50ft Custom Aluminium Hull
Gitana III-Spaniard Marc worked for a long time with his parents on the Lycka yacht sailing from Panama to Colombia and now has his own big boat to Colombia, this boat is huge at 68ft and still in top condition from what we hear. It has huge amounts of deck space and daily showers. They do the usual 3 days in the san blas islands with 11 passengers and 4 crew on the boat to Cartagena.
Boat: 68ft Custom Wooden Hull
One World-Lovely big old fashioned sailing boat from Panama to Colombia but in very good order and spacious for the number of guests. They can take 11 people, they have four big double beds so couples or friends are best and three single beds. Young friendly crew, one of the more unique, big boats to Colombia and they frequently get good reviews, especially about the rope swing!
Boat: 64ft Brigantine Steel
Independence-Slovakian Michel and crew do a great trip with good food. It´s big, at 85 foot this is one of the big boats to Colombia which helps keep the motion sickness to a minimum, They take up to 20 people…. mixed between 5 private cabins, bunks, saloon etc. They also have showers available for daily use. We hear good things about the trip and the lively backpackers that help out onboard as volunteers. They can also take motorbikes to Cartagena, Colombia on the upper deck.
Boat: 85ft Steel Motorsailor
Sacanagem- Brazillian Federico has been doing this trip for a long time and is one of the more experienced captains, with a good reputation and great boat. Another of our private sailing charter boat captains in the San Blas Islands which says a lot about his boat and his level of customer service sailing from Panama to Colombia. The boat is 43 foot long and has 4 private cabins taking only 8 passengers.
Boat: 43ft Dufour Atoll
African Queen-Rudy has a nice catamaran operating between Panama and Colombia with 4 double cabins and 8 to 10 people onboard. For a boat from San Blas to Cartagena, This is a great Catamaran and we hear only good things about Rudy and the boat. He is a fun Captain and makes the trip enjoyable for everyone.
Boat: 40ft Dean 400
Tango-This sailing boat to Cartagena of Frenchman David is a sloop, Hunter 34′, built in 1983, It contains 2 cabins, 1 toilet, 3 double beds and a single one. The captain is 33 years old and has been sailing from Panama to Colombia for more years than Mamallena has been open(6 years). Fluent in Spanish and English he takes 6 people.
Boat: 34ft Hunter
Mintaka-Mintaka is a custom-built 46ft. aluminum sloop, well maintained, very safe, comfortable and clean. German Manfred and wife have many years of charter experience and are very professional. They take no more than 8 passengers. They are very proud in saying that they serve excellent food on the boat to Colombia and we have not heard otherwise.
Boat: 46ft Custom Aluminium Hull
Stahlratte- Stahlratte’s voyage is proposed to be a 3 to 4 year long circumnavigation. But there is no definite time schedule. The vessel is owned by a not for profit organisation and is a former boat of Greenpeace. The captain Ludwig is a real character and very respected by the kunas of San Blas. The biggest boat from San Blas to Colombia, at 100ft, it is HUGE!
Boat: 100ft Custom Steel Schooner
Cool Running-English and German speaking skippers George and Sandra are back from the caribbean with years of sailing experience between Panama and Cartagena. Delicious Austrian and International cuisine, fresh fruits, vegetables, a freshly squeezed juice and real coffee to start your day. On their 43ft boat they take up to 8 passengers between the 3 double cabins and saloon area.
Boat: 43ft Elan
Mats de Capo-Swedish Mats has been in San Blas for years and years, he has been doing the Panama to Cartagena trip on and off and normally does private sailing charters in the San Blas Islands. He is well liked amongst the Kunas and his little son Mateao is known to be the highlight of every trip. The boat is not the biggest but the local knowledge, and limited numbers onboard, far outweighs many bigger boats. Da Capo is a 36ft Swedish built boat of very solid construction.
Boat: 36ft Najadvarvet
Odyssee II- Awaiting a new captain.
Boat: 43ft Columbia N/A New Captain
Black DragonFly-The crew is experienced, responsible and super fun. The food is also said to be really good and healthy. The boat is a 51ft Formosa, old boats known for the high quality of build and great comfort with a lot of character and good deck space and they take up to 10ppl from San Blas to Cartagena.
Boat: 51ft Formosa Ketch
Eucalyptus-Colombian Captain German has been running sailing charters in San Blas for a long time and has a great relationship with the kuna people and knows all the good places to go on your boat trip from Panama to Colombia. The boat is well looked after and a great way to experience the San Blas islands in that little bit of backpacker luxury.
Boat: 36ft beneteau
Maluco-Venezuelan couple Joe and Eileen have been sailing from San Blas to Cartagena for 2 years now and we have not received negative feedback about them. The boat looks sleek and well maintained. They accommodate 7 people which at 37ft is a good number.
Boat: 37ft Beneteau
Gitano Del Mar-Frenchman Jepi has been sailing his catamaran between San Blas and Colombia on and off for years and has a lot of experience having done private sailing charters in the Caribbean for many years. This is a beautiful Lagoon Catamaran with 4 double cabin and 8 more berths, one of the nicer boats and great for a crowd of people looking to have fun. Be quick as he fills fast. Jepi is also a Tattoo Artist and has the equipment onboard if anybody wants to take advantage.
Boat: 52ft Lagoon Custom
Buon Vento-Italian Eduardo has a beautiful 44ft lagoon catamaran that does one of the better boat trips to Cartagena, with good reviews about the food. They have 4 cabins for guests and 2 for crew as well as 5 single berths. It is an especially good option for couples, as the chances are you will have your privacy and the boat is real luxury sailing to Colombia.
Boat: 44ft Lagoon
Desdemona-Captain Jeff will take you on an adventure of a lifetime! Desdemona takes 8 passengers on a 37′ Jeanneau Sloop with comfortable sleeping accommodations for 8 life-sized people. Charters include food like your mama makes it, fishing equipment, snorkel and spear fishing gear, sunshine, beaches, sailing, sand and free sunsets. They sail from Portobelo, Panama to Cartagena, Colombia
Boat: 37ft Jeanneau
Cleos Angel Catamaran-Frank and Claudia have one of the nicest boats to Colombia and normally reserve for high end sailing charters in the San Blas islands, only negatives I have heard is the Captain does not like people to get drunk on board . 3 Guest cabins with double bed and each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and toilet. Relaxed atmosphere so a great choice for couples.
Boat: 40ft Karibik
Amande- French crew of Loig and Franc have a luxury 50ft Atoll sailing in the san Blas Islands with 5 double cabins for guests and one for themselves. Atolls are a great boat for cruising the caribbean, being a monohull yet with the saloon and space of a catamaran. Their boat to Colombia consists of two choices, option one- a three day trip from Puerto Lindo to Sapzurro/Capurgana or option two, staying onboard for another two days and finishing in Cartagena. Sounds like a great trip on a fantastic boat.
Boat: 50ft Dufour Atoll
Wayra--German Captain Arndt has been sailing from Panama to Colombia for a while now and the reviews are on the favourable side. The 34ft aluminium boat is on the smaller side but with a private cabin up front and 2 semi-private singles accessible from the cockpit it makes it a great boat for a couple or a group of friends.
Boat: 34ft FAB Aluminium Hull N/A New boat to the list
Victory--Hernando has been working on his new boat, specially designed for this trip with 3 double cabins and 6 bunks in the central area. The boat is 44ft long but wider than normal making room for the bunks. He has a covered social area above. He has been doing sailing from Panama to Colombia for many years and generally gets good reviews, has had some bad ones too over the years as he is quite a character.
Boat: 44ft Custom Racer
Stephanie Catamaran--Colombian Captain Jules was the captain of the Perla del Caribe for a long time and is now on the beautiful Stephanie 38 foot Fontaine Pajot Catamaran. It has four private double cabins. Jules does a fun trip and offers a great price for a catamaran . He takes up to 10 people on his Boat to Cartagena.
Boat: 38ft Fontaine Pajot
Slo n Ezy--Argentinean Victors trip is 5-6 days with 3-4 days in the San Blas islands. Victor is a real character and does a great trip by all accounts. The 32ft boat is on the small side but the limited number of 5-6 passengers, great food and ambience onboard along with the low price make this a great sailboat between Panama and Colombia.
Boat: 32ft Morgan 1/2
Nani Moana-- Colombian Sebastian is captaining this 34ft Monohull, the owner Christian from Switzerland may also be on board and between the two of them they have a lot of sailing miles and make a good boat trip to Colombia with a small group of no more than 6. They say they reach the best parts of Kuna yala and show you some amazing underwater sights along the way.
Boat: 34ft Custom Swedish Build
Luka-- The Luka with Bea is a lovley 52ft Ketch. They do a great 5 day trip from Portobelo to Cartagena, with three days in the San Blas. They have good food, music and limited internet on board. they provide fresh meals and lots of fruit and snacks and will take sports equipment free of charge. The reviews come in very good and this looks like a fun trip. They take 10-13ppl.
Boat: 52ft Ketch
Flamboyant--Canadian Eric is another captain that has been doing this route for a long time. He has a nice 43 ft Monohull and offers some amazing seafood meals from what we hear. Eric takes 7 people on the 5 day trip and his price is consistent with the quality of trip as reviews are mixed between good and average.
Boat: 43ft Camper Nicholsons
Use the Ratings system below to choose the best boat to suit the style of the trip you are after.
- A larger boat that schedules many trips per month, has reliable departures, takes more than 10 passengers and we do not hear bad things.
-A larger boat with many departures, 10 passengers or more, reliable service and safety, trying hard with mostly good comments but the occasional bad one.
– Great Sized boat for the trip, relaxed environment, good service, reviews, safety and takes less than 10 passengers.
– No frills, basic trip with mixed comments but a captain we like and a boat we consider to be safe.