A Fabulous Sailing Trip From Panama To Colombia
Enjoy an island hopping sailing adventure from Panama to Colombia aboard the Amandes Dufour 50 atoll Cruising Monohull for up to 16 person. Rate starts at $550 per person for 5 days. Rate: • 5 days: From $550 to $750 per person What You Can Expect: The San Blas islands are composed of a multitude of small islands (378 in total, of which only 49 are inhabited) grouped into various archipelagos, and stretched on an area of about 200 km on the northeast coast of Panama (Atlantic Ocean). These islands earned an excellent reputation among the boaters, and have even been dubbed “Caribbean Polynesia” by some. It must be noted that they offer everything that a sailor can expect: coconut palms, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs for diving, sun, etc… It also must be added that the San Blas Islands (like the whole Panama) are located outside the Atlantic hurricane area, which is a clear advantage, considering the stress and the problems that this may represent for boaters. The San Blas is probably the only sailing area of the Caribbean Sea, to be totally hurricane free (except for the Rio Dulce in Guatemala which is not really a navigation area and the southern islands of the Caribbean, such as Trinidad and Tobago, which unfortunately, were hit by several hurricanes few years ago: Ivan in 2004, or Emily in 2005). For proof, just look at the map of all known historic routes of hurricanes in the Atlantic. Another reason to sail and visit these beautiful islands is that their only inhabitants are Kuna Indians. These Indians have managed to acquire a certain autonomy vis-à-vis the Republic of Panama, and their territory (Kuna Yala Province) remains primarily subjected to the Kuna law. Thus, even though the Kuna gladly welcome tourists or passing boats, foreigners are not necessarily allowed to settle permanently in their province (also valid for residents of Panama). You cannot find luxury hotels or even houses and modern buildings in these islands. Instead, they remain quite wild and the Kuna Indians live simple close to nature lives. Where to sail in San Blas? Generally the sailing area of the San Blas can be separated into two more or less distinct zones, and situated on both sides of the island of Isla Tigre (located at longitude 78 ° 31.5 W ) To the west of Isla Tigre lies the most popular and frequented by ships area. This part is the beginning of the San Blas chain for the boats coming from the west (the vast majority) and from different ports or anchorages located on the Atlantic coast of Panama (such as Boca del Toro, Colon, Portobello, Linton, etc …). Here we can find the beautiful archipelagos of Lemon Cays, Hollandes Cays, Chichime, or Coco Banderos (perhaps one of the most beautiful islands), all highly frequented by cruise ships and tourists. To the east of Isla Tigre, are situated some more scattered islands over a much larger area. This part is much less frequented by ships, however for sailing it still is a very interesting and original place to explore (as the big island of Pinos for example), especially as the Kuna culture there will tend to be more traditional. What is the best time of the year for sailing? Here like everywhere else in Panama (and surrounding areas), the year can be divided into two more or less distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The rainy season (from May to December) It should be made clear from the outset that contrary to what one might think this season is better for navigation. Indeed, while it is true that in Panama the rains can sometimes be quite significant during this season, in these islands which are several miles away from the coast there usually is a lot less rain and, therefore, this area is not subject to the vagaries of weather encountered on land. This season also enjoys relatively calm or variables winds, despite some sudden and violent storms or small and localized pressure systems accompanied by strong winds (although short), to avoid (however rare). Note also that it will be much nicer to sail during this period, due to the fact that the calm winds will not corrupt the clarity of the water, reefs or lagoons. The dry season (January to April) Again, contrary to a widespread false idea, this season is far from being the most pleasant to visit the San Blas. Of course, there is no (or very little) rain, but unfortunately this season coincides with the arrival of trade winds (constant and generally quite strong winds, coming from Africa with 3 or 4 strength or more). In general this affects the comfort at anchor or even the daily life because given the limited relief of these islands it will often be difficult to find a place to properly hide from the wind. Also bearing in mind that “dry season” does not necessarily mean good weather, often instead we get unsettled weather accompanied by high altitude clouds. What To Expect Onboard: Amandes Dufour 50 atoll 6 made by philippe briand have 50 feet/ 15 meters long, 115 m2 of sails and 85/90cv engines. this beautiful sailboat have 6 double cabins with big space of storage, 4 bathrooms in perfect conditions. automatic pilot, GPS 2, AIS…with security inspection every year for insurance. Reserve of water of 1500 L, fuel tanks of 500l, solar panels, radio with USB ports gives to this large sailboat the confortable as a catamaran and it covers all your needs. The 2 amandes sails boats have the facility to go 8 nokts with or without motor giving you the security to arrive on time. A salon of 20 m2, completely protected of sun and rain if it’s necessary, can occupy 16 people. Large space on the deck for take the sun, kitchen and oven of gas, two big fridge with space for your drinks, also a view of 360 grades to appreciate the panorama. A professional capitan and a crew/cook to cover all your needs. we speak spanish english and french, we cook international food with fresh products. respecting vegetarians and allergies. You can bring snacks, sodas, beers Offering you the most exquisite variety of seafood. Including water coffee and 3 meals a day. we have the snorkel and fishing equipment to your disposition. with a 3 meters long dingy and Kawak to discover the spectacular riffs of the islands and around the anchorage, if not you can just relax and admire the paradise of san blas islands. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is included.
- A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
- 16 guests
- Cruising Monohull
On our way we could find some tropical species like whales, friendly dolphins , beautiful birds, turtles, striped sea, marlins and others.
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Wheel steering
- CD Player
- Center Cockpit
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
0% refund up to 10 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
If cancel 10 days before the departure date. 50% refund for cancellation at last moment (less than 10 days before) No refund refund for cancellation in the 48 h.