LAILA’S TRIP

TO SAN BLAS ISLAND, PANAMA.

8 NIGHTS/6 STOPS

 

Panama’s Water Wonders: Sailing, Snorkeling and Fishing
For this trip, our goal was to mix the discovery of a new country and its cultures with being able to enjoy water sports. We chose Panama because it was easily accessible with a direct flight from NYC and we wanted to meet the Kuna Indian, who are the native people living on the San Blas Island, a bit north of Colombia.
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Arrival airport: Panama City Intl. 

5h direct flight from NY airports
300 $ avg price/person

Taxi and sailing boat
150 miles by taxi
1-2 hours sailing each day
6 stops

Price per person: 1200 $  for 8 nights

excl. flights and restaurants

Snorkeling

Panama Canal
The Kuna natives

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1GrnCircleAIRPORT TO
SAILING BOAT
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2h +2h
San Blas Island

San Blas Island

Transfer to the boat
1 NIGHT
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     We stayed in a hotel near the airport, Crowne Plaza. It was comfortable and convenient.
     
    Next morning we transferred from the hotel to the sailing boat in San Blas archipelago. We rented the boat through 5Oceansexperience The boat was perfect for a family of 5, the skipper was really great and it was very comfortable. The food was simple but delicious. We ate the fish caught by the skipper with his harpon. No catch no fish!
     
    The transfer from the hotel to the sailing boat takes 4 hours. The transfer was organized by 5Oceansexperience and went very smoothly. You will leave early around 5 am. We stopped on the way in a big and modern supermarket to buy snacks, beers, and fruits/vegetables. We arrived to the port 2 hours later. The landscape on the way was beautiful. At the port we were transferred to a Lancha boat that took us to the sailing boat in 1h30. It’s their speedboat….don’t expect a modern speedboat but rather a typical Kuna boat in wood..but it goes fast.
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    We woke up at 5m, we were transferred to the boat and we arrived there around 10 am. The day could start: we ate lunch, we went snorkeling & fishing, we sailed to our next island and went swimming upon arrival.

SO CALLED ROBINSON
CRUSOE ISLAND

1h sailing
Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Alone
1 NIGHT
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    This is our first day that we are totally disconnected from the outside world. We went snorkeling and saw a shark (a small and nice little shark) Our skippers José and Anaïs guided us under the beautiful underwater world of San Blas island. Just amazing!!

DUTCH BAY


1h30 sailing
Dutch bay

Dutch bay

Best snorkeling
1 NIGHT
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    This is the second day that we are disconnected and we feel better and better. Guess what? We went snorkeling. A different underwater scenery than the first spot. José, our skipper, caught a huge Barracuda. We have enough to do for the day. We need to prepare the Barracuda for dinner: in fillet, ceviche or in a curry sauce. Just delicious!

FROM ONE ISLAND
TO ANOTHER

1h30 sailing
The Kuna

The Kuna

Meeting the Kunas
1 NIGHT
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    Today we anchored beside a Kuna village. We visited their island. They also sell some handmade crafts in their little “so called” shop. They have promised us to bake some bread for our breakfast. We have also been snorkeling, fishing, reading, jumping into the water, eating and just enjoying to be in this magical place.

BACK TO THE
FIRST ISLAND

1h30 sailing
Back to start

Back to start

Snorkeling & fishing
1 NIGHT
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    This is our last day on the boat. We could not miss another snorkeling trip with José and Anaïs. As usual we discovered something else, another underwater world again. Then we sailed back to the island where we had arrived 5 days earlier, We snorkeled, we read a book, we played games and we ate a lovely dinner prepared by our lovely crew.

SAN BLAS ISLAND TO
PANAMA CITY
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2h + 2h
Panama City

Panama City

Casco Viejo, tropical forest & canal
2 NIGHTS

GOOD TO KNOW

 
– Be prepared to live for 5 days totally disconnected from the outside world. No network, no Wifi, nothing….no restaurant, no shops, no bars…you are in the middle of an archipelago that is still wild and virgin.

– All the food is stocked and prepared by the crew on the boat, but we recommend you to bring your favorite snacks and biscuits, some beers and wine as well.

– If your skipper don’t catch a fish, you need to be prepared not to eat any fish that day…unless you get the visit of a Kuna’s  with their catch of the day.

– You will only eat fish, vegetables and fruits. No meat will be prepared on the boat.

– San Blas archipelago is situated on the territory of Gunayala. You will need to show your passport so keep it handy when you are transferred from the city to the boat.

 

 

TESTED BY ALBANE

Albane  tested this trip in February 2017 with her husband, her 8 years old twins and another family of 4. They really enjoyed their stay. Paradise, best ever boat trip, amazing snorkeling, fishing,…
They booked their trip through I Travel by boat. Their contact was Stef. She was a great organiser and made a perfect match for the choice of the skipper. They rented a catamaran, it is more comfortable than a monohull sailboat.
They started their sailing trip at Green Island. From there, they went to Barbecue island also called Turtle island. Baja Holandes was the best swimming spot and the wildest island. They saw a crocodile (impressive). Waisalardlup was the best snorkeling spot.
Restaurants Panama City: Siroco, the fish marketCBP capital bistro
Don’t miss the Frank Ghery bio museum in Panama City and a bike tour in Casco Viejo.
Hotel Panama City: American Trade Hotel


Photo @albane G ©
 

TESTED BY ALEXANDRA

Some extra tips from Alexandra. She tested this trip in February 2017 with her husband and her 2 boys. One of their best trip ever. They loved the richness of underwater. They saw a lot of barracuda’s and sharks.
They also booked their trip through I Travel by boat. They were very satisfied by the skipper and the boat.
The boat was equipped with a kayak. This was really fun for the boys. They played hours in the water with it.
Hotel Panama City: Central Hotel Panama
The best period to do this trip is from November to March. In April, it might start to be too hot and there are a lot of mosquitoes. On one of the island, we were invaded by sun flies.



Photo @alexandra B ©

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Photo @lailabog ©
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