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.
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
Price per person: 1200 $ for 8 nights
excl. flights and restaurants
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.
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
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!!
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
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
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
2h + 2h
We stayed at the Trump hotel. Beautiful terrace with a swimming pool with a view on Panama City skyline.
Back to civilisation…The Lancha boat picked us up at 6 am, 2 hours by boat to the port and then 2 hours by car with the driver to the city.
Discover Casco Viejo, the old Panama city center.
Must do: Panama Canal Miraflores Visitor Center.
Walk in the Panama rainforest just 40 min by car from the city
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.