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Amande II

Amande II

SAILBOAT TO PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS

Atoll

50FT | 15.2 METRES

GUESTS

14

CREW LANGUAGES

ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL

PRICE PER PERSON USD

$550.00 | $600.00

PANAMA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

ISLA CHICHIME

COLOMBIA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CARTAGENA

Overview

Amande II is the second sailboat in the Amande fleet. It shares the same design and trip itinerary and is yet another very popular Panama to Colombia sailboat trip.

The boat was purchased in 2015 to operate trips along with her sister boat from Panama to Cartagena and returns from Colombia to Panama.

Just like Amande  it is perfect for people looking for a boat that has a good mix of fun and relaxation, you will need to book fast to reserve because of high demand.

Features

  • Captain with Panama, Colombia and San Blas experience
  • Lobster meal, at no extra charge, when available
  • Fishing and snorkel equipment
  • Kayak
  • Charging available for camera and phones
  • Fans installed under deck
  • Showers available at certain times

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 Crew

The captaincy of Amande II changes between various contract captains employed by owner Loic along with.  Contact us if you would like to know which captain is scheduled for the date you are interested in.

 Design

Amande II is a 50ft Dufour Atoll with capacity for 14 guests plus crew. This particular sailboat design is great for sailing trips between Panama, Colombia and the San Blas Islands.

A large covered seated cockpit, dining area and forward galley are located above deck. This allow for more space below deck where all berths are located, similar in style to a catamaran.

Accommodation

– Two large private double cabins with bathrooms*
– Two standard private double cabins
– Two triple cabins with single berths

*Private double with bathroom – $600.00 USD per person

Amande II Panama To Colombia

Chichime, San Blas To Cartagena

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary, your trip may be different.

The islands you will visit will depend on anchoring conditions at the time you travel.

Day 1

You will leave Panama City at around 05:30am with an independent local ground transport provider. The journey to the coastal area of Guna Yala takes around 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Upon arrival at the coast, a locally operated boat service will be available to transfer you to ISLA CHICHIME, where Amande II will be anchored. You will likely spend half a day here. You will also visit the island of El Porvenir where the captain will complete the immigration paperwork on your behalf.

Day 2

The boat will sail eastwards to another group of islands. ISLA PERRO is a favourite location and features a shipwreck for great snorkelling. Later in the day you will likely anchor at a nearby island for the night.

Day 3

This is the third and final day in the San Blas islands. You will visit locations in the north eastern, outer islands of the archipelago.

CAYOS COCO BANDERO and the EASTERN HOLANDES are popular island groups in this area. In the evening you will set sail out of the island chain to start the crossing towards Cartagena.

Day 4

This whole day and night will be spent sailing to Cartagena. You will have plenty of time to catch up with a good book. Your captain will put out some fishing lines, if your lucky you might catch a Yellowfin tuna, Sailfish or Wahoo. Keep your camera nearby as dolphins might join you alongside the boat.

Day 5

You should sight land early morning, arriving into the bay of Cartagena before noon. Your captain will meet with a local marine agent who will complete the immigration process.

All passengers will likely be asked to stay aboard until this has been completed and passports returned with your official Colombian entry stamp.

You will normally disembark before noon at Club Nautico Marina. This is approximately a 5 minute taxi ride to the popular tourist area of Getsemani where many hotels, hostels and guesthouses are situated.

What is Included?

  Four nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day

  Drinking water, tea and coffee

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

  Transport costs to Isla Chichime. From $47.00 USD

  Guna Yala Congresso fee. $20.00 pp

  Entry fee or visa to Colombia if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about something fell free to contact us

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. As per the information provided above you will need to budget for your own transport to start the trip at Isla Chichime, and the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee. You will not be asked for any other payments.

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, USD only.

You should be sure to have this ready in advance of leaving Panama City.

Please remember your bank may restrict the amount you can withdraw when abroad in any 24 hour period. Please prepare accordingly.

HOW DO I GET TO ISLA CHICHIME?

Shared Transfer

We can book this for you at your request. Transport is available from any downtown hotel or hostel location. Pick-up times are normally between 05:00 and 06:00. From the city you will be taken to the mainland coastal area of the Guna Yala (San Blas) region.

From here a boat transfer will take you to the boat anchored at Isla Chchime.

In all you should budget for the following;

– $25 ground transport

– $20 boat transfer

– $2 dock fee in Carti

Prices may vary. This service is provided by a non-affiliated local operator. We do not receive any commission from them and cannot take responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. You are free to book your transfer with your hotel or a local agency. 

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before leaving your hotel you should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth

– High factor UVA skin prtection
– Book
– Ipod/Phone
– Swim wear
– Light clothing, T-Shirts & shorts, sandals
– Camera
– Snacks, juices/soda, alcohol
– Towel
– Light jacket/sweater
– Flashlight

You main larger luggage will be stowed and difficult to reach, make sure no essential items are packed. We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags. Use one to line the outside and more for the belonging inside, just in case.

CAN I CHARGE MY PHONE/CAMERA?

Yes, at certain times. The captain will let you know when it is possible. We recommend switching it off to conserve battery when you are not taking photos.

DOES THE BOAT HAVING SNORKEL AND FISHING EQUIPMENT?

Snorkel gear is available to use

Your captain will likely fish with lines while sailing in certain locations. Using rods from the boat while anchored in the islands will probably not be possible.

The local indigenous population heavily rely on selling fish themselves. To ensure sustainable and responsible tourism the captain will abide by the locals wishes not to fish in certain locations.

WHAT WILL WE DO EACH DAY ?

When you are in the San Blas islands the captain will likely leave you to make your own decisions what to do.

The captain and crew can help you organize beach parties, bonfires and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot babysit guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat.

You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET WHEN WE ARRIVE IN COLOMBIA ?

No. At this moment in time it is not required when you arrive with a sailboat.

You should however check if the passport you are travelling on has any special conditions upon entering Colombia (ie Canadian reciprocal fee, please check your status)

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

It won’t be possible to sail at all times. Navigating through the islands can be dangerous with many reefs.

Away from the islands the captain will sail whenever practical. Sometimes there may not be enough wind or too strong.

Preparation Checklist

  • Pre-book transport from your hostel/hotel to Isla Chichime
  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final trip balance, Guna Yala fee and anything additional BEFORE you leave Panama City. There are no banks or ATM’s after you have left the city
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advance. In some locations within the islands you can make purchases however choices are limited.
  • Before leaving the city please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page and the page containing the entry stamp issued to you on arrival in Panama. This may be needed for immigration
  • 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.
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. Be sure to buy before leaving Panama City. You may want to consider taking early on your final day in the islands them to start working in advance before you set sail towards Cartagena. You captain will advise.

Amande II Colombia To Panama

Cartagena To Chichime, San Blas

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary, your trip may be different.

The islands you will visit will depend on anchoring conditions at the time you travel.

Day 1

You will meet the crew at 8pm in the evening at Club Nautico Marina in Cartagena. If you plan to stay in the Getsemani area of the city prior to the trip this will be around 5 minutes by taxi.

A tender will take you out to Amande II which will be anchored in the bay near the shore. After everybody is aboard and settled you will start the overnight sailing.

Day 2

This whole day and night will be spent sailing west towards the Panama and the San Blas Islands. Make sure you have a good book to read, and your camera in case you spot dolphins along the way.

Day 3

You will arrive to the San Blas Islands in the morning at one of the outer islands. CAYOS COCO BANDERO and the EASTERN HOLANDES are two of the poular island groups here.

In the afternoon you will likely sail on in a westerly direction to another island to anchor for the night, possibly Isla Banedup where you will hav a beach bonfire/BBQ

Day 4

This day will likely be spent in the CAYOS LIMONES region. The are several popular islands here including ISLA PERRO, featuring a ship wreck to explore. You will also visit the island of EL PORVENIR where your captain will will officially check you in to Panama at the immigration office.

Day 5

This will be your final full day in the islands. . The boat will anchor at you final destination, ISLA CHICHIME. You will spend the night here before departing in the morning.

Day 6

After breakfast aboard Amande II, a pre-arranged local boat opertor will collect your group and take you to the mainland.

Shared group transfers will be available here to take you to your hostel/hostel in Panama City. You should arrive by mid-afternoon

What is Included?

  Five nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day

  Drinking water, tea and coffee

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

  Transport costs to Panama City.

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20.00 pp

  Visa costs to Panama if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about something fell free to contact us

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. As per the information provided above you will need to budget for your own transport after the trip has ended to get from Chchime to Panama City, and the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee.

We advise you to you to take some extra cash in USD in case you want to buy souvenirs, additional snacks, beers and coconuts

HOW DO I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE ?

The final balance should be paid in cash, $USD or Colombian Pesos to the captain when you board in Cartagena.

If you would like to pay in Colombian Pesos please let us know in advance so we can confirm the rate with the captain for you.

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA CITY FROM ISLA CHICHIME?

This will be arranged by the crew. On your final morning on the boat a locally operated water taxi will arrive to take all passengers from Isla Chichime to the mainland (Carti)

From here shared transfer vehicles will be available to take you to  any downtown hostel or hostel.

In all you should budget form the following;

– $20 boat transfer

– $25 ground transport

– $2 dock fee in Carti

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before arriving at Club Nautico Marina should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth

– High UVA skin prtection
– Book
– Ipod/Phone
– Swim wear
– Light clothing, T-Shirts & shorts, sandals
– Camera
– Snacks, juices/soda, alcohol
– Towel
– Light jacket/sweater
– flashlight

You main larger luggage will be stowed and difficult to reach, make sure no essential items are packed. We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags. Use one to line the outside and more for the belonging inside, just in case.

CAN I CHARGE MY PHONE/CAMERA?

Yes, at certain times. The captain will let you know when it is possible. We recommend switching it off to conserve battery when you are not taking photos.

DOES THE BOAT HAVE SNORKEL AND FISHING EQUIPMENT?

Snorkel gear is available to use

Your captain will likely fish with lines while sailing in certain locations. Using rods from the boat while anchored in the islands will probably not be possible.

The local indigenous population heavily rely on selling fish themselves. To ensure sustainable and responsible tourism the captain will abide by the locals wishes not to fish in certain locations.

WHAT DO WE DO EACH DAY?

When you are in the San Blas islands the captain will likely leave you to make your own decisions what to do.

The captain and crew can help you organize beach parties, bonfires and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot babysit guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat.

You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET FOR IMMIGRATION WHEN WE ARRIVE IN PANAMA?

No. At this moment in time it is not required because Amande II is a Panamanian registered vessel. This means guests will not be asked for proof of onward travel.

The immigration services in Panama often change their regulations so we cannot guarantee this won’t change. You will be advised before departure if it does.

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

It won’t be possible to sail at all times. Navigating through the islands can be dangerous with many reefs.

Away from the islands the captain will sail whenever practical. Sometimes there may not be enough wind or too strong.

Preparation Checklist

  • Leave your passport at the agent collection point. The time and location will be on your final booking confirmation.
  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final cash balance. You should also be sure to change US Dollars to pay the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee and transport from Isla Chichime to Panama City (read FAQ’s)
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advance. In some locations within the islands you can make purchases however choices are limited.
  • Before departure please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page. This may be needed for immigration on arrival
  • Prepare all luggage before boarding (read FAQ’s)
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. You take your first dose early on the day of departure for it to start working in advance.

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