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Amande

PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS ISLANDS

Amande I ★★★★☆ 4.4
5 1

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50FT | 15.2 M

DUFOUR ATOLL

14

GUESTS

4 – 5

NIGHTS

$550.00 | $600.00

PER PERSON

Overview

Amande is one of the most popular sailboats currently sailing Panama to Colombia and return trips from Cartagena, Colombia to Panama. The boat is normally fully booked well in advance so don’t hang around if you want to reserve your spaces.

With a mix of single and double berths available, this is an attractive option for people looking to have fun and meet new people without a full-on party atmosphere.

This boat has been in operation taking guests in San Blas, Panama and Colombia for around five years.

Captain & Crew

Amande was originally captained by French owner Loic. He now employs experienced contract captains for both Amande and sister boat Amande II. Contact us if you would like to know which captain is scheduled for the date you are interested in.

Design

Amande 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

If you want to be sure of getting a certain berth please let us know in advance so we can be sure there is availability for you before booking.

Two standard private double cabins $550 USD Per Person
Two triple cabins with single berths $550 USD Per Person
Two large private double cabins with bathrooms $600 USD Per Person

* Standard trip price. Subject to seasonal changes. Does not include Guna Yala fee

Amande – Isla Chichime To Cartagena

Please be aware that the information provided is only an example itinerary.

Your trip and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions. Extreme weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations

DEPARTURE PORT

Isla Chichime, Panama

ARRIVAL PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

INCLUDED

Four nights
Immigration agent and port fees
All meals

Tea, coffee, water
Snorkel equipment

NOT INCLUDED

 Guna Yala fee $20 USD
Transport to Islsa Chichime

Entry visa/fee to Colombia if required
Alcoholic drinks & sodas

Day 1: San Blas Islands

To get to Isla Chichime to start your trip you will need to leave Panama City at around 05:30am with an independent local ground transport provider.

Upon arrival at the coast, a locally operated boat service will be available to transfer you to Chichime, where Amande 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: San Blas Islands

The boat will navigate 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: San Blas Islands

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.

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: Sea Day

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: Arrival

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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. You will need to budget for your own transport to start the trip at Isla Chichime, 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 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. There are no cash facilities after leaving the 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?

Panama City To Isla Chichime

$47.00 USD

   

4 – 5 Hours

 

We can arrange the transfer on your behalf and take no commissions or booking fee, meaning you pay the basic passenger rate only. When we have many bookings for the same departure we might also be able to negotiate an even cheaper rate.

You must leave from Panama City at around 05:00 – 06:00 with a pre-booked transfer service to the mainland coastal area of the Guna Yala region at ‘Carti’. From here a local boat transfer will take you to the location where your sailboat will be waiting.

These services must be paid in cash USD$

  • Ground transport from city – $25.00 USD
  • Carti dock fee – $2.00 USD 
  • Boat transfer – Chichime $20.00 USD 

These services are provided by non-affiliated local operators. We do not take accept any commission from them and cannot accept responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. You are free to book your transfer with your hotel or a local agency.  Prices are subject to change.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before boarding 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 protection
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 FOR IMMIGRATION 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?

Amande will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Panama to Cartagena without motoring.

Preparation Checklist

  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final trip balance, Guna Yala fee and anything additional BEFORE you leave Panama City.
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advance. Choices are limited within the islands
  • 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 – Cartagena  To Isla Chichime

Please be aware that the information provided is only an example itinerary.

Your trip and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions. Extreme weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations

DEPARTURE PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

ARRIVAL PORT

Isla Chichime, Panama

INCLUDED

Five nights
Immigration agent and port fees
All meals

Tea, coffee, water
Snorkel equipment

NOT INCLUDED

 Guna Yala fee $20 USD
Onward transport from Chichime

Entry visa/fee to Panama if required
Alcoholic drinks & sodas

Day 1: Departure

09:00 – Leave your passport at the agent collection point. The location will be on your final booking confirmation. You will then be free until the evening to make final preparations

20:00 –  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 which will be anchored in the bay near the shore. After everybody is aboard and settled you will start the overnight sailing.

 

Day 2: Sea Day

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: San Blas Islands

You will arrive to the San Blas Islands in the morning at one of the outer islands. Coco Bandero and the Eastern Holandes are two of the popular island groups here.

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

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

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: San Blas Islands

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: Arrival

After breakfast aboard Amande, a pre-arranged local boat operator 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

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about something feel 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 Isla 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 CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, in Cartagena.

You can change change your Colombian pesos to $USD at the best rates locally in Cartagena.

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA CITY FROM ISLA CHICHIME?

Chichime To Panama City

$52.00 USD

   

4 Hours

 

On your final morning a local boat will collect all passengers and take you to the mainland. Vehicles will be available here to transfer you to any centrally located hotel or hostel in Panama City.

You should be sure to have additional cash in USD$ ready before you start the trip in order to pay for these transfers.

  • Boat transfer – $20.00 USD 
  • Mainland dock fee – $2.00 USD
  • Ground transport to city – $30.00 USD

These services are provided by non-affiliated local operators. 

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 factor UVA skin protection
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 IN PANAMA?

At this moment in time passengers travelling aboard Amande will not be required to show proof of onward travel as the boat is registered as a Panamanian commercial vessel.

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?

Amande will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Cartagena to Panama without motoring.

Preparation Checklist

  • Make sure you 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 should take your first dose early on the day of departure for it to start working in advance.

Amande Reviews

Check out the recent reviews for Amande. We only publish genuine reviews from verified passengers who we know travelled on this boat.

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Amande I Overall rating: ★★★★☆ 4.4 based on 5 reviews
5 1

Excellent Experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
I travelled with a friend on Amande and everything was fantastic from start to finish. The booking was so easy and fast and all the information and organisation was first class. The boat is very nice, it does feel a little claustrophobic at first and takes getting used to, but this was already explained to us before we booked that this is to be expected on every boat. We shared a triple cabin however there was a larger cabins for two people that were already reserved before we booked. Meals were varied and tasty and we felt well looked after the whole time. We spent about 3 days in the San Blas islands before sailing to Cartagena. Its definitely recommended to take some seasickness tablets for that part of the journey especially if you have never sailed before like us. It was an unforgettable experience with Sebastian and Victor and would highly recommend it!

Almost perfect

★★★★☆
4 5 1
We travelled with Amande with captain Sebastian and had a great time. The whole trip went perfectly even in the bad weather at the end of the trip. My recommendation to make this full 5 star trip would be to start the tour in Portobelo as it is quite expensive to get to San Blas.

Not great for single people

★★★☆☆
3 5 1
The boat and crew were very good. I always felt safe and food was plentiful and tasty. The San Blas islands are also very beautiful and a must see. I travelled alone and found that the boat was not really suitable for what I was looking for. Maybe its not the same all the time but on my trip were 14 people but almost everyone was couples and didn't seem to want to have much fun as part of a group. I cannot blame the crew for that and the captain did say it was a quiet group but if you are looking to have lots of fun with more sociable people then I would probably chose one of the party boats.

Brilliant trip with Amande

★★★★★
5 5 1
Thanks a lot for all your work making sure we got on Amande for our recent trip. The trip was perfect and we are so glad we waited a few extra days for this boat. We have already recommended your service and Amande to some other people we met in Cartagena

March 2017

★★★★★
5 5 1
Hey, I'd just like to leave a review for the boat. We had a great time! We loved the boat and thought Sebastian and the crew were fantastic. Sebastian always made sure we were comfortable and really went out of his way to make sure we were happy. Victor and Frank cooked great meals, even when the boat was rolling in the waves! Please let Seb know we really enjoyed the trip and thought he was the best El Capitan!

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