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Micamale

Micamale

SAN BLAS CHARTERS & PANAMA TO COLOMBIA SAILING

Beneteau Cyclades

50FT | 15.2 METRES

GUESTS

8 – 10

CREW LANGUAGES

ITA | ESP | ENG | FRA

PRICE PER PERSON

PRICES ON REQUEST

PANAMA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CARTI

COLOMBIA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CAPURGANA

Overview

Micamale is a stylish sailboat offering private and shared charters on request exclusively in San Blas.

Occasionally scheduled shared voyages are available through San Blas with trips finishing Capurgana, Colombia. These are ideal budget options for backpackers and adventure travellers.

Captain

Captain and owner of Micamale is Italian Andrea. Along with being a licensed captain, Andrea is also a talented artist, poet and a recreational pilot.

In 2012 he sold most of his belongings to start a new chapter in his life aboard Micamale, making the long journey from Italy to South America before deciding to settle in San Blas.

Design

Beneteau Cyclades 50ft/15.2mts built in 2006. A stylish and modern boat perfect for charter groups.

It offers good sailing performance and comfortable living areas. It is extremely spacious with a large covered cockpit area to enjoy meals on deck along with inside lounge area.

Accommodation

The boat features four private double cabins each with adjoining bathroom.

Occasionally when the boat is making budget shared sailing trips from Panama to Colombia two additional saloon berths will also be used.

Micamale San Blas Charter

Two types of charters are available with Micamale. A traditional private charter offers the whole boat to a group of between two and eight passengers. These are generally all inclusive while you are on the boat and customisable

A more economic cabin charter may also be available when you want to visit San Blas. You will pay only per cabin, sharing the boat with other guests

Private Charter

Enjoy the spectacular San Blas Islands of Guna Yala. You will get to know about the daily life of the local inhabitants, learn about their culture and visit their beautiful islands.

The itinerary and daily activities can be personalised for your group. Andrea is knowledgeable of the best islands to visit and can make recommendations based on what you prefer to see and do.

Cabin Charter

If you are looking for a more economic option for just  a few people you may want to consider a cabin charter. You will only pay for your cabin aboard Micamale, sharing the charter with other guests

What is included?

  • Licenced captain and reputable a crew-mate
  • Fresh home cooked meals. Lobster, crab and fish meals daily (seasonal)
  • Wine and Beers

  • Fresh water showers
  • Large fridge and ice to cool your beverages
  • Comfortable double cabins and private bathrooms

  • Dinghy and motor
  • Two person Kayak, Snorkeling equipment & Fishing gear
  • HiFi music system and speakers inside and outside

Not included

– Guana Yala entrance fee ($20 per person)

– Round trip transport from Panama City (From $65pp depending where you start the trips)

Micamale Panama To Colombia

Carti To Capurgana

Shared budget trips for backpackers and adventure travellers. Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary only.

Your trip, and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions.

Day 1

You will leave Panama City at around 05:30am with an independent local ground transport provider. The journey to Carti is around 2 hours

Upon arrival at Carti, a locally operated boat service will be available to transfer you Micamale which will be waiting for you offshore.

When everybody is onboard and comfortable you will make your way to your first island where you will stay for the day and night.

Day 2

The boat will sail through the islands in an easterly direction visiting at least one other location this day.

Day 3

Another island awaits before taking another cruise in the afternoon. You will likely spend the night sailing.

Day 4

On your final morning aboard the boat you will disembark in the small town of Puerto Obaldia near to the boarder with Colombia. Everyone will need to go ashore to visit the immigration office here. You will officially be stamped out of Panama at this time.

The final leg of your trip is to Capurgana, Colombia. This will be completed by water taxi operator. They will take you to the main jetty and show where the immigration to officially enter Colombia.

Onward Travel

You will have to spend at least one night in Capurgana before you carry on with your journey. It is an extremely pretty town with nice beaches, waterfalls, hiking and horseback riding. We recommend staying a couple of nights if you have the time. It is also very cheap for hotels and food.

There are no roads or ATMs and energy is shut off at night. You should take some extra cash with you as only a few of the larger establishments accept card payment. You can exchange cash there from USD to Colombian Pesos.

From Capurgana you can hike to Sapzurro and also from Sapzurro to La Miel. Alternatively you can arrange local boat transfers at the main jetty in Capurgana.

Approximate onward travel costs

The prices are correct of early 2016. All prices in Colombian Pesos

Carpurgana to Necoli

Daily boat departures. 1.5 hour journey – $60,000COP

Necoli to Cartagena

Bus to Monteria followed by second bus to Cartagena. 9 hrs – $85,000COP

Necoli – Medellin

Direct bus – $62,000COP

What is Included?

  Three nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day.

  Drinking water, tea and coffee

What isn’t Included?

 Transport costs to Carti

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20pp, cash USD only

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

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 from Panama City to Carti, 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.

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 CARTI?

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) Carti

From here a boat transfer will take you to the boat anchored just offshore.

In all you should budget form the following;

– $30 ground transport

– $5 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 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 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 WHEN WE ARRIVE IN COLOMBIA?

When entering Colombia via the Capurgana boarder the officials can be inconsistent so they may or may not ask for proof of onward travel

You should also 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 Carti
  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final trip balance, Guna Yala fee and extra for after your trip 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 before sailing overnight.

Micamale Reviews

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Micamale Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 1 reviews
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Perfect sailing

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Sailing with Micamale was a spectacular experience and something I will never regret. The trip was organised by Steve especially to suit our travel dates for our group. He also organised our transport to San Blas at discounted rates compared to what we had been quoted elsewhere. The boat is extremely well maintained, clean and spacious. Andrea is a great character to be around, full of life with a fascinating life. He showed us some beautiful islands in San Blas and we got to meet lots of the local people, learning about their culture. A definite 5 star trip

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