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African Queen II

African Queen

SAILBOAT TO SAPZURRO, COLOMBIA

Custom Sailboat

54FT | 16.5 METRES

GUESTS

10

CREW LANGUAGES

ENG | ESP | ITA | DEU

PRICE PER PERSON USD

$450.00

PANAMA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CARTI

COLOMBIA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

SAPZURRO

Overview

The tour aboard African Queen is a great alternative to the standard Panama to Cartagena sailing trip.

Your final destination is Sapzurro, an incredible picturesque bay near to Capurgana on Colombia’s north eastern Carribean coast. This route is becoming ever more popular, especially in windy season as an alternative to spending two days at sea between San Blas Cartagena de Indias.

The trip is more chilled and relaxed than most, so its definitely a great alternative to large group speedboat tours such as San Blas Adventures that also travel to this area.

The price is heavily discounted compared to a standard Cartagena sailboat trip and although there are additional transport costs required to get to Cartagena, its still a great budget option.

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Features

  • Experienced Captain

  • Snorkel Equipment

  • Charging For Devices

  • Fan Ventilation

Captain

Italian captain Rudy is your host. Along with his native language he also speaks English , Spanish and German.

Rudy has around 40 years experience at sea including many years as captain operating in the San Blas Islands sailing from Panama To Colombia.

Rudy GamberoniCaptain

Boat Design

Like her owner, African Queen is originally from Italy, built in 1975 in La Spezia. The topsides, deck and mast and are all constructed with wood including mahogany and teak. The interior also has a wood finish giving the whole boat a warm, old fashioned feel.

Accomodation

– Private Double Cabin

– Standard Single, Shared Cabin

All berths are $450.00 USD per person. If you want to be sure of getting a certain bed please let us know in advance so we can be sure there is availability for you.

African Queen Panama To Colombia

Carti To Sapzurro

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

Passengers will arrive to the boat via land transport from Panama City and a short local boat transfer from the mainland at Carti.

African Queen will be anchored just offshore waiting. After all passengers have arrived and are comfortable we will set sail for around an hour to Isla Aridup. You can enjoy snorkelling around the island with equipment available on board.

An Italian Pasta lunch will be served before you sail to Isla Coco Banderas. This is one of the most popular of all island groups in San Blas. After an evening meal the boat you can enjoy your first evening aboard.

Day 2

After breakfast you will navigate for around three hours to Isla Ratón for more snorkelling, swimming and fun and relaxing. You will have lunch then make a short trip to Isla San Ignacio of Tupille. You will meet the island villagers before a enjoying a lobster and potato salad dinner with chefs special lobster sauce. The boat will stay anchored here for the evening.

Day 3

This will be your final full day in the Guna Yala region before heading to the Colombia coast. After breakfast you will navigate further eastwards through the archipelago to arrive at Isla de Oro. The captain will fish on the way with hand-lines. After anchoring near the island you will hopefully have a lunch of the freshly caught fish from the morning. You will stay here for the rest of the day, an evening meal you will also have the opportunity to make a beach bonfire.

Day 4

The boat will make a coastal sailing towards the Panama/Colombia boarder after breakfast. After around three hours you will arrive at Puerto Obaldia, the final town on the Panama mainland next to the Colombian boarder. All passengers will go ashore to visit the immigration office here in order to officially check-out of Panama. There is nothing to see or do here so it is back on board the boat the final leg of the journey. This will be a 40 minute sail along the coast to Sapzurro, your final destination.

A light lunch will be served before you disembark the boat. You can stay in Spazurro or go by boat transfer to Capurgana Here you should visit the immigration office to check in officially to Colombia.

What is Included?

  Three nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day.

   Tea, coffee, water

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 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 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. There are no ATMs in Capurgana and few places accept card so it is advisable to take more cash to exchange to Colombian Pesos on arrival.

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 EL PORVENIR?

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 El Porvenir.

In all you should budget form 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 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 WHEN WE ARRIVE IN COLOMBIA ?

When entering Colombia via the Capurgana boarder the officials can be inconsistent. In most occasions it is not necessary however if may be advisable to print a non paid flight reservation in case they change policy.

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 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.

African Queen Reviews

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African Queen II Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 2 reviews
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Beautiful Capurgana

★★★★★
5 5 1
We done the trip with African Queen and don't regret it at all. We were worried about getting seasickness and were recommended this boat because the trip avoids the long crossing to Cartagena. We did still get a little sick however that part of the trip was much shorter than it could have been. The reservation and general service was fast and well organised. African is quite small and we were part of a group of 10. We didn't feel it was crowded and had a great time with Captain Rudy and the rest of the passengers. As an added bonus Sapzurro and Capurgana are amazing places to stay after the trip had finished. We ended up staying 3 nights at the end of the trip just to chill out some more.

Captain Rudy, African Queen

★★★★★
5 5 1
Sail with African Queen for a great trip in San Blas. We took the boat because we didn't want sail in the bad weather to Cartagena. Instead we took the trip to Sapzurro with captain Rudy and had an unforgettable time visiting the San Blas islands.

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