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SAILING WITH AMANDE I

50ft | 15m

MONO HULL

14

GUESTS

5

NIGHTS

$600|$700

PER PERSON

OVERVIEW

Amande I is the second sailboat in the Amande fleet. It shares the same design and trip itinerary as Amande 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 sailings 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 be fast to reserve, especially during peak season because of high demand.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

Two mini private double cabins
$600.00 USD per person*

Two triple cabins with single berths
$600.00 USD per person*

 Two larger private double cabins with en-suite toilet
$650.00 USD Jan – March / $700.00 USD Apr – Sep*

* Standard trip prices. Subject to seasonal changes. Does not include Guna Yala tourist fee of $20 USD

CAPTAIN & CREW

The captaincy of Amande I changes between various contract captains employed by French owner Loic.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

There are no hidden costs, however you should budget for the following:

$20USD per person to pay the ‘Guna Yala’ tourist fee when you arrive in the San Blas islands
Transport to or from Puerto Lindo if you are traveling from, or onward to Panama City 
Entry fee to Panama/Colombia if required. For most nationalities this is not applicable 
Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, USD only. Remember that your bank may restrict daily transaction amounts from your card when you are in another country. Please plan accordingly as you might need to make more than one cash withdrawal over a few days before your trip starts.

From Panama

You should be sure to have this ready in advance of leaving Panama City. There are no cash facilities in or anywhere near Puerto Lindo

The official currency of Panama is the $USD, although it is generally referred to as the ‘Balboa’. You will not need to exchange any currency.

From Colombia

US Dollars are easy to get in Cartagena from local ‘Casa de Cambios’ We recommend visiting Calle San Andreas, Getsemani. This is the hostel district and they have experience changing money for boat passengers all the time.

Remember to take additional USD for your arrival in Panama, $20USD Guna Yala Fee and in case you want to buy souvenirs in the islands.

HOW DO I GET TO OR FROM PUERTO LINDO?

 

Option 1 – Shuttle Service

$25.00 USD
2 Hours 30 Minutes

We can arrange a shared group shuttle for you from any centrally located hotel/hostel in Panama City to Puerto Lindo on the morning/afternoon of your departure.

If you are arriving from Colombia, the captain will check with all passengers and can make arrangements for a shuttle to collect you on arrival in Puerto Lindo.

This service is provided by non-affiliated local operators. We do not take 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 hostel or a local agency. Prices are subject to change.

 

Option 2 – Public Transport

$8.00 USD – $10.00 USD + Taxi to/from hostel
3 To 6 Hours

 

Panama To Colombia

Take the express bus from ALBROOK TERMINAL in Panama City to the city of COLON. You will need to buy a pre-loaded transport card at one of the kiosks in the departure hall. They depart every 30 minutes or when full. On arrival in the bus station in Colon you must ask for the next departure Puerto Lindo. There are normally only 4 or 5 each day so its best to travel early. On Sundays you may find even more limited, or with no connections none at all.

It is also possible to connect in the town of ‘Sabanitas’ a small town before Colon, however this is not recommended when travelling with large luggage. The busses here often arrive already full with many locals struggling to board.

NOTE: If your departure is scheduled for the morning you may need to travel by bus the day before and stay locally. There are no early connections to Puerto Lindo and services on Sundays are restricted all day. Accommodation options are also limited and very basic.

 

Colombia To Panama

On arrival you will need to wait for the next bus heading towards COLON for a connection to PANAMA CITY, there are around 4 – 5 each day. You can connect in the town ‘Sabanitas’ to save some time, however you will almost certainly have to stand for the duration of the journey.

CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE MY DIETARY REQUIREMENT?

Vegetarian, Pescatarian or Vegan meals can be prepared only if we are informed with enough notice before the trip.

Gluten free meals are also possible however options are extremely limited, so you should consider taking some snacks for yourself.

Unfortunately it is simply not possible to prepare separate meals for you if you have a dislike for certain foods. You should also think about taking some snacks in case you do not like what is on offer.

If you have a genuine allergy, such as nuts, lactose products, shellfish or anything else then you should take appropriate measures, we can not guarantee that meals will be free from ingredients or products that may cause a reaction.

DOES THE BOAT HAVE SHOWERS?

It won’t be possible to take full showers. You may be limited to a quick rinse downs on deck once per day, or as the captain deems necessary. Fresh water is extremely important to conserve on multi day offshore sailing trips like this and it is obviously very important that drinking water doesn’t run out.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before boarding the boat you should separate all your belongings into two separate bags. One small/medium ‘day bag’ for anything you might need for the five day tour. You will keep this with you on the boat by your berth. Your main larger luggage will likely be stored away in a separate area and inaccessible.

We strongly advise you to protect this larger luggage with large plastic trash bags, just in case of water damage. Use one to line the outside of the bag and others to protect the items inside.

Day bag packing suggestions

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
Wet wipes for face and body wash
 Insect repellant
Dramamine seasickness medication

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.

WILL I GET PHONE OR WIFI SIGNAL?

Don’t count on it at all. If you have a phone with roaming enabled, you might get some signal in certain locations in the San Blas islands when in range of a local operator tower, its not common though. We suggest you just disconnect and enjoy yourself for a few days.

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, nobody is forced to take part or organize activities. You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

The captain and crew can help organize beach parties, bonfires, volleyball and visits to local villages, however they are not tour guides and cannot ‘babysit’ guests. Their main responsibilities are on board the boat and might not always be able to join in.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET FOR IMMIGRATION ON ARRIVAL ?

Entering Colombia

At this moment in time it is not required when you arrive with a sailboat to Cartagena. This might change in the future.

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)

Entering Panama

You should have a printed reservation document showing onward travel within 3 months of arrival in Panama. If you don’t already have a ticket booked please let us know.

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

It isn’t realistic to complete the trip without motoring, especially inside the islands.

The boat will only sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and if it is safe to do so. 

AMANDE SAILING VIDEOS

AMANDE I – PUERTO LINDO TO CARTAGENA

DEPARTURE PORT

Puerto Lindo, Panama

ARRIVAL PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

INCLUDED

Five nights
Immigration agent and port fees
All meals

Tea, coffee, water
Snorkel equipment
Kayak

NOT INCLUDED

 Guna Yala fee $20 USD
Transport to Puerto Lindo

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

ITINERARY 

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. Adverse weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations.

 

Day 1: Departure

A meeting with the captain will be arranged for the afternoon or evening in Puerto Lindo on the day of departure. Final location details and time will be confirmed when your booking is complete. 

After this meeting you will have some to time to get something to eat, before boarding the boat and sailing over night to the San Blas Islands

 

Day 2: San Blas Islands

Isla Chichime and the surrounding islands are a popular location to spend the first day in San Blas. There is a small bar and volleyball net on the beach here at Chichime.

 

Day 3: San Blas Islands

If conditions are right you might be able to spend the day at Isla Perro where there is a great old shipwreck in shallow water to be explored. The night will be spent at nearby Cayos Limones.

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

This will be the final day in the San Blas Islands before sailing to Cartagena. The tour will finish in some of the more easterly islands of Cayos Holandes. Normally a BBQ on the beach is arranged with some of the local indigenous Guna people.

 

Day 5: Sea Day

The whole day and night will be spent sailing to Colombia on the open ocean. 

 

Day 6: Arrival

Depending on the weather you should arrive in Cartagena during the morning and finish the trip with breakfast on board. 

You will be taken ashore near Club Nautico Marina, around 5 minutes by taxi to the main hostel and guest house area. Your passports will be collected by an agent who will process them on your behalf. They will be returned later in the day at a pre arranged location.

AMANDE I – CARTAGENA TO PUERTO LINDO

DEPARTURE PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

ARRIVAL PORT

Puerto Lindo, Panama

INCLUDED

Five nights
Immigration agent and port fees
All meals

Tea, coffee, water
Snorkel equipment
 Kayak

NOT INCLUDED

 Guna Yala fee $20 USD
Onward transport from Puerto Lindo

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

ITINERARY 

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. Adverse weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations.

Pre-Departure Immigration

You should plan to arrive in Cartagena no later than the day before departure. You will be asked to leave your passport at a local office where the captain’s agent will have them processed and returned directly to the captain before your departure the next day. 

 

Day 1: Departure

You will meet the crew at Club Nautico Marina, in Manga. This is around five minutes in a taxi from the Getsemani area where most hostels are located.

Final details will be confirmed when you reserve however it is normally an evening departure from Cartagena. 

 

Day 2: Sea Day

A day and night sailing to the San Blas Islands and Panama.

 

Day 3: San Blas Islands

Morning arrival to the San Blas islands. This first day will be spent in some of the more easterly islands such and Cayoa Holandes/Coco Bandero. A beach BBQ with the locals is a popular option on this first day.

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

Another island awaits nearby. Isla Perro offers snorkeling and the chance to see an old shipwreck. You will also probably officially check into Panama at the island of El Porvenir before anchoring overnight.

 

Day 5: San Blas Islands

The final day in San Blas will probably see a visit to Isla Chichime. A beach bar and volley ball is available here before setting off overnight to Puerto Lindo

 

Day 6: Arrival

You will leave the boat after breakfast. Busses will be available to make your own way to Panama City or the crew can pre arrange a group shuttle transfer for anyone interested.

AMANDE I REVIEWS

Amande I Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.5 based on 2 reviews
5 1

 

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

The trip was perfect.

★★★★☆
4 5 1
I had an amazing trip with Humberto Guzman's Amande I boat. The boat was new and efficient. Humberto was taking care of all the passengers and do his best to keep us entertained. His sister, Maria, cooked gourmet food. We had an excellent Christmas dinner, with wine and exotic fruit. We visited 3 astonishing islands in San Blas and on the way to Cartagena we stopped for 1 hour in one more island. Just a few details: we have maybe missed some more fish in the meals: we only had once and it was a small portion. And the cabins with 3 beds are quite small and uncomfortable to get in and out of the beds. And the fans are extremely noisy. There was a problem in the organization before leaving. The shuttle bus that took us to Puerto Lindo was overcrowded (it barely fits 8 persons and we were nine) and the driver was not very keen in arranging the luggage (it was falling down to the last row of seats) and in driving consciously (at some of this 'tope' he was driving too much fast and some cans got broken because of the hit and the weight of the luggage). We arrived at 3.30pm in Puerto Lindo but the boat was supposed to leave at 11 pm. We went to the restaurant and we waited 3 hours before being able to get food. And the food we got poisoned half of the passenger of my boat and other boats too. I personally had a heavy food intoxication and was vomiting and having diarrea all night long. I think that the agencies together with the boat crews, should take care a little more about those details as they can affect deeply the overall experience. For example organizing a better service for reaching the port and a better time. And also, telling the local restaurants the amount of people that are going to eat there so they can be more prepared (and hopefully cook some slightly more healthy food).

Amande 2

★★★★★
5 5 1
My boyfriend and I chose AMANDE 2 for our San Blas sailing trip and we are so glad we did. We reserved reserved one of the private cabins in the back of the boat and it was definitely worth paying a little extra for the extra comfort. We had heard some stories of people having bad trips so we were very careful about doing lots of research to get the right boat. We were pleased with the honest opinions and advice we got before choosing plus the excellent organisation and communication.

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