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SAILING WITH AVE MARIA

50ft | 15m

MONOHULL

10

GUESTS

5

NIGHTS

$550.00

PER PERSON

OVERVIEW

Ave Maria with captain Paul has been operating the Panama to Colombia sailboat route for longer than most others. He settled in San Blas with Ave Maria several years ago and has been sailing from Panama to Colombia operating budget adventure sailing charters since 2009.

The Alden Offshore 50 is a traditional wooden sailing yacht. Its an attractive classic vessel, offering an authentic live-aboard sailing experience for guests, you may be asked to help out with some duties. The size and passenger capacity means it is best suited to guests looking for a more relaxing time while in the San Blas islands.

Trips are usually scheduled to depart from Portobelo, Panama to Cartagena, Colombia with departures from Colombia to Panama also available.

BERTHS

$550.00 USD per person*

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

 Standard single and double beds shared cabins or open saloon

Your captain will allocate all passengers berths. You should remain flexible.

CAPTAIN

Australian captain Paul is both Captain and owner of Ave Maria. The boat is his full-time business and home. He has been sailing for a large part of his life, owning several other boats over the years.

Paul has been operating sailing charters in San Blas between Panama and Colombia for longer than the vast majority of other captains currently working on the route.

He is joined aboard Ave Maria by his partner and crew-mate Sindry.

Captain Paul Ave Maria

Paul RichmondCaptain

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 PORTOBELO?

The captain will request that all passengers attend a pre departure meeting one day before departure if possible.

Option 1 – Shuttle Service

$25.00 USD
2 Hours 30 Minutes

If there a minimum of 3 people interested we can arrange a shared group shuttle for you from any centrally located hotel/hostel in Panama City to Portobelo on the day before 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 Portobelo

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 Portobelo. They normally leave every 30 minutes on average.

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. 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. 

AVE MARIA SAILING VIDEOS

AVE MARIA – PORTOBELO TO CARTAGENA

DEPARTURE PORT

Portobelo, Panama

ARRIVAL PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

INCLUDED

Five nights
Immigration agent and port fees
All meals

Tea, coffee, water
Snorkel equipment

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

Captain Paul will need to meet you in Portobelo in the morning. A time and location will be confirmed after your reservation is finalized. You will be briefed about the trip and final departure plan. He will collect all passenger passports at this time.

You will meet again in the evening to board the boat, have dinner and start your overnight sailing to Sn Blas

Day 2: San Blas Islands

You will likely awake within the San Blas Islands in preparation to anchor at your first island location. Isla Chichime, Cayos Limones and the island of El Porvenir are some of the possible locations on this first day in San Blas.

 

Day 3: San Blas Islands

On the third day aboard Ave Maria you will sail towards another group of islands. The Western Hollandes is a popular anchorage where many boats choose to visit, however there are several other possible options . You will have time for more snorkelling on the reef and time on the beach.

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

This will be your final day in the islands. You will visit a third anchorage in the outer, more remote section of islands.

Many boats sailing to Colombia choose Coco Bandero as their final location or another similarly chilled out area. You will likely set off in the afternoon or early evening to start the offshore sailing to Cartagena.

 

Day 5: Sea Day

The whole day and night will be spent sailing to Colombia on the open ocean. Make sure you have a book to read.

 

Day 6: Arrival

You should arrive into Cartagena in the morning anchoring at Club Nautico Marina.

You will likely meet up later in the afternoon or evening to meet the captain with your stamped passports.

AVE MARIA – CARTAGENA TO PORTOBELO

DEPARTURE PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

ARRIVAL PORT

Portobelo, 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 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 Meeting

A meeting with your captain will take place the day before departure in Cartagena. A time and location will be confirmed after your booking is complete. The captain will give a briefing and collect your passports at this time.

Day 1: Departure

On the day of departure you will meet at Club Nautico, Manga or nearby at specified time given by the captain at the pre-departure meeting. It is usually late afternoon or early evening.

 

Day 2: Sea Day

This whole day and night will be spent sailing west towards the San Blas Islands and Panama. You won’t have much to do except catch up on some reading. Keep you eyes out for Dolphins who might give you an escort along the way.

 

Day 3: San Blas Islands

San Blas first location. This day is normally spent in one of the outer island groups. Cayos Coco Bandero is one of the possibilities in this area

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

You will take a cruise to a second group of islands where you will probably stay for the day and night.

Cayos Hollandes and Cayos Limones are popular choices.

 

Day 5: San Blas Islands

Your final in the San Blas islands. You will likely visit the island of El Porvenir this day.

Your final night aboard Ave Maria will be spent sailing east to the Panamanian mainland.

 

Day 6: Arrival

The historic town of Portobelo awaits you as you finish your trip. The captain will go ashore to complete the immigration paperwork and get your passports stamped by the officials.

You will likely be off the boat by midday leaving you free to explore town. The fortifications here are a designated UNESCO World Heritage sites and worth a visit before making your way to Panama City.

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