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Gitano del Mar

Gitano del Mar



52FT | 15.9 METRES






$550.00 USD







Gitano del Mar is the largest catamaran sailing from Panama to Colombia. Return voyages depart from Cartagena de Indias to San Blas and have proved to be very popular with adventure travellers and backpackers for several years.

The trip is generally considered to be a party cruise although that doesn’t necessarily mean things will be too crazy. It is still popular with a mix of people so long as they are relaxed about being around a big group with limited space.

Despite having many spaces available you will need to book as early as possible. Most departures are sold out well in advance.


  • Competitive all-inclusive price
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Stand up paddle board, Kayak

  • Experienced captain
  • Charging available for camera and phones
  • Fans installed under deck


Frenchman Jepi has been sailing with Gitano del Mar for well over 10 years. These days he only joins the trips occasionally though.

Over the last few years he has transferred captain duties over to contracted skippers such as fellow Frenchman David, Elen from Germany,Australian ‘Dingo’ and Argentinian Victor. Another captain  may be in charge when you want to travel so please check with us in advance if this is important to you.


Gitano del Mar is a 52ft / 15.9 metre ‘lagoon’ catamaran. It has be customised and refitted in recent years including additional sleeping areas to make full use of the space on board.

Being a catamaran it is generally very fast and comfortable in good and moderate weather. In stronger winds with larger waves, water is forced between the two hulls hitting the underside of the boat which may be a little disconcerting for some people. Unlike a mono-hull however it will not roll from side to side.


This is one of the more crowded boats in terms of sleeping arrangements.

– Two private doubles

– Two private triples

A total of 10 more berths are available which include single, double and triple beds, some of which are located in a shared ‘common area’

All berths are $550.00 USD per person. 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.

Gitano del Mar Reviews

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Gitano del Mar Overall rating: ★★★★☆ 4.1 based on 6 reviews
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Sailing on the Gitano del Mar

5 5 1
I had the most incredible experience sailing the San Blas islands on the Gitano del Mar. The crew and captain were great fun and let us do whatever we fancied on the islands but also brought everyone together in the evenings. It was truly the closest thing to paradise I’ve seen! The only thing some people might not enjoy is there’s no proper shower and you sleep anywhere you can find a space, but I wasn’t fussed.

Best experience ever

5 5 1
My trip was amazing! The crew was so good: very friendly, helpful, and they prepared very good food. The islands were really paradises. We played vollebay in the water together with people from another boat. We had a bbq at an island with a little party afterwards. One evening people from an island arranged a campfire. We also had the possibility to go snorkling and standup paddeling!! The boat has plenty spaces to have a spot in the sun and enjoy the water and the lovely weather. From the first moment until the last second it was the best experience I have ever had!

Good trip and great service

4 5 1
The San Blas islands are an amazing place and 100% definitely worth making the trip. Due to time constraints we didn't have time to wait around in Panama and going with the Gitano boat was basically our only option or flying and missing out on the San Blas. I'm so glad we didn't. Steve was great helping us book and organising everything. The advice and honesty provided really helped us a lot and we didn't feel pressured into booking when we sere still thinking about catching a flight instead. We were given lots of info and decided to go ahead with it. Gitano is a catamaran with lots of people and definitely won't be to everyone's liking. Sleeping spaces are limited and most people on board are looking to party. Saying that we didn't get any nasty surprises. The crew and food were good but there were not many snorkel sets for everyone at the same time to use. There are probably better boats around however we felt we got the service and experience we thought we would and spent 3 amazing days in San Blas.

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