Micamale

Micamale

Join us on our 50 ft Yacht, Micamale, enjoy cruising through the San Blas islands, and arrive safely in Colombia.

The boat has 4 double cabins, 4 bathrooms, a spacious, luxury interior with plenty of head room, a large dinette that drops down into a double bed, a large cockpit and flush deck. It is fitted with 2 GPS, radar, 2 VHF, life jackets, new sails, a large life raft.  Also music hifi system, fishing gear and snorkeling equipment on board.

We are happy to take bicycles and other sports equipment for no extra charge. We have lots of storage space and strong material for protecting such items.

Important: All berths aboard Micamale are a SHARED DOUBLE BED. If you a solo passenger or part of a group you may have to share with somebody else

The Crew

Andrea is a licensed Captain and is a very experienced sailor, having lived aboard Micamale for 3 years and brought her from Italy, 17,000 nautical miles of ocean sailing. Andrea is a great fisherman and an excellent chef. We are often praised for the quality of the meals that we provide on Micamale.

The crew have extensive knowledge of the Guna Yala archipelago and will take passengers to the best coral reefs and the most deserted beaches. They have a number of very good friends on the islands who are very enthusiastic to host Micamale crew and passengers for bonfires and music. With Micamale, you will not only get a taste of life as a sea-faring nomad, but also a unique insight into the extraordinary lives of the very traditional Guna community.

What We Offer

• 3 large home cooked meals a day, using fresh ingredients
• Juice, water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.
• Large fridge and ice to cool your beverages
• Comfortable double cabins and private bathrooms with fresh water showers
• Experienced crew who you can trust and feel completely safe with
• Brand new dinghy and motor
• 2 Person Kayak
• Snorkelling equipment
• Fishing gear
• Hammocks
• HiFi music system and speakers inside and outside
• Option of BBQ and bonfire on the beach
• Choice of route and itinerary based on your preferences

Not Included

  • Guana Yala entrance fee ($20 per person)
  • Transfer from Panama City and boat transfer (aprox $37 per person)
  • Visa if you are required to have one entering Colombia
  • Lobster/crab (they can be purchased for $5-10 per person and we are happy to make an excellent meal with them)
  • Any costs outside of the boat
  • Oversize equipment: Bicycles, Surfboards (additional rates apply)

The Boat

Beneteau Cyclades 50.4

The Micamale offers great sailing performance and comfortable living accommodations, including 4 double-bed private cabins and 4 en suite bathrooms with hot showers. The cabins are fitted with a fan, reading lights, plenty of storage space and an opening hatch. Micamale is extremely spacious throughout, especially in the large salon area which boasts L-shaped leather sofas and a wide dining table for enjoying meals with family and friends. Outside there is a spacious cockpit seating and fold-out dining table and the flush deck provides plenty of room for relaxing and sunbathing. Micamale is a boat of comfort and luxury.

• 4 Double Cabins with Fans
• 4 Private Bathrooms with Showers
• 2 Fridges with Freezer
• 2 Burner Stove
• Large Saloon Seating Area and Table
• Large Cockpit with Seating Area and Table
• Flush Deck
• Dodger, Bimini & Sun Shade
• Winch operated, Brand New Main & Genoa Sails
• Bow Thruster
• Generator
• 2 GPS, Chartplotter & Autopilot
• EPIRB, Satellite Phone, 12 Person Life Raft, Type 1 Life Vests
• 12 ft. Dinghy & 18hp Outboard
• Electric Windlass
• CD stereo & cockpit speakers
• Snorkeling Gear
• 2 Person Kayak
• Fishing gear
• Paper and Electronic Charts & Cruising Guide

New Route – Carti, Panama To Capurgana, Colombia

The information below is a sample of a typical trip. In certain circumstances change the itinerary may be necessary.

The transport from Panama City is around $55 as shown below.

  • $30 ground transport from your hotel in Panama City
  • $20 Guna Yala fee will also be collected when you enter the mainland territory en-route.
  • $5 boat transfer from the mainland to Micamale

Before leaving the city in the morning the driver will make a final stop at an ATM if you need more cash. After leaving the city there will be no other services available.

We advise you to separate your luggage before you leave the city. Try to pack what you will need for your days on the boat separate to your main large luggage/backpack. You may want to buy a garbage bag to protect your luggage as well in cash it gets wet in the boat transfer.
Once in the islands there will be limited opportunities to make any purchases so make sure to bring alcoholic drinks if you want. All meals, drinking water, tea and coffee are included.

The trip will be THREE nights total. Because we miss out the open crossing to Cartagena you will spend more time in San Blas than other sailboat trip making the Cartagena crossing. The coastal route to the boarder is significantly shorter distance than Cartagena. Your trip will be a lot more tranquil .

After all passengers have arrived from Panama City to Carti, Micamale will set off for the first anchorage. In total you will spend 3 full days in the San Blas Islands. Typically visiting 3 different anchorages and groups of islands. You will have the chance to visit local villages, swim, snorkel and BBQ on the beach. Captain Andrea will talk to you about the various options available and his recommendations.

On your final morning aboard the boat you will disembark in the small town of Puerto Obaldia where everyone will go ashore to the immigration office where the officials will check you out of the country. It is not practical for sailboats to enter in Capurgana so a boat transfer of about 30 minutes will complete the final part of the journey. This IS INCLUDED in the price of the trip.

You will have to spend at least one night in Capurgana before you carry on with your journey. Is 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.

Boat tickets to Necocli can be bought from the main jetty. They leave every morning however it is advisable to purchase the day before.

Photos

Video

TotallyTandem sails the Kuna Yala (San Blas Islands) from TotallyTandem on Vimeo.

 Reviews

I wanted to let you know about my wonderful experience on the Micamale that sadly ended last week.

This trip was the best travel decision I have ever made – incredible environment, great group of fellow passengers, and a very comfortable boat.  Enrico and Rose were easygoing, responsible and cooked amazing italian meals during the several days we spent as guests in their world.  The boat was clean, modern, luxurious with a bathroom in each cabin (4 total + 1 for crew), and provided plenty of space for the 8 passengers to relax and stretch out.  There are fans to keep cool in each of the 4 double cabins when the motor is running, and space to sleep on deck under the stars when you are anchored.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.  If you get a chance to make this surreal voyage on the Micamale, seize it before their travels take them on to other destinations!

Elke/”Doc” Septmeber 2014

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You wont find a better boat or crew to sail through the San Blas with. We were very lucky to meet Captain Andrea, Captain Enrique and Captain Rose (they all claim to be Captains) and sail on the Micamale for their maiden voyage from Portobelo-Panama to Cartagena-Colombia. It was simply 5 days and nights of complete awesomeness.

The Micamale is a gorgeous 50’ yacht kept in great shape by the crew. There is a large communal space below deck and the cabins are private, very clean & comfortable with each containing it’s own ensuite. Unheard of!

We were nervous about booking this trip for several reasons; we didn’t want to be on an overcrowded boat with loads of backpackers, we wanted to be sure there was space to hang out above and below deck, and we wanted this journey to be special. We didn’t want to be just more $550 heads to count.

And our trip on the Micamale ticked all these boxes. The crew are an enigmatic bunch who will delight you with their tales of adventure on land and at sea. They are competent sailors and made us feel safe and taken care of the entire journey. They had the option to take an additional 2 passengers on-board but decided not to as they value space and the comfort of their passengers above everything else. A rare find on this route.

Italian Captains Andrea and Enrique make an incredible cooking team and we ate like kings every day. Their pasta dishes are works of art as is the magic they work with lobster. They even caught a huge blue marlin which was truly incredible to eat.  We were reluctant to leave the ship and their culinary talents behind.

We spent a very relaxing 3 days hanging out in the Kuna Yala (San Blas) snorkeling, fishing, chatting and of course eating.

We really enjoyed the energy of this boat and crew. The way they deal with local people and the way in which they conduct themselves is commendable. They are not about making profit but about making the trip special while respecting the local people and traditions.

We are certain that if you are lucky enough to secure passage on the Micamale, you too will have an awesome adventure.

 

totallytandem.com

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We really enjoyed the trip from Portobello Panama to Cartagena Colombia with Captain Andreas, Captain Enrico and Rose. The boat was spacious and all guests had a room and private bathroom, the Captains do not overcrowd the boat so there is always a lot of room to move around the boat. The food that we ate on the trip was amazing and very varied. We felt very safe and confident in our captains abilities, we were never concerned for our safety. We spent 3 days on the Kuna Yala and went to some amazing spots. We interacted with the Kuna and the crew are very kind and have an amazing attitude to travelling and people. The boat was very clean and very well cared for. We were able to have fresh water showers.

We could not have been on a better trip, we felt happy and comfortable with all aspects of the journey and would highly recommend this to any traveller who is looking for a relaxed trip with good food and company, this is not a party boat. You are guests in their home.

Please feel free to contact us for any further information.

 Becks & Andy, June 2014

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Our group of four is now home from travelling and still can’t stop talking about the amazing time we had aboard the Micamale.
Before the trip started we had some problems with the immigration office closing in Cartagena due to the World Cup but Rico, Rose and Andras went out of their way to make sure all our passengers arrived in Panama on time for flights and kept us really up to date of information from the immigration office. They got all our phone numbers and email addresses to pass on info and even let us all sleep on the boat one extra night in the harbor because of the office closing.
Their hospitality made me feel like I had know them forever. Of course reaching the islands was the highlight of the trip, but even the days in the rolling ocean waves were incredible. We had dolphins swimming next to our boat and had lots of great laughs. They checked up on how everyone was doing for sea sickness all the time. We must have had a really lucky group though because no one got sick.
I really think their trip was worth more than they charge. The food was amazing, the boat was so clean and we had our own private cabins with private bathrooms.I would definitely recommend this boat to anyone!

Jenny, July 2014

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