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Sailing Koala

PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS ISLANDS

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50FT | 15.2 M

BENETEAU

12

GUESTS

5

NIGHTS

$550.00

PER PERSON

Overview

Sailing Kola with owner and captain Fabian has been one of the longest running boats in operation between Colombia and Panama. Its a very popular choice for guests specifically looking for a chilled out trip with a smaller group.

Fabian has recently started operating a newer slightly larger boat, Koala X.

The trip follows standard itinerary of four or five nights between Panama and Colombia with around three days leisure time within the San Blas Islands.

Captain

Captain Fabian is one of, if not the, longest running skippers of backpacker boats operating in the San Blas Islands. He knows the island and inhabitants well and is great proponent of Guna culture. Fabian is Colombian but also speaks excellent English, and is a hands on captain that tries when possible to spend as much time as possible with guests on board.

Occasionally the  Koala X boat may be captained by another experienced contract captain.

Fabian ArcilaCAPTAIN

Design & Accommodation

Koala X is a Oceanis Beneteau Monohull, a stylish French designed sailing yacht.

There are twelve berths available.

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 before booking.

 Private Double – $550.00 Per Person*
 Private Twin – $550.00 Per Person*
Standard Double & Singles In Shared cabin – $550.00 Per Person*

* Standard trip price. Subject to seasonal changes. Does not include Guna Yala fee ($20.00)

Sailing Koala – Panama To Cartagena

Please be aware that the information provided is only an example itinerary. Itineraries are dependant on season and changing weather conditions.

DEPARTURE PORT

Puerto Lindo / El Porvenir , Panama

ARRIVAL PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

INCLUDED

Four/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/El Porvenir

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

Example 1 – Puerto Lindo

Day 1: Departure From Puerto Lindo

Day 2: San Blas Islands

Day 3: San Blas Islands

Day 4: San Blas Islands

Day 5: Sea Day

Day 6: Arrival In Cartagena

 

 Example 2 – From El Porvenir

Day 1: Meet Boat In San Blas Islands

Day 2: San Blas Islands

Day 3: San Blas Islands

Day 4: Sea Day

Day 5: Arrival In Cartagena

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 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

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. There are no cash facilities after leaving the 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 THE DEPARTURE LOCATION?

Please see the PRE-BOOKING GUIDE for full details

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 FOR IMMIGRATION IN COLOMBIA ?

No. At this moment in time it is not required when you arrive with a sailboat.

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)

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

You will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Panama to Cartagena without motoring.

Sailing Koala – Cartagena To Panama

Please be aware that the information provided is only an example itinerary. Itineraries are dependant on season and changing weather conditions.

DEPARTURE PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

ARRIVAL PORT

Puerto Lindo / El Porvenir, 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 / El Porvenir

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

Day 1: Departure

The boat will be anchored near Club Nautico Marina, in Manga. This is around five minutes in a taxi from the Getsemani area.

After boarding Koala and stowing away your luggage, you will be given a safety briefing and introduction to your home for the next 5 days. Your first night will be at sea.

 

Day 2: Sea Day

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

 

Day 3: San Blas Islands

You will likely arrive at some point early in the morning probably anchoring in a remote area of the outer islands of San Blas, far from the mainland. Cayos Holandes are popular island areas to explore in this region of the archipelago.

 

Day 4: San Blas Islands

Another one or two island locations further eastwards in the San Blas Islands

 

Day 5: San Blas Islands

This will be your final day in the San Blas Islands. This last island will likely be Isla Chichime. If the tripmis due to finish in Puerto Lindo the finalnight will be spent sailing along the coast. Otherwise you will spend the night at anchor.

 

Day 6: Arrival

You will either finish the trip in Puerto Lindo or El Porvenir and leave the boat after breakfast. Transport can be arranged on your behalf onwards to Panama City

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about something feel free to contact us.

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?

No. As per the information provided above you will need to budget for your own transport after the trip has ended to get from either El Porvenir or Puerto Lindo to Panama City, 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

HOW CAN I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE?

The final balance must be paid in cash, $USD to the captain when you board in Cartagena.

You can change change your Colombian pesos to $USD at the best rates locally. This is the most economic way of paying, you will avoid high credit/debit card charges and poor exchange rates.

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA CITY AFTER THE TRIP?

Please see the PRE-BOOKING GUIDE for full details

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Before arriving at Club Nautico Marina 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 HAVE 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 DO 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 FOR IMMIGRATION IN PANAMA?

At this moment in time passengers travelling aboard Sailing Koala will not be required to show proof of onward travel as the boat is registered as a Panamanian commercial vessel.

The immigration services in Panama often change their regulations so we cannot guarantee this won’t change. You will be advised before departure if it does.

WILL WE ACTUALLY BE SAILING?

You will sail at certain times when there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so. It isn’t realistic to complete the crossing from Cartagena to Panama without motoring.

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