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SY Quest

SY Quest

SAILBOAT TO PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS

CUSTOM BUILD

64FT | 19.5 METRES

GUESTS

11

CREW LANGUAGES

ENG | SWE | ESP

PRICE PER PERSON

$550.00 USD

PANAMA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

PORTOBELO

COLOMBIA DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL

CARTAGENA

Overview

Quest is arguably the most popular of all boats sailing from Panama to Colombia at the moment.

Working directly with Sail Colombia Panama since 2012 this sailboat quickly became  popular with adventure travellers and backpackers attracted by the large size combined with a relatively small amount of guests on board.

If you want to book a Panama to Colombia sailing trip aboard Quest then you will need to reserve your places well in advance. Return sailings from Colombia to Panama are also available with trips setting sail from from Cartagena.

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Captain

Swedish skipper Goeran started his life on the ocean at a very young age. At just 16 years old he started working on a fishing trawler in Sweden. In 1979 he graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy and has spent most his life at sea since, working for commercial shipping companies across the world as captain and chief officer. He spent 11 years on an expedition cruise ship covering Indonesia, The South Pacific, and later Antarctica and the Arctic. He has also captained mega-yachts and even tug boats.

When he wasn’t working he would sail his own private vessels before eventually deciding to both design and build SY Quest, his own custom live-aboard and dive charter sailboat .

He has made six trans-Atlantic crossings, the last being in 2011 after Quest was finally complete. He first sailed to the Arctic for an expedition trip to Svalbard before heading south to the Caribbean. He and Quest are now sailing between Panama, Colombia and the San Blas Islands along with occasional scuba diving charter trips in Cuba.

Goeran PerssonCAPTAIN

Features

  • Competitive all-inclusive price
  • Portobelo departure/arrival: Reduced travel costs
  • Lobster meal, at no extra charge outside of mating season
  • Fishing and snorkel equipment
  • Well maintained, safe sailing yacht

  • Very experienced captain
  • Unlimited showers
  • Charging available for camera and phones
  • Fans installed under deck
  • Fresh fruit

Design

Quest has an overall length of 64ft/19.5 metres and a wide beam of  16.7ft/5.1 metres. This makes the boat one of the largest sailboats operating shared Panama Colombia sailings.

A large outside cockpit area can comfortably accommodate all passengers while the interior is spacious and modern.

She was built with a strong steel hull and designed specifically for sail and dive charters. Scuba diving in the San Blas Islands is strictly prohibited however guests will still benefit from the large platform and spacious aft area.

Accommodation

Quest offers four twin cabins with capacity for 8 people plus an additional 2 berths in the open lounge area.

All cabins have excellent ventilation with overhead deck hatches and fans, as well as ventilation through a dorade vent on deck.

All berths are $550.00 USD per person. If you want to be sure of getting a twin berth rather than lounge berth please let us know in advance so we can be sure there is availability for you.

Quest Panama To Colombia

Portobelo To Cartagena

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary only. Your trip, and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions.

Day 1

Captain Goeran will need to meet you in Portobelo in the morning, in advance of departure. This is normally at 09:00. He will give a general trip briefing and collect your passports at this time.

You will meet again at 18:00 at the ‘public’ dock, located next to ‘Fuerte Santiago’. You will have dinner on board before setting sail into the night towards the San Blas Islands.

Day 2

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

On the second day of your San Blas tour you will sail towards the Western Hollandes group of islands, a popular anchorage in outer eastern section of the archipelago. You will have time for more snorkelling on the reef and time on the beach.

Goeran will invite you to visit the small village on the island here where you share some customary rum and coconut, ‘coco locos’.

Day 4

After Breakfast and a morning swim it will be time to pull anchor and take another cruise through the San Blas Islands, eventually arriving to Coco Bandero.

Many boats sailing to Colombia stop here on the final day in the islands, however they are relatively uncrowded and tranquil because they are so far from the mainland.

You will stay anchored here for the rest of the day until you start your set sail to Cartagena in the afternoon.

Day 5

This whole day and night will be spent sailing to Cartagena. You will have plenty of time to catch up with a good book.

The captain will put out some fishing lines, if your lucky you might catch a Yellowfin tuna, Sailfish or Wahoo. Keep your camera nearby as dolphins might join you alongside the boat.

Day 6

Quest should arrive into Cartagena in the early afternoon. You will anchor in the bay offshore from Club Nautico Marina while the captain will speak with his agent who will complete the immigration process.

You may need to stay on board the boat while this is completed or you will given a time and place to meet later in the day.

What is Included?

  Five nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day. Free lobster meal included

   Tea, coffee, water

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

  Transport costs to Portobelo, from $8.00 with public transport

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20pp, cash USD only

  Entry fee or visa to Colombia if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

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 at Portobelo, 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 arriving in Portobelo. The ATM service here is often out of service.

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 PORTOBELO?

Public Transport

ONLY AVAILABLE THE DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE. THERE IS NO CONNECTION EARLY ENOUGH TO USE THIS OPTION ON THE MORNING OF DEPARTURE. YOU WILL NEED TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN PORTOBELO WHEN USING THIS OPTION,

Busses leave through the day from Albrook Terminal in Panama City. You will need to buy a pre-loaded transport card at one of the kiosks in the departure hall.

Take the express bus to the city of Colon They depart every 30 minutes or when  full. On arrival in the bus station in Colon change directly to any bus marked ‘Portobelo’ or ‘Costa Arriba’. Do not leave the bus station.

Passengers can also depart the express bus before arriving to Colon and change in the town of ‘Sabanitas’ however this is not recommended when travelling with large luggage. The busses here often arrive already full with many locals struggling to board.

Cost: Approximately  $8.00  USD

Time: Approximately 3 hrs

Shared Direct Transfer

A shared transfer may be available On the morning of departure leaving from Panama City at 06:00am. A minimum of three people are needed. If you are a solo passenger or couple we might be able to arrange you share with others if they are also interested. You will be collected from your hotel/hostel in Panama City.

Cost: $22.00 Per Person

Time: Approximately 1.5 hrs

This service is provided by a non-affiliated local operator. We do not receive any commission from them and cannot take responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. You are free to book your transfer with your hotel or a local agency,  prices may vary.

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 WHEN WE ARRIVE 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?

Quest will sail whenever there is sufficient wind and safe to do so.

Preparation Checklist

  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final trip balance, Guna Yala fee and anything additional BEFORE you leave Panama City. There is just one ATM in Portobelo and is often out of service
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc can be bought in Portobelo however choices are limited. In some locations within the islands you can make purchases however choices are limited.
  • Before leaving the city please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page and the page containing the entry stamp issued to you on arrival in Panama. This may be needed for immigration
  • Separate your luggage into two bags. One small ‘day pack’ for what you will need for the time on the boat and your main bag/backpack which will be stowed away. It is also advisable to protect luggage with large plastic trash bags.
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. Be sure to buy before leaving Panama City. You may want to consider taking early on your final day in the islands them to start working in advance before you set sail towards Cartagena. You captain will advise.

Quest Colombia To Panama

Cartagena To Portobelo

Please note that the information provided below is to be used as a general example itinerary only.

Your trip, and the islands you visit may be different depending on climate and on anchoring conditions.

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

On the day of departure you will meet at Club Nautico, Manga at 18:00. This is around five minutes in a taxi from the Getsemani area.

You will have dinner aboard before setting sail to Panama.

Day 2

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

You will likely arrive early morning to anchor in your first San Blas location. This first day is normally spent in one of the outer island groups, often Cayos Coco Bandero. You will stay here for the full day night.

Day 4

You will have breakfast and a morning swim before leaving Coco Bandero. Your next stop after a cruise through the islands will be the Cayos Hollandes or Cayos Limones arriving before lunchtime.

Coco locos on the island, a visit to a village and evening bonfire may be available this day.

Day 5

Your final day will see you sail east towards Chichime and El Porvenir, your final island locations.

Before sunset Quest will set sail to the Panama mainland. Your final night will be sailing the coast to Portobelo

Day 6

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.

What is Included?

  Five nights aboard the boat

  Three main meals per day

  Drinking water, tea and coffee

  All standard immigration agent and port authority fees

What isn’t Included?

  Transport costs from Portobelo after your trip.

  Guna Yala entry taxes $20pp, cash USD only

  Visa costs to Panama if required

  Alcoholic drinks, sodas and snacks

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 Portobelo 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 less economic exchange rates.

HOW DO I GET TO PANAMA CITY FROM PORTOBELO?

Public Transport

Busses leave Portobelo every 30 minutes throughout the day. You will have to change in the town of Sabanitas or the port city of Colon. It is quicker to change in Sabanitas however the connection from here to Panama City will be busy and there may not be seats available.

Time: Approximately 3hrs

Cost: Approximately $8.00 USD

Shared Direct Transfer

A shared transfer may be available however a minimum of three people are needed. If you are a solo passenger or couple we might be able to arrange you share with others if they are also interested. You will be taken directly to any downtown hostel/hostel

Cost: On request

Time: Approximately 1.5hrs

This service is provided by a non-affiliated local operator. We do not receive any commission from them and cannot take responsibility any lost or damaged items or other issues. You are free to book your transfer with your hotel or a local agency,  prices may vary.

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 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?

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.

WHAT DO WE DO EACH DAY?

When you are in the San Blas islands the crew will likely leave you to make your own decisions what to do. They can help you organize beach parties, bonfires and visits to local villages.

You can of course enjoy snorkelling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach or boat.

DO I NEED AN ONWARD TICKET FOR IMMIGRATION WHEN WE ARRIVE IN PANAMA?

No. At this moment in time passengers travelling aboard Quest will not be required to show proof of onward travel.

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?

Quest will sail whenever there is sufficient wind and it is safe to do so.

Preparation Checklist

  • Make sure you plan to arrive in Cartagena with sufficient time for the pre departure meeting
  • Withdraw all the cash you need to pay the final cash balance in USD$. You should also be sure to change additional US Dollars to pay the ‘Guna Yala Congresso’ fee of $20 per person and onward transport from Portobelo to Panama City  (read FAQ’s)
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advance. In some locations within the islands you can make purchases however choices are limited.
  • Before departure please also be sure to make a photocopy of your passport photo page. This may be needed for immigration on arrival
  • Prepare all luggage before boarding (read FAQ’s)
  • Dramamine is recommended for seasickness. You should take your first dose early on the day of departure for it to start working in advance.

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SY Quest Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.6 based on 3 reviews
5 1

Top trip - Book early

★★★★☆
4 5 1
Quest is clearly a really well looked after and professional sailing operation. We had been recommended this boat and sailcolombiapanama.com by some people we met in Nicaragua who had previously travelled. Unfortunately we didn't realise just how popular the boat is. Even 3 weeks in advance the only space available was in the lounge area. Its not ideal but we still had a grwat trip and would highly recomend it to anyone. Just try to book early and get a normal cabin

Quest Panama to Colombia

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our trip with quest was the highlight of our backpacking trip through South America. Before we decided on the boat we received lots of information and all my emails were answered very almost immediately. Its clear that Goeran is very experienced. We always felt safe and didn't experience any of the horrors we read about online about some boats.

Incredible boat

★★★★★
5 5 1
Sailed in 2016 with Captain Goeran on his amazing boat Quest and had an amazing time. The boat is really cool with lots of spaces and very modern. Its something we didn't really understand and appreciate until we were in the islands and saw other boats doing the same trip which were were packed with people and much smaller. TIP - If you can't get on Quest with Goeran definitely check out another boat sailing from Portobelo, its much cheaper and you get more time. Sail Colombia Panama were the only ones that explained all this when we were doing our research. The boat we were recommended but didn't take would have been much more expensive because it wasn't in Portobelo. We also met people in Cartagena that came with other boats and also didn't know.

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