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Ti-Vaou

PANAMA, COLOMBIA & SAN BLAS ISLANDS

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48FT | 14.6 M

CATAMARAN

16

GUESTS

5

NIGHTS

$550.00

PER PERSON

Overview

The Ti-Vaou catamaran is a relatively new boat sailing the route between Panama and Colombia.

This is certainly no luxury catamaran. Like the majority of other boats, it has altered to be more functional for group sailing trips in San Blas between Cartagena and Panama.

The trip is fairly standard in comparison to all others.

Captain & Crew

The captain of Ti-Vaou is Sebastian, from Colombia. He has experience sailing from Panama to Colombia and San Blas since 2010, captaining a variety of different boats.

He is one of the younger captains and will will try to create a fun atmosphere on board for all guests.

Design & Accomodation

A re-modeled 48 ft Privilege Catamaran which was originally built for regattas. T-Vaou 

There are sixteen berths available on Tu-Vaou. All are $550.00 USD per person*

* Standard trip price. Subject to seasonal changes. Does not include Guna Yala fee

One private cabin with double bed
Five standard double beds in shared cabins
Four singles in shared open style cabins

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. 

 

Ti-Vaou – Puerto Lindo To Cartagena

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. Extreme weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations

DEPARTURE PORT

Puerto Lindo, Panama

ARRIVAL PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

INCLUDED

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

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

Day 1: Departure

Your Captain or a crew member will meet all passengers in the afetrenoon/evening in Puerto Lindo. Final location details and time will be confirmed when your booking is complete.

After a trip briefing and final instructions you will board the boat and set sail overenight to San Blas

Day 2: San Blas Islands

Day 3: San Blas Islands

Day 4: San Blas Islands

Day 5: Sea Day

Day 6: Arrival

In  most cases the boat will arrive into Cartagena and anchor in the bay at some point during the morning. You will likely have  to stay on board until the immigration process has been completed on your behalf.

You will be taken ashore near Club Nautico Marina, around 5 minutes by taxi to the main hostel and guest house area.

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 Puerto Lindo, 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 in or anywhere near Puerto Lindo

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 PUERTO LINDO?

Public Transport

$8.00 USD – $10.00 USD
3 To 5 Hours

YOU WILL NEED TO STAY OVERNIGHT PUERTO LINDO IF YOU CHOSE TO TRAVEL THIS WAY. THERE IS NO CONNECTION EARLY ENOUGH TO USE THIS OPTION ON THE MORNING OF DEPARTURE. .

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 Puerto Lindo. There are normally only 4 or 5 each day so its best to travel early.

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.

Shuttle Service

 
$25.00 USD
2 Hours 30 Minutes

When there is sufficient demand we can arrange a direct transfer option from Panama City. You will be collected from any centrally located hotel, hostel or B&B and taken to the meeting point for your pre-departure briefing with the captain in Portobelo or Puerto Lindo.

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 hotel or a local agency.  Prices are subject to change.

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?

Ti-Vaou 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.

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 no ATM services in Puerto Lindo
  • Anything additional you may want to bring along for the trip such as alcohol, sodas, snacks etc should also be bought in advace. You may not have time on arrival before boarding the boat.
  • 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.

Ti-Vaou – Cartagena  To Puerto Lindo

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. Extreme weather conditions may also result in delays or changes to the departure and arrival locations

DEPARTURE PORT

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

ARRIVAL PORT

Puerto Lindo, 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

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

Day 1: Departure

You will meet at the marina or nearby supermarket at specified time given after you have booked. It is usually early evening.

A briefing and tour of the boat will be given before setting sail overnight.

Day 2: Sea Day

Day 3: San Blas Islands

Day 4: San Blas Islands

Day 5: San Blas Islands

Day 6: Arrival

After breakfast and saying goodbye to your hosts you will be taken ashore. Buses will be available to make your way to Panama City. Alternatively pre-arranged group transport can be ordered for anyone interested.

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 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 FROM PUERTO LINDO?

Public Transport

$8.00 USD – $10.00 USD
3 To 5 Hours

 

Take a bus to the city of COLON. Here you will find connections to Panama City, they depart every 30 minutes or when full and arriving to Albrook Termnal

It is also possible to connect in the town of ‘Sabanitas’ a small town before arriving to Colon. If you chose this option you may not get a seat on the bus to Panama and might have to stand the whole journey.

Shuttle Service

 
$25.00 USD
2 Hours 30 Minutes

 

When there is sufficient demand we can arrange a direct transfer option to Panama City. You will be met in Puerto Lindo and dropped at any centrally located hotel, hostel or B&B in Panama City

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 hotel or a local agency.  Prices are subject to change.

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 Wild Card 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?

Only 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.

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 Puerto Lindo 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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