Sail through the most beautiful area of Panama. The 365 islands includes Hollandes Keys, Coco Bandero, Chichime Reef, Kuanidup, Dog island, wreck island, and many more. The itinerary will depends very much on the wind conditions. Your skipper, a Guna native, will bring you to a traditional Guna Indians village where you can learn about the native of San Blas.
From May 1st through December 8th:
Charters start from Puerto Lindo Caribbean coast (guests arrive day before (90 mn transfer) in the evening for a courtesy diner and night) catamaran leave at sun rise to san blas (7 hours sail)- then san blas sailing to cayos hollandes, coco bandero, morbedup, Corazon de Jesus, etc.. upstream Rio diablo with local canoe, visit of traditional village, etc..) back day 6 with a ETA 18.00 arrival. Night aboard and , after breakfast, transfer to panama city (90mn)
December 9th through April 30th:
Due to the direction of the wind, all transfer are by plane (45 mn) and cost is USD 300 per pax Roundtrip. Otherwise same San Blas trip as above but from Corazon de Jesus / Rio Diablo
San Blas is undoubtedly the most beautiful and spectacular tourist destination of Panama. This paradise is located along the Caribbean coast: the 365 islands of this archipelago are a real postcard scenery of white sand beaches, coconuts trees and turquoise waters. And the population, the Guna Indians, is living in a traditional way.
Established in 1938 as an autonomous Indian territory, the region of Guna Yala, with its simple beauty, its generous people and its exceptional primary forests, offers a great vacation opportunity away from massive tourism. A two-week stay is the best way to discover this archipelago and the Guna Indians. However, the guest can have a good idea of the traditional life in a week stay. The archipelago is surrounded by the San Blas mountain range: solitaire anchorages facing a deserted island with a background of mountains covered by primary forests! During a kayaking trip up the Diablo or Manglar river, we can run into toucans, sea eagles, herons, woodpeckers or spider monkeys and even crocodiles. Not long ago, fresh Jaguar footprints were discovered by the captain and the guests of the Catamaran Pepita on the Manglar river.
Of the 365 islands, only about 10% are inhabited, and those are very crowded. The remaining islands are deserted or home of a few isolated families. The San Blas archipelago is more a mooring destination than a sailing one: yachts sail 1 to 3 hours average per day, but you can ask the captain a little extra if the wind is favorable. Meals are, if possible, prepared with the catch of the day (variety of fish) or with lobsters or giant crabs (in season), though supplies include the best meat and the finest tropical fruits and vegetables from the market in Panama City (sent to you by plane). Unless you want to meet other circumnavigators at mooring (beautiful nights filled with lots of stories!), our guests can choose among numerous solitary anchorages.
Panama is protected from hurricanes and storms because of its geographical position and therefore the charters are available year-round. However, 2 seasons prevail:
High Season from December to April: it is the season of the trade winds (North / East wind), which means regular winds and little or no rain. Visibility under water is not the best and there is some current: It is the ideal season for truly sailing enthusiasts!
The rest of the year, winds are milder and there are scattered showers (nothing too dramatic): the visibility under water is much better with the possibility of exploring the “outside” of the reefs, there is more light and sunset is sometimes spectacular: it is the best season for coral reef exploration and marine fauna discovering. There are more solitaire anchorages because it is low season.
Temperatures vary a little depending on the seasons: the average daytime temperature ranges are from 27 ° C to 35 ° C (82 ° F to 95 ° F) and average sea temperature goes from 25 ° C to 27 ° C (77 ° F to 82 ° F)..
No vaccination is really necessary for Panama City or the area of San Blas. However, please consult the correspondent authorities before leaving your country.
We recommend you to fly to San Blas /Corazon de Jesus Island. Flying to San Blas is more comfortable and faster than any other way to get there. From Panama City, the flight takes only 45 minutes vs the 3,5 hours by road and water taxi. The air views over the 365 island are amazing.
Tired of crowded airports or uncomfortable itineraries? Our partner can help you rent a plane or helicopter from almost anywhere (within Panama) at your schedule and without delays.