San Blas Adventure sailing boat Colombia to Panama

Whether you are backpacking in South America, backpacking in Central America, or simply looking for the next adventure travel experience to tick off your bucket list, a voyage on the Ave Maria could be just what you are looking for. On the Ave Maria you can sail between Portobelo, Panama and Cartagena, Colombia, or make the same trip in the opposite direction.

Enjoy an Island Hopping Sailing Adventure from Cartagena, Colombia to Portobelo, Panama.

Your Captain, Paul and his partner Sindry will be your hosts and guides and will make sure that you get the experience that you have dreamed of. They have over decades of experience and are able to always offer a trip on the most comfortable and appealing route.

With prices for the voyage from $550 per person inclusive of three, generous home-style meals each day, snacks, a beach BBQ and bonfire, a free cocktail in San Blas, snorkelling opportunities with fins, snorkels and masks for your use, and simple, economical transfer options for your onward journey. It’s an awesome deal.

Sail Safely Between Central & South America

Even on the wildest adventure, safety is always a concern. On board the Ave Maria, budget travellers can rest assured that they are in good hands. Your Captain Paul and his partner Sindry have been sailing this route for over fourteen years. They know how to navigate these waters and are consummate hosts – understanding how to give guests the very best and very safest experiences in the San Blas Islands.

Enjoy Exploring Idyllic Islands

On this enticing route you will be able to spend three full days exploring the idyllic San Blas Islands – palm-tree paradises with blissful beaches, coral reefs and azure waters. The route will include a stops at the region’s uninhabited atolls – your very own Robinson Crusoe experience.

Imagine lazing in a hammock strung between the palms and gazing out over the sun-drenched scene, before heading into the water for a spot of snorkelling or a swim… imagine sipping a cocktail as you watch the sun set over the water. What could be better?

Independent travellers will love this opportunity to escape the crowds and take an intimate adventure with no more than ten fellow passengers and your two hosts. On a vessel that can hold 14 people, no more than 12 are ever on board, so the yacht will never feel too full. This is a backpacking experience without any of the hassle or fuss – an experience that could be the adventure of a lifetime.

An awesome sailing tour from Colombia to Panama

Cartagena to Panamá on the sailboat Ave Maria

Having experiencing the best weather so far this year on on our recent fabulous trip with a great group of people on the boat Panama to Cartagena. With calm seas, gentle breezes and sensational sunsets.

We are preparing to return to paradise soon sailing on a trip from Cartagena to Panama. Where we look forward to sharing some time sailing in paradise with another group of happy travelers.

We hope you can join us too.

On An Island In Paradise

San Blas Adventure boat Cartagena to Panama

On our island hoping sailing adventures we visit beautiful mostly uninhabited islands through the San Blas Archipelago of Panamá.

These remote coral atolls with their coconut palm lined white sandy beaches are surrounded by pristine coral reefs with an abundance of sealife. Where you can walk off the beach and after a short swim, enjoy snorkeling through an aquatic wonderland.

After a day of swimming, snorkeling, playing and relaxing under the shade of the coconut palms. There is nothing better than a beach bonfire on a remote uninhabited island.

Join us on one of our voyages from Panama to Colombia or visa versa.

The Legend Of Pelorus Jack

Pelorus Jack was a Risso’s dolphin that was famous for meeting and escorting ships through a stretch of water in Cook Strait, New Zealand, for 24 years between 1888 and 1912.

Photographic records indicate that Pelorus Jack was a Risso’s dolphin, a species that’s incredibly hard to find in New Zealand. He was often described as white or albino.

Pelorus Jack was first seen around 1888 when it appeared in front of the schooner Brindle when the ship approached French Pass, a channel located between D’Urville Island and the South Island. When the members of the crew saw the dolphin bobbing up and down in front of the ship, they wanted to kill him, but the captain’s wife talked them out of it. To their amazement, the dolphin then proceeded to guide the ship through the narrow channel. And for years thereafter, he safely guided almost every ship that came by. With rocks and strong currents, the area is dangerous to ships, but no shipwrecks occurred when Jack was present.

Jack was last seen in April 1912. There were various rumors connected to his disappearance, including fears that foreign whalers might have harpooned him. However, research suggests that Pelorus Jack was an old anima, so it is likely that he died of natural causes


An irrelevant though fabulous tale.

We love our dolphin friends that regularly visit us during our sailing voyages from Panama to Colombia

A fabulous day on a boat trip from Panama to Colombia

Boat from Panama to Cartagena via the San Blas Islands

Another fabulous day in the San Blas Islands, Panama.

With a suitably fabulous group of people who have become new friends. Enjoying an island hopping sailing adventure from Panama to Colombia.

A 5 day all inclusive tour departing from Portobelo and arriving in Cartagena. Great food and hosts on a beautiful yacht.

Super cheap transfers from Panama City to Portobelo at $5 per person. Or from the boat to the central accommodation district of Cartagena $2.50.

The trip is a great deal and an awesome experience. Don’t miss it !