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 !

http://www.avemariasailing.com

 

 

Living the Simple Life

Sailboat trip from Colombia to Panama

What a way to end our time in South America, sailing through the San Blas Islands with these awesome travellers from all over the world! So much to learn from someone by simply turning up, being present and connecting.

Our days on this sailboat from Cartagena to Panama and island hopping through the San Blas Islands were dreamy. Five full days living completely off the grid, living the simple life, eating delicious food made by the best chef in Colombia. Snorkeling the coral reefs, relaxing and exploring the beaches and islands with the water oh so clear.

@two_curious_kiwis           29th of May 2019

Another group of Happy Travelers

Cartagena to Panama san blas adventures

Panama to Colombia

Another group of Happy Travelers arriving in Cartagena after an awesome sailing trip from Panama to Colombia.

Sailing in San Blas

We experienced 3 delightful days anchored by the sun kissed, coconut palm lined beaches of our favourite uninhabited islands in paradise. Each day after breakfast we weighed anchor and sailed a short distance to a different island where we swam, explored and relaxed.

Each night after dinner a beach bonfire was enjoyed by all with some choosing to sleep in hammocks under the stars on the island … sensational.

On the second day I gathered firewood and cooked up the famous all you can eat bbq buffet.

A great trip, with a great group of people!

Oh and by the way. Once again no one was sea sick. It was a very comfortable ride across the Caribbean Sea on this sailboat from Panama to Colombia.

As we ride the big blue sea. Boat trips from Cartagena to Panama

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With half of 2018 now past and a little time to reflect on what the season thats past has brought.

I am happy to advise that during our trips Sailing from Panama to Colombia or from Cartagena to Panama;

  • Less than 5% off of our passengers have experienced seasickness.
  • We have seen way more dolphin activity. Including much more frequent visits by dolphins while anchored in San Blas.

Thank you to all the great people who have enjoyed these sailing adventures with us. It’s been a pleasure to meet you all.

If there is one experience that you MUST have while traveling in South/Central America, this trip on Ave Maria is it! 

Blue Sailing San Blas Adventure boat Panama to Colombia

Review by: Nicole Lane – Dec. 2016

It is much more than just transport from Colombia to Panama, but is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail amongst and visit stunning islands that are untouched by tourism, which is a very rare opportunity in today’s world.

Trip Details: The trip leaves from Cartagena (we boarded around 8pm, and set sail by 10pm) where you will sail through open ocean for approx 36 hours, meaning the first full day is spent at sea (keep an eye out for dolphins, they paid us a visit on our first day!) If you are concerned about sea sickness, just take a good supply of dramamine with you on the trip- no one on our boat was sick, because we all took the precaution of using the medicine. When you wake on the second day, you will be in San Blas. Climbing out of the cabin to see tiny white sand islands overflowing with palm trees is a view that you won’t soon forget. You can spend your days on the islands doing whatever it is that you want, from sunbathing on the boat, lazing in a hammock on uninhabited islands, snorkeling the numerous coral reefs, swimming between the islands, or continuously questioning how lucky you are to be in the presence of such natural beauty 🙂 The boat is anchored just off the islands through the first day and night, and you will sail to a different cluster of islands on the morning of each of the next two days! (thats 3 full days visiting different islands!) At sometime during the evening of your 3rd day in San Blas, you will set sail again for another 12 hours approx, to Portobelo, which is where you will sadly make your departure for wherever is next in Panama. Keep in mind that the sail boats that make this trip are not luxury cruises. This is all a part of the experience and giving up your modern luxuries is a small price to pay for experiencing nature in its rawest form.

The Boat/ The Crew: This trip can be made infinitely better if you do your research and choose a reliable boat and Captain. For our trip we were lucky enough to be on board Ave Maria, a beautiful, classic sailboat, with captain Paul and his partner and culinary genius Sindry. From our orientation the day before our trip to our goodbyes in Portobelo, Paul and Sindry went above and beyond for us in every aspect and made our trip so much more special. They have made Ave Maria their home, and they truly make you feel like welcomed family. Every day we were greeted with a smile and a good morning before being given lots of insider information about the best snorkeling places as well as the islands themselves. In between exploring the islands we were treated to huge portions of healthy and DELCIOUS food! Sindry seriously makes magic happen in the small kitchen in the cabin and you will LOVE her for it! On our second day in the islands we had a pork barbecue on the beach for lunch and a lobster dinner made from FRESH lobsters that were delivered to our boat by a local man the morning of. As if our day couldn’t get any better, Sindry also made us cocktails using fresh coconut water, rum and lime juice-YES, we were that spoiled. It is clear that Paul and Sindry have put a lot of thought into the small details that make this trip that more enjoyable such as, coolers with ice for your beverages, snorkeling masks and fins to use, and hammocks that you can bring to the island to relax on. Most importantly, Paul and Sindry’s experience in sailing, dealing with weather conditions, and general knowledge of the islands is evident which allows you to feel the comfort of being in safe hands.

Overall: As a backpacker living on a backpackers budget, the price might seem like a stretch and if you’re wondering if its REALLY worth it… IT IS. We walked away from this trip knowing that we got way more than our money’s worth and memories that will stick with us forever. Definitely do it! You can get in touch with Captain Paul via Ave Maria’s Facebook page or through their website, which a quick google search will turn up!