We have a pre-departure meeting with all passengers the evening before departure at 7pm at Hostel Mamallena in Getsemani. Please make sure you attend this meeting as we also need to collect your passports to take to the immigration for a departure stamp.
On the day of departure we will meet at Club Nautico, Manga at 6pm. S/Y Quest will be anchored in the bay just off Club Nautico Marina. Club Nautico is just a 5 minute taxi ride from Getsemani, the main hostel area in Cartagena.
Before you arrive to Club Nautico you should separate your luggage into two bags, your main backpack, and a small day pack with what you need for your time on the boat. Your main backpack will be stowed away in a dry storage during the entire trip.
Club Nautico Marina
ALL LUGGAGE AND ITEMS BEING LOADED ONTO THE BOAT WILL BE SUBJECT TO INSPECTION BY LOCAL POLICE, INCLUDING DRUG SNIFFER DOGS. THIS DOGS HAVE A VERY SENSITIVE NOSE, SO IF YOU HAVE HAD ANYTHING IN YOUR POCKETS THE DOGS WILL DETECT IT. SO MAKE SURE, IF THAT IS THE CASE, THAT YOU WASH YOUR CLOTHES BEFORE BOARDING. ALL DRUGS, INCLUDING MARIJUANA, ARE ILLEGAL IN BOTH COLOMBIA AND PANAMA, EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS FOR PERSONAL USE
Final Payment for the trip, US$ 550,00 CASH to be paid on board when boarding
After you have boarded S/Y Quest we will have dinner on board and then set sail around 9pm. The passage to San Blas normally takes 36 hours so we will spend 2 nights and one day at sea and arrive in San Blas in the early morning of day three. We will then spend three days in San Blas before the overnight sail to Puerto Lindo where we will arrive in the early morning of day six.
Below is a sample itinerary for the 6 days and 5 nights of the trip. The islands we go to can vary depending of the season and the local weather,but we always endeavor to visit three different groups of islands.
Day 1. Board S/Y Quest at 6 pm. Dinner on board. We then set sail after dinner and spend the night at sea.
Day 2: At sea, sailing towards San Blas.
Day 3: Arriving San Blas in the early morning. We will arrive to our first anchorage of choice and and spend that day and night at anchor.
Day 4: After breakfast and a morning swim we will sail for about 2 hours to the next island group where we will arrive before lunch. We will spend the rest of the day and night at anchor.
Day 5: Again after breakfast and a morning swim we will sail to our last anchorage for the trip where will arrive before lunch. We will stay at anchor here until after dinner and set sail for Portobelo around 9 pm and spend the night at sea sailing along the Panamanian coast.
Day 6: We will arrive in Puerto Lindo in the early morning. After an early breakfast we all go ashore and the captain will go to the immigration to get the passport stamped.
If you decide to continue the same day to Panama City you can catch a bus from Puerto Lindo to Sabanitas. In Sabanitas you get a coach that hourly runs between Colon and Panama City. Total cost to get from Puerto Lindo to Panama City is about 10 US, and you should arrive in Panama City in the early afternoon.
Alternatively group shuttle transport can be arrange if there is enough demand
It is very rare that there are any issues resulting in a delay however we advise passengers not to make any plans or flight reservations to leave Panama without two to three days free at the end of the trip.
What is included in the cost:
– Five nights on board the boat
– Three meals per day
– One fresh lobster / sea food dinner in San Blas
– Fresh fruit
– Drinking water
– High quality snorkel equipment*
– Unlimited showers
( S/Y Quest has a watermaker system allowing passengers to take unlimited fresh water showers each and every day )
What is not included in the cost:
– Alcoholic drinks, sodas etc.
– Transport costs from Puerto Liindo to Panama city, or any other port in the event of a change of the schedule
– Entry visa costs to Panama.
( S/Y Quest is a Panamanian registered commercial vessel so there are no entry visas for most nationalities. However check with your embassy)
– San Blas entry taxes US$ 20,00 CASH