Colombia, San Blas & Panama
Latin spirit and tropical islands
Colombia, San Blas & Panama
8 day itinerary
Beginning in the fascinating Bohemian city of Cartagena and striking out into the stunning island chains off the Colombian coastline, this itinerary offers the perfect blend of colourful culture and remote relaxation. Snorkel corals, kick back in a beach cabana and enjoy rum punch as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea.
Arrive in Cartagena to begin your charter in Colombia and its surrounding islands. Explore Cartagena’s Old City and the trendy bohemian neighbourhood of Getsemani alongside a historian. Alternatively, take a cooking class, browse a vibrant market or discover the art scene of Cartagena. We can also organise rum tastings and shopping trips.
San Bernardo Islands
The San Bernardo Islands are 10 small paradise escapes surrounded by crystalline blue water. Truly off the beaten track, this is a place where nature and humans coexist in harmony. Part of the Rosario and San Bernardo corals national natural park, it’s a land of white sands, palm trees, and cabañas. Your captain will take you to the best hidden spots.
Spend an active day in beautiful Mucura. Enjoy a peaceful breakfast onboard before a morning hike around the entire island. After lunch, jump on the tender for a tour around other islands in the chain including Tintipan and the Islote. This is also a great spot for getting out the yacht toys and diving or snorkelling gear. A specialist local dive guide can be arranged if desired.
Coco Bandero Cays
Today we enter the San Blas Islands, starting with the Coco Bandero Cays. These stunning islands are surrounded by a vast reef nestling in gin-clear waters, extending for miles around the cays. Grab a snorkel or a dive set and explore the underwater world, including colourful snappers and groupers.
The Holandes Cays is a small archipelago of paradise islands, protected by a barrier reef stretching for 7 miles. These islands are the furthest from the Panama mainland, offering excellent fishing and snorkelling in clear waters. The crew will take you to Swimming Pool Anchorage and Isla Benedup, unmissable stops here. Adventurous charterers can head north to find a tunnel that crosses beneath the entire reef.
One of the top snorkelling spots in the archipelago, Isla Perro is the site of a sunken army gunboat in excellent preservation condition, lying only 6 metres beneath the surface. Swim alongside fish of all colours and sizes and large coral fans. By night, enjoy the magical effect of bioluminescence emitted by small squids and plankton.
Named for the turtles that lay their eggs on its shores between May and August, Turtle Island offers fantastic snorkelling among its adjacent colourful corals. The island is inhabited by a single Kuna family. Return onboard for a dinner of fresh lobsters caught by local fishermen that morning.
Return to Panama for onward travel.