The Panama Canal 2 Oceans Cruise 18 days
A unique opportunity to transit the Panama Canal from ocean to ocean and sail two of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world, The Pearl Islands in the Pacific and the San Blas Islands in the Atlantic. There’s no better way to re-discover the wonders of nature and the human world than our Panama Canal 2 Oceans Cruise.
Day 1: Isla Verde, San Blas
Corazon de Jesus is the best place to start your itinerary: this airstrip is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by 365 dream islands and with no facilities. One of this islands and your first anchorage is Isla Verde located few miles at the north-west, but far from any hotels or crowded beaches. (If you do not wish to fly, please consult us for ground transportation option.)
Days 2-8: Cayos Coco Bandero & Cayos Holandeses, San Blas
Coco Bandero is a set of tiny idyllic islands located at the northwest of Isla Verde. Protected by a 4 miles outer coral reef barrier, Coco Bandero is one of the most comfortable anchorages in San Blas.
Cayos Holandes is a group of 21 uninhabited islands located at the north part of the archipelago. This group of islands is protected by a 7 miles coral reef barrier. Since this chain of islands is far from mainland the waters are transparent nearly year round.
Day 9: Isla Grande, Colon Province
8 hour sail from San Blas, Isla Grande is a popular island for tourists; its main beach has some small hotels and huts. Populated mainly by afro-Caribbean-descendants, Isla Grande has a few dozens of restaurants where the main dishes are based on seafood and afro-Caribbean-food (out of board meals are not included).
Day 10: Isla Linton & Portobelo, Colon Province
Half day sail to Linton, an abandoned island, except for a few friendly monkey families. The captain will take you, with the dinghy to the “Love Canal”, a natural passage across a mangrove near Linton.
2 hours sail to Portobelo, World Heritage Site founded in 1597 as a port city. Portobelo was fortified to prevent the constant attacks of privateers and pirates: William Parker in 1601 and Henry Morgan in 1668.
Day 11-12: Panama Canal Transit
The boat will transit the first set of locks in Gatun, ascending 26 meter in 3 different chambers, to enter the Gatun Lake, an artificial body of water created between the 1907 and 1913. At that time, the Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world.
Then, you will travel through “Corte Culebra” or Gaillard Cut, an artificial valley that cuts through the continent. Digging this valley was the hardest part of the whole construction. Death, deceases and several landslides during the excavation caused financial problems that led to the collapse of The French Canal in 1903.
A few hours later you will reach Pedro Miguel Locks where the boat will descent 10 meters in 1 chamber to get to Miraflores Lake, the second artificial body of water at the Canal.
Days 13 – 17: Pearl Islands sailing cruise (and lots of fishing!)
Experience all the incredible natural surroundings, including beach walks, hiking expeditions, whale watching (from July to October) and world-class fishing.
Day 18: Return to Panama City
2018-2019 rates for 18 days and 18 nights aboard.
(ground, sea or air transportation to the boat not included (on quote):
Catamaran category Premium 1 to 6 pers. in 3 doubles: USD 62,000
Catamaran category Standard 1 to 6 pers. in 3 doubles: USD 35.000
Monohull category Economy 1 to 6 pers. in 3 doubles: USD 22,000
10% adicional aply from Dec. 15th through january 15th
- All meals
- Water sports equipment: snorkeling gear, fishing rods and kayaks
- Panama canal transit tool
- All taxes
- Lines, fuel, linen, cleaning, etc…
- Ground , sea or air transportation to boat (to be quoted)
- personal expenses and voluntary tipping
18 days: The Panama Canal 2 Oceans Cruise