San Blas Sailing Blog

Don’t take starfish out of water!

Have you ever read the quote “If you love a flower, don’t pick it up”, by OSHO?

It is one of my favorite poems and the concept applies for every living creature, even a starfish. These animals generally survives a few hours out of water and sometimes 1 or 2 minutes a enough to cause an irreversible damage.


If you love a starfish, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a starfish, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.

3 Good Reasons to Sail in San Blas in September

Islas de San Blas - Veleros y Catamaranes

3 – Least-crowded beaches

September has arrived and vacations in Europe have ended! Generally September is one of the best seasons of the year to visit San Blas. If your plans are to escape from daily routine of city life, this the moment to give us a call.

2 – Clearest waters

September is not a very windy month, so the waters are more transparent that any other season. There is no better experience than snorkeling in crystal clear waters as the ones at the San Blas Islands.

1 – Save up to 25%

Try our last minute discounts or join any of our shared cruises (cabin charters) and save up to a 25% on selected boats.

Involving the Gunas, Our Greatest Achievement

Followed by the foundation of San Blas Sailing in 1997, our Guna Crew Project started. Involving the native communities of Guna Yala with the tourism was our goal. After a few years of training and hard work we are proud to announce that the project is a total success. We are currently hiring 3 full time Guna Captains and 2 assistant.

We Are Determined to Involve Guna Yala and its People

NinoFernando (center): He is the first and most experienced Guna Captain working at San Blas Sailing. He started in 2004 as an assistant and after a few years of hard work and training he was promoted as a captain. He will make you discover his islands, the Guna Villages and their habits. He speaks Guna and Spanish and some English. He loves cooking, especially the fresh fish of the day. Monohull Tai Phou 41′

YuriYuri: Amazing cook, skillful captain and impressive spearfisherman. Yuri will show you the best of his culture and homeland. Yuri is versatile cook who have adapted local Guna receipts with international receipts.  Captain since 2011, speaks Guna, Spanish and understands some english. Monohull Jivago 44′

Captain AxelAxel: a native Guna captain, speaks Spanish, English and Dutch due to his years on board merchant vessels through the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean. Axel has ample knowledge about his culture and the history of Guna Yala, “The Land of The Guna People”. Monohull Preluda 45′

At Just 35 Minutes From Panama City

Considering San Blas as your next adventure? Why not, it is at just 35 minutes from Panama City. The San Blas archipelago was selected as the third most beautiful destination in the world by circumnavigators. Yes! The most beautiful and spectacular tourist destination of Panama is located along the Caribbean coast: the 365 islands of this archipelago are a real postcard scenery of white sand beaches, coconuts trees and turquoise waters. And the population, the Kuna Indians, is living in a traditional way.

Protecting the whales in the Canal

Source: The Visitor (Vol. 20#22)

Four traffic separation schemes (TSS) will be implemented to regulate the commercial ships that enter and exit the Panama Canal and the country’s ports. The new routes will minimize a coincidence between the inter-oceanic way and the humpback whales’ migration routes. The initiative was approved unanimously last week at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.

The TSSs will also reduce the speed of the vessels four months each year during the whales’ high season hibernation period. The decision was made based on the studies of the Smithsonian marine ecologist, Hector Guzman.

TSS is a traffic-management route-system ruled by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The traffic-lanes (or clearways) indicate the general direction of the ships in that zone; ships navigating within a TSS all sail in the same direction or they cross the lane at an angle as close to 90 degrees as possible. They are used to regulate the traffic at busy, confined waterways or around capes.

According to the study, several species of cetaceans move through the tropical waters near the Pacific entrance of the Canal in the Gulf of Panama. Guzman and his colleagues discovered that it is an important breeding area for the humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere.

Panama is a leader of world commerce and an important custodian of an exceptional marine biodiversity. Around 17,000 merchant ships sail through the Gulf of Panama every year and it is expected that number will increase significantly once the construction of the new locks are finished allowing the transit of the bigger “Post-Panamax” vessels to enter the Canal’s ports.

Guzmán estimates that the new policy will reduce the potential collision areas between ships and whales by 93% while the interactions between vessels and whales will decrease by 95% in the Gulf of Panama.

In the Pacific, it is expected that a series of three TSSs will significantly diminish the potential collisions of ships with artisanal fishing vessels and reduce accidents that could provoke contamination that can affect the country’s seven protected marine areas, wildlife sanctuaries, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the RAMSAR convention for protected wetlands.

Panama has six months to implement the TSSs and the shipping industry has six months to comply with them.

Panama The 7th Most Affordable City in 2014

According to the 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living Index Report publish by The Economist Panama is ranked as the 7th most affordable city in the World. This report compares and analyses 400 individual prices across 160 products and services in 131 cities around the globe.

Full Report

Preceded by other 6 cities located in Asia and Africa and tied with Bucharest (Romania), Panama City has successfully maintained this rank as the 8th most affordable city for 2 consecutive years.


  1. Mumbai (India)
  2. Karachi (Pakistan)
  3. New Delhi (India)
  4. Kathmandu (Nepal)
  5. Damascus (Syria)
  6. Algiers (Algeria)
  7. Panama City (Panama) & Bucharest (Romania)