Things to do while you're with us.
THE SAN BLAS ISLANDS OF PANAMA ARE RATED TO BE THE #3 TROPICAL PARADISE IN THE WORLD BY THE LONELY PLANET TRAVEL GUIDE. ENJOY:
Blue Sky is a very large custom built boat, 52 ft. in length, and 16 1/2 ft. beam (width). Due to the boat's size and width, she is very stable, much like a catamaran, and does NOT heel (tip) over when sailing! This makes a very good alternate to the expense of chartering a catamaran!
While scuba diving is prohibited here in the San Blas, we can still enjoy some fantastic snorkeling!
We love giving guided snorkeling underwater tours! Have you ever swam with eagle rays, held a brittle starfish while it wraps around your hands, played "peek-a-boo" with sea anemones, or snorkeled on a wreck? Snorkeling in the islands: The same barrier reefs that stop the ocean swells also help to protect the inner coral reefs from being damaged by surge. The tropical fish under water plant life and coral formations are spectacular in the crystal clear water. There is little concern about predator fish.
SAILING AND FISHING
We combined sailing and fishing because, well, any time we're sailing, we're always fishing! As the saying goes, "you aren't catching if you're not fishing"!
We love the delicious lobsters. We also respect the "closed season" from March 1st to June 1st in order so they may have time to reproduce.
The months from Dec. to April are when we get our best sailing winds; we call them the Christmas trades. That's when we love to sail behind the Naguargandup Cays chain enjoying sailing in 15 to 20 knots of wind in smooth waters!
When Debbie was a small child, her father built several ocean-going Folboat kayaks, both singles and doubles. They were made with wooden frames covered with Nagahyde. So Debbie had her own kayak at the tender age of five!
The kayaks we carry onboard Blue Sky are two brand new lightweight modern day 9 ft. Emotion plastic one person sit atop style. The ocean barrier reefs surrounding the San Blas archipelago offer protected waters and endless tranquil uninhabited islands, making ideal locations for kayaking. We often take off for the day circumnavigating different islands, gliding over the deeper coral reefs! Blue Sky's dive platform makes for easy embarking and disembarking directly from the boat.
WATERFALL HIKING TOURS
We can arrange waterfall trips with one of our Kuna friends. The trips take about 4 & 1/2 hrs. Lisa, our Kuna guide, picks up guests from our boat anchored off of Isla Sarladup in her motorized launcha boat between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.
It's a 20 min. boat ride to the mainland, then a bit of a ride up the Rio Sidra. After that, you hike up the mountain past a large Guna cemetery then on to the waterfalls.
Lisa your Guna guide, gives you an informative discussion of the different medicine plants and local traditions along the way.
Coming down the mountain, you'll both swim and walk thru the river! Lisa's helper will carry your backpacks on the way back down the river path.
We'll supply a boxed lunch and water for you to carry on your hike.
*These trips are "weather permitting only".
Cost for this tour: $25 to $30 per person; however, Lisa needs a $100 minimum per trip. Lisa also needs 1 week's advance notice.
100% of the proceeds go directly to Lisa and her community island of Rio Sidra.