Nacar (Sailing Koala)

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Nacar – Sailing between Panama & Colombia – US$550

The Journey from Colombia to Panama (or reverse) via the San Blas islands is one of the most spectacular and rewarding in all of Latin America. Besides being a practical way to cross between Central and South America, the trip offers backpackers a taste of the Caribbean and some of its divine islands.
Your Captain, Fabian Arcila is no longer on the Sailing Koala but has now taken over a beautiful new Catamaran and can take up to 12 people on the trip, he treats you to 3 days in the San Blas over the course of his 5-6 day excursion and the remaining 2 days are spent at sea. Fabian speaks perfect English and has been taking backpackers on this journey since 1998. You are in experienced hands…
One of the benefits of this trip is that the boat leaves or arrives in Portobelo, Panama, making it easy to connect with Panama City by bus. The boat comfortably accommodates 6 and at 31 feet there is sufficient space for crew inside and out.


* 2 days Open Ocean sailing…..Sailing Koala offers you the opportunity to adventure across the Caribbean to a timeless and unique tropical paradise where legend becomes reality.
* 3 days in San Blas
* 4 different islands to explore a unique tropical paradise where time has stood still
* Unique delicious meals with the Kunas
* Snorkel and mask for each person
* Opportunity to learn about sailing during the trip


The trip from Colombia to Panama or reverse cost $1.000.000 pesos (US$550) All included, except alcoholic beverages

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Emma EmDawg

Thanks for such an amazing trip!
Miss our Captain already!! :)
P.s Whats for dinner? hahah
August 2012

Booie Gason

Thank u Capi for such an amazing trip!!! Had a blast =)
p.s what’s for lunch?
August 2012

Alana McHenry

Did the trip from Cartagena to Panama on the 18th of June, had an amazing time!! The boat was incredible, brand new. Cristina, Fabian and Edwin were very helpful and easy to get along with, unlike some of the horror stories we heard about other captains. Would definately recommend this trip to others!
July 2012

Sarah Kirkby

What an awesome experience! If your thinking about sailing between Panama and Cartagena Sailing Koala is the best option. Fabian (the captain) was so professional and experienced. All aspects including safety, fun, food, comfort and crew were fantastic. Cristina (Fabian’s daughter) was amazing, the food she cooked was the best we’ve had in the last three months of traveling. These guys are also great friends with the local Kuna people which meant we could buy fresh caught lobsters and seafood for dinner. Thanks guys for the best boat trip ever, Oskar and I had a great time.
July 2012

Julie Grundy

Thank you so much for such an incredible adventure! I loved the journey from Cartagena to Panama aboard the Nacar. Fabian is the BEST captain in the area. I actually feel sorry for anyone who did the trip without him. The boat had 12 “sailors” (ahm, backpackers) which was the perfect amount for a 41″ catamaran… and kept clean the entire way. Oh, and the food was very impressive. Our time spent in San Blas was priceless. Highly recommend Sailing Koala to anyone looking for a comfortable, fun and very memorable way to skip the ‘gap!
July 2012

Ru Pearce

Sorry took ages Fabian, absolutely amazing trip, you get longer on the islands and the captain is brilliant. Will definitely be back to do it again in the next few years. Don’t miss it.
October 2011

Marta Elegido Arriola

Una gran experiencia rodeadas de buenísima gente. Muchas gracias otra vez por todo. Lo prometido es deuda 😉 Besos desde España!
November 2011

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