Relax on your vacation…we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to get here, get on board and enjoy with your loved ones.
Your catamaran rental comes with the service guarantee and extra peace of mind of Panama’s leading boutique hotel business, Bocas del Mar.
The skipper services of the captain are always required.
Bedding and all towels are included for overnights, and guests carry out their own housekeeping. Final cleaning is included in the price.
Smoking is not permitted inside or close to indoor or covered areas. We regret pets are not permitted.
We make it easy for organizing food & beverages:
You can bring and prepare your own food or book an optional onboard cook to prepare your meals. If you choose to contract the chef services, so your meals are prepared, please add US$140 per night.
If we are preparing food for you, we will help you plan menus in advance and we can buy the groceries or you bring your own. You should budget around US$30-40 per person per night for food and beverage costs (excl. alcohol). Don’t forget to budget for/buy additional food for the crew as well, whether you self-prepare (captain only) or go for the catering option (captain and cook).
Islands we visit are beautiful and uninhabited, so all supplies are loaded on departure. There is good storage space, a big fridge/freezer and water maker. We will assist and guide you at all stages.
Snorkel equipment is included. Up to three kayaks, a stand-up pedal board or fishing rod can be added at a small extra charge. Ask us.
As is usual on these types of charters, fuel is charged extra as per your routes chosen. Consumption is up to around 60 liters (16 USg) average per hour and a typical day has total of up to 2 to 3 hours motoring average, either on the ocean or around bays. This amount is charged to your final invoice at market rate. Routes can vary according to local conditions at the time – there are dozens of bays and beaches to explore.
Choose to embark in Santa Catalina (closest point to Isla Coiba) or Boca Chica (option to visit Islas Secas as well and David airport transfer)
Option 1: Boarding at Santa Catalina or from a seaplane.
Our guests choose boarding the yacht at Santa Catalina as it is the closest point to the Coiba national park, about an hour’s sail away. Santa Catalina is a small fishing village known for its surfing and laidback feel. Guests boarding in Santa Catalina to sail Coiba with us drive from Panama City (about five hours)*. This also gives you road tourism options on the Veraguas Peninsua before or after you Coiba yacht charter. We can arrange accommodations options for you to choose from in Santa Caltalina before or after your Cobia cruise.
Boarding time from Santa Catalina (Veraguas province): 2pm. Disembark by 11am on day of return. Easy pick up point in Santa Catalina. One hour journey to Isla Coiba Park.
(*Some guests choose to arrive in private seaplane at Coiba from Panama City rather than car. We can put you in touch with plane operators.)
Option 2: Boarding at Boca Chica:
Guests choose to board at Boca Chica if they are flying into David airport (45 minute flights from Panama City) or visiting Chiriqui province (including the famous coffee-growing highlands around Boquete). Boca Chica is the home port of the catamaran and accommodations can be arranged at our award-winning boutque hotel, Bocas del Mar. The journey to Coiba from here is around three to four hours, however you can add in a visit to stunning Islas Secas which is half way (known as mini Coiba), so you have a more diverse cruise.
In Boca Chica, the transfer from David regional airport (DAV) – 50 minutes from Boca Chica – is smooth; we can offer transportation or arrange taxis and there are also car rental operators. David airport connects with frequent short flights to Panama City’s Tocumen (PTY) for international flights or Albrook (PAC). We include courtesy transportation from David airport for all Coiba yacht cruises if you group is arriving and departing on the same flight. You can see the location of the hotel and its dock here
Boarding time from Boca Chica (Chiriqui province): 9am. Disembark by 5pm on day of return. From private dock of Hotel Bocas del Mar to begin your Gulf of Chiriqui and Coiba cruise.
IN SUMMARY: Choose to board in Santa Catalina (shortest crossing to Isla Coiba, more road driving from Panama City) or Boca Chica (airport connections from Panama City and less road travel and more time on the yacht). Reach out to our reservations team for full planning assistance.