Our trips from Colombia depart from Cartagena and finish in the San Blas Islands, Panama. This trip is ideally for young backpackers looking for fun and culture, however if you are looking for a party boat, all day drinking and late night music then we ask you to consider another operator.

We have a pre-­departure meeting with all passengers the evening before departure at 7pm at Hostel Mamallena in Getsemani, Cartagena. Please make sure you attend this meeting as we also need to collect your passports so they can be processed at immigration early the next morning.

On the day of departure we will meet at Club Nautico Marina at 6pm. S/Y Quest will be anchored in the bay just off Club Nautico Marina. Club Nautico is just a 5 minute taxi ride from Getsemani, the main hostel area in Cartagena.

Before you arrive to Club Nautico you should separate your luggage into two bags, your main backpack, and a small day pack with what you need for your time on the boat. Your main backpack will be stowed away in a dry storage during the entire trip. You should be sure to have an evening meal before arriving to meet the boat for departure.



After you have boarded S/Y Quest a safety briefing and tour of the boat will be given before seeting sail at around 9m. The passage to San Blas normally takes 36 hours so we will spend 2 nights and one day at sea and arrive in San Blas in the early morning of day three. We will then spend three days in San Blas before the overnight sail to Portobelo where we will arrive in the early morning of day six.

Below is a sample itinerary for the 6 days and 5 nights of the trip. The islands we go to can vary depending of the season and the local weather,but we always endeavor to visit three different groups of islands.


Five Nights On Board


Unlimited Showers


All Meals & Drinking Water


Island Fees, Administration & Immigration


Snorkel Equipment


Alcoholic Drinks/Sodas/Juices


Local Tourist Tax $20 per person


Onward Transport From San Blas


Visa To Visit Panama If Required


Travel Insurance

The details below are designed to give passengers a general idea of what to expect from a typical trip from Colombia To Panama on board SY Quest. Due to the nature sailing sometimes our plan may need to be altered.

Passengers should be aware that in rare occurrences the departure/arrival ports and/or scheduled dates may need to be changed due to circumstances outside of our control.  

  Day 1. Meet at Claub Nautico Marina at 6pm . Overnight sailing .

Day 2: At sea, sailing towards San Blas.

Day 3: Arriving San Blas in the early morning. We will arrive to our first anchorage of choice and and spend that day and night at anchor.

Day 4: After breakfast and a morning swim we will sail for about 2 hours to the next island group where we will arrive before lunch. We will spend the rest of the day and night at anchor.

Day 5: Again after breakfast and a morning swim we will sail to our last anchorage for the trip where will arrive before lunch.

Day 6: The trip will end after breakfast. Onward transport to Panama City is available when you arrive. Total cost to get from the islands to Panama City is about $45 -$50 USD per person

It is very rare that there are any issues resulting in a delay however we advise passengers not to make any plans or flight reservations to leave Panama without two to three days free at the end of the trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many People Will Be On The Boat?

Most trips with Quest will be limited to ten passengers plus crew members.

Many other boats offering a similar service are smaller yet take more passengers. This makes Quest one of the most spacious boats available in terms of space/passenger ratio.

Is This A Party Boat?

No. Everyone is encouraged to have fun and socialize, however wild parties, excessive drinking and loud music is not permitted. 

Are Showers Available Each Day?

Yes! Along with many other great features aboard the boat, S/Y Quest  has a water ­maker system allowing passengers to take unlimited fresh water showers each and every day

What Sort Of People Is This Trip Suitable For?

Most guests on board Quest are backpackers and travellers who enjoy cultural, adventurous holidays in a more chilled out sailing environment. Our trip is especially popular with couples and small groups of travelling friends. 

Unfortunately families with children and anyone with certain mobility restrictions cannot be accommodated for safety reasons.  

How Long Is The Trip?

Standard trips are scheduled to be a total of five nights. This generally includes two and a half to three days in the San Blas islands visiting different anchorages along the way. Each trip is dependant on sailing and anchoring conditions, so we cannot give an exact itinerary or guarantee the islands you will visit. 

How Do I Book And Pay?

Use our online reservation form HERE. We will then confirm availability for your chosen trip. If you want to confirm your space aboard a deposit of $50.00USD  is required. This is deducted from the total quoted price and can be paid is USD, EURO or GBP via the following methods.

PayPal, GPay, Monzo, Transferwise, Revolut

The final balance must be paid on board the boat in CASH ONLY, USD. Unfortunately we cannot accept electronic payment for this.