Our trips from Panama depart from San Blas Islands and finish in Cartagena, Colombia. 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.

Before you arrive to the dock 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.


After you have boarded S/Y Quest. We will then spend three days in San Blas before we set sail for the 36 hour passage to Cartagena on day 3. We will arrive Cartagena in the early morning of day five.


Four 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


Transport To Departure Location


Visa To Visit Colombia If Required


Travel Insurance

The details below are designed to give passengers a general idea of what to expect from a typical trip from Panama to Colombia 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: You will meet the boat in the San Blas islands. An early morning transfer from Panama City will be required at 05:00 – 06:00. We can help arrange this for you. We wil spend the rest of the day in this area of the San Blas islands or make our way somewhere else in the afternoon.

Day 2: 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 3: Again after breakfast and a morning swim we will sail to our last anchorage for the trip where will arrive before lunch. We will stay at anchor here until then afternoon, when we will set sail for the passage to Cartagena.

Day 4: At sea, sailing towards Cartagena

Day 5: We will arrive in Cartagena in the early morning. S/Y Quest will anchor in the bay near Club Nautico in Manga. Club Nautico is just a 5 minute taxi ride from Getsemani, the main hostel area in Cartagena.

The captain’s agent will process the port authority paperwork and immigration. You will receive your passports back later the same day. In order to check­-in to your hotel you should have copies of your passports. 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 Colombia 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 days. 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 in CASH ONLY, USD. Unfortunately we cannot accept electronic payment for this.