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Sail San Blas with Pantalasa

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Minimum Stay: 2 nights
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Bedrooms: 3
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Sail San Blas with Pantalasa

Beautiful sailboat for comfortably discovering the islands of San Blas, a paradise for sailing, snorkeling and fishing, with 360 islets of coconut palms, white sand beaches and wonderful coral funds. Ideal for families, couples and groups of friends looking for a relaxing holiday and the thrill of a sailing trip in one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. Our prices depend on the number of persons, please contact us for a proper quote.
Amenities:
KETTLE
AREA FISHING NEAR
AREA WATERSPORTS NEAR
SHORT RENTAL
FRIDGE
INTERNET ACCESS
LINENS PROVIDED
STAFF
TOASTER
WIFI
STOVE
STEREO
OCEAN VIEWS
SOLARIUM
OUTDOOR DINING
BLENDER
WATER VIEWS
BEACH WATER
BEACH LAKESIDE
Suitabilities:
ALL
Notes:
Minimum length of stay is 2 days
Change over day: FLEXIBLE
Minimum stay may vary by time of the year.
Smoking allowed: YES
Mobility: NONE
Additional Rates:
Daily rate from: 460
Weekly rate from: 3220

Prices are quoted in EUR
Monthly rate from: 14062 Euro
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Address:
Postcode: 00111
City: El Porvenir
Region: Guna Yala Region
Area: San Blas Islands
Country: Panama
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Sleeps/Guests up to: 6
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Internet: done
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Fishing: done
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Reviews: (35)
Overall Rating: (5) rate

avatar Rating: (5) rate
My husband and I are not sailors but we wanted to see San Blas and the best way to do that is on a sailboat. So we rented the Pantalasa charter sailboat with Judit and Ignacio for 3 days of blissful sailing throughout San Blas. The boat is very clean and simple, the crew, Judit and Igancio are expert sailors, they know the San Blas Islands well and know the perfect places to stop for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and the best beaches. Our hosts were also fantastically laid back but very professional The meals were excellent, mostly fish from the catch of the day! It was for sure the most relaxing time we have spent in many years and we felt fortunate to be with such a nice couple on the boat with no other people. The San Blas Islands are a beautiful little piece of Panama that we hope to return to someday. The waters there are clear and warm and it is an "undiscovered" place with no noise or crowds, just you, the sea and the stars at night. If you're looking for a great low key escape with some beautiful scenery and wonderful hosts, then look no further than Pantalasa. You can't go wrong with is team!
Written by: (San Francisco, California), Visit Date: 2014-05, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Last december I had the most amazing holiday experience of my life with Pantalasa. Both Judith and Ignacio are great hosts in an amazing enviroment. This was my first time of one week on the sea, and it is so relaxing to experience both the calm of those waters, the colors of the day and the infinite amount of stars by night. And every night I slept like a baby! Another big surprise for me was the food, because it was amazing to get the lobster from the sea to the dish!
Written by: (Donostia-San Sebastián, Pais Vasco, Spain), Visit Date: 2014-12, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
We hebben afgelopen november met 5 personen waaronder een kleintje van 3 bijna een week doorgebracht op de Pantalasa. Judit en Ignacio zijn de perfecte gastvrouw en gastheer die veel weten te vertellen over de omgeving en de leefgewoontes aldaar. Ze verzorgen je van top tot teen, met lekker eten (vers gevangen vis, jummie), heerlijke wijntjes en brengen je naar alle mooie eilandjes. De zeilboot is van alle gemakken voorzien, heerlijk geslapen aan boord en ook voor de kleine man was het confortabel en veilig aan boord. Wil je een unieke ervaring dan raadt ik je 5 dagen tot een week Pantalasa aan, een ervaring die je nooit meer zult vergeten!!
Written by: (Aalsmeer), Visit Date: 2014-11, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Wir durften im Februar/März 2014 Judith, Ignacio und ihr wunderschönes Segelboot kennen lernen. Es war eine unglaublich tolle Zeit!! Wir haben ganz tolle Gastgeber geniessen dürfen. Das Essen war super, die Pläne wurden unseren Wünschen angepasst und wir hatten sehr nette Gespräche. Dazu kamen die San Blas-Inseln - Eindrücke, die unvergesslich sind. Wir würden sofort wieder mit Judith und Ignacio mitsegeln und können die beiden nur empfehlen! Wir danken den beiden für die schönsten, unvergesslichsten Urlaubstage, die wir je erlebt gaben!!
Written by: (Lenzburg, Switzerland), Visit Date: 2015-02, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Definitivamente una de las mejores experiencias en mi vida!! Un lugar espectacular con unos anfitriones... de lujo!! Judith e Ignacio se encargaron junto con las maravillosas islas de regalarnos un viaje inolvidable, un cumpleaños perfecto! Todo absolutamente todo fue perfecto... la belleza natural, el velero bello siempre impecable, la comida mediterránea deliciosa, los detalles durante cada día, la música, la agradable compañía hacían que no quisiera regresar a casa... fue un sueño que espero pronto volver a vivir!!
Written by: , Visit Date: 2015-06, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Una experiencia única en la vida, un lugar paradisíaco y un servicio de hospedaje que no tiene nada que envidiarle al mejor crucero del mundo. La tripulación fue muy atenta con nuestras necesidades, al punto de organizar una celebración de cumpleaños en un par de instantes, las comidas a bordo enriquecieron la experiencia con su sabor mediterráneo. Si anda en busca de una vacación para relajarse, descansar y desconectarse de la rutina está en el lugar correcto. Judit e Ignacio son unos anfitriones cojonudisimos y te hacen disfrutar cada minuto de tu vacación.
Written by: (Costa Rica), Visit Date: 2015-05, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
“Si uno quisiera pasar unas vacaciones soñadas, en un lugar paradisiaco, rodeado de un paisaje increíble ,en un velero particular junto a una pareja que oficia de tripulación que es un lujo, excelentes cuando navegan, cocinan, haciendo música y una maravillosa compañía durante una semana, gente a la cual uno no conoce y acaban siendo mas que buenos anfitriones, unos queridos amigos para siempre , y como broche de oro, en mi caso particular cumplir 50 años junto a mi amada familia, en el medio del Caribe rodeado de hermosos e interminables colores verdes y azules del mar en contraste con claros colores de arena blanca y cocoteros, siendo uno de los lugares mas hermosos que existen en el mundo. Usted diría que esto es posible? La excelente noticia es que todo esto que acabo de relatar es real y lo conseguimos gracias a Judit y Nacho que tienen una maravillosa labor en esta vida, que es compartir con uno la experiencia de vivir algo inolvidable y darle valor a las pequeñas e importantes cosas de la vida. Muchas gracias PANTALASA , por permitirnos pasar esta aventura inolvidable de nuestras vidas… Y que el velero siempre mire al norte !!”
Written by: (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Visit Date: 2014-02, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (4) rate
séjour des plus sympathiques et attentionné. nous voulions découvrir les îles de la région et faire du tuba (snorkelling): voyage et séjour de rêve en passant à la voile d'île en île. Arrêt dans des endroits magnifiques, isolés, seuls à bord avec les propriétaires qui veillent à tout. C'est la seule vrai manière de visiter cette région de Panama. Le voilier est très bien entretenu et les propriétaires sont dignes de confiance: ils connaissent la mer à la perfection et nous ont aussi un peu initiés à la voile (sport que nous ne connaissions pas du tout). Vraiment une excellente adresse. ivan de mesmaeker
Written by: (Zurich, Switzerland), Visit Date: 2013-12, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
When we first discovered Pantalasa years ago while googling our best options to discover San Blas we were so happy as my best friend from Germany was visiting with her husband and they wanted to explore the mostly untouched islands of San Blas on the Caribbean side of Panama by boat. We had 3 amazing and relaxing days with Judit & Ignacio. 3 days feel like a 10 day vacation with them. You can totally disconnect, enjoy some really good, fresh and creative food, read, swim, snorkel, and repeat. It was so good that we have been back for more with other friends and as a couple. We even brought our 2 year old daughter along.
Written by: (Panama City, Panama), Visit Date: 2015-01, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Estas últimas vacaciones navegando en velero por las Islas de San Blas con Pantalasa han sido sin duda las más extraordinarias y sorprendentes que recuerdo. Un lugar virgen con islas de ensueño y aguas cristalinas con un fondo marino lleno de colores, y con unos anfitriones geniales que nos mostraron los lugares más singulares del archipiélago. Exquisitas comidas a base de pescado y marisco recién sacado del agua. Un excelente velero para recomendar!
Written by: , Visit Date: 2015-07, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Hemos pasado los mejores dias de nuestro viaje en este velero en San Blas. Nuestros anfitriones no solo han sido de lo mas profesional, sino que se han desvivido por hacernos la estancia agradable. A los estupendos desayunos seguían unas increibles buceadas en los arrecifes; deliciosas comidas y cenas, navegadas entre increibles paisajes....paseos por las islas,Todo ha sido perfecto. Gracias mil.
Written by: (West Greece, Greece), Visit Date: 2015-11, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
"Our experience with Pantalasa was positive from the first interaction. Judith is a master at communicating and coordinating logistics. She answered my questions and helped arrange transportation to and from the sailboat, which is part of the adventure. Once on board with our three kids, ages 16, 14, and 11, Judith and Ingacio did everything they could to deliver a wonderful experience for us. We spent our days lounging on the boat, skorkeling, and exploring majestic desert islands in the unspoiled Kuna territory. We felt safe and comfortable on the boat as they both have extensive sailing experience and know the local area very well. They created a custom itinerary that gave us just the right amount of timing actually sailing and relaxing at anchorage. We used their snorkel gear and kayak to goof around getting from the boat to the islands. They also arranged a fresh fried fish lunch on one of the islands prepared by a Kuna family that was a highlight. In a world of big hotels and countless tourists, sailing in San Blas is a refreshing experience. Going with Judith and Ignatio, who are so welcoming and friendly, will ensure you have a wonderful trip."
Written by: (San Francisco, California), Visit Date: 2015-12, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Siempre acabas teniendo tus reservas al respecto de las opiniones que suscriben otras familias y si algo puedo decir es que en nuestro caso, la realidad ha superado con creces las expectativas que habíamos creado al respecto de nuestro viaje Acudimos a San Blas en familia a celebrar mi 50 cumpleaños, somos grandes amantes de la navegación, de la naturaleza, de la conversación, de las puestas de sol, de un buen vino.... Pasamos una semana sensacional con Judit e Ignacio, en éste momento considero que han pasado a engrosar ni lista de amistades.
Written by: (Barcelona, Spain), Visit Date: 2016-01, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
En un rinconcito del Caribe hay un trocito de paraíso, las Islas de San Blas. Hay una goleta que te lleva y ya soñamos con volver, hasta el nombre es bonito, Pantalasa. Allí si miras, ves, eso nos dijeron sus dueños, Judit e Ignacio,  y tenían razón. Ves las islas con las que todos hemos soñado, ves cuatro tonos azules diferentes de mar, ves y sientes el vuelo relajante de los pelícanos, ves miles de peces entre preciosos arrecifes de coral, ves a indios kuna como se acercan con sus sencillos cayucos con langostas o pescado fresco que después cenaremos, todo eso con el lujo de hacerlo en espacios casi vírgenes, alejados de las rutas turísticas habituales. Una de las cosas más interesantes ha sido la vida en el barco, donde en cuatro días los dueños de ese velero alquilado pasan a ser Judit y Ignacio, dos de las personas más auténticas y amables que hemos tenido el placer y la suerte de conocer. Ellos nos han descubierto el placer de navegar a vela, nos han preparado estupendos platos con un pescado fresquísimo y sabrosa fruta y hemos hecho largas y agradables sobremesas. El barco es cómodo, muy limpio y te habitúas rápidamente a vivir en él. En fin, lo dicho, que cuatro días se hacen cortos y ya soñamos con volver. Miguel Angel&Olga
Written by: (Barcelona, Spain), Visit Date: 2016-02, Source: TripAdvisor

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Un paraiso en la tierra. Sin duda uno de los mejores viajes en barco en mi vida. San Blas es inacabable, cada isla és un tesoro, cada snorkel es una sorpresa y lo mas sorprendente es la sensación de estar en un lugar de la tierra donde el tiempo se ha parado. La gente que vive en estas islas viven de espaldas al mundo civiizado. En San Blas nos dimos cuenta de lo importante que son las cosas más esenciales. Un viaje impressionante. Gracias Judit y Ignacio por enseñarnos este precioso paraiso. Volveremos!
Written by: , Visit Date: 2016-09, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
I'm a normal guy, not used to sailing. When we decided to go on a boat for 4 days, I got a little bit scared. Seasickness, boredom, lack of space, problems sharing with others... Fortunately, none of the above happened, instead it was one of the nicest experiences of my life. Let me be clear about it: I didn't know Ignacio and Judit before arriving and when I left, somehow, I felt that I was leaving some friends behind. Now the practical stuff. Not too much sailing, only to move from one island to the other. For my taste, absolutely balanced. The place, San Blas, the least visited area. Beautiful as heaven. The paradise islands a child would paint. Wonderful snorkling (all provided). Food on the boat. Great. Ignacio is a very talented cook and, as you can imagine, fresh fish or lobsters. All served with nice wine. And last, they are very friendly and know how to empathize with the customers needs. If you want to read, they will leave you alone, if you want to chat they will offer interesting topics to discuss. Many thanks for such a delightful experience Pantalasa.
Written by: (Tbilisi, Georgia), Visit Date: 2017-01, Source: TripAdvisor

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Vivir una experiencia en este precioso velero por un paraje como San Blas es algo mágico, único e idílico. Pero más aún, si además lo haces acompañado de dos grandes personas y expertos en la navegación como Ignacio y Judit, quienes no sólo te hacen fácil y amena la estancia, sino que te la alegran e iluminan. Pocos lugares quedan ya en el Caribe como San Blas , para aquellos que buscan naturaleza salvaje, éste es el lugar: sin apenas infraestructura ni resorts ni turismo de masas, islas pequeñas, otras más grandes, aguas cálidas y transparentes, corales y vida marina, arenas blancas, cocoteros....y una cultura nueva por descubrir regentada por sus indígenas Kuna. Sin duda, para todo aquel que pueda, recomendaría visitarlo de la manera más especial, que es navegando estas islitas a,través de Pantalasa, dejándote llevar por el mar y su vela, fondeando en sitios solitarios que Ignacio y Judit buscan con cariño para hacerlo aún más especial. Pudiendo admirar las strellas y constelaciones en la noche y despertarte frente a una isla de ensueño, en un barco que cuidan con el amor y cariño que reflejan ambos por la navegación y el mar, y que han hecho de ello, su pasión y modo de vida. No hay nada como percibir en esta pareja, que forman gran equipo, sus ganas energía e ilusión por lo que hacen. Lo demás, ya sale solo.... Risas, sentido del humor, actitud positiva, responsabilidad cuando se requiere. .... Buena comida, barco cuidado y limpio.... Un viaje y experiencia que nunca olvidaremos. Martín y Bali.
Written by: (Madrid, Spain), Visit Date: 2016-12, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
We had a lifetime experience this end of the year and the start of the new one with Pantalasa. Judit and Ignacio are the main reason that made this trip a success. Constantly cheerful, they made us feel like home since the first moment we arrived. There were a lot of laughs, improvised "drums" concerts with the cooking pots and delicious food. I couldn't anticipate that I would eat those delicious meals in such a remote place, in the middle of nowhere. Moreover, San Blas is a dream come true. We enjoyed every single minute that we spent there. Snorkeling in cristalline waters, sailing to dreamy islands and observing the stars at night (few times in my life I have seen so many stars). I would highly recommend this experience.
Written by: , Visit Date: 2016-12, Source: TripAdvisor

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We have spent a week in Panama. The first two days we visited Panama City, the old town and Panama Channel, a very interesting visit for all the family. The third day, we started our little adventure, crossing the jungle with a confortable SUB that picked us up in the hotel in Panama City, everything perfectly organized by Judith and Igancio. When we reached San Blas (Kuna Yala for the inhabitants there) someone was waiting for us to reach Lola, the fantastic sailing boat where we spent four days and nights. We had never had such and experience before and we definitely recomend and will repeat. Our kids (11 and 8) loved living in a boat, everything was amazing for all of us. Turquoise water, thousends of colourfull fish, turtles, stingrays were swiming pacefully around us and... dolphins.... Everyday pods of dolphins would join for our sailing... Days flew by in the sailing boat, with time for swiming and snorkeling, sunbathing, eating the delicious meals Judith and Ignacio prepared for us, reading and enjoying the views of this magnificent land, just like in paradise
Written by: (Barcelona, Spain), Visit Date: 2016-12, Source: TripAdvisor

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La experiencia en el velero fué increible e inolvidable. La mejor opción para conocer este paraíso de aguas cálidas y transparentes llamado San Blas. Judit e Ignacio, encantadores y siempre atentos, todo detalle...nos hicieron sentir como en casa! Sin duda, para repetir!!!!
Written by: (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain), Visit Date: 2016-12, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
Excelente gestión y preparación de traslados desde aeropuerto y Panamá city hasta San Blas, pasando por espectacular selva panameña en territorio indígena Kuna, hasta llegar en lancha rápida local. Buen barco con estupenda navegación, muy limpio, ordenado, en un ambiente lo suficientemente cercano para sentirte acogido, y lo suficientemente alejado como para no perder tu espacio vital. Excelente comida basada principalmente en pescado recién salido del mar, langostas curiosamente muy sabrosas, verduras variadas, etc., buena cocina y vinos argentinos y chilenos, cervezas y refrescos, a la carta. Falta vocabulario para definir el increíble enclave lleno de pequeñas islas, preciosas navegadas con muy experimentado capitán y anfitriona, con buenos buceos, pesca, e interesantes visitas a la comunidad indígena, playas e islas. Tras años de muchos viajes de placer y negocios, he quedado notablemente sorprendido.
Written by: (Key Biscayne, Florida), Visit Date: 2017-02, Source: TripAdvisor

avatar Rating: (5) rate
We sought out to visit the 360 pristine islands of San Blas, we wanted a diverse experience, not just one island, so we decided on a boat. We were two couples and we booked Pantalasa. This is the part of the review I am absolutely destroyed to type: It was one of the most memorable three days we have ever spent on vacation, and we don’t want anyone to know about this wonderful boat and these amazing people, but I promised Judit that I would write an honest review, so I have to be honest. Arriving at Pantalasa, a 50-foot sailboat is half the adventure: A drive from Panama City to San Blas Dock over mountain and hill that is half roller coaster, half Grand Prix, a water taxi ride that lasted 45 minutes, and meeting Judit and Nacho for the first time with a comically laughable amount of luggage – seriously, just ask them – we were epically over packed. The sailboat is an immaculate haven and we spent three amazing nights sleeping under a million stars with trade winds keeping us cool, the cabins were comfortable and wonderful. I am not going to say that Judit and Nacho went out of their way to impress us because I can only imagine that they treat all of their guests equally well – we had three solid amazing meals, with cold wine and beer, and fresh caught seafood, every day. We looked forward to every meal and every bite, and we even begged for some of the recipes. Our hosts know the Kuna Yala communities and their people’s customs and cultures, and they were both a delightful combination of historian, adventure guide, chef and sailor. We had a local artist visit the boat with her Mola’s, we shopped off a local floating grocery. Our adventures took us snorkeling to see a massive array of colorful fish, Rays, Starfish and a Sunken Boat; we anchored near islands that we can truly say were postcard worthy. My significant other was in the water from sun up to sun down. We visited a local Kuna Community for dinner on the last evening of our stay. One member of our party had a bit of an issue with mobility, Judit provided assistance in a guided snorkel and even ensured that disabilities weren’t a roadblock to enjoying the sea, the Pantalasa has a little boat to transfer those less mobile to and from the islands, as well as snacks and beer/soda. We had many laughs and shared some great stories, and took a nap or two underneath the sails in the afternoon after a few cold Balboas. We fell in love with our new friends, my September sister, Judit and the whistling Skipper, Nacho. We will go back to visit San Blas, and will only go with Pantalasa. Our only regret is not staying more than three days. Next time we will stay much longer, and we hope our new friends will welcome us as openly as they did the first time….especially with a lot less luggage, but we will still bring Beer, Whiskey and Floaties!
Written by: (Central Islip, New York), Visit Date: 2017-01, Source: TripAdvisor

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There are not enough positive things I can say about the 5 days we spent with Ignacio and Judit and Pantalasa Charters in the San Blas islands, otherwise known as Kuna Yula, the homeland and semi-autonomous area of Panama managed by the Kuna Indians.  This was our first time on a sailboat and it was an extraordinary experience for myself, my wife and our now adult children (20 yr old daughter and 18 yr old son). We were a little worried about a sailing trip as my wife and daughter have a tendency to motion sickness, but that turned out to a total non-issue. First, the San Blas Islands are protected by a large coral reefs meaning that the water in and around the islands is very calm relative to open ocean sailing (in 5 days there was only one minor bit of "queasiness" on the 2nd day that was easily managed). Second, we generally sailed for a couple of hours each day and then anchored, which was perfect for us. Third, the experience Ignacio and Judit bring to sailing kept us very confident and comfortable. Ignacio is a lifelong sailor and among their extensive experience, he and Judit have multiple transatlantic crossings under their belts. Their deep knowledge of the San Blas islands, reefs and traffic patterns from many years of sailing here had us anchored every day in beautiful locations with few others (they skillfully avoided some very popular spots that get overcrowded).  We are very active and generally pack our trips very full and are always on the go so we were a little worried we might be bored on a 5-day sailing trip. That is the last concern anyone should have. We were as busy as we wanted to be and had lots of options. While the sailboat is 50 feet long, it felt smaller than I expected. At first I was a little concerned about that, but if turned out to be perfectly sized for the 4 of us plus Judit and Ignacio. The cabins and beds were nice and comfortable with my wife and I sharing the "master cabin", with the kids each having their own cabin.  We spent very high quality time together as a family and with our new friends, Judit and Ignacio relaxing totally undistracted by electronics, which was FANTASTIC. The lack of reliable cell service and no internet access coupled with the size of the sailboat resulted in some great conversations, laughs and really reconnecting away from our very busy lives. I had the time to read a novel (first time in a long time!), and we had time to play games as a family and truly reconnect totally away from high-paced western society. The snorkeling was FAR beyond what we have experienced in many other locations, with incredible coral formations, unbelievably vivid fish of all shapes and sizes including several rays, a broad array of starfish and even dolphin, amid tropical islands so beautiful and virtually free of people that we felt that we had gone back in time. We loved the genuine inquisitive and positive attitude that Ignacio and Judit brought to our experience. A sense of friendship quickly developed with them that really added to our trip. They have been in San Blas for years and their relationships with the Kuna definitely enhanced our trip. We were greeted with warm welcomes and handshakes at every island we visited (all the islands are privately "owned" by the Kuna) when we arrived and identified ourselves as with "Captain Ignacio". We ate extremely well based on what Judit and Ignacio had brought aboard supplemented by Ignacio and Judit's fishing (trolling and spear fishing). Two particularly memorable meals included a lunch served on Morrodub (dub means island is Kuna) and a PHENOMENAL Galician octopus dish Ignacio and Judit prepared for us one night. Another highlight was a hike Judit organized for us in the mainland jungle up to a beautiful peak overlooking the islands and then down through a river and several sets of small falls that we swam through complete with a Kuna purification at the last falls. We were led by Lisa, an extremely well respected member of the Kuna society. She toured us up through a Kuna cemetery that was unique and quite interesting.  Lisa returned to our sailboat with us and we bought 2 stunning molas from her. She is a locally renown master mola maker (molas are fabric stitching that have replaced traditional abdominal and lower back tattoos that disappeared after the Spanish conquistadors arrived). The quality of what we bought from Lisa was so much higher than anything we saw in Panama City and far less expensive and we have a great personal connection with it given the time we spent with her.  Judit and Ignacio's relationships with the locals came in very handy on our last day. Unexpected protests occurred the afternoon before we were to leave San Blas and were due to run for 4 days and closed the ONLY road into our pick up point. Quick action from Judit with all her connections allowed us to get last minute arrangements made to get us from San Blas to Panama City for our return flight. Judit took care of everything quickly and it was no issue (other than a tough 3-hour ride in what was little more than a motorized canoe in the open ocean to get us around the road closure and out). Without the relationships that Judit and Ignacio have we could very well have been stuck for 3 days.  I looked at several possible charter options in the San Blas islands and am so happy we went with Pantalasa Charters. After speaking with others who have been to San Blas, I HIGHLY doubt you could get these same kind of experiences all organized with others.  If you want an exceptional vacation in a pristine location with people you will quickly consider friends, book a trip with Pantalasa Charters. You will NOT regret it.
Written by: (Reno, Nevada), Visit Date: 2017-03, Source: TripAdvisor

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Our family had a magical time with Judit and Ignacio on their sailboat. Not only was the setting (San Blas Islands) spectacular, but our hosts could not have been better. I was so impressed by their knowledge of the region as well as their respect for the Guna Yala people and culture. Our daughters (9 and 10 years old) immediately felt comfortable with Judit and Ignacio, who are so kind, accommodating, easy to be around, responsible and fun! The sailboat is impeccably maintained, comfortable and surprisingly spacious. The food (a lot of fresh seafood) was delicious!! I took home several new recipes they shared. My one and only complaint (of which Judit predicted) is that we didn't stay longer. We stayed 2 nights, as we were trying to see as much of Panama as we could in one week. It is worth finding the time and money to stay longer, if it is at all possible. We couldn't have asked for more from this experience! We miss you Judit and Ignacio, and we look forward to another stay with you at some point in the future!
Written by: , Visit Date: 2017-04, Source: TripAdvisor

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We had an amazing time on the sailing boat. We were a group of four girls and stayed for 4 days. Judit and Ignacio showed us the most amazing places in San Blas and made us feel very comfortable on board. We went to very remote islands and beautiful snorkeling places. Breakfast, lunch and dinners were delicious. It was no problem for them to adapt to our needs of gluten free food and vegeterian. We enjoyed their company very much during these days and learned a lot about the kuna and san blas. To summarize, an unforgetable vacation and place on earth, that I will definitely come back to!
Written by: , Visit Date: 2017-04, Source: TripAdvisor

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A San Blas se llega fácilmente, en unas dos horas de Panama City en taxi compartido, pero aún es un lugar incontaminado por el turismo masivo, en donde sobrevive la cultura ancestral de los Kuna en unas 360 islitas de arena blanca y cocoteros, esparcidas en un mar turquesa protegido por barreras coralinas: es un verdadero Paraíso que deben apurarse a conocer, antes de que su extrema belleza lo vuelva popular. Si de conocer a islas se trata, no hay mejor opción que un barco; y tratándose de barcos, ¡no veo como se pueda mejorar Pantalasa! Judit e Ignacio son los afortunados propietarios de una bellisima goleta, que mantienen impecable y con mucho estilo, no he visto nada de más bonito entre los catamaranes y veleros que surcan las aguas del archipiélago. Es bellisima especialmente cuando despliega sus velas y procede bajo el mando experto de Ignacio, que lleva una vida veleando en "todos los mares" (como el nombre Pantalasa sugiere), chiflando y cantando al son de refinada música y aires de ópera. Un placer para todos los sentidos, ya que al momento de la comida los anfitriones logran hacer milagros en la cocineta, y aún con una variedad limitada de ingredientes preparan alimentos deliciosos y siempre diferentes, nada banales, acompañados por vinos de marca. Cada comida con Judit e Ignacio es un verdadero placer, que luego se extiende en el sobremesa entre pláticas cultas y de mucho interés, en las que revelan todo lo que han aprendido de tanto viajar y de las personas que los acompañaron en sus travesías. Yo y mi pareja nunca habíamos estado en velero, y teníamos alguna preocupación por los espacios reducidos, pero en Pantalasa se ofrece mucho confort, el velero es grande y pulcro, no hace falta nada para disfrutar y abrirse a nuevas experiencias, como el placer de enjabonarse en la popa, clavarse al mar para enjuagarse, y luego quitarse la sal con agua dulce... Los días pasan rápido (demasiado rápido...) entre las refinadas comidas, las ricas pláticas, el navegar en un lugar tan bonito, desembarcar en islas prácticamente desiertas (por lo general tan solo habitadas por la amigable familia Kuna que las cuida), descansar en playas de arena blanca inmaculadas, nadar en el mar cristalino surcado de estrellas coloradas que llegan hasta la orilla, jugar con los niños nativos y gozar de los maravillosos colores del atardecer con un rico aperitivo. Si esto es lo básico, Judit te puede llevar casi de la mano a snorkelear en arrecifes incontaminados, ayudándote a visualizar langostas escondidas, escuelas de calamares y solitarias rayas, entre corales magníficos, con una visibilidad increíble; es posible aprovechar de un kayak inflable para conocer más de cerca el litoral; y si gusta, están los Kuna con sus tradiciones y artesanía, gente que nunca te molesta, y que siempre está disponible para platicar contigo y mostrarte como viven, en simbiosis con las islas. En definitiva, San Blas es un Paraíso, y conocerlo con Judit e Ignacio ha sido un gran privilegio. Esperamos poder volver pronto, para profundizar una relación que pinta poderse transformar en una verdadera amistad. Gracias por todo, y por tantos apapachos!
Written by: (Mexico City, Mexico), Visit Date: 2017-04, Source: TripAdvisor

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Estuvimos sólo 3 días maravillosos en este velero con sus dos anfitriones que no pueden ser más hospitalarios y encantadores. El lugar te deja sin palabras pues como dicen algunos en sus opiniones es de los poquitos lugares que quedan en nuestro contaminado mundo donde sus habitantes respetan su entorno y aún no "han vendido" su forma de vivir. No hay hoteles en los centenares de islotes, sólo cabañas que regentan los lugareños. Aunque ya se va notando que camina hacia un cambio ( al final el dinero y el consumo lo pueden todo) cuando llegas admiras tanta belleza, sientes tanta paz en sus aguas, el entorno es de postal. Puede parecer ( si no se tiene costumbre ) que vivir en un velero durante muchos días puede resultar incómodo pero la verdad es que Judit y Nacho como por arte de magia, borran las incomodidades y hacen la estancia nada aburrida y muy especial. Los momentos de las comidas son también esperados pues siempre sorprenden, ya nos gustaría saborear platos tan ricos y únicos en alguno de los restaurantes que onocemos. Y los ratos de ocio con ellos son un verdadero placer. Yo que soy un poco miedosa por lo que me pueda encontrar bajo las aguas, en ningún momento tuve dudas pues ellos están siempre ahí y te hacen sentir seguro. No hay momentos de aburrimiento, hay momentos de paz He tenido mucha suerte hasta el momento y he podido viajar por muchos rincones del planeta y esta fue una experiencia tan placentera que estamos planeando repetir pero esta vez durante una semana ( 3 días es poco para profundizar con la cultura Kuna) y sin duda en el Pantalasa con Judit y Nacho. Si viajáis a Panamá tenéis que visitar el paraiso Kuna sin dudar ( a no ser que quieras hacer surf )
Written by: (Manacor, Spain), Visit Date: 2016-12, Source: TripAdvisor

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If you are looking for an unbelievable Caribbean vacation, look no further and book a trip to San Blas with Judit and Ignacio aboard Pantalasa. We had an unforgettable time. We are still undecided on what was the best part of our trip; the unique islands of San Blas, sailing from island to island, or the delightful company of our hosts Ignacio and Judit. These guys go out of their ways to make your stay on board easy and fun. They are extremely well-organized, take care of you at all times, respect your privacy, and cook fresh and delicious recipes. During our four night trip, Ignacio and Judit took us to four different spots in the San Blas archipelago. When you thought you had seen the most beautiful, picture-perfect Caribbean island, there would always be yet another one even more impressive. Just astonishing - the white sands, the palm trees, the pristine waters, the amazing coral reefs the beauty and peace of it all. San Blas is a truly genuine spot in the Caribbean. One of the last places - if not the last- where the developed world has been respectful with its people and natural environment. Ignacio and Judit know well the kuna community, and you can easily tell that the kuna people love to have them in their islands. Judit and Ignacio also know the underwater extremely well - thanks to their guidance we were able to see all sorts of amazing fish, multi-colored corals, rays, and we could even spot a group of dolphins as we were having breakfast one morning! After so many years in San Blas, our hosts know the islands as if they were their hometown, and know the best spots to snorkel, to sunbathe, to swim in your own private Caribbean island, to interact with the local communities, or to just relax away from everything and everyone. Judit and Ignacio love their boat, a comfortable and elegant goleta, which is clean and very well-kept, a joy to sail on. Do not think it twice. We felt in love with Pantalasa sailing, and we are sure you will, too!
Written by: (Amherst, Massachusetts, United States), Visit Date: 2017-11, Source: TripAdvisor

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Where do I start! When my husband suggested we go sailing while on our trip to Panama with our 21 and 17 year old daughters I was more than hesitant. We have never been sailing, let alone with 2 complete strangers. I thought this could be amazing or really, really, really bad! Also, I do get seasick and that was a major concern of mine. We sailed with Judit and Nacho for 2 days in December, 2017 and it was amazing! My only regret is that we didn’t book a longer sailing trip! I think you really need at least 3 days. All of us were very sad we had to leave. We felt an instant connection with Judit and Nacho. They were so kind and made us feel so comfortable in their home. They spent so much time explaining the islands and the Kuna Indians who live there. There was a mutual respect between Judit and Nacho and the Kuna Indians and you could tell they had a genuine friendship and relationship with each other. Judit took us to visit a Kuna village, introduced us to a lot of people, and even took us to the baker’s shop where she bought vegetables and delicious bread made with coconut water. Judit and Nacho were great cooks! My husband, who doesn’t normally eat seafood, ate every bite. Their cooking even inspired me to buy a Mediterranean cookbook when I got back home. Everything was fresh and delicious, prepared from a tiny kitchen. One of my absolute favorite parts of the trip was just being with our girls totally isolated and disconnected from everything (no internet, cell phones, social media). We haven’t spent that much time with each other without distractions in years and it was invaluable! Judit and Nacho are from Spain and we all loved spending time with them and learning more about their country and culture. We now consider them friends and hope our paths cross again one day.! If you have the opportunity to sail the San Blas islands our family highly recommends Pantalasa sailing!!! (FYI- the car ride and water taxi to the sailboat is an adventure in itself. I am very thankful that I wore a seasickness patch for that part of the trip even if I didn’t need it on the sailboat. Also, I had a lot of questions before we left home and Judit always responded right away to all of my emails). We miss Judit and Nacho!!!!! The beautiful islands were a bonus!
Written by: , Visit Date: 2017-12, Source: TripAdvisor

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A beautiful location and beautiful hosts made this the perfect vacation. We spent five nights on the Pantalasa. Judit and Ignacio helped us feel immediately at home. We shared incredible food, great talks, music, and laughter. We took this trip to learn more about molas and how they are made. Fortunately for us, Judit and Ignacio have many friends in the Guna Yala communities and were able to have two incredible mola artists visit and chat with us. We snorkeled most days. Although we normally prefer to scuba dive, it is not allowed in San Blas. To our surprise, we saw more fish and coral than we usually see diving. Two of us often get seasick but not on this trip. After only five days we consider Judit and Ignacio to be dear friends and we hope to sail with them again.
Written by: , Visit Date: 2018-01, Source: TripAdvisor

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What a wonderful experience!!! We decided to spend 8 nights sailing in San Blas with our family, and we were very lucky to be in this boat. Judit and Ignacio are very professional, very kind, and they always make sure that everything is perfect. They always choose the best islands to visit, the perfect spots to snorkel and they make their home our home. San Blas is a beautiful place, and still very authentic. Is not everyday that you can meet a real indigenous tribe: the Kuna Yala. This really was a great experience for our children and for us! Can´t wait to come back!
Written by: (Lisbon, Portugal), Visit Date: 2017-12, Source: TripAdvisor

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We did 4 nights and 5 days with Judit and Nacho around the San Blas islands and had the most incredible time. They are very experienced sailors and we felt safe the entire time. They have been sailing around the San Blas islands for years so know the best and most remote islands to take you to. It was an epic experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend sailing with them. They are lovely people and deserve the business! When I researched there were lots of companies offering boats with many other people on them, whereas we were a group of 4 and had the boat to ourselves. Sail with Panthalasa!!
Written by: (London, United Kingdom), Visit Date: 2018-02, Source: TripAdvisor

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Sinceramente sigo sin palabras para expresar todas las vivencias y emociones que tuvimos durante nuestra estancia de 5 días y 4 noches con nuestros ya amigos Nacho y Judit de Pantalasa! Todo lo que pueda decir sobre ellos y su velero será poco. Confirmo que todos los comentarios favorables que aquí se hacen sobre ellos y la experiencia, son totalmente verídicos. Nacho y Judit son de esas personas que las conoces y desde el minuto uno sabes que formarán parte de tu vida para siempre! El velero es precioso, dispone de todas las comodidades, está súper limpio y es perfecto para todo tipo de viajeros, familias con niños, personas de todas las edades, grupos de amigos, parejas, etc. Las comidas son todas exquisitas, es impresionante las recetas que se sacan ambos de la manga en la mini cocina de la que disponen. San Blas en sí es toda una maravilla, lo que yo defino como paraíso! Mires a donde mires, sea la hora que sea, siempre ves algo que te enamora. Si a eso le sumas unos anfitriones que cambian todos los planes por darte el capricho de visitar una isla específica por la que estás pasando en ese momento, pues ya te quedas sin palabras! Además tuvimos la gran suerte de que durante una tarde nos acogiera una familia Kuna en su isla. Otra experiencia inolvidable que agradeceré a Nacho y Judit toda la vida! Que familia tan amable y acogedora! Entre charlas, risas, bailes, compras, cocos y cigarros se nos echó la noche encima, jajajaja Un día perfecto! A todas las personas que se están planteando reservar con Pantalasa que no lo duden ni por un segundo. Puedo asegurar que es de las mejores experiencias que se pueden vivir. Te lo ponen todo fácil desde el primer contacto, resuelven todas las dudas y son amables en todo momento. De las 5 personas que estuvimos con ellos, ninguna habíamos estado antes en un velero, por lo que era todo nuevo para nosotras y lógicamente íbamos con nuestras dudas y miedos. Después de esta experiencia solo pensamos en cómo y cuándo volver a repetir! Creo que con esto ya está todo dicho :) Aprovecho para mandar un besazo enorme a Nacho y Judit! Os quiero y ya sabéis que en Ourense tenéis a una amiga esperándoos. Hasta pronto!
Written by: , Visit Date: 2018-03, Source: TripAdvisor

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El mejor servicio, estuvimos muy contentos. Todo el staff de Pantalasa es increíble y el barco muy acogedor, limpio y en muy buen estado. A pesar de ser mi primera vez navegando y tener un poco de miedo, el capitán nos explicaba todo con detalle y me sentí muy segura en todo momento. Las islas de San Blas son hermosas y sin duda regresaré a repetir la experiencia con ellos mismos. Súper recomendable.
Written by: , Visit Date: 2019-12, Source: TripAdvisor