Panama Passage | Galapagos – Panama
Feb 18 – Feb 28 | $3300
This trip is a blue water passage with a route that crosses the equator. We’ll toast to Neptune and any pollywogs will now be shellbacks! There will be a bit of time to explore San Cristobal before departing, but if you’re keen to really see the island in depth, you should arrive a few days prior to boarding. We’ll end the trip in Panama City, which is definitely worth exploring, especially the old town. You can also stay on for the canal transit if you’re interested in seeing what the process is like.
All meals on board Sea Dragon are delicious and vegetarian, with the addition of fish if we catch any along the way.
This is not a trip for the infirm or physically unfit – you MUST be able to go up and down the companionway and move safely about the boat while in rough conditions, have good balance, and be in reasonably good health. Please contact us with any health questions or if you answer “YES” to any of the questions on our health questionnaire prior to signing up for the trip!
Ardent Training is offering a significant discount on the RYA Day Skipper Theory online course to anyone signed up for this trip. If you’re interested in taking the course, let us know when you sign up and we can give you the discount code!
If you combine this voyage with Canal Crossing, that trip is only $950.
- Distance: 900 nautical miles
$4300$3300 if you sign up by September 30.
- Date: Feb 18 – Feb 28, 2024 (11 Days, 10 Nights)
- Start: San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Equador
- End: Panama City, Panama
For more details, please explore the drop down menus at the bottom of the page.
Day 1: Arrive Sea Dragon
You will join Sea Dragon on the island of San Cristobal, boarding at 1500.
Day 2-3: Explore/Briefs
We’ll take a couple days to fully go through safety and boat briefings and also have some time to explore the island.
Day 4: Departure
We’ll haul our anchor and set sail for Panama after a hearty breakfast.
Day 5-9: Underway
Life and rhythm on Sea Dragon will quickly take shape around the watch schedule and life will be wonderfully simple and disconnected from the norm.
Day 10: Arrive Panama
We’ll arrive in Panama City and anchor in the harbor. After clearing customs and immigration we’ll all go ashore to explore the old town and have a farewell dinner!
Day 11: Depart Sea Dragon
You’ll need to leave the boat by 0900, unless you’re staying on to transit the canal too!
In order to board Sea Dragon, you must take a Rapid Antigen or Rapid PCR COVID-19 test, administered by a medical professional, no more than 72 hours before boarding the vessel. If you test positive on this test, you will not be allowed to board the vessel, and we will be happy to transfer your booking to a future voyage.
Should a country on the itinerary have additional requirements for entry, you must be able to comply with those requirements – if you cannot, we will be happy to transfer your booking to a future voyage.
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The deposit is only $500. It’s non refundable if you back out, but if we cancel or modify the trip we are happy to return your money or apply it to a different voyage. Please review the Crew Contract for full details. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the trip begins. Please contact us with any questions.
Call Us: +1 (305) 330-4212 (Pacific Time) If we don’t pick up, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
– 10 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals (vegetarian), snacks, and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear
– Mask, fins, snorkels
– Use of inflatable paddle boards
Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to San Cristobal and from Panama City
– Transportation from SCY Airport or to PTY Airport
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port
It will be a warm trip! Take a look at our Tropical packing list.
San Cristobal Airport (SCY) is a short taxi from the anchorage.
Tocumen Internacional Airport Panama (PTY) is about a 20 min taxi from Panama City.
All Crew members are responsible for their own passports and any necessary visas. You must have at least 6 months remaining on your passport beyond our arrival in the Panama.
Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea, or contact us directly to discuss.
I grew up in North West England, spending every weekend outdoors in the Lake District. After attending university in Cardiff, I worked as a personal trainer, working in the Middle East for a time before discovering the Clipper Round the World Sailing race. I became completely hooked on offshore sailing and after completing half the 19-20 race (pre Covid!) I gained my Yachtmaster qualification in order to be able to work in the industry. I became the skipper for a youth trust based in the Solent, England, working with young adults in order to widen their horizons and build their confidence which I found immensely rewarding. The itch to see more of the world by sea led me to becoming a freelance cruising instructor which enabled me to work with a variety of companies on a range of boats from 20’ to 70’, cruisers to high spec race boats. I spent some time in the Caribbean and around the UK helping refit boats until the Clipper Race restarted. I returned as a first mate, helping lead a crew of amateurs from the Philippines back to the UK and also completing my own circumnavigation. Having already seen the North Pacific, I’m excited to be on board Sea Dragon and explore more of the Pacific’s waters and islands- showing others the joy of ocean sailing, discovering the world around them and our effect on it, as well as teaching them to sail and work as a team.
Mary holds her Yachtmaster Ocean with commercial endorsement as well as her MCA Proficiency in Medical Care certificate.