Heard the horror stories?

Our priorities are simply

Safety First & Then…
Best Experience of your life!

Experienced & Reliable Captains

Yearly Maintained & Spacious Boats

Focus on Experiencing San Blas – Not Party

Superior Food

Excellent Customer Feedback

Boats with Rescue Insurance & Security Equipment


Awesome adventure

"The staff was extremely helpful and nice. They actually prepared custom meals for me (vegan) and another passenger (gluten free) which were really delicious. The boat is loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables. They have the best bread in central America!"

Kate Bridge
04/04/2016 on Sophia VI

5.0
2017-05-18T22:35:54+00:00

Kate Bridge
04/04/2016 on Sophia VI

"The staff was extremely helpful and nice. They actually prepared custom meals for me (vegan) and another passenger (gluten free) which were really delicious. The boat is loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables. They have the best bread in central America!"

Probably the best meals

Probably the best meals
"We would definitely recommend Mintaka.. They run a tight ship, have a nice boat, take small groups, and probably have the best meals of any of the backpacker boats sailing this route"

John & Heather
19/05/2014 on Mintaka

5.0
2016-11-08T19:59:31+00:00

John & Heather
19/05/2014 on Mintaka

Probably the best meals "We would definitely recommend Mintaka.. They run a tight ship, have a nice boat, take small groups, and probably have the best meals of any of the backpacker boats sailing this route"

Gorgeous Voyage

"The crew made a gorgeous voyage into something extraordinary.André, Ezekiel, Nico created an amazing atmosphere of family for my daughter, dog and I. We learned a bit about sailing, navigation, the sea, cooking, music, and friendship from these guys.I wish I could do it again!"

Mark Trinitapoli
25/10/2016 on Sophia VI

5.0
2017-05-18T22:31:59+00:00

Mark Trinitapoli
25/10/2016 on Sophia VI

"The crew made a gorgeous voyage into something extraordinary.André, Ezekiel, Nico created an amazing atmosphere of family for my daughter, dog and I. We learned a bit about sailing, navigation, the sea, cooking, music, and friendship from these guys.I wish I could do it again!"

Probably the best meals

"We would definitely recommend them and give them a good review. They run a tight ship, have a nice boat, take small groups, and probably have the best meals of any of the backpacker boats sailing this route"

John Widmer
19/05/2014 on Mintaka

5.0
2017-02-03T18:23:45+00:00

John Widmer
19/05/2014 on Mintaka

"We would definitely recommend them and give them a good review. They run a tight ship, have a nice boat, take small groups, and probably have the best meals of any of the backpacker boats sailing this route"

Horror stories

"Gisbert treated us so well. We would later find out how lucky we got with our trip. We met several travelers who took different boats, professing horror stories of bad crews, drunken captains, broken vessels, cramped quarters and bad food."

Ryan Pinkard
Sailed in 2015 on Santana

5.0
2016-11-08T20:31:22+00:00

Ryan Pinkard
Sailed in 2015 on Santana

"Gisbert treated us so well. We would later find out how lucky we got with our trip. We met several travelers who took different boats, professing horror stories of bad crews, drunken captains, broken vessels, cramped quarters and bad food."

once-in-a-lifetime experience

"Ahh! Manfred, Petra, you are the invisible foundations upon which these once-in-a-lifetime experiences are built upon!!"

Rob Eggleshaw
14/05/2014 on Mintaka

5.0
2017-02-03T18:10:08+00:00

Rob Eggleshaw
14/05/2014 on Mintaka

"Ahh! Manfred, Petra, you are the invisible foundations upon which these once-in-a-lifetime experiences are built upon!!"

Relaxed, Safe & Chilled!

Relaxed, Safe & Chilled!
"Hands down the best experience i have had on my trip. Great food, relaxed environment, safe and chilled to take in all that San Blas had to offer."

Tess Kienhuis
Melbourne, Australia
25/02/2014

5.0
2016-11-08T19:14:14+00:00

Tess Kienhuis
Melbourne, Australia
25/02/2014

Relaxed, Safe & Chilled! "Hands down the best experience i have had on my trip. Great food, relaxed environment, safe and chilled to take in all that San Blas had to offer."

Best trip ever

"Best trip ever! Great Captain, great crew! Couldn't rate it higher"

David Keen
13/06/2016 on Sophia VI

5.0
2017-05-18T23:00:22+00:00

David Keen
13/06/2016 on Sophia VI

"Best trip ever! Great Captain, great crew! Couldn't rate it higher"

Amazing times!!

"Amazing times!!"

Brayds Wardrop
24/05/2014 on Mintaka

5.0
2017-02-03T18:13:08+00:00

Brayds Wardrop
24/05/2014 on Mintaka

"Amazing times!!"

Highlight in my seven months

"I had a feeling this trip would be a highlight in my seven months of travel and it did not disappoint. I made the right choice with Mintaka"

Sarah
2013 on Mintaka

5.0
2017-02-03T18:27:56+00:00

Sarah
2013 on Mintaka

"I had a feeling this trip would be a highlight in my seven months of travel and it did not disappoint. I made the right choice with Mintaka"

Fun and special memories

"Being on the Mintaka was an unreal experience. Our journey couldn’t have been as special without our awesome comrades whom we shared some fun and special memories. We learnt so much about sailing and boats, picking Manfred and Petra’s brains and prying into their fascinating life of living at sea."

Nicky Falleni
14/06/2016 on Mintaka

5.0
2017-02-03T18:34:28+00:00

Nicky Falleni
14/06/2016 on Mintaka

"Being on the Mintaka was an unreal experience. Our journey couldn’t have been as special without our awesome comrades whom we shared some fun and special memories. We learnt so much about sailing and boats, picking Manfred and Petra’s brains and prying into their fascinating life of living at sea."

A great boat

"I loved my time at the San Blas and really thanked myself for choosing this boat trip instead of the scary and shady boarder crossing. I would definitely recommend to take this trip if you are in the area and the Mintaka is a great boat to experience this tropical paradise!"

Luba
26/11/2013 on Mintaka

5.0
2017-02-03T18:31:43+00:00

Luba
26/11/2013 on Mintaka

"I loved my time at the San Blas and really thanked myself for choosing this boat trip instead of the scary and shady boarder crossing. I would definitely recommend to take this trip if you are in the area and the Mintaka is a great boat to experience this tropical paradise!"

Amazing

"Just finished sailing after 5 days and it was amazing! Best crew that made the experience and formed a family on the boat that continued in Panama! Freshest food and exploring the islands day after day was the best week ever! Thank you so much Captain André and Nico!"

Monisha Pearl
03/11/2016 on Sophia VI

5.0
2016-11-13T04:35:13+00:00

Monisha Pearl
03/11/2016 on Sophia VI

"Just finished sailing after 5 days and it was amazing! Best crew that made the experience and formed a family on the boat that continued in Panama! Freshest food and exploring the islands day after day was the best week ever! Thank you so much Captain André and Nico!"

A great experience

A great experience
"Thank you for taking care of us and giving us such a great experience. The food was delicious too! Wish i could do it again."

Kaela Zade
07/04/2016

5.0
2016-11-08T20:47:45+00:00

Kaela Zade
07/04/2016

A great experience "Thank you for taking care of us and giving us such a great experience. The food was delicious too! Wish i could do it again."
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Useful Info

Find useful info about getting from Panama to Colombia by boat

What is included in the price

Many of our clients ask us what is included in the price of the San Blas Sailing Cruise and what is not. We hope this list can make clarify the subject a little more. We love to help you out with all…

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A Typical Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary of a 5 day all inclusive San Blas with Mintaka. However it serves as a good example for any of traveling from Panama to Colombia by boat. The main differences are that Mintaka and Quest both departs/arrives …

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Santana GPS Position

Here you and your family can track the progress of Santana’s cruise online and in real time. Be aware that the captain pushes the GPS tracking button manually at uneven intervals. So, there might be a few hours between two way point. This …

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Winner of Amazing Race Sailing San Blas in Panama

Winner of Amazing Race

“When the Islands showed up in the horizon and two sunsets on the open sea was gone, we were thrilled to get inside the reefs and anchor up. It was beautiful, amazing and awesome. Just like I have seen on TV and postcards. Tropical Caribbean small Islands, with white beaches and crystal clear waters. Just Awesome, just awesome!” 

Morten Bjerke sailed with Santana
Winner of Amazing Race Norway 2012
13/01/2013