Our top SAILPRO anchorages
1. Cayos Holandeses
2. Green Island
Sailing the San Blax is basically an adventurous life snorkeling in the keys, dive-fishing, kayaking the mangroves like that of Miriadub, and visiting the Guna's villages.
Guna, also known as Kuna or Cuna is the name of and indigenous people of Panama and Colombia. The Kuna live in three politically autonomous comarcas or reservations in Panama, and in a few small villages in Colombia. The most Kunas live on small islands off the coast of the comarca of Kuna Yala known as the San Blas Islands. They are Chibchan-speaking Indian people who once occupied the central region of what is now Panama and the neighbouring San Blas Islands and who still survive in marginal areas. In Kuna Yala, each community has its own political organization, led by a Saila. The Saila is traditionally both the political and spiritual leader of the community he memorizes songs which relate the sacred history of the people, and in turn transmits them to the people.
Traditionally, Kuna families are matrilinear, with the bridegroom moving to become part of the bride's family. The groom takes the last name of the bride as well.
The Kuna are famous for their bright molas, a colorful textile art form made with the techniques of appliqué and reverse appliqué.
Weather: typical tropical weather with dry season from December to April. Avoid hurricane season. Steady easterly winds, the Trade Winds. Calm seas in most kays.
Gourmet: being the word restaurant almost unknwod around here, consisting most places of the kitchen of an old Guna lady, food basically is gathered from the sea and served with the minimum possible complication. Most of our crews favour a Mediterranean cuisine with a tropical dash. Be prepared to splurge in king crabs, lobster, octopus, crawfish and fish in general. Oh, damn...
Most boats leave from the dock close to the airport of Corazón de Jesus, and it takes little sailing to reach Coco Banderos, a group of five small islands only one of which is inhabited. We suggest to spend a couple of days around these keys, detoxing, relaxing fishing and discovering the islands. A visit to Rosaling, a local Guna lady, is a must... (
Cayos Holandeses is the next stop, possibly one of the highlights of the trip. Los Cayos is a wide group of numberless islets divided into three groups, western central and eastern. Most islets do not even have a name so just get lost among them and expore both abov and below the water, this is snorkeling paradise.
One can stay here forever fishing and exploring. The Gunas frequently arrive with lobsters and sharing the beauty of barbecues on the beach. It's simply great just spending time walking around to collect firewood for the barbecue, it's living in another age...
Navigation to west Naguargand through the Hollandes Channel, excellent for trail fishing. Yet another fantastic mooring amongst the coral islands...
Green Island is another group of islets towards the coast, very peculiar and of course worth of another tour of exploration...
Rio Sidra & Kuanidup is island-village where 500 Indians still live in the traditional way. Kuanidup is worth another visit, a small island on which the Indians have built their “cabañas”; it is possible to eat here to taste the local food.
Chichime is the land of the lobster and crab hunters (the size of the crustaceans is amazing) with maybe four or five Kuna families living on it. By now you probably don’t need me to tell you that the island is beautiful and one can visit everyone out of a combination of courtesy and curiosity. On Chichime, the people had salvaged some ironwork from a shipwreck.