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5 Days Invigorating Panama Surf Camp, Diving and Yoga in Santa Catalina

Rejuvenating Yoga and Surf Camp Panama

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 8 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

When you need to escape your daily routine, want to practice sports, and enjoy nature on a faraway tropical beach, Panalive Tours has a great week for you! The purpose of this surf camp is that you learn the basics of surfing, accompanied by yoga and diving in Coiba Island National Park which is a lifetime experience. This is a soft surf camp, projected for those who do not have so much time to spare. The location couldn't be better for those who like some nature adventure beside being near to a natural park in Coiba. Besides sports, some tours around this amazing location are also included! You will also stay in front of the beach.

Highlights

  • 2 surf lessons
  • Daily healthy breakfast
  • 2 energizing yoga sessions
  • 1 meal in Coiba Island National Park
  • 2 diving sessions in Coiba Island National Park
  • Boat tour to the island of Santa Catalina
  • 1 hiking tour around the village
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Free use of surfboard
  • 1 Barbecue dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer available: Tocumen International Airport

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Accommodation

Hostal Aguas Verdes is the last property on the road to the beach of Estero. Hostal Aguas Verdes is located by the entrance of the Estero beach. The rooms are in front of the beach. The accommodations are simple, comfortable, and new. Each studio room fits six people and the green rooms fit four people.

Room

Rooms are in front of the beach, with private toilet, kitchen area, living room, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and refrigerator. The rooms are neither big nor small and located in a fresh and green area with a river mouth small estuary. The rooms fit more than three people.

Program

Surfing

The surfing classes are made in several languages by experienced surfers and trainers that can teach you surfing in the best fashion. The daily surfing lessons are complemented with yoga. They have foam boards and fiber boards depending on your level of surfing. The lessons are two hours daily in the morning. Panalive Tours always picks the best place on the beach. Santa Catalina is perfect to learn surfing because it has many options around that can suit all levels of surfing, from beginners to advanced. After the classes, you can practice by yourself in the afternoon because the hotel includes the use of surfboards.

Diving

Coiba National Park is a protected part of Panama because it is an UNESCO world heritage site. You will catch a fast boat from Santa Catalina with professional guidance of one of the best Diving operators in Panama. You will have two tanks to make two dives in different spots of the park, there are 38 islands and reefs to explore. Coiba is one of the best diving in the world because of its variety of species, some are endemic and some are seasonal like the whales, hammer sharks, giant manta rays seahorses and many more. Dolphins (bottlenose and pilot) and reef sharks are guaranteed to watch. This archipelago is part of a chain of archipelagos that starts in Costa Rica in Islas Coco , followed by Coiba ,Islas Pajarita (Colombia) and Galapagos islands. Lots of sea life follow this island's up and down. Panalive tours is sure you will enjoy this high quality dives.

Yoga

The yoga teachings are for beginners and they are based on 100 Hatha yoga poses. They are made at the beach in front of the cabanas. Advanced yin yoga classes are done by Ian (one of the best teachers in Panama) at his yoga studio in town. To be a good surfer, you must have your body trained, strong and flexible, your muscles prepared for hard paddling and balancing, and your mind clear and free from any stress. The island tour with picnic or barbecue is made on the little island in front of Santa Catalina village. You will go by boat to explore and spend the afternoon at a deserted island white sand beach. The hiking tour, which takes about one hour, is made on a hill beside the village that has an incredible view of the sunset and surroundings.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Afternoon arrival at the hotel

Day 2

  • 08:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Surfing lesson (2 hours)
  • 17:00 Hike the Sendero for sunset

Day 3

  • 07.00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Diving boat trip to Coiba
  • 19:00 Barbecue dinner by the cabanas

Day 4

  • 08:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Surfing lesson (2 hours)
  • 13:00 Santa Catalina Island boat tour with picnic

Day 5

  • 08.00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Departure

Included excursions

  • 2 diving sessions (2 tanks) in Coiba boat tour
  • 1 hike around the village (sightseeing)
  • 1 boat tour with picnic in Santa Catalina little island

Instructors

Miguel Martins
He is from Faro, Portugal and 46 years old. His hometown is located in a very touristic area of southern Portugal named Algarve. It's very famous for its incredible beaches and golf resorts. Since he had graduated, he started working with tourism because, in this region, it is the main activity. He did university based on tourism and took several courses about how to create touristic products. For most of his life, he worked for an airline but he also had jobs in all the touristic operation, like a car rental, hotels, surf camps, boat tours, eco-tours, monument guiding, golf, and etc.
Keoni Salgado
His father is the owner of Surfers Paradise Hostel, so Keoni grew up in front of the big waves of Santa Catalina's main break. All his family is dedicated to surfing. Also, he has spent many years teaching surfing in Catalina.
Nataly Alvarez
Nataly is from Venezuela, probably the best female surfer in Panama. She moved to santa catalina a long time ago to surf big waves. She is very experienced in the ocean as well as teaching how to surf.
IAN
Ian is from the USA and has lots of experience teaching yoga. He is one of the best teachers in Panama.

Location

Santa Catalina is located on the Chiriquí Gulf in the state of Veraguas, Panama. It is a fishing village which offers a smattering of surf camps, low-cost hotels, and a few eating establishments. Still fairly secluded, the closest town with ATM, grocery, and other basic services is Soná which is about an hour away. Your surfing sessions are complemented with very good nearby spots. Literally a tropical paradise, Santa Catalina offers some of the best surfs in Panama. The closest access point is Isla Coiba with its world-class diving, great local dives and fishing, and quiet charm for relaxing.

Its beautiful beaches, lush forest, and friendly people make it a great stop for travelers wanting to enjoy some of the best of Panama's natural beauty and local flair on a minimal budget. Mecca of surf in Panama for more than three decades has been the favorite of many of the best surfers of all time. The perfect wave will make you live one of your best experiences destination. Santa Catalina is one of the most important ports to visit Coiba National Park, a protected area of the most important of Panama with the status of World Heritage site, where you will find nature in all its splendor, a true natural paradise you should know.

Nearby places

  • Soná - 1 hour

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Wave boarding

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Mini bar
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Patio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

We serve 4 breakfasts and 1 barbecue dinner at the cabanas of healthy food at your choice and plus one meal in Coiba.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Biking
  • Boat trips to the surrounding islands
  • Horseback riding
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skateboarding
  • Snorkeling tour in Coiba Island National Park
  • Sports fishing
  • SUP
  • Swimming
  • Visit bars

What's included

  • 2 surf lessons (2 hours each)
  • 2 yoga sessions (1 hour each)
  • 2 dives in Coiba with a meal
  • 4 Breakfast
  • 1 hiking tour
  • Free use of surfboard
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 1 barbecue dinner
  • 1 welcome drink and snack

What's not included

  • Lunch and dinner
  • 1 boat tour with a picnic on the island
  • Transfer to Tocumen International Airport (PTY)

How to get there

Driving directions from Panama City

  • Go to Santiago de Veraguas which takes four hours.
  • Then, go south to Sona which takes one hour.
  • One kilometer before Sona, turn left onto Santa Catalina.
  • After driving for 35 kilometers, turn left in El Tigre.
  • After 15 kilometers, you are in Santa Catalina.
  • Once there, follow the signs to the beach of Estero.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Airport: Tocumen International Airport Airport transfer available: Tocumen International Airport Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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