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Exhilarating Surf Camp in Panama

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 with 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!

Highlights

  • 3 surf lessons
  • 3 yoga sessions
  • Hiking around the village
  • Complimentary use of surfboard
  • 1 day diving in Coiba
  • 5 nights' lodging
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Featuring a private beach area, Vista Coiba Villas & Restaurant is set in Santa Catalina and also provides a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a garden. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The hotel features garden views and a terrace.

The units at the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a kitchenette. With a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower and free toiletries, rooms at Vista Coiba Villas & Restaurant also boast free Wi-Fi, while some rooms also feature a sea view. At the accommodation, all rooms include a seating area.

Breakfast is available daily and includes a buffet and à la carte options. Hiking is among the activities that guests can enjoy near Vista Coiba Villas & Restaurant. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Santa Catalina! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. Couples particularly like the location, they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Santa Catalina! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city with an abundance of friendly and helpful waitstaff and a well-stocked bar with a varied supply of cold drinks.

One can find plenty of space to rest and relax or take a short walk down the hill to dive the very private rocky crystalline coastal waters. There are spacious clean rooms with porch and hammock and great poolside seafood restaurant and swim up bar! It is very peaceful and super friendly.

Panalive Tours Panama Surf Camp Program

Overview

Santa Catalina offers a wide variety of waves for all levels of surfing and you will stay like the pros in a hotel with swimming pool. The surfing classes are made in several languages by experienced surfers and trainers. They also have a yoga studio for those who want to practice. In one of the free afternoons, you will go by boat to enjoy a beautiful white sand beach located on a small island in front of the hotel.

Surfing

The staff is very experienced and can teach you surfing in the best fashion. The daily surfing lessons are complemented with yoga. Panalive Tours has several types of boards to find what better fits you. The Panalive staff is multilingual. 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 a UNESCO world heritage site. You will catch a fast boat from Santa Catalina with the 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 spots 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 at the hotel's swimming pool. For advanced yoga practice, you have to meet Ian in his 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 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.

Schedule

Day 1

  • 14:00 Afternoon arrival at the hotel

Day 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Surfing lesson (2 hours)
  • 17:00 Yoga session

Day 3

  • 08:00 Yoga session
  • 09:00 breakfast
  • 10:00 Surfing lesson (2 hours)

Day 4

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Diving boat trip to Coiba

Day 5

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

Day 6

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Departure

Included excursions

  • Diving tour to Coiba
  • Hike around the village

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
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Trail running
  • Wave boarding
  • Whale watching

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Delicious huge breakfast is included in the price, with eggs, toast, fresh fruit, great coffee, fresh juices from pineapple, orange, passion fruit, and papaya. You can choose from normal and vegetarian food. The breakfast buffet is filled with lots of fruits and juices, yoghurt cereals, or continental.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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)

  • Boat trips to surrounding islands
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Skateboarding
  • Snorkeling
  • SUP
  • Swimming

What's included

  • 3 surf lessons
  • 3 yoga practices
  • 1 day diving in Coiba (2 tanks)
  • 1 hike at the Sendero village
  • Use of surfboards
  • Entrance fee to Coiba
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Snacks in Coiba

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Transfers

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 to Santa Catalina.
  • After driving for 35 kilometers, turn left in El Tigre.
  • After 15 kilometers, you are in Santa Catalina.
  • Once there, follow the way to the beach of Estero.
  • Turn left in the downtown intersection
  • After 700 meters, turn right on a dirt road with lots of signs
  • When you get to Jamming pizzaria, you have to turn left until the end of the road.

Arrival by airplane

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 8 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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