Trip at a Glance
Panama City, Panama
Adventure, Surf Retreat
Price$642 USD per trip
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
Saturday at airport arrival
Panama City (PTY)
Details Citizens of the U.S.A. must have a valid passport. There is no visa requirement. All persons will arrive at the airport in Panama City. We will meet you at the airport, and transport you directly to the bus station for your 5-6 hour bus trip. The bus will drop you off at a customs check point called Guabala, where our driver will meet you to transport you to the port of Yurre. Upon arrival at the port, our boat will be waiting to take you to the island which is about 5 miles offshore (unless it is after dark or the tide is too low). Package includes: pickup and return from Guabala, food, lodging at surf camp or Puerto Yurre, and daily boat trips for surfing, snorkling, or fishing. The cost of entire surf package is $642 per stay. A stay starts on a Saturday airport arrival day and ends on a Saturday airport departure day. You will have 6 full surfing days. Extra days can be purchased for $107. Friday airport arrival is one extra day and Sunday airport departure is one extra day. Not included in package: Hotel Stay in Panama City, Taxi, Bus or surf lessons.
We are up to 10 breaks at this time within a short distance of the camp. More discoveries are being made all the time. Some break best on high tide, some on low tide. Here's a description of each: Emily's: is a left point break, often described as playful. When there's a good swell, getting double barreled on the same wave is possible. With a swell, wave is generally, head high to two feet overhead. Tide: Medium tides. The Point: Left point break about ½ -mile from camp. Generally breaks, 3-4 foot bigger than Emily's, it is also fast and hollow, making it easy to get barreled on. On a big swell, it has been compared to a Pipeline-type wave. Quite often I have heard people say, "That was the best wave of my life!" Tide: Medium tides. Sand bar/ Rivermouth break: South of big island, this break is a series of "A frames" up and down a long beach in front of a small island, just south of the main island. El Toro: surfed at medium tide and breaks both right and left. It is between two major rock formations. . There four breaks are on outside island. One is a big wave left reef break, next is a smaller, but very fun left reef break, the other a right break reef pass and the last is an island wrapper going right, and should only be surfed at medium to high tide. With a good swell, the outside island can produce waves that are double to triple overhead. With an average swell, it will generally have 2-4 ft overhead conditions. When the swell is right, one of the breaks on this island has been described as a "G-Land style wave". We've seen surfers get standup barrels at these breaks with spitting tubes. We also have a two mile long sandy beach breach that is good for beginner surfers and for warming up.
- Private, uncrowded, tropical, waves! No crowded lineup here. We restrict the numbers of surfers at the camp to 25. There are ten different breaks to choose from, so no break gets overcrowded. You will be served three meals per day with a variety of dishes made from fish, chicken, shrimp, tropical fruits, etc. We can accommodate vegetarian diets.
- Small Island, Big Kahuna Waves The smaller island is about a 30 minute boat ride. This is the island of the largest waves. When the waves are small everwhere else, you'll find 6-8 ft faces here on average. This is the place where you'll find the left breaks like P-Land, which is really two breaks, and Leftovers. The right break on this island is Nestles, described as the most exciting 30 seconds of your life.
- What Else is there? There's also diving, snorkeling, nightly ping pong games, fishing, ocean kayaking, hiking, exploring or just relaxing in a hammock. In the evening, you can review your daily surf session on the camp TV-DVD (bring your camcorder). On the island, there is also a variety of wild life, including monkeys, sea turtles at times, many types of birds, parrots and even wild deer.
- What do I bring? The weather is tropical, so all you need is your trunks, warm water wax and alot of sunscreen. Reef shoes are a good idea for coral and rock breaks. If you snorkel or fish, bring your gear. (fishing is world class).