Central America Explorer By Sea

From Colon, Panama to Cozumel, Mexico
  • Belize
  • Colombia
  • Honduras
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Visiting six countries in ten days our Central America Explorer takes us to the tropical waters of Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize & Mexico. Onboard One Ocean Expeditions’ newest vessel, RCGS Resolute, the idyllic Caribbean Sea awaits us as we journey through stunning bays, islands and numerous national parks.
Famous for its high concentration of wildlife, Central America offers the perfect blend of wildlife watching, active discovery and relaxation in warm waters. With turquoise seas and lush forests, magnificent Mayan ruins, bustling markets and flourishing farms, the Caribbean coast of Central America is packed with opportunities to explore. Swim and snorkel around colourful coral reefs during the day before dancing the night away to reggae music by night.
Rich in cultural and historical points of interest will allow you to learn about the ancient Creole culture and explore the relatively undiscovered San Blas islands, protected by the native Kuna. Our journey begins in Panama City where we travel to meet RCGS Resolute, waiting for us in Colon. From here we venture up the coast visiting Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras and Belize before reaching our final destination in Cozumel, Mexico

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Opportunity to see & explore wonderful marine life

Snorkel, kayak or paddleboard and head off to learn more about the coral and ecosystems

Visit six countries in ten days

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Colon, Panama - Embarkation

Embarkation Day - Please arrive in to Panama City at least 1 day prior to departure.
We will rendezvous mid-afternoon at a central location in Panama City and transfer by bus to the port at Colon. Upon arriving at the port we will board RCGS Resolute, our home for the next 10 days. Ideally you will have arrived a day or two early into Panama City, in order to adjust to any time change, acclimatize, and prepare for our adventure together. You could opt for a day trip through the Panama Canal as our voyage heads straight out into the Caribbean Sea. Having a day or two buffer also helps if you experience any flight delays or other travel hurdles. After embarking and settling into our rooms, we’ll gather for cocktails, followed by dinner, after which we’ll relax on deck and enjoy the tropical sunset.
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Day 2
San Blas Islands, Panama

With over 365 islands scattered over 100 square miles, we could spend an entire year visiting an island each day. Most of the islands are not inhabited, however, the larger islands - Aguja, Kuanidup, Chichime and El Porvenir are inhabited by the indigenous people known as the Kuna, or Guna. Since 1925 the Kuna have maintained political autonomy from the mainland and still practice their traditional form of government. Although the San Blas Islands are a very popular vacation destination for Panamanians, it is recognized that any visitor there is a guest of the Kuna. Their reliance on small crops, fishing and harvesting coconuts has kept the islands largely free of any industry and therefore they remain beautiful and pristine.
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Day 3-4
Cartagena & Rosario Islands, Colombia

Cartagena’s ‘Old Town’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by more than 10 kilometres of centuries-old stone walls. Within these walls lie a maze of cobblestoned streets and alleys. Bougainvillea drips off the balconies of colonial houses and a resplendent cathedral appears around every corner. We will wander the streets taking in the vibrant colours of the markets, the brightly painted houses, artisan shops and galleries. Be sure to take a break and cool down with a limonada de coco (with or without rum). Later in the day we’ll sail for the Rosario Islands. These 28 islands were declared a National Park in order to protect the critical coral reef that encircles the archipelago. Later in the day, we'll sail for the Rosario Islands, which were declared a National Park in order to protect the critical coral reef that encircles the archipelago. We will grab a snorkel, kayak or paddleboard and head off to learn more about the coral and ecosystems first-hand. The evening and following day will be spent at sea, heading towards the San Andrés and Providencia Islands.
As we continue to the San Andreas and Providencia Islands, we learn, through a series of educational presentations, about the local flora and fauna we hope to encounter in the coming days. Photography awareness will play a big role, to ensure we understand the opportunities available to us in order to capture these incredible experiences as we continue to our second of six countries in just ten days. This is a great opportunity to take binoculars out on deck and look for seabirds travelling alongside the ship.
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Day 5
San Andres & Providencial Islands, Colombia

This quirky pair of islands, San Andres and Providencia, found off the coast of Nicaragua, are historically connected to England and are politically part of Colombia. The result, socially speaking, is the 300-year-old English-Creole-speaking Raizal culture which sits alongside the much more recent Colombian culture. These islands are a favourite weekend getaway for Colombians who come here to party, shop tax-free, and sunbathe. Fortunately the night life is concentrated in the towns, leaving the rest of the island quite peaceful and pristine. We will take the time to investigate the quieter corners, bays, and atolls, perhaps stopping for a snorkel or paddle, to take in the beauty of the coral reefs. On Providencia we can, once again, spend time in the small town, or stretch our legs on a hike up Alto El Pico, for 360-degree views of the entire Caribbean. Those looking for a more gentle stroll can wander the beaches or head to the north end of the island to cross Lover’s Bridge, which takes you to Santa Catalina, the next island.
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Day 6
Miskito Cays, Nicaragua

Once a hot-spot for pirates, Miskito Cays may be the least discovered island of Nicaragua. Sitting 80km off shore, Miskito Cays are part of the Northern Atlantic autonomous region, which is recognized by the Nicaraguan government. The Miskito people have maintained their ancient culture, governed by their ‘Council of Elders’ and continue to practice the tradition of no private property. The seascape and marine life in this area is so complex, delicate and interesting, it was declared part of the larger Biological Marine reserve and Coastal Fringe in 1991. What better way to take in this amazing ecosystem than with a tranquil paddle in a kayak or on a stand-up paddle board. If you’d rather keep your feet dry, you can stroll the beaches and head for ‘town’ – a cluster of homes built on stilts in the water.
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Day 7
Guanaja, Honduras

Originally named Pine Island by Christopher Columbus, Guanaja is both lush and mountainous with it highest peak topping out at 1400 feet. We have the option of a short hike to the only waterfall on the island, or a longer hike up to Grant’s Peak for amazing views of the nearby islands. Sitting on the second largest barrier reef in the world, it is not surprising that diving and snorkeling are very popular activities. If anyone is interested in catching dinner, there is guided fly-fishing available as well. If anyone is looking to hit the ‘big city’, Bonacca (actually an island itself) has a store, a bank and a pharmacy
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Day 8
Jeanette Kawas National Park, Honduras

Officially named Jeanette Kawas National Park in honour of the environmental activist, this park was previously known as Punta Sal. Here the large lagoon, marine estuaries, tropical rainforests, and mangrove swamps make for an incredibly diverse National Park. Jungle trails allow us to explore the park, a well-known birding destination with over 300 species noted. The West Indian manatee and several types of sea turtles also frequent this area. Further inland you may run into howler or white-headed capuchin monkeys. This park is also inhabited by the Garifuna people who have lived here for hundreds of years. Their villages are scattered throughout the park and the Garifuna traditions and culture are also protected by the park’s mandate.
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Day 9
Blackbird Caye & Turneffe Atoll, Belize

World renowned for their diving, snorkeling and fly-fishing, Blackbird Caye and the Turneffe Atoll offer an incredible array of marine life. More than 500 species of fish, 65 species of stony coral, plus seas turtles, manatees, dolphins, and a plethora of seabirds, all call this area home. Using our kayaks, paddleboards, zodiacs, or simply our feet, we will get up close and personal with these hidden treasures. A paddle through the lagoons will reveal more than 150 mangrove islands and the incredible marine life that goes with that.
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Day 10
Cozumel, Mexico

Today you will wake up off the shores of Cozumel, Mexico the final destination of this voyage. After breakfast we will bid farewell to the crew and disembark the ship. Transportation will be provided to the Cozumel airport where you can begin your journey home, or on to further adventures in Mexico. Please ask for more details.

ABOUT OUR ITINERARY: Small ship expedition cruising can sometimes be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and sea conditions or to maximise our encounters with wildlife. Years of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have plenty of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 8 nights on board RCGS Resolute in a triple cabin
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 High quality, eco friendly, Canadian made natural amenities in every cabin
  • Included Copy 7 Pre or post-cruise accommodtation unless otherwise specified unless in the itinerary (can be added)
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • Included Copy 20 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in-cabin tea, coffee, hot chocolate
  • Included Copy 20 Optional Sea Kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddling boarding, etc. (included in the voyage fare)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Embarkation transfer on day 1 & Disembarkation transfer on day 10
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides & photographers
  • Included Copy 20 Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Included Copy 20 Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Included Copy 20 Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty & community visits
  • Included Copy 20 Presentations & talks by experts (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc).
  • Included Copy 20 Resident photography guide available to assist all guests
  • Included Copy 20 Access to computers in multimedia lab for photo sharing etc.
  • Included Copy 20 An emergency trained medical physician onboard every voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Hospitality team : Manager, professional chefs, professional bar staff & Concierge staff
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard sauna, pool, Jacuzzi & gym. Massage options (fee applies for massage & treatments)
  • Included Copy 20 Access to well stocked library full of reference books
  • Included Copy 20 End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
  • Included Copy 20 Port fees and all permits to access visited areas
  • Included Copy 7 Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Included Copy 7 Visa and passport expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified unless in the itinerary (can be added)
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses on board such as bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Telecommunication charges (ie. email, satellite phone)
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance related expenses - Travel Insurance is mandatory
  • Included Copy 7 Voluntary gratuity for expedition staff & ship crew (suggested amount – $US12-15 per day)
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RCGS Resolute

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