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Somewhere at the Sea

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Claire from USA (February, 2017)

Sailing with Daniel and Paula in San Blas is absolutely amazing. They are fabulous sailors and hosts and are very respected by the locals. The food and drink aboard is fresh, really tasty, and plentiful. Daniel and Paula went above and beyond to make our stay great and took us snorkeling and swimming in some amazing places. Hope to get to stay with them again in somewhere along their journey around the world!

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Sisca from USA (January, 2017)

We had an amazing, totally relaxing time with Daniel. We stayed for 4 nights (3 full days) which I think was perfect. The surroundings are beautiful and my boyfriend and I loved spending time on the boat. The food, which Daniel cooked for each meal, was fantastic and healthy. Lots of super fresh seafood! The accommodations were nice but definitely a small space (pack light), we were fortunate and had the cabin at the front where there was good wind flow. The other rooms I'm told were warmer. I would absolutely do this again. On a side note: Getting to the boat from Panama City is a half day trip with significant wait times (you are transferred at least once, we had 2 transfers each way). There are lots of cab companies making trips btw the San Blas boat pickup site and Panama city. Daniel will arrange one for you but you might want to organize your own land travel if you are very particular - we were crammed into a dirty minivan w/11 ppl without adequate seatbelts for the first 2 hours.

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Janina from Germany (December, 2016)

I spent 8 days sailing the San Blas Islands with Coco Sailing and I will recommend them to anyone who will listen. 
Every day we spent in and on the water, snorkelling around the hundreds of colorful reefs and sailing from one beautiful island to the next. The food has been delicious and fresh! Big thumps up for the fresh bread Daniel prepared in the mornings!! 
Daniel and Gabriel have known each other from school and it is easy to feel at home with them and their friends. When staying with Coco Sailing they will share with you the life that they have created for themselves in this wonderful place.
SY Berimbau is a spacious and well-built yacht with all the equipment needed to have a comfortable and safe time aboard. And if you are a sailor you will appreciate her even more. She is great fun to sail! ;)
Thanks guys it`s been a wonderful time! Hope to see you all again soon. Take care and keep up the good life! :)

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Bailey from USA (December, 2016)

Wonderful weekend stay on the boat. The hosts were just the nicest! It was a great way to explore the islands. We went snorkeling, relaxed on the beach, met some locals and ate lots of yummy food. Couldn't recommend more, we will definitely be back!

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Caio from Brazil (November, 2016)

Great people, excellent food and good vibes. Do not leave without try the homemade bread baked by captain Daniel at breakfast. And GO fishing with captain Gabriel on your side. I definitely recommend a sailing trip with Coco Sailing. 5 stars. By the way, San Blas seems a lost paradise!

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Franklin from Peru (Novembre, 2016)

Tuvimos una excelente (aunque corta) estadía en Ananda Lahari con Kiko y Ceci. Desde que uno llega, ellos se encargan de que te sientas como en casa, con su amabilidad y sencillez se preocupan de cada detalle. La comida deliciosa y fresca.
Por un tema de clima sólo pudimos conocer las islas Chichime; hermosas islas por todos sus ángulos (con tormenta y todo). Fue la primera vez que practicamos snorkel y nos encantó poder convivir con tanta belleza submarina en los corales alrededor de las islas. La gente kuna muy amigable, siempre dispuestos a ayudar; ofrecen sus artesanias muy coloridas.
Definitivamente vamos a regresar. Un abrazo y nuestro agradecimiento a Kiko, Ceci y Daniel!!

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Rene from Colombia (October, 2016)

Maravilloso recorrido, admirando fantásticos lugares del Archipiélago de San Blas .. excelente la comida, las islas, su gente .. todo estuvo perfecto!! , .. lo mejor la hermandad y afecto de Gabriel .. eres una persona maravillosa y fue un gusto conocerte !! Espero regresar .. me llevo un hermoso recuerdo de este viaje !! Gracias !!!

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Beth from USA (October, 2016)

What an amazing experience! I booked for two nights but wish I had stayed for much longer. Daniel made everything so easy - from booking to transportation to all the other details of my visit. He and Gabriel are incredible hosts, and so much fun to be around. I booked my trip solo and ended up sharing the boat with some ladies who I now consider friends, so don't be afraid to go alone. The islands were paradise and my only regret is that I didn't stay longer. I recommend at least 3-4 days if not more. I will definitely be back soon!

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Bonnie from USA (October, 2016)

I never met Daniel but was hosted by his partner Gabriel and his girlfriend Estefania. They were amazing hosts and I had a fantastic time. I was traveling alone and they made me feel comfortable and welcomed on the boat. I felt like I was with old friends instead of new ones. I had the privacy that I needed and the company too. There was a lovely balance of everything. I wish I had more time in San Blas because it's a beautiful place. Staying on the boat wit Gabriel and Estefania was the best decision I made and I would highly recommend everyone to stay with them. From sailing between the islands, snorkeling, interacting with the locals, amazing food, and the great hosts they made my trip absolutely perfect.

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Julia from Germany (September, 2016)

This Trip was absolutely amazing. We loved every minute. Except from the beautiful landscape of the San Blas islands, Daniel did everything to make us feel welcomed. He's an amazing cook and it's easy to have good conversations with him and he also gives you some free space for yourself. This stay couldn't have been better. We totally recommended having this awesome experience.

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Nellie from USA (September, 2016)

My husband and I stayed with Daniel on the Ananda Lahiri for 2 days as part of our honeymoon in Panama. It was hands down, the absolute BEST part of our entire two week trip and we were sad that we hadn't booked more time with Daniel. Daniel is an awesome host - he cooks awesome food, totally laid back, and is really nice and welcoming. We spent our two days on board swimming and snorkeling and fishing for our dinners. It was completely idyllic and perfect. We hope to go back to visit again, just so we can sail again.

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Luke from USA (September, 2016)

I was only able to meet Daniel briefly, since Gabriel, known locally as "Gabby", was the captain for my trip, but both of these guys are like traveling with local rock stars. Everyone knows them, and it is very clear that they are respected members of their community. I had a great time during my two day stay, both on the boat and off. As many others have said, the food was delicious. I have a high metabolism and need to eat regularly to stay fueled, especially when swimming. Before the trip, I was concerned that I'd get hungry between meals, or that the meals would not fill me up. WRONG. Every time I even started to feel hungry, there would already be a snack prepared and waiting, followed shortly by a meal. I learned very quickly that food was not going to be a concern throughout the trip. The snorkeling was amazing, and Gabriel took us to all of the best spots. On one of the trips, he even speared a couple of fish and prepared them that night. It doesn't get anymore fresh than that. The last night I was there, I went to one of the Kuna islands with Gabriel and his girlfriend. The Kuna were having a birthday party, and it was great to watch the celebration. I was just there to observe, but it wasn't long before they handed me a plate of food and welcomed me to the party. Prior to that, Gabriel had ordered me another plate of food, which included octopus. Both meals were delicious, and I was so full that I could barely make it back to the boat. My two days flew by, but both days were filled with memories that will last a lifetime. Gabriel and his right-hand man Kiko could not have been more accommodating. My trip simply spectacular! If you're considering a trip to San Blas and browsing through the various boats, stop looking! Book with these guys and get ready to have the trip of a lifetime!

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Julia from Germany (September, 2016)

This Trip was absolutely amazing. We loved every minute. Except from the beautiful landscape of the San Blas islands, Daniel did everything to make us feel welcomed. He's an amazing cook and it's easy to have good conversations with him and he also gives you some free space for yourself. This stay couldn't have been better. We totally recommended having this awesome experience.

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Nellie from USA (September, 2016)

My husband and I stayed with Daniel on the Ananda Lahiri for 2 days as part of our honeymoon in Panama. It was hands down, the absolute BEST part of our entire two week trip and we were sad that we hadn't booked more time with Daniel. Daniel is an awesome host - he cooks awesome food, totally laid back, and is really nice and welcoming. We spent our two days on board swimming and snorkeling and fishing for our dinners. It was completely idyllic and perfect. We hope to go back to visit again, just so we can sail again.

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Niklas from Germany (September, 2016)

Best sailing-experience I ever made - in a paradise-like landscape!
3 days on the boat with Daniel went by way too quick.
I enjoyed his great cooking skills (fresh lobster, right out of the sea), snorkeling trips and interesting conversations in the evenings a lot!
I definatelly recommend a sailing trip with coco sailing!

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Victor from Romania (September, 2016)

What an absolutely fabulous trip!!!! We sailed for 2 glorious days with the amazing Gabriel (who is Daniel's partner in sailing) and his right hand Lorena. Both of them went out of their ways to welcome us, to make us feel comfortable and to provide a truly unique experience. The freshly prepared meals (and drinks :-)) were extremely delicious, the trips (including lobster hunting) were truly memorable, while the charmimg Brazilian music provided the perfect soundtrack to this unforgettable trip. The logistics of hotel pick up/drop off and speedboat to/from the boat were also very well organized.

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Natalia from USA (August, 2016)

We spent 4 amazing days with Daniel on his boat, sailing the San Blas islands. Daniel kindly arranged transport from the hotel in Panama City all the way to his boat (2 hrs in the car and 40 mins via boat), which made getting there nice and easy. Once on board, Daniel was the perfect host. Every day he prepared 3 main meals, with lunch and dinner often having 2 or 3 courses (+ drinks!). His skills in the kitchen were genuinely amazing - the food we had was restaurant-level and he was completely flexible to our tastes each day. For example, Lobster and Quinoa, fresh Red Snapper caught by Daniel in a coconut curry, homemade bread every morning, fresh Conch caught by Daniel, homemade passion fruit juices, etc. I could go on! As well as the amazing food, Daniel also has an extensive knowledge of the islands and the Kuna people (they all seem to be his friend and know him!), so you travel around in confidence, meeting lots of friendly locals each day and learning more about their stunning islands. Daniel let us dictate how we spent our time but was always happy to make great suggestions for us (fishing, snorkelling, visiting different islands, etc.) - life on the boat is very easy and you definitely can get spoilt! We would, without a doubt, recommend Daniel and his boat for anyone looking to get a real 'life on a boat' experience with a super friendly captain/chef/overall extraordinaire!

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Nick from USA (August, 2016)

A truly authentic experience. Daniel and Kiko are wonderful hosts with many talents. They make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. From great food to great company and of course unforgettable views of San Blas, I highly recommend sailing with Coco sailing!

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Fillipo form Italy (August, 2016)

Our four days on Ananda Lahari, with Daniel and Kiko were simply amazing! Amazing places, amazing snorkeling, amazing cooking (thanks Daniel!)... amazing everything. Can't wait to be back for more!

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Camila from Brazil (August, 2016)

My experience in San Blas couldn't be better! Daniel and Gabriel are very good hosts. Berimbau is a nice sail boat and we had a great time. I highly recommend! And we'll certainly come back.

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Valeria from Italy(August, 2016)

Nobody knows what really mean "buena onda" Before you spend a few days on berimbau with Daniel and kiko. Wonderful experience.

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Chantal from England (June, 2016)

My mum and I had an incredible 2 night stay on 'Berimbau' with Gabi and Steph - they were welcoming, super informative and we were really well looked after! The boat is beautiful and it was a pleasure to see Gabi look so excited when he was behind the wheel! The food was also wonderful - we had fresh fish, lobster and octopus. I don't think I ever felt hungry at any point on the boat...

Daniel was also great from an admin point of view, very patient with my countless questions and even managed to help my mum plan a surprise meal for my graduation celebrations!

Thank you so much coco sailing for an incredible experience in an idyllic setting! Gabi and Steph, I hope we meet again soon!

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Frank from Holland (July, 2016)

Captain Daniel and his girlfriend were great guides and hosts throughout our sailing trip in the San Blas archipel. We enjoyed every minute of it and after only an hour on the boat we felt completely relaxed. Daniel and Paula delivered great food (freshly caught and prepared!), great company and a lot of knowledge on the sea, the islands and the people living there. We would definitely recommend sailing with Daniel, as it allows you to get away from the backpacking crowds and visit some of the more remote islands. Well worth every cent!

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Melissa from USA (June, 2016)

My experience with Daniel in San Blas was an excellent one! He was very helpful and arranged my transportation door to door from my hotel to his boat. He is a very gracious host and very flexible. I enjoyed sailing/exploring around the different islands, snorkeling and meeting the Kuna people. Most important, it was a relaxing experience! If you are visiting Panama City and didn't pack light, I would recommend doing this trip in the middle of your vacation and leaving the bulk of your luggage at your hotel. You really don't need too much for this trip: bathing suit, coverup and suntan lotion. :)

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Saly from England (June, 2016)

Hi Daniel, thank you for a wonderful experience on your boat. You made us feel very special also your mate Kiko entertaining us in the evening with his lovely songs and guitar. Sally will always remember this birthday and the lovely chocolate cake you made.Will of course tell friends of the wonderful time spent your boat.

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Alexander from Austria (June, 2016)

During our stay on his charming boat Daniel has been a captain, a chef, a guide and most of all a friend to us. He showed us the most beautiful places in the most beautiful area of the world. Also many thanks to Kiko for all the help and for playing the guitar in the evening.
Hope to see both of you again some day!

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Don from USA (June, 2106)

Our three day tour of the San Blas islands, with Daniel and his friend Kiko, was amazing!!! If you book a trip with Daniel, be prepared to eat well..fresh seafood everyday. Daniel is also a great chef, he even got one of us to try lobster for the first time, which was caught by the locals and sold to us for only 10$ a piece. Touring the islands and snorkeling was incredible. In short, this was the ideal way to experience the San Blas islands! My partner and I highly recommend booking a trip with Daniel!!

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Syvie from USA (June, 2016)

We had a exceptional experience at San Blas (3 days - 2 nights). Everything was just perfect. The islands are so pretty with their crystal clear water and nice reefs for snorkeling. Daniel is a very experienced, amazing sailor and a very pleasant person to be around. Who pampered us for the whole time and did everything to make us feel very welcome. He made great food (even despite my dietary restrictions), and took us on a nice tour around the islands. We also appreciated his fair knowledge about the islands and the culture of the indigenous people. Highly recommended!

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Florencia from Argentina (May, 2016)

El mejor viaje de regalo de cumpleaños para mi hermana y mi familia. Daniel y Kiko hicieron de los cuatro días que navegamos algo hermoso. Islas paradisíacas, comida rica fresca del mar en manos de Daniel, música brasilera maravillosa en la guitarra de kiko, luna llena navegando. Super recomendable y muy profesionales! 

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Saskia from England (April, 2016)

“One of the most amazing experiences and would recommend to anyone. Not following the tourist trail you really get the true San Blas experience. Daniel was exceptionally welcoming and would definitely sail with him again. The food was brilliant (Gordan Ramsay way your heart out). Daniel would catch the lunch and supper and make anything from swordfish ceviche to lion fish bruschetta (homemade bread of course) grilled yellow snapper / mackerel with coconut rice or roast veg quinoa. Also ask for the bejinho for dessert! His cocktails were also exceptional, rum abuelo! Daniel also knows the best places for snorkelling and you can join him spear fishing, saw some sharks which was amazing! Daniel also took us to several private islands and he knew all the Kunas which was vey helpful, his knowledge of the culture was brilliant to listen to. Daniel also has a lot of great stories and a fascinating life we were always giggling. Couldn't recommend more! ”

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Bernadette from USA (April, 2016)

"Sailing with Daniel for 4 days and 3 nights in San Blas was the highlight of a 6-month journey through central America for me. I can't say enough good things about this trip. The boat is very comfortable and Daniel is an excellent chef. He prepares fresh fish, fresh squeezed juices and homemade breads. He made the best risotto I have ever eaten! Daniel is a true sailor and raises the sails so you can enjoy the luxury of sailing through a pristine environment. He is very knowledgeable about the Kuna people and their lifestyle as well. This is really the best way to experience the San Blas islands."

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Almudena from Spain (April, 2016)

"Daniel is an incredible host, great captain and chef. We had a great time sailing with him around San Blas. We plan on coming back and we recommend the experience to everyone."

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Diego from Uruguay (February, 2016)

“Excelente experiencia, muy buena onda y atención. Daniel es un gran anfitrión y amigo. Hermosos paseos y experiencia sobre el velero. Buen trip, recomendable Preparo la comida y todos los detalles Gracias por todo nos volvemos a ver pronto”

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Joanna from Australia (March, 2016)

We had a great time on the sailboat with Daniel. He is an excellent host, passionate about sailing, cooking and really welcoming. He knows the san blas islands' secluded spots (even one where we stood alone on a tiny island in the middle of the sea) and we got to snorkel around beautiful coral reef with lots of tropical fish. There are some snorkel sets on board but maybe bring your own if you have really small or large sized feet- we did;) The boat was really comfortable, the food was delicious (best bread of our time in Central Ameroica!), and the islands truly are paradise on earth. This was without a doubt a better option than staying on a island. Our only regret is not going for longer! Hopefully we can come back some day. Thanks Daniel!

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Nele from Germany (March, 2016)

Really, really great trip! Amazing islands, great boat really nice and fun captain who is also a great cook and knows a lot about the Kunas and the islands. We stayed for two nights which is definitely recommended to see some really deserted islands and go to some great snorkeling spots! 
Would do it again right away if I could

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Christoph from Austria (March, 2016)

Our two days trip with Daniel was amazing. He is a really nice guy who seems to be an all-rounder. The ship is from the 70s, most parts are made of wood. We felt very safe.
Daniel organised our trip between Panama City and San Blas and made our stay on the boat very pleasant.
The food he served was really tasty and never the same. We got fresh juices, the fish we ate was freshly caught; he even made his own bread. Food was plenty, so that we usually couldn't finish our meals. He also offers a variety of drinks.
He provided us with snorkeling equipment.
If someone is not yet sure whether to stay on a particular island or sail through the archipelago, we definitively recommend a trip on the boat. This way you get to see/visit various islands, more importantly islands that are more beautiful (because "untouched") than the touristic islands.
Some remarks as to the organisation: 
First of all, bring your passport.
On the first day one gets picked up in Panama City very early in the morning. On the way to San Blas the driver stops at a supermarket. Think about buying some travelling medicine (e.g. Mareol) if you have a weak stomach. The road to the sea is very hilly and curvy. 
Once you arrive at the sea a power boat will bring you to the sailing boat. You will be there around lunch time. 
On the day of departure you leave the boat after breakfast.
To sum it up: we definitely recommend exploring San Blas on a sailing boat with Daniel

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Jesse and Oliver from Holland (February, 2015)

“We spend 2 nights and 3 days onboard sailboat Ananda Lahari with host: Gabriel and Ornella. We had an amazing time, great food, fun boat, and great service!”

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