Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga

Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga

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Sailing charters and yoga retreats in one of the most exotic island paradises on the planet. Guna Yala is a autonomous indigenous region, with great Caribbean sights and amazing cultural welth.
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Dominic Markart
3 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
My girlfriend and I stayed with Carlos on his sailboat for 2 days and 2 nights.
We were blown away by the beauty and uniqueness of San Blas and we were so happy to experience all this on a boat. On the one hand having the comfort staying on a beautiful yacht and on the other hand having the possibility to see couple of different magical islands was OUTSTANDING.
The service of Carlos was excellent. He is a great cook and prepared for every lunch and dinner fresh fish, lobster, crab or other seafood available in the waters of San Blas. He is also very knowledgeable about San Blas and the Kunas and makes everything possible for you to have an unforgettable time. So visit Calors on his boat before San Blas will be flooded in the next 15-20 years. Thank you a million times.
Written 18 February 2019
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CapAntonio11
New York City, NY36 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
Sailing this archipelago is a perfect escape. Doing yoga on deserted beaches was truly a peaceful experience. Even though I did this trip alone, I was able to build great relationships with all the people onboard. I ate nutritious meals everyday and came back home feeling so healthy. I felt so relaxed the whole time and looking back, I am so happy that I finally got to see Panama the way I did it. I was able to get a great deal for this trip at intersailclub.com. Definitely would do it again if I get the chance.
Written 22 January 2016
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Sharona11111
Amstelveen1 contribution
Dec 2015 • Couples
Last week we stayed on board of the Carpe Diem with Carlos (and crew). It really was a wonderful experience to sail through San Blas and meeting the Kuna people and experiencing their culture.

Each day we sailed to another island to explore the island and the surrounding waters. Carlos asked what we wanted to do each day and gave us all the space to choose whatever we wanted to do on a day. Carlos was available to go along and show some beautiful spots, e.g. to snorkel (diving is strictly prohibited in the area).

Furthermore, we ate freshly catched fish and other seafood each day. Which was very well prepared by Carlos and crew.

Do not miss out on this experience!
Written 16 December 2015
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Tami K
Tel Aviv, Israel9 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We are a couple in their 30's that got to Carlos (the owner and Capitan of Carpe Diem Sailing yoga Yacht) thru a few friends that did a yoga tour with him a year ago. We stayed with Carlos for 8 amazing days! During these days he took us around the most beautiful islands in San Blass area. Carlos is a very special person that made us feel like we are old friends that are having a Cruz together. He is the best chef and cooked us 3 fresh meals a day (pancakes, eggs, fresh fish or lobsters, fruits etc'). Carlos took us snorkeling in the best reefs in the area. We saw sharks, turtles, sting rays and much more! On top of him being a super friendly guy he also does a lot for the locals Kuna community! He donates some of his profits to the locals and he hires a Kuna as a second Capitan.
Important to know is that the local Kuna's don’t allow doing this charter tours without there approval that most of the boats don’t have. Luckily Carlos is in very good relationship with the locals and he has their approval for the tours.
We highly recommend booking the tour with Carlos and his Carpe Diem Yacht!
Written 26 June 2015
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Nicola R
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Mar 2015 • Solo
I too was ripped off from this company promising me the perfect getaway.
After paying full for my "vacation of a life time" in which I saved for a long time. It all unraveled at the seams. DO NOT give Eamon ( or his business partner) any deposit let alone a full payment. There is no retreat, there is no guarantee. He will take you're money and then stop all contact with you. If you're reading this after speaking with him, and think "oh he's so sincere, he couldn't do that" , I thought the same thing. SAVE YOU'R MONEY...GO TO ANOTHER RETREAT. There is no amazing journey it is just their own self marketing scam.
Written 20 May 2015
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Hi Nicola, We also heard Eamon Leonard is not trustworthy. But he doesn't work for us since February 2015. Please, contact us on our official contact adress: info@sailingyoga.com We would like to host you on Carpe Diem. We will discount what Eamon stole you.
Written 1 June 2015
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MaxxF1974
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
Feb 2015 • Solo
I'm only writing this review to save anyone from going through what I did. I found this retreat and decided to book. Eamon was really great on email and I felt comfortable booking with him as there were so many great reviews. Just as I was about to finalize payment, the owner of this company email me to tell me to not send Eamon any money as he would rip me off as there was no retreat happening as he legally can no longer operate in this region. Sure enough, I reached out to cancel as I did not want to get caught up in this dispute between the business owners. I never heard back from these people again! They took my money and I'm out hundreds of dollars. I also met up with another girl that this happened to so I was not alone in this scam. I don't like giving negative reviews but I want to save you all from what I went through. I even filed a police report. Do not trust these people!!!
Written 19 May 2015
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Hi Maxx, I am so sorry Eamon Leonard did that to you. He doesn't work for us since February 2015. Please, write to our official email info@sailingyoga.com. If you can, we would like to host you on the real trip with a discount of what Eamon Leonard stole to you.
Written 28 May 2015
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JJ A
San Francisco, CA6 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
I went on this trip on a whim (literally booked about 3 days before) and am SO glad I did. It was more that a vacation - it was a real retreat. Retreat from technology, a retreat from the hustle and bustle, and a reminder for wellness! The yoga part was my main attraction initially, but we had insanely good healthy food, a holistic doctor who joined our trip, went sailing, snorkeling, fishing... and HAMMOCKS... the simple pleasure of reading a book in a bikini on a hammock cannot be overlooked here. The type of people attracted to this all seem to be of the same mentality - open minded adventurer types - which made many of us feel very close even in just a week of time. I went alone on this trip but quickly bonded with everyone. Eamon is super easy-going and was awesome in answering any of my pre-trip questions.

I learned so much on this trip and honestly had a hard time coming back to reality afterward! Highly recommended!

A few tips:
- Bring lots of sunscreen. I went through a tube and a 1/2 since it's so close to the equator.
- Wear lightweight long pants to bed. My weather report said 90 degrees so I didn't pack this out of fear of being hot in the tent, but that was the weather in Panama City. The islands get more of a breeze, and if the winds die down there's some little bugs that emerge. Staying covered or putting on baby oil all makes them not a problem.
- Bring water shoes - I wore them snorkeling and my friend borrowed them the day of our trip to the waterfall. Other than that, a pair of flip-flops are handy but you'll be barefoot most of the time!
- Bring a sarong. Useful for yoga, for laying on the beach, to wear as a dress... and bring a towel for showering.
- Stay a night in Panama City the day you head back from the islands. I flew out the same day, which was fine in terms of timing and it was super nice that the driver from the trip made a stop at the airport for me. I only say this because from San Blas (Starfish Island), it'll be about an hour boat ride, then about a 2-3 hour drive, then for me, was two 4 hour flights after that. Doable, but a pretty exhausting and after a week of camping, a shower was calling my name.
Written 20 February 2015
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Gg B
1 contribution
Aug 2014 • Friends
a friend and I spent 1 week on the Carpe Diem and it was one the most amazing experience in my life, full different activities, excellent and healthy food, beautiful lands camping that make you feel you are in side of post card and great yoga lessons.

As Yoga lover I had never experience sailing and practicing, so it make your journey different every day. You get to share with other Yoga Lovers from other part of the world different techniques.

I higher recommend to experience The Carpe Diem!!

Gloria Bernal
Written 14 December 2014
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Kevin W
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A friend and I spent a week on the Carpe Diem and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Everything was all set up for us from the taxi in Panama City to the boat to take us out to The Carpe Diem it was very easy. The Captain (Carlos) and his first mate Eamon were very friendly and very educated on sailing and educated on the native people. The food on the boat was outstanding. The Captain even baked his own bread on the boat! We sailed to a bunch of different islands, learned a lot about the native people and we even swam with a nurse shark which was pretty awesome. I highly recommend this charter and I think it is something everyone should do at least once in their lives! I am planning on going back on this boat very soon!.
Written 7 December 2014
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Paul S
Zurich, Switzerland3 contributions
Jan 2014 • Solo
It was just great to travel the sea and doing some yoga. Most relaxing holidays of my life! I would recommend it to everybody who wants to travel in the Caribbean..
Written 6 December 2014
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