Panama: Tropical Resort Rowing

Caribbean and South America

Panama: Tropical Resort Rowing

Duration :   7 Days 6 Nights
Max People :    11
Start Location:   Boca Chica, Panama
Travel Date :  18 Nov , 2023 - 24 Nov , 2023

Rowing Trip Reservation

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This really is the best of many worlds. A beautiful and exotic country. A boutique tropical resort that we will have all to ourselves. Daily rows exploring the protected bays and island at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Cultural and other activities to deepen your appreciation of Panama. Time to simply relax and recharge. The opportunity to support the development of rowing.

Our inaugural tour is by invitation only. Please get in touch if you would like to be considered.

We anticipate that we will be able to offer future tours to this tropical playground.

A hidden gem

This is a centre-based trip. Our resort, Seagull Cove, is near Boca Chica in Chiriqui Province, Panama. Never heard of it? That is perfect. We love introducing our rowing friends to new destinations. Even better when we explore places that are bit off the beaten track – lesser known gems. Chiriqui Province is on the Pacific coast, snuggling up to Costa Rica. It has Panama’s highest mountains, longest rivers, Panama’s second city of David and lush agricultural regions. It is beautiful. Our resort is located on the Chiriqui Gulf coast, an area known for long sandy beaches, gorgeous islands and both marine life and exotic birdlife. Late November will be just right – typically the rains are over but the land is still green and lush. We will explore the mangroves, have lunches on beaches, peek at the Pacific rollers and swap tales over sundowners as we watch the sun go down.

Supporting the development of rowing

Rowing is brand new to this part of Panama. The resort owners have a passion for water sports and decided to create a rowing club based at the resort. Nearby David is a university city and there are many expat retirees in Boquette, with rowers amongst them. They plan to offer both recreational and competitive rowing membership. The first coastal rowing shells are scheduled to arrive soon – two doubles and two solos. Our small group will take turns rowing. When we head out for a full day of exploration, those not rowing will be on the support boat and will have opportunities to snorkel, swim or relax on nearby beaches until it is their turn at the oars. Rowing tourism is a terrific way to support the new club and rowing in Panama.

Trip Details

Price Per PersonUSDCADEUR
Semi-guided Non Rowern/an/an/a

All guests must share a room – no single rooms are available. Given the small size of the resort and the limited number of beds and rooms, it is unlikely that we can accommodate non-rowing guests.

Daily DistancesBoatsGroup Size
15-20+ km per dayCoastal doubles and singles.11 guests as rowers


  • Six nights accommodation at a small resort. Most guest rooms are small bungalows. One guest room in the main building.
  • All breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners (beverages and alcohol not included, with the exception of the welcome drink)
  • Panamanian flavours cooking class – we will cook what we eat as one of our dinners!
  • Five days of rowing
  • Guide services and tour support . Trip Leader is Ruth Marr.  
  • Cultural visits and alternative activities for poor weather days

Note that weather and water conditions may mean deviations from the itinerary described below.

Schedule Details

Day 1

Arrival in Chiriquiri Province. Scheduled transfer from David (nearest airport) to resort. Settle into your tropical paradise bungalow! Welcome dinner and trip briefing at resort.

Day 2

Our first full day of rowing and exploring, and it will be full. We will all go together, with the first shift of six rowers in the coastal shells and the rest of the group with our guide in the support boat. So many choices! Weather and water conditions of course will influence our decision. Perhaps we will round Boca Brava, exploring the bays of this large island. Perhaps we can weave a series of loops around the string of smaller islands to the southeast? Or should we circumnavigate Isla Credo and head for Isla Cebolla in the Bahia de los Muertos? We will have a packed lunch, swimsuits, snorkeling gear and lots of sunscreen! Tonight's dinner is on your own. You could relax at the resort or stroll to the village of Boca Chica or another nearby resort.

Day 3

Now that you know the area and the boats, we will take turns rowing from the dock, supported by the motor boat. Our guide will give us options to enjoy. Take a pack lunch or eat at the resort, depending on the timing of your row. This afternoon we try our hand at Panamanian cooking. We learn to cook a tasty two course meal, and will enjoy the fruits of our labour this evening. 

Day 4

The day begins bright and early with a guided birdwatching tour. Coffee and muffin included plus birdwatching booklet/ checklist, and the loan of monoculars or binoculars. The rest of the day will be dedicated to rowing, with lunch at the resort in between. Dinner included at the resort tonight.

Day 5

Morning rows and fun. After lunch we will enjoy a guided hike from the resort into the hills above. Fresh coconut drink and snack included! Dinner on your own tonight.

Day 6

The last day of rowing is another full day, complete with packed lunches. Even though we have logged many kilometers already, there is still so much to enjoy. A final, farewell dinner to celebrate the inaugural Rowing The World tour in Panama. 

Day 7

Sad farewells as we leave our little piece of paradise. Transfer to David or its airport. 


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What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Coastal Rowing Shells
  • Guide Services
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing


  • Centre-based
  • Coastal