Jager Knights Catamaran Tours makes your dream a reality by sailing around Bocas del Toro in style – find out the destinations you visit in this group of islands & all the highlights on your day out!
The experience costs only $49.00 & takes you to Bocas del Drago (aka Starfish Beach) & Coral Gardens for a great combination of activities. However, the best part may just sitting in the front of the catamaran with the engine off, wind in your hair, & the sun shining.
Jager Knights Catamaran Tours: stcation
We here at DIY Travel HQ found out about Jager Knights Catamaran Tours on TripAdvisor & loved the positive reviews we read. We arranged everything online & arrived at the private dock at 9:30 am per their instructions. You can find the pier along Calle 3 across from the Hotel Palma Royale.
We didn’t go the first day because a group of four didn’t show up (minimum 4 customers needed) though that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we enjoyed much nicer weather on the second day. Those venturing to Lost & Found or David can still catch an onward water taxi to Almirante & connecting bus to David after completing the Jager Knights Catamaran Tours.
Jager Knights Catamaran Tours: Catamaran!
The first phase of our catamaran tour with Jager Knights in Bocas del Toro consisted of motoring to Bocas del Drago for the famous starfish. We took the opportunity to get acquainted with our captain Maga & the layout of the catamaran.
I’ve been sailing for over two weeks in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia on a mono-hull, but a catamaran was a unique experience for both Sheena & I. We enjoyed seeing the layout that adventurous souls brave for months on the open sea at a time.
For this reason, every nook & cranny is used for storage. Around the captain’s cockpit are seats that double as storage. There was also an interior room with a kitchen, more seating, & full frontal view. Down below were two bathrooms with marine toilets, & four bedrooms. The cabins are more spacious than I had expected, but still tight. The highlight was the netting at the bow in front for lounging during our relaxed sailing tour with Jager Knights.
Jager Knights Catamaran Tours: Captain Maga
Maga has been running Jager Knights sailing tours from the start & has a rich story. He has held several positions & originally moved to Bocas del Toro to have a simpler life. After a short foray, he joined the “Survivor” reality TV crew & traveled around the world assisting the TV show.
It wasn’t until he met his Dutch wife that he decided to settle down again. He was granted an excellent opportunity to ‘man’ the catamaran over two years ago & has been the captain ever since.
Stop #1. Bocas del Drago (Starfish Beach)
The first stop on the Jager Knights Catamaran Tour was Bocas del Drago (Starfish Beach). There aren’t as many as there once was, but we still managed to spot three large starfish.
Please do not pick them up as it is this behavior that prompts them to swim to more isolated and/or deeper places.
Besides trying to spot starfish, the secluded beach is perfect for a swim. You can wade in from shore for a few meters before it drops off & provides an excellent depth for floating & swimming. It’s in these first few meters that you can see the starfish even without snorkeling. We also saw a crab taking a stroll as well.
The other highlight was taking a stroll along the beach. There are a collection of bars & restaurants set up for day visitors along the narrow beach, but lunch isn’t too far away on the catamaran. You can relax on the boat, or use the shade from the palm trees for a quick nap or a chance to turn some pages in your latest novel.
Jager Knights Catamaran Tours: Lunch
Lunch onboard Jager’s Knights is served right before departing Bocas del Drago (Starfish Beach). Maga makes a mean carbonara pasta that he has perfected over many trips.
You get a large serve with garlic bread, & he typically has extra for anyone that wants seconds. You can bring your own drinks on board (keep them cold in the ice-box provided), or purchase from a selection of alcoholic & non-alcoholic refreshments.
Sailing from Bocas del Drago (Starfish Beach) to Coral Gardens
Part of the fun of sailing is putting the sails up.
Up until now the wind was blowing the wrong direction, but it would be at our backs for the return journey. Depending on the weather, this is where time can be gained or lost with both having their own advantages.
Although we would have liked a longer sailing trip with Jager Knights Catamaran Tours we were a little anxious about catching our onward transportation to Lost & Found Hostel, and we had already been out for a whole day from 9:30am-4:00pm.
Luckily, there was a strong wind filling our sails & we made record time. It still took over an hour to reach Coral Gardens as the fastest you can expect to sail is about 9 knots. The best part was hearing nothing but the lapping waves against the catamaran as we cut through the water.
For those that are prone to seasickness like myself, the waters around Bocas del Toro are typically very calm. It was also nice being on a catamaran compared to a mono-hull once the sails opened since the yacht remained level instead of heavily sloping to one side. This made the journey a lot more comfortable.
A lot of the guests on the Jager Knights Catamaran Tour got to relax on the front webbing under the shade of the sails on the way to Coral Gardens.
Stop #2. Coral Gardens Snorkeling
Once we arrived at Coral Gardens it was time to grab a snorkel set & fins before plunging into the crystal clear water. The only other people around the reef were several other dive boats having students practice drills. Otherwise, Coral Gardens was just ours to explore.
What we liked about Jager Knights was the freedom to choose whether or not you require a life vest. We are avid snorkelers & divers so we feel comfortable in the water. Life vests are always available, and Maga watches over the area to make sure no one is having problems.
Coral Gardens is perfect for snorkeling as the visibility is great, & the depth ranges from just a few meters to roughly 7 meters. This is a great site to practice freediving without risk.
Besides hard corals, we also saw many tropical fish with the juvenile damselfish being our favorite – it’s black with bright blue dots. There were also many sea cucumbers, Gregorian fans, & trumpet fish. We were very happy with the quality of Coral Gardens despite being so close to Bocas del Toro town.
Once everyone had their fill of snorkeling & got back on the Jager Knights catamaran, we started our return journey to the pier on Bocas del Toro.
It wasn’t long before our sailing trip seemed more like a dream than the reality that it was. Hopefully we have another great experience like this soon!
Know Before You Go
Location: Jager Knights is located on Calle 3 across from Hotel Palma Royale on Bocas del Tore, Panama.
Price: $49 for a day tour, with lunch included
Duration: Arrive at the dock at 9:30 am, but the tour typically lasts between 10 am & 4 pm.
What to Bring: Sunscreen, towel, change of clothes, & drinks & snacks
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***Your two options for getting out on the water in Bocas del Toro are sailing with Jager Knights, & a speed boat. We felt the catamaran offered more comfort for a full day trip, & loved being able to move around.***
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* We received a complimentary trip with Jager Knights Catamaran Tours, thank you to Robbin for hosting us. We only recommend fun, value for money activities & experiences that we believe our readers would enjoy. As always, all opinions are our own.
Visited in February 2017