8 days cruising from Costa Rica to Panama on board a luxury yacht

Bahia Herradura

Discover the wilderness of Costa Rica by exploring its shores on board 69.65 metre Sherakhan._ __Venture into otherworldly jungles teeming with exotic birds, _howler monkeys and wild cats before diving with sharks and dolphins or into underwater caves in this beautiful and untouched part of the natural world.

Day 1: Bahia Herradura

You will be greeted at the San José Juan Santamaria International Airport by Sherakhan’s captain before heading to Bahia Herradura to meet your luxury yacht. Be sure to make a couple of stops to admire Costa Rica’s west coast before boarding Sherakhan and settling in with an evening cruise to Tortuga Island.

Isla Tortuga

Tuck into a five star breakfast on deck courtesy of Sherakhan’s chef before heading straight to the tropical forest filled with colourful butterflies at the Curú Wildlife Refuge. A local naturalist guide will lead you along the winding paths where you’ll spot mantled howler and white-faced monkeys peering from the trees along with sloths, toucans and white-nosed coatis.

Spend the afternoon at anchor testing out the eight metre inflatable superyacht slide, Waverunners and jet skis, or simply relax on deck and enjoy a dip in the Jacuzzi.

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Pacuare River

Ready yourself for an action packed day with a pre-breakfast trip to the on board spa for a massage. Afterwards, board a private jet and enjoy unrivalled aerial views of Costa Rica en route to the Del Monte Banana Plantation. Transfer over to the Pacuare River and raft down this astonishing waterway fringed with lush rainforest. Enjoy lunch next to a waterfall before hopping back on your private plane to Quepos, a nearby town. From here, you’ll join the Sherakhan crew for evening drinks and dinner under the stars.

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Isla del Cano

Don your snorkel gear first thing and explore the magical underwater caves of Isla del Cano. You’ll see schools of barracuda, spotted dolphins, stingrays and whitetip sharks as well as a myriad of kaleidoscopic reef fish. If you’re still feeling energetic and a stint in the on board gym just won’t do, follow the island trails in search of some history. More than 300 perfect stone spheres, known as Las Bolas, were peppered across the country by an ancient civilisation and remain one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries.

Spend the evening anchored in Drake Bay and enjoy a calm evening watching a movie or playing board games with your vacation companions.

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Your main destination of the day is Sirena, which sits at the heart of the Corcovado National Park. It’s home to a variety of plants and animals unique to the Costa Rican rainforest as well as scarlet macaws, monkeys and wild cats.

In the evening, listen to stories of Costa Rica in Ruerto Jiménez over a sumptuous and fresh supper.

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Cruise south into Panama where you’ll be met at the Puerto Armuelles by private transportation, which will whisk you away to the world-famous cloud forest near Boquete. From here you’ll enjoy an afternoon of hiking in the forests that surround the perimeter of Volcan Baru National Park, walking via incredible scenery and beautiful waterfalls. Look out for sloths, monkeys, rare resplendent quetzels and more than 200 different species of tropical birds.

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Isla de Coiba

Your final cruising destination will be the gorgeous Isla de Coiba, which is the largest island in Central America. This is the ultimate destination for diving fanatics, as its reefs are home to several kinds of whale, turtles and thousands of tropical fish.

For more natural wonders, explore Coiba’s leafy rainforest to catch a glipse of the rare green and red macaw species.

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Puerto Jiménez

On your final day, you’ll cruise back to Puerto Jiménez, where you’ll bid farewell to Sherakhan and her crew before flying to San José.

Managed for charter by Y.CO, Sherakhan has a weekly winter charter rate starting from $425,000.

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