DAY 1 FRIDAY
Deluxe Room at the Sheraton
You arrive at Panama City's Tocumen International Airport. Our representative will meet you at the gate to escort you thru Immigration & Customs. Transportation to your hotel from Tocumen International Airport (taxis, omnibuses, or vans) will be curbside as you exit the terminal. Look for a Pesantez Tours representative holding a PINAS BAY RESORTS -TROPIC STAR LODGE® sign. Once all guests are on board you will be taken to the hotel (approximately a 20-minute drive). The representative will give you a letter regarding the time you will be picked up the next morning. Please ask him for it, if he fails to give it to you. Please note that tips for Panama City airport porters, drivers, or hotel porters are not included and are at your discretion.
Our host hotel the Panama Sheraton and Bristol Hotel are both convenient to Albrook, the domestic airport in Panama City, where out charter flight to TSL departs from and returns.
DAY 2 SATURDAY
Dress casually for travel to the Lodge: light comfortable shirt, beach shoes (that are easily slipped off), shorts, or pants which can be rolled up easily.
In the morning, you will be taken to Albrook Airport, approximately fifteen minutes from the SHERATON or BRISTOL HOTEL, to board our charter flight to the Lodge. We normally charter Twin Otters, Islanders, Caravans, or Senecas, depending on the number of people and amount of cargo going to the Lodge. You must be at the Domestic Airport (Albrook) at least forty-five minutes prior to departure, so that your luggage can be weighed and loaded aboard the aircraft. Pick up at the hotel and departure time of the charter flight will be given to you on your arrival Friday evening. We may also leave a message for you at the hotel if there are any changes. Our Panama City office numbers are (507) 232-0084 OR (507) 232-0143. Saturday office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The charter flight will land at the Piñas Bay airstrip approximately fifty minutes after take off. You will take a short walk to our tractor-trailer, which will transport you to a panga for the short boat trip to the Lodge. During some low tides it may be necessary for you to wade out to the panga. Please dress accordingly.
The remainder of the day will be spent relaxing, swimming, and preparing for a fantastic week of fishing! Also, kayaks are available for your use that afternoon. Our Welcome Cocktail Party is held that evening around the pool area, followed by a buffet dinner, where you can get to know your fellow anglers.
DAYS 3 - 8 SUNDAY - FRIDAY
Fishing, swimming, kayaking, beach-combing, exploring jungle rivers, watching fishing videos, meeting new friends, swapping fish stories, and just basically being spoiled and pampered by our friendly staff; and, oh yes, did we mention fishing, fishing, and more fishing! The boats depart at 6:30 A.M., or later if requested, and returns to the dock by 3:30 P.M., unless you are hooked up. For safety purposes all boats must return to port well before dark.
DAY 9 SATURDAY
You are transported via boat to the Pinas airstrip for your flight back to Panama City, where you will be transferred to your hotel. The evening is open to be spent as you choose. The following day, Sunday, you are transported to Tocumen International Airport for you departure home. NOTE: The charter flight may get you back to Panama City early enough to make the afternoon American Airlines or COPA Airlines flight back to the U.S.A. Delays due to mechanical problems, acts of god, and schedule changes can happen. If your flight out of Panama City is scheduled before 02:00 p.m., on Saturday, you will probably miss your connection, unless you book a special charter back to Panama City on Friday or early Saturday morning. Call us for fare quotes for special charters, if needed.