LOCATIONApproaching Base

This is what we call our YWAM Ships base in Panama.  It is on an island called Bastimentos on the Caribbean Sea side of northern Panama up by Costa Rica, in the jungle, with it’s own dock, nestled among many indigenous Ngobe Indian tribes.  The base sleeps 40. Close to Bocas Del Toro a town of approx 12,000 with an airport.


She is GREEN!  Produces 110 power by solar, catches rain water, surrounded by lush plants and trees, fruit trees, has 3 streams on 8 acres of land.  Plenty of room to add additional buildings to expand. No roads, water taxis only that run in and out of town 10-15 minutes
ride away.

Gift form YWAM Panama - Richard and Brett


We are making Outpost Panama home port for our next boat and other smaller vessels.  Within one day’s sail we can access well over 50 villages that are completely isolated from regular access.  The only way to reach them would otherwise be days using 4-wheeled drive vehicles and hiking in.  With our boats we can pull alongside, drop the anchor and take our time helping them.


Main houseIdeal for your outreach teams to join. $25 a day for food and accommodation. If you have a team that prefers staying at a resort we are neighbours with Red Frog Resort that provides.


Do you have medical skills?  Consider joining our efforts in Panama by going out to these villages for a week at a time, returning to base for rest and restocking then back out to the villages for another cycle. Accommodation would be on board or at our Outpost base.  We make our own water, carry our own food and supplies in. contact us at medical@ywamships.net


Screen Shot 2013-12-14 at 7.03.15 PMConsider joining our long term staff at Outpost Panama.  We need those who don’t mind the conditions in the jungle, the heat, the idea of creating something awesome out of an isolated place with a bunch of friends all dedicated to bringing the gospel and medical help to Indian family who live in very remote places.  If you are a natural fixer McGiver kind, like creating GREEN answers to living on the land, would like to help with sustainable farming techniques, coming up with innovative solutions that work to host teams year round then we would LOVE to hear from you.  Click here to apply. Feel free to email us at placement@ywamships.net.


Consider coming down for a couple of weeks with a small team from your church or service club to help us get the property improved. We would love you as a group to take an offering ahead of time and send us funds for materials so we can plan on having them on site ready for your team to work.  Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING needs to get planned ahead and brought in by boat so lumber, tools, any sand or concrete or tile etc all gets purchased across the other side of the country trucked to Almirante, then placed in large dug out trees (massive canoes with a motor on the back) and then taken to the island.  Send donations by clicking here.


Here are some additional photos you might be interested in


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Typical Ngobe Indian Home

Night at Outpost

At night the skiy is SO bright.  Far from cities.

Ligthening in the jungleAmazing thunder storms. 300″ inches of rain a year.

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Ministering up rivers and along the coast

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Ngobe Indian Family

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Construction material of homes is sparse

Water Taxi

Panga Boats are used as water taxis

Porch View

Our front porch

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View from porch

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Another view from Outpost Panama

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Pathway down to our dock

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Our base is elevated 100 steps up a hill from the ocean

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Outpost Dock. Your arrival point.

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Two streams on our land. This is next to the main house

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Fruit trees on the property abound

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Pathway to dock

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Walking through the fruit trees

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View from bedroom window

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Pathway from house

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Water frontage

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Water catchment tanks.

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Bathroom and showers down by lower building

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Outside Classroom

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Lower building

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Team accommodation room

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Lower level bottom house

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Lower level bottom house

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Next to stream

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