Waluaa Surf & Yoga Catalina Panama

Calle Playa El Estero, Santa Catalina, Veraguas, Panama


Waluaa Surf & Yoga Catalina Panama is known for its personalized surfing cum yoga, mindfulness, and meditation program. The center was founded by Vickie and Sergio. While Vickie represents the yoga part of the center; Sergio is passionate about the surfing aspect. Waluaa Surf & Yoga Catalina Panama came to be in 2011 during Sergio’s visit to Santa Cantalina. Sergio fell in love with this little-known, laid-back surf town on his visit. The seed of the idea, thus, (later to be known as Waluaa) was born in Sergio’s mind. Sergio met Vicky in Costa Rica in 2013, and two years later, they converted their idea into reality.

The founders of Waluaa Surf & Yoga Catalina Panama believe that surfing and yoga should be accessible to everyone. They further opine that quality and safety can be achieved at an economical price point. All the programs at Waluaa are centered on the Sanskrit philosophy of Tula, meaning balance. Waluaa operates on the following core values namely, creating a welcoming environment for all, upholding the integrity, making the experience hassle-free for their guests at each and every point of interaction, creating and holding space for the community, remaining committed to their sustainability practices, supporting locals whenever and wherever possible, valuing the growth of their guests, and helping them find the balance.

As a part of its sustainability effort, Waluaa is actively involved in many community projects such as organizing clothing markets on a regular basis in the local community, giving free surfing lessons to those belonging to the local community, investing in English education, and more. For the latter, it conducts an interesting donation-based initiative called Conversation Table at Panama Spanish School. The Conversation Table serves as the meeting point for the locals and the visitors thereby allowing them to learn about - and from each other. The Conversation Tables are held every week with donations going towards buying educational equipment for the school-going children.

Accommodation Overview

At santa catalina retreats we want to make your experience as natural and comfortable as possible.. we believe you can enjoy quality retreat accommodation without the high prices.

All our rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials, preserving the environment while providing a blissful haven for you to unwind after an amazing day of Yoga + surf.. Our spacious rooms feature memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and 100% cotton linens for a wonderful nights rest.

Each room has A/C and fan for your comfort. Cable TV, safe, fridge, towels, ensuite bathroom with hot water shower along with shampoo, conditioner and body-wash.

Outside on your garden patio you have a hammock, sun-deck chairs and table to enjoy and completely wind down. the ultimate relaxation spot

our accommodation is hosted at the picturesque hotel santa catalina, secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the pacific ocean, giving you your own private beach at hide tide. it also offers the most spectacular view of the world famous surf break "the point" (la punta).

at high tide, you can also take the kayaks and stand up paddle boards out for a paddle to explore the wonderful islands surround santa catalina.

our tranquil location makes it the perfect place to disconnect and take some time out. you can chill on a hammock with a good book, sprawl out on the spacious lawns, lounge by the pool overlooking the ocean or enjoy a sunset drink at the bar.

What sets us apart

We've designed a Surf & Yoga experience open to all levels, to help you get the most out of your week off. Personalized surf coaching, uplifting yoga & meditation, all the magic and adventure of Santa Catalina, Panama. A dreamy surf town far from the city lights.


Personalized coaching with only 1 or 2 other surfers at your same level. Learn to surf with National Pro Surfers in perfect, uncrowded waves for beginner to intermediate surfers.


Designed to complement your surf and give you tools to bring home. De-stress and find balance with our experienced yoga, meditation and mindfulness teachers.


Our signature all-inclusive experience includes 1 surf and 1 yoga class each day. Make it your own and add more sessions, extend your stay, or bring along a non-surf & yoga partner.


Uncrowded village & beaches, world-renowned surf, and a laid-back vibe all in one of Central Americaʼs safest countries, Panama.

Our Philosophy

A Philosophy of Inclusion: Everybody can learn to surf.

All our surf coaches are certified by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and share in the ISA philosophy of inclusion: it’s the right of all people regardless of age, gender, ethnic background ability level, to participate in the sport of surfing.

Experiences Offered

Waluaa Surf & Yoga Catalina Panama offers the following

8 Days Women's Surf & Yoga Immersion Retreat, Panama

  • 1 Night accommodation in panama city for your arrival evening, making your entry to panama easy + carefree! 
  • 6 Night stay at oceanfront with a sublime infinity pool, restaurant/bar and sun deck
  • 5 Progressive surf lessons + training with a surf sister coach + supported by our local instructors - including your board + Rashguard
  • 5 Fun surf sessions in the afternoon with your surf sister coaches
  • 4 Yoga classes including your mat + all equipment!
  • Boat trip to the beautiful secluded white sand beach of santa catalina island for sup boarding + a delicious Picnic breakfast
  • Snorkeling day trip at Coiba Island, one of Panama’s most beautiful places, a 1.5 hour fast boat ride from Playa Santa Catalina. Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005
  • Wifi (moderate speed) wifi in our restaurant social area
  • Unlimited access to our bikes, kayaks, Stand up paddle boards, snorkels, bodyboards and surfboards at your leisure

7 Days Yoga Surf Retreat, Panama

  • 7 Days Yoga and surf retreat
  • 6 Nights Accommodation
  • 5X Daily morning and 5X Daily evening yoga classes
  • 5X Daily surf lessons with surfboard and rash guard
  • Welcome drinks and dinner on your arrival under the stars
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day

7 Days Vitality Retreat, Panama

  • Daily yoga, meditation, movement and dharma talk & sharing classes with Jovinna

  • Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, skateboarding, surfing, and cycling

  • Group Transportation to/from Panama City to Santa Catalina

  • Special SUP Boarding Santa Catalina Island Day Trip

  • Bonfire

  • 3 healthy and delicious meals per day

  • Complimentary glass of beer or wine with each evening meal

  • 6 nights at our Surf Point Haven accommodation

  • Welcome cocktails

  • A lil’ Magic

6 Days Katonah Yoga & Kinetica Movement Retreat, Panama

  • 6 Days Katonah Yoga & Kinetica Movement Retreat
  • 5 Nights at beautiful oceanfront accommodation
  • Daily morning yoga classes at oceanfront yoga studio, with Manduka PRO mats and luxury quality props
  • Workshops: katonah yoga + kinetica movement
  • Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island for SUP boarding
  • Complimentary access to our bikes, SUP boards, surfboards, bodyboards, kayaks and snorkels at your leisure
  • Welcome drinks on arrival, followed by sunset cocktails by the pool
  • 3 delicious and well-balanced meals each day
  • Natural fruit juices and smoothies served daily with breakfast and lunch
  • Complimentary shuttle transport around Santa Catalina village so you can explore to your heart's content 
  • Premium round trip group transfer to and from Panama City and Santa Catalina

10 Days Women's Fitness & Yoga Retreat, Panama

  • 10 Days Women’s fitness and yoga retreat
  • 2 Nights in Panama City at the Global Hotel & Tours of Local Attractions (breakfasts included)
  • 6 Nights at the beautiful oceanfront in santa catalina
  • New waves and spiral classes, Beach workouts classes
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Strength training & cardio sessions
  • Mindset and stress management classes
  • Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island for SUP boarding
  • Unlimited access to our bikes, SUP boards, surfboards, bodyboards, kayaks and snorkels at your leisure
  • 3 Delicious and well-balanced meals each day
  • You'll also eat at some of our favorite local restaurants in the village. Immersing yourself in the rich, colorful and flavorsome cuisine prepared by our local chefs