5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location:Panama City, Panama
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

Join an exciting half-day eco journey along the Panama Canal and experience some of Panama's secret sights and sounds. You'll hop aboard a high-speed motorboat and marvel at the breathtaking flora and fauna surrounding Gatun Lake. Enjoy stops at Monkey Island and Sounds of Silence Island!


  • Sightseeing cruise along Gatun Lake from Panama City
  • Look out for a vast array of flora and fauna
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

You'll be picked up at your Panama City hotel and driven to Gamboa, where you'll meet your naturalist guide. First, you'll travel via a high-speed motorboat along the Panama Canal, navigating through ancient routes that once crossed the isthmus long before the creation of the lakes. You may come close to some of the large ships that transit the canal daily.

After turning the engine off, you'll slowly cruise along the forested banks of Gatun Lake and head towards Monkey Island. A protected area and your first stop on the tour, Monkey Island boasts an incredible amount of wildlife. Stay on the lookout for capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths, howler monkeys and various kinds of toucans.

You'll then jump back on the boat and head to an even more remote location, Sounds of Silence Island. Here, you'll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy a picnic. You may also explore on your own while kayaking, swimming and fishing. If you prefer, just relax on the island and sip a cool drink while taking in the beauty of the area before returning to your Panama City hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

George was a great guide. Had a fantastic time and definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Great trip! Great Guide! This tour met all our expectation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Our guide was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. And that he went out of his way to make us feel welcome in his country.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Highlight of our trip!! Everything was perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Our Monkey Island Cruise was spectacular. We saw monkeys, lizards, baby crocodiles, and a variety of birds. So glad we did this cruise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

Excellent family tour. Tour leader was terrific as was the boat captain. Highlight was definitely getting to feed the monkeys on Monkey Island.
If you're in Panama City this should be #1 on your list.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2012

The tour guide on this was wonderful a young man whom wanted to share his vast knowledge with us on the lakes and canal. Unfortunately when we got to the Island we were going to kayak but the equipment was locked away and no key! My son was eagerly awaiting the secret WW2 US communications center on one of the islands but this has been taken off the tour due to the widening of the canal.

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