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  • Address: Pacific Ocean, 50 miles (80km) southeast of Panama City, Panama

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Contadora Island

A lush, volcanic archipelago lies just south of the capital, named for its iridescent undersea wealth: The Pearl Islands. Conquered by the Spanish in 1513, the 227 palm-fringed isles, famed for their postcard-perfect white beaches and clear aquamarine waters, once reported to gorgeous Isla Contadora, opulent seat of the Spanish pearl industry and closest major island to the capital.

Today, the old mansions of the "Counting Island" are owned by the international glitterati, who come to enjoy upscale dining and shopping options; snorkeling, diving, and kayaking off a dozen gorgeous beaches (including Panama's only clothing-optional playa); and hiking into the orchid-strewn highlands. Its easy access to the mainland and archipelago make it a great base for exploring paradise.

Practical Info

The island of Contadora is located at the accessible northern tip of the Pearl Islands, close to the capital. While it's certainly possible to book a boat, it's cheaper and easier to go by plane; several flights leave Panama City daily.

Contadora is a good base for exploring other area islands by ferry or private boat.

Tours & Tickets

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Small-Group Whale Watching Day Tour from Panama City, Panama City, null
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Small-Group Whale Watching Day Tour from Panama City

Enjoy a full-day on a whale watching tour from Panama City. Cruise on a fast, open boat looking for whales and dolphins on your way to the Pearl Islands. ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Snorkeling and Island Tours, Panama City, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Snorkeling and Island Tours

Discover the wonderful Chapera Island, where you go snorkeling at Mogo Mogo, where they filmed the famous show Survivor.

Location: Panama, Panama
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.50
Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreat 5-Day Tour, Panama City, Snorkeling
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Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreat 5-Day Tour

Imagine 5 magical days immersed in the energies of the Humpback Whales and Dolphins experiencing an intimate and transformational connection with these very ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $3,450.00
Private Whale Watching Day Tour from Panama City, Panama City, Multi-day Tours
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Private Whale Watching Day Tour from Panama City

Full day private Humpback whale watching tour from Panama City to the Pearl Islands. The tour departs at 8:00 am in a fast, open boat and head straight out ...  Read more

Location: Panama, Panama
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00

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