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  • Address: Lake Gatún, in Chagres River Valley between Panama and Colon, Panama
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free; prices for tours vary widely
This popular excursion offers a festive excuse to explore a bit of the Canal, visiting an island that has been "taken over" by four species of monkey: capuchin (white face), howler, Geoffroy's tamarin, and grey-bellied nocturnal monkeys. Boats head out to the island throughout the day, where sharp-eyed photographers might also spot sloths, caimans, and bright tropical birds such as toucans.

Unfortunately, the island's overwhelming appeal has led to strict regulations, and guides are no longer allowed to feed or tease monkeys - so don't count on that National Geographic shot. Trips can be combined with fishing, kayaking, canopy tours, and other adventures.

Practical Info

Monkey Island is accessible by boat via the port of Gamboa, 38km (22mi) north of Panama City.

Tours are sometimes criticized as overpriced, but groups of budget travelers can usually hire cheaper boats once they arrive at Gamboa.

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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour, Panama City, null
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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

This unique tour of the Panama Canal goes from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean as you see the canal from the water and by foot. An exciting boat ride down ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise, Panama City, Full-day Tours
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Panama Canal and Gatun Lake Jungle Eco Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

In this tour that departs from central Panama City you will get up close with the Panama Canal and the abundance of wildlife on its shores.  You will take a ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Soberania National Park, Monkey Island and Indian Village from Panama City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of Panama City and experience the jungle. Visit Soberania National Park and Monkey Island before stopping at an ...  Read more

Location: Panama, Panama
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center, Panama City, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Panama Canal Eco-Cruise and Rainforest Discovery Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

In this tour you will travel the Panama Canal by boat and see transiting ships up close as well as the diverse wildlife on the shores of Gatun Lake.  ...  Read more

Location: Panama City, Panama
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Monkey Island Tour from Panama City, Panama City, Day Cruises
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Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

This 4-hour tour is the easiest way for you to have close-up contact with monkeys such as white-face, howlers and geoffrey´s tamarine.

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

From USD $70.00
Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City, Panama City, Nature & Wildlife
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Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Sightseeing Cruise from Panama City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $209.99

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