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Panama’s Monkey Island on Lake Gatun is home to four monkey species—mantled howler, white-faced capuchin, Geoffroy’s tamarin, and lemurine owl monkeys)—as well as crocodiles, toucans, sloths, iguanas, and numerous exotic birds. Riverboat tours to the island offer visitors the chance to observe the monkeys and other wildlife.

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Lake Gatún, in Chagres River Valley between Panama and Colon, Panama
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Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

Monkey Island Tour from Panama City

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Observe the monkeys on Monkey Island during this tour from Panama City. Round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels included. Morning or afternoon tour times available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.52
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$70.52

Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour
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Ocean to Ocean Panama Canal and Jungle Tour

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Travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans during this full-day tour of the Panama Canal. With your local guide, explore the canal by sea and on foot, viewing the ships passing through the locks and the variety of plant and animal life on the canal's shores. Explore Gatun Lake and Monkey Island, home to howlers, capuchins, and tamarins. Stop at the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center to get an overview of the canal's history through informative displays and exhibits. Explore San Lorenzo National Park and Fort San Lorenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy a picnic lunch. All activities, entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Panama City hotels are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour
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Panama Canal Eco Cruise and Embera Village Combo Tour

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Take an in-depth look at the famous Panama Canal and the indigenous cultures of the Chagres River during this boat-based, eco-adventure. Cruise amidst some of the waterways, lakes, and islands that make up the Panama Canal stopping to observe local birdlife and primates. Then meet up with residents of the Embera tribe in Parara Puru village for cultural presentations and an included lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00

5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast
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5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast

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Cruise the Panama Canal to Gatun Lake on a nature tour from Panama City that includes round-trip transport from central Panama City and time to explore Gatun’s wildlife-rich shoreline by boat. Visit jungle islands that were cut off from mainland Panama by the construction of the canal, which protect a thriving population of monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and mammals.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.00
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$105.00
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Combo: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary

Combo: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary

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This tour to Monkey Island, the Sloth Sanctuary, and Gatun Lake is an easy way to get out of Panama City for the day and explore the wilds of the rainforest. Get up close to monkeys and sloths in a safe environment. Take a boat ride on huge Gatun Lake, where you can continue your animal spotting. Look out for crocodiles, toucans, turtles, and many kinds of butterfly.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$142.57
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$142.57

Monkey Island and Embera Village Tour
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Monkey Island and Embera Village Tour

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Experience Gatun Lake’s spectacular wildlife and rich culture on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by boat to an island chain in the middle of the Panama Canal that Howlers and other monkey species call home. Learn about these fascinating primates from an informative guide before continuing to an Embera indigenous village where you’ll enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and watch a live music and dance performance.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Monkey Island

Monkey Island

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In this tour you will have direct contact with the nature watching different species of monkeys and other wildlife such as crocodiles, herons, toucans etc. You will have the unique opportunity of sailing in a boat between enormous ships in the Panama Canal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.80
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$111.80

Looking for Monkeys Adventure...

Looking for Monkeys Adventure...

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This private tour from Panama City gets you close to ships traveling through the Panama Canal and even closer to monkeys on Monkey Island. Relax during a boat ride on Lake Gatun, which forms part of the Panama Canal, as ships pass by on their way through the canal. As your boat circles around Monkey Island, look for three species of monkey on the water's edge before a short rain forest hike to a natural swimming hole.
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  • 4 hours
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$235.00
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$235.00
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Day Tour at Panama Canal and Monkey Island, from Ocean to Ocean

Day Tour at Panama Canal and Monkey Island, from Ocean to Ocean

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Experience the Panama Canal and the beauty of the rain forest on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, embark on a boat tour over the narrow causeways of Gatun Lake and get an up-close view of the canal’s lock systems. Explore Monkey Island and watch for sloths, monkeys, and other wildlife before returning to Panama City by train.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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$159.00
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Monkey Island and Indigenous Community

Monkey Island and Indigenous Community

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In this tour we have combined history, adventure, culture, and ecology into a one day experience! Some highlights:  We will be in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, only 30 min from the city You will be INSIDE the Panama Canal on this tour You visit and learn about indigenous culture and ways they survive in the rainforest You will be able to see monkeys and other wildlife close in a safe way
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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$130.00

Monkey Island on Lake Gatún.

Monkey Island on Lake Gatún.

The easiest way for you to have close contact with monkeys in their natural habitat is undoubtedly on Monkey Island. Located in Gatun Lake in the Gamboa Rainforest - just 40 minutes from Panama City. When the Gatun Dam was built in the early 1900s, it prevented the Chagres River from flowing into the Caribbean Sea, creating Lake Gatun, which at the time was the largest man-made lake in the world. Today, Gatun Lake is an invaluable asset to the Panama Canal, as it carries tens of thousands of ships each year for 33 kilometers on their journey through the Isthmus of Panama. On one of the small islands that were once the hilltops of the Chagres Valley, now sits Monkey Island - known for its large monkey population.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$122.00
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$122.00

Eco- Canal & Exhibitions (Sloth Sanctuary)
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Eco- Canal & Exhibitions (Sloth Sanctuary)

Many travelers check out the amazing Panama Canal but fewer experience the more natural side of the canal area. Take a ride on the lake created by the canal, Gatun Lake, and visit various islands in the lake, where many birds and animals live. Learn about sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary, and take a short hike in Soberania National Park to see more animals, like monkeys, birds, and caimans.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00
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Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour with transfers

Monkey Island and Panama Canal Eco Tour with transfers

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Visit the Panama Canal during a private layover tour from Panama City’s international airport. Travel with a private driver to see one of the world’s engineering marvels. During this convenient outing, learn about Panama’s fascinating history and watch ships navigate the canal’s locks. Stop at the visitor center and enjoy a sightseeing tour through Panama City before returning to the airport.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.00
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$78.00
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Panama Canal Eco Tour

Panama Canal Eco Tour

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Hop aboard a high-speed motorboat through the Panama Canal on a half-day tour of Gatun Lake. You’ll slow down to sightsee around the lake with a naturalist guide, with stops at Monkey Island and Sounds of Silence Island. Marvel at the breathtaking flora and fauna surrounding Gatun Lake, and enjoy a look at the island wildlife. Includes picnic lunch, refreshments and round-trip hotel transport from Panama City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.00
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$107.00

Private Monkey Island & Panama Canal Locks

Private Monkey Island & Panama Canal Locks

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We start this lovely tour early in the morning, at 7:00 am or 2:00 pm so we can avoid the traffic and get to see more species of animals. Our guide will provide the information and tips for the encounter with the monkeys. We will arrive at the ramp around 7:45 am or 2:45 pm where you will 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. You may come close to some of the large ships that transit the canal daily. Monkey Island boasts an incredible amount of wildlife. Stay on the lookout for capuchin monkeys, Geoffroy's tamarin & howler monkeys and other species. We will also be able to stop by the Pedro Miguel Locks part of the Panama Canal and our guide will provide the information about the Canal. This small-group tour runs with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide. We are fully authorized company for the Panama Tourism Authority.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Monkey Island & Panama Canal tour

Monkey Island & Panama Canal tour

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Experience first hand being inside the Panama Canal while immersing yourself in its intriguing history, the day-to-day operations and the abundant wildlife all around you, while being surrounded by lush rainforest. Gaze at the gigantic ships effortlessly passing us and listen for the distant monkey cries as we approach Monkey Island. Get up close and personal with four different species of monkeys -the Mantled Howler Monkey, the White-Faced Capuchin Monkey, Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey, and the Lemurine Owl Monkey - as they climb on you and snatch food. Discover many other wild animals including crocodiles, toucans, sloths, iguanas, turtles, and numerous exotic birds.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.00
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$84.00

 5N / 6D Nature package in Panama and Canal

 5N / 6D Nature package in Panama and Canal

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Live the experience of visiting a country with many tourist attractions, a cosmopolitan city currently considered the city with more skyscrapers in Latin America and at the same time surrounded by nature, we have the Panama Canal, one of the most important engineering works in the world . Ecological Panama is the perfect option for those interested in knowing a little of all the contrasts in the Isthmus of Panama, this Tour covers from the most important engineering work in the region to the customs of our indigenous people, through the daily activities of the most advanced city in Central America.
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  • 6 days
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$1,000.00
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$1,000.00
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Half-Day Fishing Tour and monkey island on Panama Canal

Half-Day Fishing Tour and monkey island on Panama Canal

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Know in a more intimate way the Panama Canal, its waters and all the fauna that surrounds it. Know the different species of fish that we can find in the waters of the Panama Canal and be close of the monkeys on the monkey island.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$380.00
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$380.00
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Half-Day Private Tour to Monkey Island and Jungle by Boat

Half-Day Private Tour to Monkey Island and Jungle by Boat

Our certify jungle expert and fun guides make this adventure a really fun experience by show you wild animals in their natural habitat. They also explain the different types of exotic plants we can find in the Panamanian rain forest. We can spot sloth, toucans, monkeys and other animals that can only be found in Central America. Tour details: Departure from Hotel in Panama City to Monkey Island Port, about 50 minutes. Our jungle expert guide will bring you to observe monkeys by boat in their natural habitat in the Panama Canal water area, about 1 hour. We will then drive to Soberania Park, about 20 minutes. Our jungle expert guides will the bring you to the Soberania National Park for an easy walk in the jungle to do observation of sloth, toucans, monkeys, exotic plants and the Panamanian wild life, about 2 hours. Return hotel to Panama City, about 50 minutes.
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  • 3 hours
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$122.00
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Recorrido por el canal y la jungla de océano a océano

Recorrido por el canal y la jungla de océano a océano

Viaje entre los océanos Atlántico y Pacífico durante este recorrido de un día completo por el Canal de Panamá. Con su guía local, explore el canal por mar y a pie, y vea los barcos que pasan por las esclusas,la variedad de plantas y animales en las orillas del canal. Explore el lago Gatún y la isla de los monos, hogar de aulladores, capuchinos y tamarinos. Deténgase en el Centro de Visitantes de Agua Clara Locks para obtener una visión general de la historia del canal a través de exhibiciones informativas y exhibiciones. Explore el Parque Nacional San Lorenzo y el Fuerte San Lorenzo, declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, y disfrute de un almuerzo tipo picnic. Se incluyen todas las actividades, entradas, almuerzo y transporte de ida y vuelta desde los hoteles de la ciudad de Panamá. Comer un picnic en el Parque Nacional San Lorenzo Explore el Canal de Panamá desde el Atlántico hasta el Pacífico Vea la vida animal y vegetal nativa que rodea el canal y el lago Gatún .
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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$160.00

Miraflores Locks and Monkey Island

Miraflores Locks and Monkey Island

If you have little time, this tour is ideal for getting a view of two of Panama City's top attractions. You will visit the Miraflores Visitor Center and Locks Museum on the Panama Canal. One of the 3 locks of the Panama Canal, where you will live a unique experience of the Panama Canal. You will find various activities where you will learn and fully enjoy the Panama Canal, such as a theater, exhibition halls, 4 floors of observation decks, terraces, a restaurant and a gift shop. Then, you will cross the Gamboa rainforest by private minivan, reaching the docks where your boat is waiting to take you to Monkey Island. You are sailing directly on the famous Panama Canal and where you can meet large container ships. On Monkey Island, you can see monkeys up close like the White-faced Capuchin or the Tamarin Geoffreys (titi).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$173.00
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$173.00

Day Excursion Package All Include

Day Excursion Package All Include

Your guide points out native flora and fauna of the Panama Rainforest, known for its biodiversity. You’ll get an up-close encounter with the wildlife on a visit to Monkey Island. Navigates the waterways of the Panama Canal, and marvel at the container ships that transit the canal daily. After your captain turns off the boat engine, enjoy a leisurely cruise that meanders along the forested banks of Gatun Lake. Itinerary may change due to weather conditions.
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  • 12 hours to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$404.00
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Between two Oceans - 8 days - City and Nature

Between two Oceans - 8 days - City and Nature

- The beautiful island of Taboga, with its beaches of crystal clear waters. - Monkey Island, where you will see monkeys up close, including: the white face or the Tamarin monkeys. - Discover the construction of the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Locks and discover how ships cross the canal from coast to coast. The 8th man has done wonders of the world. - You will visit an Embera village, where you will learn their ancestral way of life and taste their food. - Visit a typical mountain village, El Valle de Anton, which is nestled in a volcano crater. - There, you will ride the India Dormida if you feel fit.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,117.95
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$2,117.95
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Should I book Monkey Island tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Monkey Island can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Monkey Island 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Monkey Island costs USD 70.52. Guided Monkey Island tours start around USD 70.52 per person.
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