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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.


  • 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

On this half-day tour you’ll explore part of the Panama Canal, a 50-mile-long (80-km) passage that has transported vessels between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans since 1914. After hotel pickup in Panama City, settle in for the approximate 1-hour drive to Gamboa and the Canal Zone, where you'll meet your naturalist guide.
Board a high-speed motorboat that 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. 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. Disembark the boat at this protected refuge and be on the lookout for primates such as capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloths and howler monkeys as well as various types of bright-beaked toucans and other birdlife.
Your 4-hour tour concludes with the cruise back to Gamboa and the return drive to your Panama City hotel.
Please note: A minimum of four people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Leslie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a good guide for the two of us. Good experience all around: three types of monkeys and a young crocodile were special to see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

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

Ralph E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

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

John H

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.

Sharon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Highlight of our trip!! Everything was perfect!

Allan W

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.

Matt G

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.

Marsha P

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

trip around gatun lake fantastic. Saw capuchino and howler monkies, alligator, iguana and turtle.
kayak ride OK. lUNCH ok

Jonathan E USA

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.

William G

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2016

Tour description and what happened are quite different. The boat ride was very short,less than an hour. There was no disembarking the boat, no kayaking, nothing but a very short boat ride. We then went to a nature preserve which was a poor excuse for a zoo. We were given a stale sandwich and a drink to picnic with. The most expensive tour that we took and most disappointing.

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