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Gamboa Rainforest Resort Monkey Island Tour

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Address: Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Zona 5 | Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways to find...

Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways to find hidden islands where Capuchin and Howler monkeys can be seen leaping in the trees above. Occasionally, they become curious of visitors and venture down to take a closer look. This Panama Canal tour provides a unique opportunity for viewing wild monkeys in their natural habitat. Other animals you might spot on this tour includes Two and Three-toed Sloths, Crocodiles, and turtles that are native to Gatun Lake. The boat ride to and from the island passes through the Panama Canal, giving you the chance to spot huge container ships during their passage across the world.

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Boat trip in Canal is better than the monkeys

We took this boat trip to see the Monkeys. So firstly, note that it is in Gamboa closer to the city than Gatun Lake, where most of the searches in Google or Trip Advisor come up... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 December 2015
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Stratford, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

The boat tour stopped in 2 areas where we were able to see 2 kinds of monkeys, baby Caimans and a Jesus Christ lizard. Very cool if you are an animal lover! Remember to take bananas with you!

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Has a terrific time. We arrived minutes before the tour started and were booked immediately. We took a small bus to the dock where we boarded a boat (with life vests) for our tour. Our tour director explained everything and we pulled up to the island and saw the different types of monkeys. They will come right on the boat... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

We took this boat trip to see the Monkeys. So firstly, note that it is in Gamboa closer to the city than Gatun Lake, where most of the searches in Google or Trip Advisor come up but its about 1 hour from Panama City/Playa Bonita area vs. 2+ hours to Gatun. The resort you leave from is beautiful for sure.... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

To clarify rightcoastgirl's previous review, I think she did a boat tour with a different company. This specifically is related to the monkey boat tour with Gamboa Rainforest resort, which is $37 per person, as another has mentioned. They call it the Gatun lake trip, since there is no guarantee of seeing monkeys. I really wanted to see monkeys and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

This trip can be overrated. It is an amazing thing to see the monkeys up close and for the most part you do. I do recommend as others have commented that you go first thing in the morning. There are quite a variety of monkeys - capuchin, tamarind, and howler monkeys. Make sure you use a reputable company because the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

We were able to have a private tour that included a boat tour and then on to Monkey Island. Seeing the monkeys in their natural habitat was fascinating. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the monkeys and their environment. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Panama.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

One hour - $37 and well worth it. Say three different kinds of monkeys. They came on the boat and jumped around the top of the boat to investigate all the visitors. Good fun!

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

I believe this is now the "Gatun Lake Wildlife Expedition" since there is no longer a Monkey Island. After reading the reviews and researching the tour, we were very happy with our experience. We paid $35/person for an hour boat ride, exploring the various wildlife in Gatun Lake (part of the canal), which was a decent price. The only downside... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

We enjoyed this one hour trip on the Panama Canal to see the monkeys. There wasn't much to see as far as wild life on the way to Monkey Island (which is no longer an island) but we did see a couple of freighters on the canal. Good family activity as children are 1/2 price.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

Fun way to see the Gatun lake and Gamboa Rainforest. Kids loved seeing the monkeys. Nice boat ride! Would recommend!

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