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Monkey Island

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Located in Lake Gatun, this island gets its name for the white-faced monkeys that inhabit it.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama
+507 390-2322
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Reviewed yesterday

Had an amazing trip to see all the monkeys with 9 North Panama photographic tours. They get up up and close to see the wildlife and you get to use amazing cameras attached to the boat. You get a swivel chair and camera and at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ssabelson
Reviewed 2 days ago

Viewing these small creatures up close is a treat. Generally these little guys are best viewed from a boat where the captain has a basket of bread and when pulling up close to a tree they jump onto the boat and snack. Visitors are not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank WhyAmIStillworking
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a must to see by Motor Boat which is cheaper. Highly suggest that you go in very early morning as the animals are much more active then. Your Motor Boat driver should provide the food included for the animals o do not let...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank davvet1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice day trip to see different species of monkeys as well as get some boat time in the canal. Didn't love the visit to the indian village but overall it was a super day! Go with Barefoot Panama!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank horsebackbeachlover
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow! Within 15 minutes on the boat, our tour guide, Gonzo, from Barefoot Panama, found three species of moneys. We got to feed two of the species and some even got on the boat, ate from our hands and sat on our heads. Gonzo was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank damg
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a combo tour from the Gamboa fishing village. They supplied a boat captain with a very limited knowledge of English but great info about the canal then and now. Additionally fishing equipment was supplied and we each caught a few. Lots to see,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank James J
Reviewed 5 days ago

The boat ride was good. We have been to the safari in Africa, so seeing a handful of monkeys was not so exciting....

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Manek2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here is the good, bad and in-between of the tour. GOOD: 1. The driver picked us up on time, was very helpful and waited for us during hte entire tour. He was great. 2. There isn't really a monkey island, but there are numerous islands...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank lous341
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the day tour options from Panama City is to visit what is called Monkey Island on Lake Gatun. Although it is referred to as a single island, it is really several islands, each with different monkey varieties. When the river was dammed to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank livingtheqlife
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Juan our guide took us to monkey island! Signed up at Gamboa Resort area and we were driven right to the dock. Went to see Capuchin, red howler, and 4 other types of monkeys. Best part of Panama!!

Date of experience: January 2019
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21 December 2018|
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Response from Samantha15222 | Reviewed this property |
We did it as an excursion, given what I remember of the drive you may want a guide to have less stress.
Chris T
27 May 2018|
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Response from Jeannette115 | Reviewed this property |
I think you could take a baby.
Cynthia R
3 March 2018|
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Response from Lindamaebda | Reviewed this property |
We booked the Monkey Island tour. I did see lots of boats at the dock that may offer tours.