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“Dream Come True!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whale Watching Panama

Whale Watching Panama
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Humpback whale watching tours from Panama city and Contadora Island in the Pearl islands and trips to Isla Coiba, Panama. We offer 1 day trips from Panama city, 3 hour, 1 day and multiple day trips in the Pearl islands and multiple day trips to Isla Coiba. Peak Humpback whale watching season is July to mid-October. In the Pearl islands we have a 99% success rate in seeing the whales.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Boynton Beach, Florida
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2 reviews
“Dream Come True!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

From the moment my girlfriend and I met Anne we knew it was going to be a good trip. She has an unmistakable deep connection with the ocean wildlife, and a passionate desire to share the beauty of whales and dolphins with everyone. Im convinced that even if she wasnt sharring this amazing experience with others, she would still be out there her self. That is the kind of tour guide you want!
Getting in the water with a pod of wild dolphins was a breathtaking and spiritual experience that we will never forget.
The whole trip was an amazing. The boat captain was excellent, the driver was very hospitable, and the service for us as customers was outstanding.
Cannot WAIT to come back!

Visited August 2012
Thank Paul P
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Panama City, Panama
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Surrounded by Love”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

My husband and I shared a most amazing day with Anne and several friends as we traveled to the Pearl Islands looking for whales and dolphins. And we were not disappointed in our trip. Within 20 minutes of leaving the Panama Canal we saw the massive humpback whales. We actually did more than just watch - we learned a lot about their behavior as well. A little further out we spotted the playful dolphins. These incredible mammals seemed to recognize Anne's passion for sharing their world with us and quickly approached our boat, entertaining us with their many antics. The more we "oohed" and "aahed" the more they put on a show. It was such a rewarding day. Anne is so knowledgeable and respectful of the whales and dolphins, which are major reasons to take this trip with her. The boat we traveled in was extremely comfortable, being equipped with drinks, snacks, snorkel equipment and a small bathroom.This is the kind of trip every visitor, and resident of Panama, should include on their "must do" list. This is a very different world beyond the Panama Canal that must be experienced.

Visited August 2012
Thank EllieWharton
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Playa Coronado, Panama
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148 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“The best whale watching ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

Friends of ours told us about Whale Watching Panama and insisted that if we were going to go whale watching in Panama we had to go with Whale Watching Panama and Anne Gordon. We liked it so much we've been twice and plan to go for a third trip. Absolutely the BEST!

Anne is very knowledgable regarding the humpback whales that visit the Pearl Islands near Panama City, Panama. As you head out in the morning for this day long trip, she starts tell you all about the whales. By the time you see the first one you are really pumped up and know what to expect.

On our first trip to the Pearl Islands we saw more whales than we had seen on whale watching trips to Newfoundland, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Mexico and Oregon combined. After the first ten, which we saw by 10:30am, we quit counting. When we were returning to the Panama City docks we were followed by a school of dolphins that played in our wake and entertained everyone.

This was a fantastic experience and we're looking forward to doing it again.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Bob H
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Contadora Island, Panama
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Awesome birthday present!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

I took my husband on a whale watching day tour out of Contadora with Anne aboard a catamaran. We saw numerous whales close by and loved listening to them singing - something so magical about hearing their songs. We particularly enjoyed having Anne to answer all of our many questions about why the whales are in the Pearl Island Archipelago, where they come from and where do they go. I would have liked to do a 5 night trip and will do one in the future so we can enjoy staying on board the boat, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. It is a wonderful way to get away from it all. We also thoroughly enjoyed the meal that was included.

Visited July 2011
Thank Travelingwomyn
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Panama City, Panama
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Panama - A Whale Of A Great Time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

On August 23, 2011 my wife & I and four (4) of our friends went Whale Watching - Panama Style & I highly recommend this outing.

The tour director named Anne (from the usa) picked us up right on time at our apartment building. The exact departure and return times depend on the tides.

We departed from the Diablo marina at about 8 AM and entered the Panama Canal. As we passed by the Port of Balboa we observed the hugh industrial cranes that are used to remove the containers from some of the ships that transit THE Canal.

We also sailed by some the gigantic equipment that is being used to widen & deepen THE Canal. Container ships that can transit THE Canal now are known as Panama-Max ships. Panama-Max container ships can carry about 4,500 containers. When THE Canal is wider & deeper Post Panama-Max ships carrying more than 12,000 containers will transit the Canal... oh yea when the expansion of the Panama Canal is completed - 2014 - the plan is to charge about $70.00 for each container. Let's see $70 times 12,000 containers = $840,000.00. Former President Jimmy Carter the Republic of Panama sincerely thanks you for giving Panama such an absolutely wonderful gift - for FREE!

Soon we passed under the Bridge of the Americas and then the Amador Causeway was on our right. The Amador Causeway was created with some of the dirt that was excavated when building THE Canal and it connects to three islands in the Bay of Panama and it also acts as protection for the Pacific Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal.

In less than an hour we were amoungst the large ships that were waiting for their turn to transit THE Canal. And that is were we found the whales or should I say that the whales found us.

The best whale watching time is July thru October when thousands of whales come to Panama from the south... some whales come from as far away as Antartica. During February hundreds of whales visit this area but from the north.

We watched the whales for quite some time - what a treat!!! It was difficult to take pictures that would document what a wonderful time we were having - because you just never knew when or where a whale would surface.

After watching the whales we then circled around Taboga Island before having a delightful lunch at a restaurant on Taboga Island.

For more info please visit www.WhaleWatchingPanama.com

Visited August 2011
2 Thank PanamaRICHNovak
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