Monkey Island experience in the Panama Canal (Gatun Lake)

3 hours (Approx.)
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


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.


  • Shared car/boat transportation
  • Tour to Monkey Island
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Boat tour through Panama Canal
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Gatun Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Monkey Island

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Panama City, Panama City, Panama Province

We pick up all guests from their lodgings in Panama City.
Pick up time between at 7:00 am.

Stop At: Gatun Lake, Panama City Panama

As we embark on a boat ride towards Monkey Island we will drive inside the famous Panama Canal, encountering large ships. Your English speaking tour guide will talk about the history and significance of the Panama Canal and give you lots of valuable information that is not as commonly known.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Monkey Island, Gatun Lake, Panama City Panama

Our English speaking guide will take you to the Monkey Island, where you will be greeted by 3 different species of monkeys, ready to jump onto your boat to eat bananas.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meeting point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all guests at their lodging in Panama City at 7am. We strive to make this the best experience possible. In order to encounter as many monkeys as possible we elected to start our tour earlier than most others. If staying at Playa Bonita area, we charge extra and pick up at 6:30am.


  • Tocumen Intl Airport, Panama City Panama

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
March 2022

It made me give one star. I would give zero. They canceled my trip and let me know at like 8p the night before because they needed a minimum of two people and there was just me. They offered me other trips and I hated to take the risk. I booked through someone else and that was a sure thing. It a...

January 2022

Our Tour Guide Alex picked us up around 7:30am from Central Hotel Panama in Casco Viejo (he was picking up another couple before us, which accounted for the slight delay), and we headed to Gamboa port for our boat. The 3-hour total trip was so much fun!! We saw three different types of monkeys th...

January 2022

The tour was amazing. Our guide Daniel was wonderful, he made any stops that we requested on the way to the tour and also on the way back home. Definitely a great experience. You get to experience the monkeys coming on the boat and grabbing peanuts out of your hands; also you see all the big ship...

January 2022

I was under the impression that we will get to see many animals and then go through the canal/locks. But we only saw 3 monkeys and one big ship go through. If you have young kids then the trip might be something to think about. Otherwise most of the time was in the car or boat

January 2022

Extremely overpriced for what it is! Don’t go expecting to see many monkeys either depending on the day, we only saw one. The guide was nice, but the tour is literally a boat ride on the Panama Canal looking for monkeys in the small islands. There’s little to no information given the whole time.

December 2021

Great adventure with my a senior and kid. Such fun seeing the monkeys and riding down the Canal. Highly recommend

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