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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 22 August 2019

We visited Costa Rica hoping to see monkeys and was disappointed. Not so in Panama! It was steaming hot but the monkeys were out and had full energy. They are cute and the tour interesting. I highly recommend this excursion.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank claudiaal106
Reviewed 19 August 2019

Based on another review, we decided not to book a tour to Monkey Island (which is really several islands) and drive there ourselves and hire a local boat. In general, we don't like packaged tours where you are stuck with a bunch of other people....More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 17 August 2019

Took a nice lil' trip to Monkey Island. It was pretty cool to navigate alongside the "Panama Canal". We were in a small boat dodging PANAMAX Class ships and it was Epic! The Island (Area) per se is a Natural Beauty. Not many monkeys that...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Boricua_Globetrotter
Reviewed 1 August 2019

Gatun lake is actually man-made and when it was created the highest points became islands. Animals living on those peaks became trapped as a result and remain there to this day. We visited as part of a tour with a company called Panama Day Trips....More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank AFStatie
Reviewed 1 August 2019

We took a boat tour from the Gamboa resort around the lake and to Monkey Island. It was lovely. I highly recommend,

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Eva S
Reviewed 21 July 2019

Excursion of Caravan Tour. Small boat with cover, fits about 25 people. 10 minute lake travel to Monkey Island. Saw 3 different breeds of monkey. Tour guide had some grapes and bananas for them.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank r8humiston
Reviewed 17 July 2019

We saw 2 species of monkeys and heard a 3rd species. Lots of birds. Great experience being in the canal on a small boat passing massive ships.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Alan H
Reviewed 16 July 2019

We read another review on Trip Advisor about Monkey Island that said it was a good idea to hire a private boat to take us on the tour well YES they were right! First off before you go buy bananas to bring with you. Then...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Audrey P
Reviewed 8 July 2019

We did a 1/2 day tour to visit Monkey Island. I feed monkeys from my hand and it was pretty awesome. Go early when the monkey's are hungry. The ride in the canal is pretty cool too.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank David T
Reviewed 5 July 2019

We found the local boatmen at the entrance to Gamboa Rain Forest Preserve were much more reasonable than the commercial tour. We went out for an hour, and had monkeys eating out of our hand!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lenore M
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