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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Thanks to our tour guide Luis (please contact him if you ever in Panama - Sr. Luis - ask me for contact) that knows the locals, we got a local boat and the captain took us to the places where no tourist were before so...More

7  Thank IngridHA1973
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 4 November 2005

I spent a few days in Panama city as a side vacation to a work trip. I decided to visit the Gamboa resort to take a tour on the aerial tram. But the tram was closed for maintenance that day so I chose to go...More

16  Thank Travel22234
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Reviewed yesterday

We simply loved this experience in a boat. The monkeys are adorable and the jump into the boat and get very close.

Thank lari431
Reviewed 2 days ago

Too many people in the boat, too few monkeys. This if a rip-off tourist trap. Whizzz out in a boat loaded to the gunnels “Look! There’s a monkey”. Right, you lot have had your lot, whizz back for the next load of suckers. Great money...More

1  Thank Michael P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kind of touristy thing to do but we really had fun seeing all the monkeys and having them climb into the boat. The guide was very good and did the tour in both english and spanish. Bring bananas - we tried giving them some apples...More

Thank Sharon T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pay for a tour of the whole area - well worth it, and the monkeys know when the boats come! Get your cameras ready to take a whole lot of photos.

Thank Addrianna818
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wish I would have know to take a few bananas when I did this; you take a boat out to several small islands in Lake Gatun that have three different species of small monkeys. They will come aboard the boat for food and it...More

Thank JCW703
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent fun for the whole family & esp. children, the monkeys are friendly, will come to you on your boat & will eat banana & grapes from your hands. Well worth it.

Thank Kazi A
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Monkeys! These creatures are fascinating! It was great seeing several species up close and personal during our tour from Panama Day Trips.

Thank Douglas_Heiser
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Great places to see in Panama especially Monkey Island in Gamboa. The Causeway is really fun and food in general is always good!

1  Thank FrequentFlier403481
Reviewed 26 September 2018

We used Mario (myfriendmario.com) who was a great guide, very knowledgeable. We saw lots of monkeys (3 kinds) & they even jumped in boat with us. It was a fabulous day, so good that we had Mario come get us the next day to take...More

2  Thank Cris R
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

We didn't know what to expect from this tour, having found it by chance. For $70 US we thought we would chance it and we're glad we did. The tour included being picked up at our hotel and driven to Gatun Lake. Along the way...More

1  Thank Lee M
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Chris T
27 May 2018|
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Response from Jeannette115 | Reviewed this property |
I think you could take a baby.
Cynthia R
4 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.
Franszwa N
19 January 2018|
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Response from Mytravelworld35 | Reviewed this property |
Drive your car to the monkey island no wayyy .You need take a boat..This Isn’t island it is like more bay next to canal of the Panama.