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Gamboa Rainforest Resort Monkey Island Tour

#7 of 16 things to do in Gamboa Features Animals
Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Zona 5 | Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338, Panama
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A great experience! If you're afraid of monkeys sit in the middle seat, not on the side! We were... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Union502
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Monkey Island

It was fun to get on a boat on Chagras River to watch for monkeys in the so-called Monkey Island in... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Margaret C
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Take a boat tour through the Panama Canal into secret waterways to find hidden islands where Capuchin and Howler monkeys can be seen leaping in the trees above. Occasionally, they become curious of visitors and venture down to take a closer look. This Panama Canal tour provides a unique opportunity for viewing wild monkeys in their natural habitat. Other animals you might spot on this tour includes Two and Three-toed Sloths, Crocodiles, and turtles that are native to Gatun Lake. The boat ride to and from the island passes through the Panama Canal, giving you the chance to spot huge container ships during their passage across the world.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Zona 5 | Soberania National Park, Gamboa 7338, Panama
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

A great experience! If you're afraid of monkeys sit in the middle seat, not on the side! We were glad we went.

Thank Union502
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

It was fun to get on a boat on Chagras River to watch for monkeys in the so-called Monkey Island in the rainforest. Lucky to see spider monkeys and tamarind monkeys. Our tour guide threw some fruits (banana and grapes) on the front of the...More

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This was sort of a let down. We booked it thru the hotel for about $38 per person. About 15 minutes up and 15 minutes back. Enjoyed more of the info on the Canal than the wildlife. We found out later that some other tours...More

Thank NTVBOB
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The guide and captain knew how to call the monkeys. When they made noises, monkeys came and took bananas. You will have 10 minutes or less to watch them. Very cute.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 26 April 2016

The boat tour stopped in 2 areas where we were able to see 2 kinds of monkeys, baby Caimans and a Jesus Christ lizard. Very cool if you are an animal lover! Remember to take bananas with you!

1  Thank cindy h
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Has a terrific time. We arrived minutes before the tour started and were booked immediately. We took a small bus to the dock where we boarded a boat (with life vests) for our tour. Our tour director explained everything and we pulled up to the...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 21 December 2015

We took this boat trip to see the Monkeys. So firstly, note that it is in Gamboa closer to the city than Gatun Lake, where most of the searches in Google or Trip Advisor come up but its about 1 hour from Panama City/Playa Bonita...More

3  Thank justaguyNyc
Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

To clarify rightcoastgirl's previous review, I think she did a boat tour with a different company. This specifically is related to the monkey boat tour with Gamboa Rainforest resort, which is $37 per person, as another has mentioned. They call it the Gatun lake trip,...More

2  Thank Visa711
Reviewed 15 November 2015

This trip can be overrated. It is an amazing thing to see the monkeys up close and for the most part you do. I do recommend as others have commented that you go first thing in the morning. There are quite a variety of monkeys...More

1  Thank rightcoastgirl
Reviewed 25 October 2015

We were able to have a private tour that included a boat tour and then on to Monkey Island. Seeing the monkeys in their natural habitat was fascinating. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the monkeys and their environment. I would definitely recommend this...More

1  Thank DeeDeeR57
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cathdav
18 December 2015|
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Response from DeeDeeR57 | Reviewed this property |
No you don't get off the boat. The animals are in their natural habitat and this cannot be disturbed. You will get close enough to get some great photos and see them up close.
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