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Our most recommended Panama City Water activities

Panama: All-Inclusive Taboga Island Catamaran Cruise

1. Panama: All-Inclusive Taboga Island Catamaran Cruise

Explore the serene waters of Panama on an all-inclusive day tour on a catamaran. Dive into the water for a refreshing swim before moving to the Island of Taboga to soak in the breathtaking views of the Panama City skyline, Cinta Costera, and enjoy a delicious lunch. After reaching Taboga, sail to the backside of the island to a secret spot where an amazing bay with beautiful natural views is waiting for you. Have the opportunity to jump off the boat and have your first swim. There is also stair access from the boat to the water in case you don't feel like diving right in. After some water fun, climb back into the boat to enjoy a cold beer and lie in the boat's nets or dance with the crew while you sail towards the town side of the island. Dock so you can head to the beach and visit the small village of Taboga. Spend time on the beach relaxing or getting a game of volleyball in. After your beach and town visit, hop back aboard for a delicious lunch that includes chicken with veggies, parsley rice, vegetable salad, potato salad, and oleo pasta. If the wind conditions are right, open the sails and continue the party as you cruise along the open water.

Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

2. Panama City: Money Heist and San Blas Islands Day Trip

Be collected from your accommodation in Panama City to start the day trip. Drive 2.5 hours to San Blas Port, Carti, and then take a local Panga boat to the first of the San Blas islands. First arrive at Pelicano Island, made famous by the Netflix series Money Heist. Enjoy a light breakfast of fresh fruit and coffee and take some time to sunbathe with hammocks. Towels will be provided. Then take the paddleboards and your snorkel gear and go paddle to Ucubusi Island where you will find one of the best reefs to snorkel in San Blas. Discover a variety of colorful fish species. Afterward, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish, rice, and salad. After lunch, head to the natural swimming pool. Chill out on a bank of sand in the middle of the ocean where you can walk or swim around to find your starfish. Finally, visit a local community where you will see how the locals live. You can try the coconut bread made on the island, and see how molas are made by the grandmas on the island. Sail back towards the port and return to Panama City in the evening. 

Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

3. Chagres National Park Hike and Embera Village Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with an hour-long drive from Panama City to the Chagres National Park. Established in 1984, the park comprises 334,000 acres of forest, lakes and rivers. Enjoy a traditional piragua boat ride on the Chagres River, followed by a half-hour walk through the jungle to a waterfall that’s hidden from civilization. Enjoy some free time at the waterfall to swim and relax, and then head back to the boat. Continue to an indigenous Embera village, where you’ll learn about their culture. Listen to a speech by the chief or one of the leaders of the community while enjoying some seasonal fruits, then taken in a live performance of traditional music and dance.

From Panama City: Monkey Islands Tour on Gatun Lake

4. From Panama City: Monkey Islands Tour on Gatun Lake

Travel to the Gamboa Marina in an air-conditioned tour vehicle with a guide and the rest of the tour group, before a transfer to a riverboat for a ride on the Chagres River, one of Panama's largest rivers, and head for Monkey Island. Observe the different species of monkeys that live on the island, from white-face monkeys, howler monkeys, and Geoffrey´s tamarinds, while taking some time to snap photos, and learn interesting facts and information about the different species from a knowledgeable guide. Return to the marina and to Panama City, and end the tour with drop-off at the hotel.

Private Panama Canal Boat Eco Tour and Monkey Island

5. Private Panama Canal Boat Eco Tour and Monkey Island

Enjoy the unique opportunity to be inside the Panama Canal Watershed as you travel to Gatun Lake eco cruise and visit the Monkey Island where you can see several species of monkeys and lush natural landscapes. Start with an early pickup in the morning at 6:30 AM to avoid the traffic and get to see more species of animals. Hop aboard a high-speed motorboat and marvel at the breathtaking flora and fauna surrounding Gatun Lake.  The lake is one of the sets of locks in the Panama Canal, on the side of the Atlantic Ocean. There you will have an ecological experience in the region, where you can sail by the lake, see animals and the surrounding forest. Enjoy stops at Monkey Island, home to several species of monkeys that are native of Central America. Monkey Island boasts an incredible amount of wildlife. Stay on the lookout for capuchin monkeys, Geoffroy's tamarin and howler, and other species.  Also, see the Sounds of Silence Island, and if you are lucky, come close to some large ships that transit the canal daily.

Boat Tour to Monkey Island from Panama City

6. Boat Tour to Monkey Island from Panama City

After collection from your hotel in Panama City you'll head directly to the canal to see the Miraflores Lake, the Pedro Miguel Locks and finally, the journey continues by car until the town of Gamboa, in the middle of the Panama Canal. There, at the edge of the Chagres River, you'll take a trip by boat to the Gatun Lake - the biggest and most important lake in the Panama Canal. There you will share space with large ships during the journey through the Panama Canal until you arrive at a group of islands to find 3 monkey species who live there plus a variety of wildlife including birds, turtles, crocodiles, sloths and more. After the trip, you will go back to the Panama City and enjoy the view of the tropical rainforest and the canal on your way back to the hotel.

From Panama City or Portobelo: Caribbean Cruise with Lunch

7. From Panama City or Portobelo: Caribbean Cruise with Lunch

Explore the beauty of the Blues Veins lagoon and the white sands of Playa Blanca beach on this tour from Panama City or Portobelo. Sit down for a delicious lunch on a catamaran.  Choose to be picked up from the comfort of your accommodations in Panama City or to make your own way to Portobelo. Hop aboard a speedboat that will connect you to the catamaran. Feel the wind in your hair as you soak up some sun on the way to your first stop at Blues Veins. Make your way to the interior lagoon aboard a dinghy. Disembark at a secluded beach where you can take a walk or snorkel through the coral in the crystal-clear waters.  Head back to the boat to eat a lunch of local products with a variety of dietary options. Continue to Playa Blanca beach where you can make the most of the sea by swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding.  Return to you Portobelo where, depending on the option you select, you can be dropped-off at your accommodation in Panama City, or you can drive back to your accommodation. 

Panama City: All-Inclusive Catamaran Cruise to Taboga Island

8. Panama City: All-Inclusive Catamaran Cruise to Taboga Island

Board a catamaran from Panama City, heading toward Taboga Island, located just 20 kilometers off the cost. Capture sights of the Bridge of the Americas, the Amador Causeway, and the Bay of Panama. Drop anchor in a virgin bay, and take advantage of the sea until lunchtime. Relax in the sun, listen to music and enjoy an open-bar onboard. Then, navigate toward the main beach and the town of Taboga to enjoy lunch on the catamaran. Afterward, opt to go down to the island to visit the town and take advantage of the beach or continue with the vibe on the catamaran before riding back to Panama City.

From Panama City: Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Tour

9. From Panama City: Gatun Lake and Monkey Island Tour

Following a convenient pickup from your hotel in Panama City, head to the town of Gamboa in the Soberania National Park. Get on board a boat and depart along the Gatun Lake next to the huge ships that cross the Panama Canal. Marvel at the fauna and vegetation of the tropical forest, as well as the residents of Monkey Island where you can admire the white-faced capuchin, Geoffroy’s tamarin, and howler monkeys in their natural habitat. In Gatun Lake you’ll also can find many species of birds like toucans, hawks, herons, snail kites, and other mamals like agoutis, coatis, and capybaras. After the boat trip and Monkey Island experience, return back to your hotel with a drop-off.

Panama City: Taboga Island Full-Day Pirate Ship Tour & Bar

10. Panama City: Taboga Island Full-Day Pirate Ship Tour & Bar

This is Panama's one and only party pirate ship experience. We will be setting out across the high seas in our 110 foot Spanish Galleon for a day of fun in the sun, swimming, music and dancing. Leaving from Panama City we will head out to Taboga Island where we will stop just in front of the bay for swimming, diving and rope swinging among our flotilla of floatie toys. Some will be able to relax and sunbathe on one of the Black Magic decks, some will prefer to read a book, while others will be able to enjoy the music on board while having one of our cocktails. Later, we will raise our anchors to start our return trip to the city where we will be arriving by sunset. This trip is fun and exciting for all types of passengers. We will have music and dancing on the main deck for those who are in the mood for a party atmosphere. But the pirate ship is big and the music will never be overpowering and families and older people will have plenty of pirate themed fun and water activities to keep everyone happy and entertained. This is simply the best way to experience Panama bay, Taboga Island and the beautiful waters of the Pacific while in the city.

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The tour was well organized, the pickup was on time and we had an amazing day in the San Blas Islands. In total we were on four islands and had a great guide who speaks good English. However, one should not underestimate the drive to the beach - about two of the three hour drive goes through the middle of mountains with bad roads. Nevertheless, a day trip that is definitely worth it.

our guide was very good. he was prepared with food for the monkeys which helped us see them much better than other tour companies on the water and he even provided us with water for the day. very informative and thoughtful guide. safe and smooth driver. very good experience

It was fun. On one of the small islands, they knew it was our thirtieth anniversary. They set up a table on the beach with palm tree leaf decorations and a lobster dinner. Awesome. It makes us want to be married for another thirty years!

Excellent experience. Our guide was on time. All including the villager always taking care of everybody during the trail trip to the waterfall. Embera people were very instructive about their culture.

Everything happened right on time. The hosts were all amazing and ran a good and safe event for the entire group. It was a great way to see Taboga Island