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Perlas Islands (Las Perlas Archipelago)

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Ranked #81 of 174 Attractions in Panama
Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
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Owner description: Surrounding the Isthmus of Panama, this set of islands is comprised of several major islands plus a number of small islets, reefs and 83 beaches.
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is best fast trip to get excellence beaches near Panama City. One hour and half sailing with ferry you get to Contadora Island, the mainly island in Archipelago of Las Perlas. Heed the opportunity during august thru october, the whale watching season.

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Vancouver, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I would not in anyway dissuade anyone from visiting this Island and it is of course a great base for visiting the other islands however I think its best to not ignore the fact that the this particular island is hitting a low spot. Its very sad to see the sides of the roads heavily littered with plastic water bottles,... More

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Miami, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

W visited for. Couple of days contadora island. Nice island, quiet relax and good quality of beaches. We stayed at contadora island inn, good quality for price. Nice staff and nice room . However in October the worst experience was the trip by las perlas ferry. Avoid it! No professional at all. We took 4 hours instead hour and a... More

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Seattle, Washington
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74 reviews 74 reviews
5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

There are over 200 islands in the archipelago. A few that are fun to visit are... Contradora, the most populated, has been on a downward spiral since the resort closed in 2009. Several of the beaches are maintained and kept clean but most are not. There are a few hotels but I highly recommend a day trip so that you... More

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Orlando, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I recently visited at The Point hotel on Contadora Island, which we used as a based to explore Las Perlas. On our first day we took their trip to Bartolome Island for a day at the beach. While the beach was beautiful, it didn't compare to the wildlife tour we took the next morning. We were fascinated by the dolphins... More

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Panama City, Panama
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Archipelago of Las Perlas is definitely the easiest and most beautiful beach and nature destination in Panama. There are now 3 ferry transport options to the islands, the Point Hotel has just set new cost effective,adventures with naturalists as guides. The beaches are wonderful and we hope to be back to in the Whale season. A new destination Casaya... More

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Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
54 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is great !!! You can rent a motor boat with a local guide or sail around the Perlas, any choice is great, you can visit a lots of beaches around any of the islands and find that yours are the only footprints on the beach, this is awesome, snorkeling is great, but the best ... the dolphins just jumping... More

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Panama City, Panama
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

we had a wonderfull week aboard the catamaran Fare Moana that we booked through Nativa Tours in Panama . there web site thepearlislands.com is not very rich and would need more pictures about this fabolous trip. We ate lots of fishs and saw whales and dolphins! my preferred islands was San Jose ... thank you Pascal our captain

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Portland, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

Contadora Island in the remarkable Perlas Archipelago is only a fifteen minute flight from Panama City, Panama, but it's a world away even if you go for the day. Gerald's Restaurant is German-owned and has hands-down the best fish I've ever had in my life--the corvina was to simply die for (I had fried, my wife had al criolla) and... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2009

We have visited the Las Perlas last week and we are still in Panama exploring the beauty of the country. Me and my wife cannot stop talking about Las Perlas we feel that is is location that is still in a very natural state and we hear that there are several projects that getting ready to develop, the part that... More

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