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Address: Playita de Amador, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 209-2009
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Description: It does not matter if you do the Full or the Partial transit of the Panama...
It does not matter if you do the Full or the Partial transit of the Panama Canal you still would have to check off #5 from the list of 100 Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Canal and Bay Tours has been offering both transits for over 12 years and we are committed in assisting you to create a memorable experience. Both transits are an all-day affair with breakfast, lunch, and non-alcoholic refreshments included. Your once in a lifetime experience of transiting the Panama Canal begins with check in at the Playita de Amador and boarding one of our three vessels; Tuira II, Fantasia del Mar, or Isla Morada. Aboard our vessel you be on the Pacific Ocean and will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, through the Mira Flores and Pedro Miguel Locks, beneath the Centenario Bridge, through Culebra Cut, and ending in Gatun Lake which was the largest man-made lake in the world. You will also observe the construction of the second set of locks otherwise known as the Expansion of the Panama Canal.
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Informative, Entertaining, and Educational

Signed up at hotel for convenience factor of getting picked up there, rather than taking taxi to central location, the “shuttle” (van) stopped at a couple of other hotels and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
26 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Signed up at hotel for convenience factor of getting picked up there, rather than taking taxi to central location, the “shuttle” (van) stopped at a couple of other hotels and picked up a few other people. On the road for about 45 min to the main centralized facility (along the causeway out to the remote islands) to meet up with... More 

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Los Altos Hills, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We enjoyed taking a half-transit of the Panama Canal with this company. Ay $135 dollars, it was a bargain compared to taking a cruise ship through the canal! The trip includes full narration in English and Spanish. The guide spoke clearly and gave us a lots of interesting information which enhanced the trip. Lunch was included and was very satisfying.... More 

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Cabanga, Costa Rica
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Even though earlier reviews weren't so good, we decided to do this and I'm so glad we did. It was excellent, plenty of room on the boat, great lunch buffet, unlimited soft drinks and water, beer for sale for just $2, reasonable. Great tour guide, crew safe and professional, the canal is awesome and being right there with the big... More 

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Peachland, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We were told the bus would pick us up at 8:15. At 7:25 the desk clerk called to tell us our bus was waiting. After driving for an hour and a forty five minutes we were at the pick up point, an hour later by bus we arrived at the dock to board the boat. The tour itself was very... More 

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San Francisco, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We decided to go on this tour after having it recommended to us by our hotel's concierge. It sounded like a great tour – going through a few locks of the Panama Canal and then going back by bus. It was not. We got on the boat rather late, so almost all of the cheap plastic seats were already occupied.... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I'm actually writing this on the boat on the canal - bring a book! First of all - when booking my ticket online for the complete trip from panama city to colon; I called & asked about veg options for food. None. OK. Fine. I'll bring my own lunch. Then I buy it & they ask what hotel I'm staying... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The day was very well informed. The e-mail told us what time we would be picked up and explained all the possible problems that could cause delay. The boat was well kept and the food was good and plentiful. The guide was very informative in both Spanish and English. It rained but everyone could go inside, below the boat or... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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299 reviews 299 reviews
172 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

For those a bit pressed for time, a half transit is your ticket to see the workings of the Canal from inside, with very informative background provided by the bilingual guide. He knew the topic well,adding much value to the 6 hour experience which does have its slow moments. Hat and sunscreen necessary. This company uses a copy of the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I was in Panama City for a 3-day work assignment, and did not plan to spend a day doing a Canal Transit Tour. However, one of the days was a Holiday (the Panamanian President's Inauguration Day, Tuesday, 1 July 2014), and on that day I was able to do a Partial Canal Transit. If I'm not mistaken, the Tour does... More 

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harikensingh, Manager at Canal & Bay Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and glad we were able to show you the 8th Wonder of the World! More 

Seward, Alaska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I booked a tour through this company, and then plans for another part of my trip changed. I called them and told them I'd either have to get a refund, or change the date for this tour (which was still 15 days away), and they said they couldn't give me a refund or give me the tour on the day... More 

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hariken257, Manager at Canal & Bay Tours, responded to this review

WOW!!!! I am the new Account Executive for Canal and Bay tours and am really sorry we could not accomodate your request. Are you still in Panama? Can you send me your email address so we can find an amicable solution? More 

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