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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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Great company for a Canal tour

Canal & Bay Tours was prompt in responding to my reservation requests, well-organized, and we had a very knowledgeable and humorous guide. We did the half transit tour, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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Panama City, Panama

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Panama City, Panama
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41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Canal & Bay Tours was prompt in responding to my reservation requests, well-organized, and we had a very knowledgeable and humorous guide. We did the half transit tour, which included the tour, a light breakfast of fruit and pastries, coffee, coolers full of bottled water and sodas, and a lunch service that went beyond our expectations. There was pasta, different... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This was just an excellent day from beginning to end. The boat is well laid out to handle lots of people. The commentator was excellent, and could answer any and all questions. It was such a thrill and amazing to see how fast the locks fill up. Educational, scenic, and just great fun.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I took the Partial Canal Transit with Canal & Bay Tours on Saturday May 23, 2015 I decided to wait till I got to Panama before I booked a Canal Transit tour. I asked at the hotel and was told it cost $145.00. I went next door to a travel agent and was told $185.00. Both for a partial transit.... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I tried numerous times to reach their state-side number over a period of days, to no avail. Desk clerk at hotel in Panama City also had no luck. This got them a mediocre rating. We finally booked thru another agent in P-city, barefood tours. They were great. Thanks, Kev. The tour itself was interesting and well naraated by "Uncle Marti,"... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Took the 1/2 day transit tour through the canal. The bus was late in the morning but got us to the ferry on time. Riding through the canal was an amazing experience. I suggest this be the most important thing you do on any trip to Panama City. Transit back to the hotel via bus took forever.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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 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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