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Canal & Bay Tours

Playita de Amador, Panama City, Panama
+507 209-2009
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Ranked #65 of 106 Activities in Panama City
Owner description: It does not matter if you do the Full or the Partial transit of the Panama Canal you still would...
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Owner description: 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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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

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
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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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145 helpful votes 145 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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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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4 helpful votes 4 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 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We took the half day tour which was billed at 4-5 hours. We were advised to be at the departure point 20 minutes in advance of the 8:30 a.m. departure. 8:30 came and went without explanation. Finally around 9:15 the tour leader came out and explained their tour boat is assigned a slot and the time could vary when we... More 

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

Thank you for your allowing us to show you the #5 spot on 100 Journeys of a Life Time by National Geographic More 

Voorhees, New Jersey
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32 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We booked a tour of the Canal through this company. The tour company did not communicate well with us once our boat tour ended. At the dock, many buses were waiting and we did not know which bus to board. We finally asked someone we recognized from the tour company and he was not clear. Many other travelers were just... More 

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

Thank you for your allowing us to show you the #5 spot on 100 Journeys of a Life Time by National Geographic. I greatly appreciate your input and are working to ensure our future clients do not experience the same situation. We are actually reorganizing the procedure of picking up and dropping off our customers. More 

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

We decided to do the canal tour based on friends recommendations. We are not tour people but we thought we would give this a chance. First, we buy our tickets at the water front near the Almador causeway. We then sit on a bus for about 1 hour without any information. Then a 45 minute drive to Gamboa where we... More 

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

We are very sorry your experience in doing the Partial Transit of the Panama Canal was not to your satisfaction. We hope you can come back some day and allow us to try to show you how we have improved.... More 

Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip that started from this tropic port aboard this tiny (barely seaworthy) ship. A 6 hour tour, a 6 hour tour. Yeah, right, try 11+ hours. We were held hostage in the locks by the Panama Canal Authority for almost 9 hours. That part of the... More 

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

We are so sorry you had complications with your partial transit through the canal. Sometimes the Panama Canal Authority makes decisions and we do not know why until several days later. Can you tell me the date of your transit? More 

Fremont, CA
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104 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We were on the Fantasia de Mar as part of a "Panama Canal by boat" excursion, which was booked by requirement through the cruise line (Princess). One cannot help humidity, heat, or showers in Panama, nor the length of the excursion, which can be dependent on the length of your transit through the locks (in our case the San Pedro... More 

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

We are very sorry for your bad experience doing the Partial Transit through the Panama Canal. We have dry docked Fantasia del Mar and are continually looking for ways to improve our service. More 

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